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
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)
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!
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。
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)