My Mum just commented:
“What did I tell you! I knew you would be wishing for your bike back!!!!! But you can’t get a skateboard record on a bike so just keep that thought in your head.”
So true, Mum. That’s one of the few things that keeps me going. Here are the things that kept me going across Texas:
- I said I would skate across the US, so that’s what I’m going to do.
- If you’re going to set a record for a journey, especially a human powered journey, and claim the record as your own, then do it right. Solo and unsupported all the way*.
- Time to set the bar higher on a Guinness World Record, and on the limits of every kind of human powered transport.
* I do appreciate the fact that the support I have received from so many complete strangers continues to make this journey what it is – a journey that continues to confirm the intrinsic goodness and humanity of the inhabitants of this world we life in. In a way, this journey is not unsupported at all. Thank you for all the support I continue to receive both on the ground and through this website, both tangible and intangible.
By the way, on the other side of the coin, thanks in part to the Guinness World Record media exposure and largely due to the efforts of his support team, Dave Cornthwaite of England (current record holder for distance skateboarding; his journey was supported by vehicles) managed to raise over US$36,000 for charity. I continue to support Dave in his efforts to encourage people to challenge themselves to live their dreams. Check out www.boardfree.co.uk for more info!
El Paso is an interesting town. The downtown area is modern with good facilities.
I am reminded somewhat of Miami. More people speaking Spanish than English, and understandably a wonderful variety of ethnicities – something I have missed while traveling through rural Texas.
I plan to head out towards Phoenix, Arizona, tomorrow. I hope to complete the 450-odd miles in about 10 to 12 days. I am still on schedule for arriving in Los Angeles by the 1st of April (34 miles a day overall average). Still some mountains to conquer (the Continental Divide), and some dry and arid areas too.
Thank you to the handful of people who either called me or texted me on my phone (US number: +1 305 484 0146) in the last few days to check if I was still breathing. Most appreciated! For future reference, if you’re one of those people, a quick comment on this website that you have been in contact with me would be appreciated, for the benefit of other readers 🙂