|Rocky Section on Spray River West|
|We Are There !|
Paul, my son, had driven Kevin J and me over to Deming a few weeks before. We stayed the night and then left for AW after some breakfast at a Denny's. We got there about 20 minutes before the 8 am start, pulled the bikes out of the car and off the roof rack, checked some tire pressures and lined up for the 8am Grand Depart. There were 7 of us, Norman and Travis, Gabe, Jeff, Erik, and Kevin and I. A countdown was done and sharply at 8 am, our little group rolled out in a couple of small groups heading North on a 2740 something mile journey.
|Jeff, Norman, Travis, me, Erik, Gabe, Kevin|
|First Few Feet|
|Happy TD Riders|
Jeff and I rode together for a while, but then I started feeling the effects of pushing way too hard earlier in the morning and I dropped back. I rode pretty well until I got to pavement and then a major bonk was coming on, and I had gone hard enough that I couldn't eat anything. So here I am, in a close parallel to where I was last year, out of "gas". But I managed to get some nutrition in, and struggled into the Chevron station at the south edge of Silver City a bit after sundown. I was shattered, to put it properly. Went inside, got an Arizona iced tea, and back outside, sat on the concrete leaning up against the building, trying to recover. A truck pulled up, with his lights on, idling, about 3 feet from my face, and I just sat there ( the guy finally turned the lights off ). I went back in, got a Coke and started feeling human again. Left the Chevron, headed into town looking for food. I stopped at a burger place, got an order, and took it outside to the patio which had no one else on it. Excellent call, because I took two bites of the burger and it all came right back up into the paper bag that it had been in. So that was the end of that meal. Put the whole thing in the trash and was happy that I didn't make a mess, and I rolled up the street to a small hotel and got a room for the night. First day was about 125 miles of riding, but at least I was in Silver City and felt pretty good about that and I would just have to deal with not having any food in my system when tomorrow came.