An update to my upcoming bicycle road tour …
I’m borrowing this title from the movie, Animal House: when all the shit was hitting the fraternity’s fan, the dean and college were coming down on them, their solution? A road trip!
I’m still doing part of Adventure Cycling’s Southern Tier, but only the portion from El Paso to Austin, and adding in side trips to old Fort Davis in the Davis Mtns and Big Bend National Park. The latter being the birthplace for me of this whole bicycling tour idea. Here’s the first half of my route:
I fly out of here from GSP airport at 4:30pm, Saturday, April 16, with bike and gear and land in El Paso around 7:55pm, the day after my 74th birthday. I have a hotel room reserved east of the airport, the direction I’m pedaling, which has an airport shuttle service that will pick up me, my bicycle and gear at the airport. Sunday I get up my bike and gear redied, and head out on my journey across the Chihuahuan Desert of Texas. I’ll stop and do some shopping on the way out of El Paso: food, water, and necessities. The first day it may just be a short ride (22 mi) to Faben. (See spreadsheet below.) Depending how that goes, I can split the next segment into two days or not: a 23 mi to Fort Hancock and a 35 mi to Sierra Blanca, or do them in one long ride. I’m trying to ease into doing 50 mi days by doing a couple of short days rides at the beginning. Here in the foothills of South Carolina,,my longest ride has been 32 mi because of the substantial hills in any direction I go. So, 50 mi rides look pretty daunting. Out there though, a large part of my ride will be on fairly level ground, not the hills I have to contend with here. Although, there is a climb up to Sierra Blanca and ups and downs all the way to Sanderson Tx. Also, I’ll be adapting to a higher altitude. Here in Liberty, SC, we are at around 1000 ft elevation. Sierra Blanca is ~4600 ft.
My trip from Del Rio to Austin I’ll post about later. I have a plane flight out of Austin on 5/12, but have built in some extra days for weather and rest. A total of 915 miles. Wish me well!
For those that want to see the breakdown of my trip, below is the spreadsheet of the trip I’ve put together…
|0||04/16/2022||El Paso, TX||0||Quality Inn Airport East w/ shuttle|
|2||04/18/2022||Fort Hancock||23||All services|
|3||04/19/2022||Sierra Blanca||35||All sevices|
|4||04/20/2022||Van Horn||39||All sevices|
|5||04/21/2022||Valentine||39||Vallentine RV Park, (361) 648-9281, Smokey Perez|
|6||04/22/2022||Ft Davis||41||Davis SP|
|8||04/24/2022||Camping||26||Dispersed camping on Hwy 118 S 26 mi out of Alpine|
|10||04/26/2022||Big Bend/Chisos||38||camping depends on what’s open, this is for Chisos Mts Campground|
|11||04/27/2022||Big Bend/Rio Grande Village||38||All services|
|12||04/28/2022||Stillwell/s||56||Stillwell’s Campground just outside Park|
|15||05/01/2022||Langtry||61||Wagon Wheel, Jesse owner, 432(?)-271-1074 or (431) 900-2248|
|17||05/03/2022||Del Rio||32||All sevices|
|19||05/05/2022||Camp Wood||48||all sevices|
|20||05/06/2022||Vanderpool||37||Campgound and Motel|
|22||05/08/2022||Johnson City||40.5||all sevices|
|23-25||5/9-11/2022||Austin**||47.7||Gary and Julie Stillwell’s ?, bike boxed, etc.|
|26||05/12/2022||flight home to GSP 8:10am|