U.S. 360 Tour – Day 5 from Montell TX to Del Rio TX (Cowboy Compliment And The Trans-Pecos Region)

Latest update on my purpose-driven cycling journey around the American perimeter.

70 miles (113 km) – Total so far: 293 miles (472 km)

Left the beautiful campground on the Nueces River just North of Montell, to finish up what was left of the western edge of the Texas Hill Country. The first 15 miles or so were slightly downhill, the landscape looking more and more like the Trans-Pecos region I have come to appreciate over the years. As I finished climbing what was to be the last major hill in the Hill Country, a young cowboy exiting a nearby ranch pulls up beside my bike, and in a Texas-friendly drawl, asked me about my trip. After learning what I was up to, he politely said, “Mister, you got more balls…..than me, that’s for sure”. I thanked the Cowboy for his, ahem, compliment, and left without any comparisons.

It was not a difficult day, although the mileage was on the high side. Most of the elevation gained over the last few days was gradually given back, although the cross-winds didn’t fully allow me to completely enjoy the downhill. On the way to Bracketville, I did run into an Eastbound cyclist, Jerry, who started in El Paso and is headed out East. He has some impressive plans to trek upwards to Maine. Only passed through two towns today, Bracketville and El Paso, in route to a 70+ mile day. The scenery became somewhat desolate today, especially the further I got from the Hill Country. The only living wildlife I saw today were white-tailed deer, wild turkey, and antelope at a game ranch.

Staying in a motel tonight to escape the heat for a bit. Today was easily the hottest day of the trip, and I’m sure its a sign of more to come.

It’s all good.

Jerry the Eastbound cyclist headed to Maine
I got bored, and thought this pic was interesting
Subway in Bracketville hit the spot
At a rest stop West of Bracketvile. Not angry, just hot
Surly Pearl on a much-needed break.
Typical landscape today. Notice the deer carcass in the foreground. That was the most alive thing I saw on this particular stretch.
In honor of my Father-in-Law, retired USAF
Forced smile after a long, hot day.

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