Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Antelope Wells 19 Days 5 Hours & 2 Minutes!

Simon just called- he's done!

He called at 6.30, the border station closes at 4, which is where the pay phone is (and no cell phone coverage)- so he was calling from down the road.

Bill & Janet were there to meet him, having got there a bit early and spent some time fending off dogs!

He said they were driving back the way he had just come, down a road they could barely see the end off, slightly downhill. It was a pretty tedious day, around 11 hours including breaks, lots of long straight roads. He had mostly cross & slight head winds. But the weather was very good & the temperature perfect.

He's exhausted and aches all over, a bit worse for wear after yesterdays effort.

They are heading for Deming tonight, he said something about guacamole. He should be back here in Santa Fe early afternoon tomorrow.

He sounded relieved and happy.

I am so proud of him.

18 comments:

sifter said...

I'm so pleased for both of you. What an incredible accomplishment!

sifter said...

message from Ben: "get those diamondback pants on trademe" ?! LOL!

Barry & Helen said...

Congratulations on the massive achievement from the gang at Abstel-Glyde. You more than deserve a cold one.

Barry Cuthbert and Abstel-Glyde

MariN said...

Fantastic!!! Wooott!
And a collective sigh of relief has made its way through the mountain biking community in NZed no doubt.
Here's to you Simon, and hopin you soon get the Biggest meal, the Hottest shower, and the Longest sleep and to celebrate with your family this incredible achievement! Just awesome!
Cheers
Marilyn & Co

Bill B said...

That is an awesome achievement, Simon, and everyone involved in supporting him in realising his goal. Well done. Take time out with your family to enjoy the moment and reflect on what you have all been through.

Buy that man a DB. On second thoughts, buy him a new pair of cycle pants, too!

Jill said...

Awesome job, Simon!

Remind him he needs to call in to MTBCast when he gets a chance. ;-)

josh said...

Congratulations Simon, awesome job. Following your progress on this blog has been inspirational.

Dan said...

What an inspirational 19 days that has been - thanks Simon!! Congratulations!

Geoff said...

way to go simon. get some rest... you've earned it.

Project Rameka said...

Woo-hoo, hip-ray, hip-ray, hip-ray, extreme clapping, high 5, whistle, yelling .... woo-hoo

swtchbckr said...

WAY TO GO!!!!

Congratulations!!!

Penny said...

Congratulations!! Simon, and Sarah.
It's been quite a bailbiter and I'm really relieved you've made it one piece. ...Thanks to Sarah and Paul in particular for their diligent postings that made it such an absorbing and scary experience for the armchair supporter....
I hope you get lots of sleep, both of you...
Big proud hug, Penny

Patrick said...

The dude abides.

I don't know about you, but I take comfort in that. It's good knowin' he's out there, the Dude, takin' her easy for all us sinners. Welp, that about does her, wraps her all up. Things seem to've worked out pretty good for the Dude, and it was a purt good story, dontcha think? Made me laugh to beat the band. Parts, anyway.

I guess that's the way the whole durned human comedy keeps perpetuatin' it-self, down through the generations, westward the wagons, across the sands a time until-- aw, look at me, I'm ramblin' again. Wal, uh hope you folks enjoyed yourselves.

Fred said...

Wow! Brilliant Simon. I'm beat just following the blog. I need to have to have a little lie down;)

Dave

Mike & Karen said...

What all those guys and gals said....
We had a ball following your progress. Skytv couldn't have covered it better.
A very big WELL DONE to you and your wonderful support crew.
So rest up now and start counting the money.

Jo said...

Jake and Morag have been so wrapped up in preparation for their birthday they forgot to say - happy birthday Miro! And when told of Simon's exploits Jake said: "snort, snort, snort", in a similar vein Morag added "aiieeeee". They also asked if Simon thought the course would be suitable for a bike trailer with Daddy doing all the hard work. Jo and Andrew are impressed and inspired. See you soon.

Gav said...

Congratulations Simon, really well done! I've been following this event more than the TdF! Sarah, Paul, thanks for keeping us up to date.

Simon, Sarah & Miro hope you have a nice little break and a safe trip home.

Oli Brooke-White said...

Incredible and inspiring, Simon. A huge congratulations to you from all of the Brooke-Whites. Everyone is so proud of you for knocking this bastard off, mate.

Looking forward to hearing the Tales.