The toughest climbing day From Kerrville to Leaky 

I met a team of 15 cyclists in Kerrville two days ago,they are leaded by adventure cycling so got the van supported,except for the excitement of meeting cyclists . I’m more concerned about the road conditions ahead ,since I don’t have any map and my phone is out of service here.The map they showed me is just like the ECG, they said there was even a 90 degrees hill ahead! I was going to choose another way around 337( someone suggested to take 337 all the way to the end) , but the 90 degrees hills intrigued me so I decided to challenge myself taking the road 187 , I have been through the zigzagged hills but not like what they described, I kinda of doubting that.


But it’s true that no water supply or network service until you got to Leakey , I had lunch at a picnic area, even still no water there but the only shade of the day. A ladybug flew into my water bottle when I was trying to pour water into another bottle,I must have had pour it down immediately if I’m not on the road , but i had to take the ladybug out and finish the water since that was the last bottle of my day.

After lunch I had a swerve from a steep and quite stretch of road, and I finally found the so called 90 degrees hills, but it was downhill for me,haha, they must forget that they were coming the opposite way of me! Even I got some uphills but it was not that hard, they guys just exaggerated, I said to myself.

But a few minutes later, I realized that they didn’t exaggerate at all, a long winding road showed up ahead, it was like no end. There was even no downhills at the sharp bend, but another endless uphills. I finally realized I was just climbing hills before, but now its the real MOUNTAIN! I could only make 5 miles in a hour even I tried my best, and I ran out of my water!! Long time climbing made my body even more dehydrated , I couldn’t even swallow because my lips was cracked and bleeding, my throat was like on fire. I even thought about crying it out so I could save my tears in my water bottle and drink it up, but the salty tears would just make me more thirsty.

Even I was tired and so in need of water but I still kept pedaling, I always think there has hope if you just keep going,because you don’t know what is waiting for you ahead, the unknown situation brings the hope, but I might be dehydrated to death if I remained where I was. I started to pray after 2 more miles tough pedaling

” No eyes has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him “

I got a nice downhill after ,it gave me a nice break for my exhausted body, but I realized that I had to find water ASAP, otherwise I won’t be able to make through the next uphills,I kept praying then I finally met a car that was driving towards me, I waved to them without hesitation, I knew that might be my only chance to get water,I was almost bending over their window asking for water, they looked everywhere but only found a can of soda and some ice,I swallowed the ice immediately and felt alive! I’m able to swallow again! Yeah! ( You would know that swallowing is a precious ability when you are thirsty to death)

The first thing I got to the town was to drink a gallon of water …not up! Haha 

After quenched my thirst, I started to look for a place for the night, I encountered Monica who was jogging on the road, I asked her if there was any campground nearby, she said there was a cabin ahead, it was about 129 dollars a night, I said it was totally exceeds my budget with shocking voice,then she pointed another hotel for me which was like 88 dollars, I told her frankly that I only have a budget of 5 dollars for the day and I could sleep anywhere as long as it’s safe, then she said I could stay at her guest room if I don’t mind.

 She told her husband my story when we got home, they both felt unbelievable about my world cycling trip alone with only 5 dollars a day! They said they had dreams before they have kids, they loved cycling and traveling, but never thought about cycle traveling! 

Later on, her husband Brian paid a hotel room for me, they said we are only giving you a comfy place to stay for one night, but you have to go through so many rugged outdoor life by yourself.


I couldn’t help crying after I heard that, I never be alone, those strangers I met by chance helped me make through so many days and nights, love is beyond the mountains! The love I received on the way is much more than the meaning of cycling itself! Thank you, my dearest strangers!

-April 3 

偏向虎山行

早上从Kerrville 出发,遇到一支15人的骑行队伍,他们是由Adventure Cycling 骑行网组织,有专门的汽车托运行李以及负责住宿医疗等问题,对于大多数退休了的骑行者来说,这也是一个最安全的方式,当然他们也是从西往东与我相反的方向骑行,除了见到骑友的激动,更多的也是关心前面的路况,他们给出的结论和Fred 的一致,没网没水只有山,他们拿出地图给我看海拔平面图,像是心脏图一样,弯弯曲曲甚至有90度垂直的山丘!本来我有一个更高的路线可以迂回绕行,但是听他们说90度垂直爬坡我倒一下子来了兴致,决定向这条他们觉得难度最大的路线骑行。因为一直是在经历这样的起伏路,虽然也有坡路但是却没有他们描述的那么夸张,让我有点觉得他们所谓的难度可能是在夸大其词。

不过没网没水倒是真的,一点都在山路里骑行,没有村庄也没有任何的商店,中午时分终于看到一个野餐亭,虽然依然没有水但却是一天当中唯一的一片阴凉,于是便在这里解决了午饭。因为随身只带了两瓶水,在灌水的过程中有一只🐞瓢虫飞进去,以前的第一反应肯定是恶心的倒掉,但是那是我一天中最后的一瓶水,只能把它看捞出来继续喝。

午饭过后坡度开始增大,我也终于找到了他们所说的90度垂直坡,哈哈,不过对于我来说是下坡! 我想他们大概忘了我们是在往相反的方向骑行,所以他们所说的高难度上坡其实对于我来说都是下坡,虽然刹车捏到手疼,哈哈不过却感觉自己完全是赚到了,老美就是爱夸张!

