Update: Motor Scooter Rider Clark Hurst Stuck On Texas/New Mexico Border

Update: Motor Scooter Rider Clark Hurst Stuck On Texas/New Mexico Border

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Update: Motor Scooter Rider Clark Hurst Stuck On Texas/New Mexico Border

UGA Wire is in contact with Clark Hurst, the zealot Bulldog fan who lives in Athens, Georgia, and is riding his motor scooter from Sanford Stadium to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California to see Georgia play Oklahoma in the College Football Playoff Semifinal.

In a text message exchange the evening of December 29, Hurst shared that he ran into a mechanical issue on the evening of Thursday, December 28.

“I lost the spark in the scooter about three miles out of Fabens, Texas,” Hurst said.  “I intended to make Las Cruces, New Mexico last night, but today has been spent wrenching on the scooter.  A broken stator was the problem and you need a special tool.  Funscooterz in El Paso saved the day!”

Hurst shared that he had built in a cushion day into his schedule to arrive in Pasadena late on December 30 or on December 31.

“I am confident now I can make it, but my cushion is shot. I’ll need for everything to go right from here,” he said.

Hurst noted he was texting from a Whataburger near the campus of the University of Texas at El Paso. He intends to proceed to Las Cruces, New Mexico Friday night.

According to Google Maps, this will put Hurst about 885 miles from his goal. He will need to average 295 miles per day to make it to the Rose Bowl on January 1. UGA Wire estimates he has covered 1,851 miles since leaving Sanford Stadium on December 21.

Hurst faces his biggest challenge on Saturday, when he will tackle Emory Pass in the Gila National Forest about a hundred miles into his day. Emory Pass is a tough mountain climb that crests at 8,823 feet. It is currently clear and 36 degrees on top of Emory Pass, but should be around 52 degrees by the time that Hurst ascends the climb. The good news is that the weather on the route ahead looks fine, with no precipitation forecast the rest of the way to the City of Roses, and temperatures ranging between the mid-40s and mid-60s as he crosses the Desert Southwest.

UGA Wire hopes to interview Hurst during a planned break on Saturday, and we will post that and other updates as soon as we have them.

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