I hung in the shade, something nearly nonexistent on the open road. I opened up a can of beans and chicken and made tacos with the tortillas. It was a large meal. I drank water and gatorade. I needed to digest.
I did a complete unpack, repack of the buggy. I trashed, organized, and downsized things.
At 11 a.m. I hit the road. I knew my break had cost me. It meant I would have to travel through the heat of the day. I considered staying at the pincnic area till it cooled off, but I needed to make the general store before it closed at 5 p.m. It was a risk worth taking.
The staff was so nice, and let me hang out inside until closing. Jackie took over the general store just recently. I have to say, she has the best prices in town (and other towns too)! Tammy is a friend from town. Her father went to school in the building back when it was a school house! I watched the comings and goings of the customers. Debbie and Rachel came by. They had seen me walking the day before. They and Tammy asked me lots of questions.
Dimitri came by! He bought me an IBC root beer! It was such a great time hanging out at the general store.
A man named Jimmy came by and offered to buy me a drink! I chose a mineral water. He was a nice man!
He came into the store around 3p.m. the day before. He was soaked in sweat. He drank a mountain dew and ate a few chicken pot pies, but he wasnt going to the bathroom at all. Meaning he probably wasn’t hydrated. Jackie let Grum stay overnight. That morning, he got a ride to Sanderson to catch a train to El Paso. He couldn’t take the heat. I think he left me a water on the patio!
The general store reminded me of an aid station for a foot race. Refueling, battling ailments, and people dropping out. I felt sad to hear about Grum, but it also put things into perspective for me.
Since Florida, I have been able to rise with the sun and crunch miles all day until sundown. I always try to avoid high noon the best I can, but up until now it really hasn’t been an issue. It wasn’t until west of Comstock that I have experienced what the heat of the day can do. I’m in desert. I simply can’t travel that way any longer. Towns are much further apart. Things are changing.
Lee pulled over on his way home from work to check on me! I told him I had plenty of water and food. He told me he turned on the AC in his guest house! It would be cool when I arrived the next day. We parted ways.
At sundown I decked reflective gear and made my way towards Sanderson. A sheriff’s deputy pulled over to check on me. We talked a little bit about this adventure. He made sure I had enough water and food, and told to me to enjoy the journey. We parted ways.
It was 10 miles to Sanderson. I found a small drainage culvert and managed to set up my hammock! I found a neat little trick to be able to hang it in an enclosed space. Being off the ground makes me feel much safer.