Permanent number: 2533
90.3 miles, 3864 feet of climbing
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With apologies to Led Zeppelin.
After exiting Fredericksburg, this permanent traverses Crabapple Rd to where it meets FM-965 then traverses Gypsum Mine road before heading more directly toward Harper. The climbing on the route is fairly front end loaded with most of it between 20 and 65 miles. There isn’t any water before you get to Harper at 52 miles so make sure you’re well supplied and Harper is your last chance for water on the route.
I typically stop for lunch in Harper at the Lone Star Cafe which is the control but I’ve also made it an open control for those who want a faster turnaround. You can pick up water or snacks at the Dollar General, Valero station or Dauna’s store.