Today’s distance / ???????: 45 miles / 72km
Average speed / ????: 7.7mph / 12.4km/h
Time on skateboard / ????: 5h 45m
Total skateboarding distance to date / ????????????: 3208mi plus 280mi (?) / 5163km plus 450km (?)
Ascent / ??: 190
Descent / ??: 170
End-of-day GPS coordinates: N22.214.171.124, W126.96.36.199
If it’s not one thing, it’s the other. Smooth surfaces today, but what a wind. Cold and strong, right in my face. All day. Time to turn the mind off. Think nothing. Just push. Push. Push. No! Don’t think about Dave Cornthwaite and his support vehicles he had to shelter behind. Just push. Push. Push.
The surrounding countryside kept me sane. Pilfering Poaching Pecan Pickers apparently will be Prosecuted Profusely in Profound Practices of Pious yet Profane Poetry in Fabens.
If you need a spare airplane tyre, make a visit to Tornillo.
And if you’re sick of mowing the lawns, move to Clint, Texas.
Funny, it wasn’t until I was about 10m past the El Paso city limit sign when it hit. I broke down in tears. More or less done. Texas. Once again to borrow the late Sir Edmund Hillary‘s words “I knocked the bastard off”.
I think it is worth noting that no, it is not worth your time or effort to skateboard across Texas. At least the southern section anyway. Just don’t do it. It is a waste of fabulous, mind blowing scenery. I only got half a glimpse of what could have been. Cycle across the state. Be awed by the amazing, massive landforms. The vast deserts. The challenging climbs and the what surely would be blisteringly fast, wonderful downhills. Texas is an awesome state. I will be back some day. On a bicycle. I value efficient human powered transport. A skateboard is not an efficient form of human powered transport in the boonies in Texas.
I pushed on for a further 15 miles to the center of town, against the horrid headwind. I didn’t have an opportunity to contact anyone in El Paso from Couchsurfing.com, so I decided to stay at the El Paso International Hostel. US$19 a night for a comfy bed. Safe from the drug runners in Mexico. Helicopters fly overhead, over the barbed wire fences separating El Paso from the city of Juarez on the Mexican side.