Day 32: Richards, Texas – REST DAY

Whew! A beautiful sunrise over Mexican Hill Ranch. A lazy big breakfast with a slow pace. A little hair trim by Wayne the barber and 2015 and 2016 rider.

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Erny and Doris gave us a hay ride of their 80 acres and their love of Texas countryside and their 37 head of cattle all with their own name. You know a guys like Erny, he said we would have an hour ride and it was two. It was great and the cattle seemed almost tame because of Erny and Doris’ care.

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A nice lunch and nap, swim and massage with the promise of milking a cow later. A great rest day.

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Day 31: La Grange to Richards, Texas – 89 miles

I received a great picture of a longhorn. Photo credit to John Ilenin. 2016 rider and nice guy.

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A good sleep and away I went with the fellow I have been riding with the last week or so, Rich Niewald and his wife Chrysa. They are RAGBRAI veterans from outside of St. Louis. Rich is a great rider and has a big motor. His wife had gotten food poisoning and was not riding today. We seemed to ride possessed today with a fairly  reliable tailwind for our 89 miler. We flew to the first rest stop where a local had befriended the tour in 2010 and would have coffee and donuts, Gene the coffee man. He was so nice.

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The picnic lunch was at a historic site at where the original Baylor had been.

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We set out for Navasota for the next SAG at a DQ. Had the world’s biggest root beer float. Had 20 more miles after the DQ. We passed through historic Anderson, Texas and another historic courthouse.

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We rolled into Mexican Hill Ranch to my package of wheels and the great hosts, Erny and Doris.

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The wheels had been changed out. Thanks Mariella.

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Day 30: Lockhart to La Grange, Texas – 60 miles

Another cold wake up in the LOW 40’s. That always gets the attention of a Florida boy. Amazing sunrise with moon set. We all rolled out in all our clothes again but the sun was out and it was another beautiful day. We are now riding on the Texas Independence Trail.

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The hills were more gentle and rolling. The country sights were real America.

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The fields of Bluebonnet and Indian Paintbrush with other flowers as well.  Especially after our picnic lunch in Muldoon, Texas.

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It was more beautiful sights on the way in to La Grange, Texas. Tres Hombres. They gotta lot of nice girls down there. The county courthouse and the Randolph rec center.

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Long day tomorrow and a rest day.

Day 29: Blanco to Lockhart, Texas – 62 miles

What a difference a day makes. Plenty of sleep with a good breakfast. I will repeat this formula for success. A cold but beautiful roll out.

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The wind was so much better and the sun had come out for good. A great lunch at Texas Pie Co. in Kyle, Texas. A great BLT AND a slice of apple pie. We had a great rollout after lunch into Lockhart, Texas, where the Caldwell County Courthouse is. A street fair tonight. It was a great day.

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Day 28: Kerrville to Blanco, Texas – 59 miles

We awoke in the middle of a the night with flashes of lightning and thunder. It was rising since the middle of the night. It was not clear what the next couple hours before and after breakfast would bring. We bundled up in all our Gore-Tex and starting  a little after 8 to a fairly decent start with cloudy skies but no rain. It was a windy, cold misting day. We had a great first SAG coffee in Comfort, Texas.

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There was  2950 of elevation and 3250 feet of descent in brutally windy conditions with fairly no respite. We went through the cute little town of Waring, Texas.

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A quick and good lunch at Sisterdale. I was cold or hot or toasted after to the lunch break and just basically hung on for the rest of my day. Thanks to Rich and Amy for hanging out and getting me home.

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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.