74 miles today
Up and down I go
Leg Distance Approx. net elevation change
Austin to Fredericksburg 74 miles 1200'
Fredericksburg to Junction 63 miles 0'
Junction to Sonora 60 miles 430'
Sonora to Ozona 38 miles 220'
Ozona to Iraan 50 miles -130'
Iraan to Ft Stockton 71 miles 750'
Ft Stockton to Alpine 65 miles 1500' - this day will be very tough regardless of wind
Alpine to Fort Davis 40 miles 400'
Ft Davis to Van Horn 80 miles -850'
Van Horn to Ft Hancock 68 miles -460'
Ft Hancock to El Paso 55 miles 160'
El Paso to Las Cruces NM 45 miles 260'
Las Cruces to Deming 61 miles 330'
Deming to Lordsburg 60 miles -90'
Lordsburg to Portal AZ 53 miles 510'
As annotated, there are 15 legs to this journey. I will spend at least 1 full day birding in Junction and another in the Davis Mountains. This means, best case scenario, is that I am looking at 17 days until I could potentially reach Arizona. This would put me in around May 20 which would be ideal. I fully anticipate losing some days to weather/wind, so maybe an arrival date of May 25 is more realistic. Some of these days could be combined (Sonora to Iraan 88 miles, for example), but that will be completely dependent on the weather conditions. An east wind here or there would really help! We can all dream.....
The town where I have holed up for the night, Fredericksburg, seems to be a really nice place. My Best Western is perfectly positioned just off the main drag, so I decided to take a walk to find dinner. Granted it is a Friday night, but the heavily German-influenced town was really hopping. There were bars with live music, art galleries, restaurants, and other fun shops. Every storefront on the main street was occupied. This is certainly a sign of a very healthy town. There were lots of wineries and such along Route 290 as I pedaled into town, so I can imagine this is a popular destination for couples. There is also a huge motor cycle rally going on in town this weekend, so I guess the town appeals to all types!
Packed bar on Main Street
Main street near sundown
This would put me in Fredericksburg
Haircut and shave needed (so say Sonia, Mom)
Leftover Green heron shot from yesterday