Well, I have had an eventful few days. I am actually still in El Paso, Texas, even though I have still been putting in at least 100 miles on the bike every day. I went outside the other morning, in Vanhorn, Texas, and was shocked to find the roads covered in ice, 30-40 mile per hour winds and a freezing temperature of -9 degrees celsius! Texas had been hit by some freak weather conditions so I decided the most sensible option was to head back to El Paso and cycle each day from there.
The icy cold spell has now passed and I am going to be moving further east tomorrow into Central Standard time, which will only put me 6 hours behind GMT.
I have had quite a few punctures as well lately which means that I have used up all my inner tubes. I have just had to buy four more, so here's hoping I do not get too many more on my journey over to Florida.
You may remember I mentioned a few months back that I had been getting a bit of a niggle with a tooth, and it finally got to the stage last week where I had to see a dentist. The first guy I saw said it needed root canal treatment, as it was so close to the nerve. He recommended a colleague, who successfully completed it for me. As there is no NHS system in the US, I was preparing myself for a pretty hefty bill, but the dentist told me at the end that I could have it done free of charge, because he admired what I was doing. They were both so kind, so I want to say a huge thank you to them!
I also want to thank Don and Shannon, who Iet me stay with them in Texas. They have both been extremely kind and hospitable.
So I now need to take advantage of a small window in the weather, get on my bike and head towards Austin, then into Louisiana.
Please remember that I am raising money for the ELIFAR foundation, so any donation, however small, would be greatly appreciated: www.justgiving.com/captainketch.
Out for now,