Felix Wong Headed back to the Trail

Racer update about:
Hi this is Felix Wong calling at 12:11 from the town of Chama, NM. Its about 50 miles off route. I'm calling on the 4th of July. I am in much better spirits. When I got to Chama, I encountered a cyclist and I ask her if she knew any cyclists in town with a cyclometer I could buy off him or her. She led me into a little office that is under construction. A construction worker just upgraded to a GPS on his bike and he had a Cat Eye Cyclometer at home in his garage just 2 blocks away. So he went to fetch that for me and I just mounted it and it seems to work fine. It looks like I'm going to be good to go in terms of navigation. I just have to climb back up a huge pass which I had to descend to get into Chama. That's going to take at least 2 hours to ascend, until I'm back on route, but at least I'm going to on route and I should be heading down through New Mexico shortly. Right now, I'm enjoying a cup of ice cream. I got rocky road which I thought was appropriate. It certainly has been a rocky road, especially the past couple of days for me. Anyhow, talk to you later. Bye. (recorder time: 2008-07-04 13:14:40 EST)


Pilgrim's Progress

Felix Wong's pilgrimage is proof that this race is about so much more than cut-offs and rule changes. Go Felix!

The Great Rocky Road

Felix is getting ready to enter NM. If only I could tell him about the rocks coming his way. It's pretty rugged in there. Northern NM had crazy snow this year (there's one 50m hike-a-bike on the Brazos) and the route is more eroded and silted than normal. He's a trooper though and will weather it fine. Felix is a Paris-Brest-Paris vet. Need I say more? NM cobbles will be similar to those more famous Euro stones.

I'm sure it seems like 50 miles off course

However, Felix, don't go 50 miles in the other direction or you'll be nearly to Platoro!


Seriously, I'm sure it SEEMS like 50 miles, but it's really only about 15 or so.

I don't mean to say that it's "ONLY 15 miles."

I just checked the distance on mapmyride dot com and it's 14.13 miles from the center of Chama to the turn-off you need to take.

I don't mean to minimize the effort required to get back on course.

It's one tough uphill climb, believe me, I know.


You've got it in you, Felix!

Tour Divide Rules?

By Tour Divide Rules, can't Felix hitch a ride back to the place where he left the course? That would be so much more humane.

No kidding!

No kidding!

He's huffing it back

Felix is riding his bike back up those hills to the course.

From the movement of his dot and the elapsed time, he's definitely not in a car.

Your blue dot is NM now...

Your blue dot is NM now... keep going Felix. Sometimes the "walls" you face are destiny's way of testing-- to see how much you want something. It is in you to finish... dig down deep and picture your bike wheels on the Mexican border. Go Felix... go!



Need I say more. Your persistence & determination in this race has been astounding. I have been keeping track of your ride since the day you rode along with my husband, Mike.
You have had several challenges & have stuck it out. I wish you all the strength & determination you need to reach Antelope Wells. Take care.


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