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May 15, 2012 / rickhermelin

Day 54 – Iraan, TX to Fort Stockton, TX

Challenging ride today because of the distance, just under 65 miles making it the longest on the trip. I don’t have any longer than this for the rest of the route.

There were a couple of hard climbs in the first 12 miles and another at mile 50, there was a lot of long steady climbs bringing our average speed down to 9.8 mph. Started out pretty cool and never got hot, just warm. It was also the longest in terms of time, about 7 1/2 hours including about one hour of breaks. There were some very scenic views along the way, see the pictures below.

Tomorrow’s ride to Pecos of about 53 miles will be mostly downhill.



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  1. johnpilk / May 15 2012 7:47 pm

    Hey Rick after you get done how bout we petition Elliptigo to let you qualify for the century club on a John Pilkington certified 100 miler. We will give you some time off then do the 71 miler (birthday ride) with an appropriate extension. I will assemble some riders and we can arrange some support, or not and just do it. After you big accomplishment you need to join the century club and you will definitly be in shape for it. We can actually get people to pledge money for Semper Fi for each mile we ride. Think about it, then I can petition Bryan!

    • rickhermelin / May 16 2012 2:36 pm

      Thanks John, that would be a great way of getting my century. That was my next goal anyway.

      • johnpilk / May 16 2012 4:08 pm

        I seem to recal a goal of 100 centuries in 100 months, but it would be fun to pull a group together to do your first one.

      • rickhermelin / May 17 2012 6:08 pm

        That’s one of my long-terrm goals.

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