Join Date: Apr 2019
Location: 'tween the Red River and the Wall, what we call the free fire zone
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Brass Butt 2x. I did haulass all 814 not very smileage home yesterday. arrived 10pm. so now I officially have 2 brass buttocks and they feel just like that. I will say that the first one was more pleasant inasmuch as I started out fresh and at 6am pull out in the cool morning air. I was halfway across the desert by time the temps got oppressive. Having pushed that hard, day 2 I paid for it as my back barked like a stinkin dingo (for the aussies) and only rode ~250 miles. thru some of the best mountain scenery and not being able to enjoy it as I was in that much pain. Early hotel check in and long sleep in a comfy bed rectified it.
the last day run to the barn. I faced the same challenge in reverse and knew what I had to do. I hit the ground early in cool air and rode out of the NM mountains out into the high mountain desert. Cross winds and Head winds, I pushed hard at 75 to make miles before the sun got its dander up. which it did. by noon I was roasting. even pulling off layers, there was no relief. I stopped only for fuel and bite to eat midday. I pushed hard trying to put miles behind me. By early evening I was too close to home to pull over and get hotel, but yet still had 4 hours ride to get done. Just as I exited I-40 at Sweetwater Tx to take backroads home (I hate riding Interstates and among noisy stinky wind turbulent trucks that cant maintain steady speed) Jesus answered my prayers for relief and the sky opened up and dropped a truck load of Cold Wet Showers.. just on me.. no where else. Blue skies all around, I was getting the primo treatment. I pulled over, parked, undressed and just stood there getting soaked and enjoying every moment of it. I even dug out a mildly cool beer and let that cool my core temp and ease my noggin.
but perserverance is the ticket to getting it done. so I pressed on. two hours later the sun low, the temps eased up enough even though I would be riding after dark soon. I don't like to and avoid riding at night if at all possible. too many bad things happen in the dark. but I did it. got all the way home in one piece and nobody died. not on my watch anyway.
So what is the lesson, take away from this part of this trip? each day ride should be no more than 500 miles = 10 hours saddle time plus adequate time for Lengthy breaks, plenty of walking and don't put off drinking LOTS of water, ( I drank 4 quarts when I got home).
When in the mountains, 200-300 miles per day are plenty.
The Ride Home has always been my Achilles heal. I plan for 3 days 1500 miles, but push myself too hard and try for 2 days. It makes for not a good time riding at the end of a long trip , already exhausted. I think if I get home a day early, its time to decompress and unpack and put everything in order before returning to mundane life of fixing other peoples problems..
So maybe next time I will pace myself and get that last hotel 500 miles away and call it quits, save the last leg for the next day.. If I get too close too home, I think I can make it before dark. it hasn't happened yet , not once in 40years.. dammit! ponchout
Last edited by Poncho; 07-07-2019 at 12:34 PM.