24 Jun Day 51 – Girls On Film
So sorry for the late blog posts we have just spent the last few days with no internet. I will be blogging through this Texas morning!
It has become abundantly clear why you should have good photographers with you on a trip like this: Check this photo!
Last night the van was being thrown around in the wind. When I woke at 5.20 it was still going strong. I couldn’t think of anything worse than going outside and walking. Shaun got up when I did and went outside to see how bad it was and in his croaky morning South African voice came ‘ ahhh, it’s bark is worse than it’s bite eh!’ I got changed and headed off. He was right, it wasn’t too bad. I had a few people stop on my first leg warning me about how hot it was going to get today. I tried to keep my mind on my pace and also to route. The wind kept my mind busy as well. As the day went on the wind got stronger and the heat never came, by the end of the day I was trying my hardest to keep an acceptable pace and it was hard. 40 mph in your face is not fun, there was resistance on every part of my body and in the last mile or so I was burnt out.
Two pretty close shaves today. One was a guy who clearly was more interested in texting his mates than driving. He headed straight for me and I had to quickly move off the hard shoulder and onto the grass verge. The other was just a cock! Sorry for my language but this guy was an idiot. A huge truck had pulled onto the other side of the road to make sure he was well away from me, what a nice guy then some moron who worked for Cactus Oil Industires decided it would be a great idea to try and undertake the truck on the hard shoulder. He was coming right for me and I had no options. I stood their frozen on the spot and about 20 feet away from me he swerved away form me and back into the lane. To be honest, there are some idiot driver out here. If he hadn’t noticed or had thought he had a bigger gap I am afraid to say it would have been RIP Beebs!
The New Team
So as with all the other support crews it takes a couple of days to get into it. We seem to have a good system, but throw into a mix all the film equipment, digital processing and backing up all images and data every night. Things are pretty full on. We are getting there though and it is always great to see the guys work at the end of the day.