在下完坡10分钟之后,我开始意识到,他们并没有夸张! 那张像心电图一样的平面坡度已经出现在我面前! 没有尽头长达20多公里的盘山公路,每到一个转弯处都没有出现我期待中的下坡,而是更高的山坡!我终于感到之前爬的坡只能叫坡,而这才是真正的爬!山! 在1个小时内用尽蛮荒之力也只骑行了5公里后,我的水也已用尽!一路越来越难的攀爬加上烈日的暴晒,身体也在加速的脱水! 在勉强支撑了另一个5公里后,嘴唇和喉咙已经冒烟到无法咽下口水,我当时甚至想到哭一场然后把眼泪装进瓶子里喝下去,但是想到眼泪是咸的越喝越渴便打消了这个念头。尽管身体已经严重脱水但是却没有就此停留,总有一个念头告诉我只要往前走就有希望,因为你不知道前面等待你的是什么,可是那种未知反而带来了希望,但是困在原地面对的情境很有可能就是在30多度的高温下暴晒导致更加速的脱水。在强行支撑了2公里后,舌苔干裂,攀爬的汗水都变成盐流淌下来,我开始祷告。神为爱他的人所预备的,是眼睛未曾看见,耳朵未曾听见,人心也未曾想到的。而在祷告后,前面的路况终于出现了转机,迎来了一个小小的下坡,却足以让我虚脱的身体得到暂时的解脱,下坡的过程中,脑海中开始浮现老冰棍,冰西瓜🍉,想梅解渴的方式又给了我新的动力,但是我知道我必须得尽快找到水源,2个多小时的断水攀爬已经只是在意念在支撑,身体却没有能量再面临接下来的上坡了。再次祷告后我终于遇到了一辆迎面驶过的汽车,我毫不犹豫的招了手,虽然山路不好停车,但是他们竟然在驶过一段后又调头回来问我有什么需要帮助,我几乎是趴在他们的车窗上问他们有没有水,他们找到了车内却只找到了一瓶汽水,虽然我从来不喝汽水,可是在喝下去的那一刻身体的每一个细胞却都在冒泡欢呼,我终于可以再次咽下口水!(当你干渴到冒烟的时候你会知道口水都是那么宝贵)

因为这瓶宝贵的汽水支撑着我到达了小镇,今天的目的地!第一件事就是买下一桶水,咕噜噜一饮……没有尽~哈哈

饱饮一顿后,开始解决晚上的住宿问题,仅仅是花10分钟转完小镇后发现不仅居民区甚少而且再继续骑下去又是无尽的山坡,当我祷告请求神的带领的时候,遇到了正在散步的Monica,我问她附近是否有露营的地方,她给我指出前方不远处就有小木屋,是一对非常好的夫妻,我可以在那里露营,她说她就在这条街散步,如果我找不到还可以回来问她。当我到达第一个像营地一样的小公园时,一对老夫妻告诉我可以在这里露营但是他们并没有卫生间。虽然不是很方便但是天色已晚我觉得就在草坪上席地而睡了,但是还是决定去完商店附近的卫生间再回来,当我出去时再次遇到了Monica,她告诉我她所指的并不是这里,小木屋还要往前骑一点,并告诉我一晚大概是129刀,我震惊的说那个完全超出我的预算,她指给我另一个住宿地说那个地方是88刀,我坦白的说我每天的预算只有5刀,只要有一个安全的地方可以露营便好,我是哪里都可以睡的人。她吃了一惊想了想说那你那我家吧,家里有2个孩子和1条狗,会有点乱但是我可以住在客房。

她也是一名蒙台梭利老师,她是一路带着震惊的心情把我领我家并把我的故事和她的丈夫分享,夫妻俩当时便回忆了很多,说年轻时也有过很多梦想也会骑车也会旅行,但是从来没有想过会骑行,光是德州的大山就是一个无法翻越的障碍。当时丈夫Brian 马上给我联系酒店,帮我支付了费用并护送我到达这里,他们说,我们只不过是给你一晚舒适的环境睡眠,而你却要经受多少个风餐露宿的日子!

这句话让我当时眼泪就止不住的流下来,这些萍水相逢的陌生人一直在陪伴我走过在路上的日日夜夜,再高的山高不过人世间的爱,再美的风景美不过人的心。这些在路上收获的爱,远远超过骑行本身带给我的意义!谢谢你们,最温暖的陌生人

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