Day 27: Concan to Kerrville, Texas – 72 miles

A windy ride out of Leakey, Texas into the Texas Hill Country. It was hilly. 3000 feet of climbing and 2800 feet of descending.

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It was a long windy ride but the scenery was beautiful especially when we got to the half way point in the whole route.

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The Guadalupe River going through Hunt, Texas was incredible.

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We stopped at a great local bike shop that gave us directions to a local bike path the Kerrville River trail that went all through this beautiful valley to the city park we were camping in.

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Day 26: Concan, Texas – REST DAY

A sleepy, foggy rest day at River’s Bend Cabins on the Frio River. I slept over 11 hours to wake to a big breakfast and some stimulating political historical conversation with fellow rider, Jim H from Chicago. Started to sprinkle and went to the cabin and begun reading, Life is a Wheel. Great book. Not a conducive day for much of anything. Had home made ham and veg soup with sandwiches and fresh fruit. The two “youngest” riders of the trip, JT-23 and myself went for a cold plunge in the Frio. It was great.

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A nap and dinner then one of the local fiddle masters, Dick Walker and one of his child students, Camille Sanders, who had grown up being taught by Mr. Walker accompanied him and gave our group a one-and-a-half-hour show next to the campfire. It was fantastic.

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Day 25: Brackettville to Concan, Texas – 74 miles

Another windy overcast and HUMID rollout. It appears that we have entered an area that is greener still, hence the moisture in the air. We went out and the rolling hills and wind were again tough. A good SAG at mile 23. A border patrol stop on bicycles and finally into the lunch stop in Uvalde. Great taco and enchilada. We finally have finished our time on US 90. We have been on it since Van Horn, Texas. We are hoping the turn will get us out of the wind going into Concan. We were finally in Texas hill Country. A badly needed rest day tomorrow. No signal and weak wifi.

Day 24: Comstock to Brackettville, Texas – 73 miles

Hard long day with 10-15 mph headwinds all day. I rode the first 28 miles alone with lots of hills but not like yesterday. We had to be escorted across the Amistad Reservoir bridge by the local sheriff.

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I rode with a small group after that for the rest of the day. We had lunch at the famous Rudy’s BBQ, pulled pork, ho made beans and slaw. Fabulous! Long afternoon with the latest roll in of the trip so far. You know the drill, tired blogger, short post. Peace and love.

Day 23: Sanderson to Comstock, Texas – 82 miles

A very cold and windy roll out of Sanderson after a very warm reception from the high school seniors of Project Graduation. The wind howled at the gym waking people from all their sleep.  It was 37 degrees this morning so after breakfast we were bundled up and away we went.

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The wind and road shifted and The crosswinds were pretty fierce at the start of the ride for a while. The wind did seem be helpful most of the day for a elevation gain of 3100 feet and descent of almost 4600 feet. It was a long day but, the wind was our friend. The terrain was again very interesting.

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After lunch we crossed the Pecos River which appeared to have a river service road and put in. Rafting the Pecos must be going on.

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We are staying at the very cool Seminole Canyon State Park outside of Comstock.

Day 22: Marathon to Sanderson, Texas – 57 miles

A beautiful night in Marathon with a side trip to the very eclectic bike hostel, La Loma de Chiva.

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The rollout was cold but got warm quicker. It was beautiful day with the rolling countryside terrain being stunning with great mountains and rock formations.

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It was the kind of ride that you wished your club did every Saturday.

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Sanderson is small but nice. We have been promised the best brisket in West Texas for dinner today. A longer day tomorrow so everyone conserving a little. No littlest freewheeler.

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Day 21: Marathon, Texas – REST DAY

A roadrunner runs across the road of the third largest national park in America and the least visited, Big Bend. A great excuse for the small but, united Smith family to enjoy their last full day together.  It had been decided that the first thing to visit was the Hot Springs on The Rio Grande River near Boquillas Canyon.

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It was overrun with families and kids but, it a beautiful day. The spring was hot.

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The river was refreshing after the hot spring.

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A nice lunch at a picnic table overlooking the river under the oasis of a palm trees. We took pictures and drove to the Chisos Basin, home of the featured image, Casa Grande. It was stunning and amazing with incredible rock formations.

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Mariella to join me with the ride group for dinner and hear about their Big Bend rest day. She has been such a welcome help to ensure I got a little extra rest and attention. She will stay in Marathon tomorrow while I go on with the group to Sanderson, Texas.

Day 20: Marfa to Marathon, Texas – 57 miles

Very cold and windy rollout of Marfa as we headed for Marathon via the very cool town of Alpine. A rise out of Marfa that lead us to the Marfa Lights. I did not go last night. It seems the routine of cross country cyclist is not conducive to being up past an established bedtime. The terrain changed into beautiful mountains and rock formations.

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A stop at the “Bikeman’s bike shop and a cruise in for lunch. Homemade minestrone with BLTA and cinnamon roll with coffee. The southwest Texas folks have a great vibe of not taking themselves to seriously. Note the Target store.

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Some more windy miles into the rest day in Marathon. The littlest freewheeler wisked me off to the Gage Hotel. Sweetness.

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