Yesterday marked our 12th and last ride in Texas! Here are some pictures:

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Today I dedicated my day to Dana Fusco. She is a really good friend of mine and has supported me all the way from my decision to participate in the 4k, through planning and fundraising, and even still today.

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We left Snyder, TX at sunrise and picked our ride groups based on when during the month you were born. I ended up with Aaron, Micaela, and Matt. That means I’ve ridden with Micaela twice in a row, and Matt four times in a row! Crazy. The ride was pretty awesome. It was fast and a little windy. My group started out last since our birthdays are at the end of the month, but we were a strong team and had no mechanical issues so we ended up leading the team after the second water stop! We’ve been climbing steadily the past few days and we’re at a higher elevation than we’ve ever been! The elevation maps blow my mind every day because it doesn’t seem like we’re climbing all that much. With a few exceptions, the hills are really gradual and almost unnoticeable. You can check out the elevation and the GPS route here: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/539274095.

Yesterday there were a lot of windmills and today there were a lot of oil rigs! We saw them pretty constantly all day and most of them were actively pumping! I also saw some prarie dogs and I almost ran over a tarantula that was crawling across the road! I almost thought I was seeing things, but Micaela saw it too! The weather was beautiful! It wasn’t too hot (below 90 degrees) and I don’t think I sweat at all yesterday because its SO dry out here! I think I probably drank 15 bottles of water, but never once did I feel sweaty and gross. On the other hand, I felt salty and dusty. I don’t know which is worse…

Brad was in the water van today. I think Brad is by far the most entertaining during water van duty. He blasts awesome music, makes sure we don’t take forever, and also makes us all laugh:

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I promise he has shorts on under the flags he is wearing.

Our last water stop of the day was at a really cool location, the Coors factory! We all took a bunch of pictures, and I’m working on finding some more that I know were taken:

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We made really good time despite having some longer water stops due to flat tires, and arrived in Lubbock, TX just as it was starting to get really hot. Our host is St. Johns United Methodist Church. Since we got here so early we had to relax and kill some time before being taken to the showers in Texas Tech’s stadium! After showering, we threw around my frisbee on the turf and had a tire flipping contest!

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After everyone was done showering, we were fed pasta and salad at the stadium with some cancer survivors! We also had some awesome cake and shared some of our stories for participating in this adventure. We then walked back to our host through the Texas Tech campus! After returning and relaxing for a little bit, a few of us went out and explored Lubbock. It’s a really cool little college town and we definitely enjoyed ourselves!

A couple more things, here is another picture of me napping (just for the record books):

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Actually I think I’m being woken up. I’m not sure. Anyway, unfortunately, if you mailed something to Clovis using USPS, I’ve been informed that it will be returned to sender. Apparently Clovis doesn’t accept USPS packages or letters or something, but UPS and FedEx should be fine.

Please comment and watch out for my next post coming later tonight!

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