It was somewhat hot today and my bad luck with equipment continued. This kind of cracked me mentally. Really wanted to quit but kept myself going. Still feeling weak from food poisoning, but that is definitely improving.
The bad luck was a string of punctures which used up all my spare tubes and patches. Punctures were caused by thorns similar to goat heads. I brought tubalito tubes and am regretting the choice. These things are too thin and fragile. One came defective and was leaking. 😡
My route today started out fairly flat, but then climbed through a series of valleys. Late in the day, the temperature dropped and thunderstorms started rolling in. I was moving slow and rather than ride in the rain, I stopped at 7:30. I crawled into my tent just as thunderstorm hit.