68.5 miles in 5:04. We drove half way from Houston to San Antonio on Thursday evening, stayed in the parking lot of a H.E.B (Here Everything's Better) grocery store in Columbus, Texas. We got up and drove the last half of the trip Friday morning in a fog and drizzle, to San Antonio, almost to the exact spot where I left off with the ride last week. We stopped and as Pam and I had the traditional hug that we have before I leave for EVERY ride, the sun poked through the fog. Before the day was over, the temps were in the low 90's, and the sun was blasting. The wind was nonexistent, and it turned out to be an absolutely beautiful day for a ride. The humidity lingers around 20% around here, even when there is fog I guess, and even though I did not sweat a drop, I lost 7-8 pounds on today's ride. I'm going to have to really hydrate well on warm days here, because the low humidity really sucks the juice out of you, without you even knowing it.
The ride was scenic and downright enjoyable. First of all, it was good to be back in the saddle after an extended stay in San Antonio. The scenery was very rolling, and agricultural. The small towns spaced along the way had a very western feel to them. The fields were planted, sprouting, and were being irrigated all around me. The irrigation availability was good to see, because this area is in a major drought. I think the crops I saw were mostly cotton, because there was a ton of it along the road from last year, and every once in a while, I'd see a small pile of white stuff in a field, and I KNOW it wasn't snow. I also saw lots of carrots along the road, along with some cabbage leaves. I must have crossed 20 named creeks and rivers today, and there was a trace of water in none, except one river, the Medina River. I crossed the Frio River, which is a pretty big recreational river, and it was bone dry. It cracked me up about a mile later, when I crossed a river called the Dry Frio River! It was drier than dry!
I saw three huge trains near the town of Hondo, and followed railroad tracks the entire length of today's ride. Some of the tanker cars said 'liquid corn product', so I figure it was corn syrup or something like that. I also got my first U S border patrol sighting, two vans along the road. Pam said she saw four border patrol trucks with a pick up that was pulled over, and she said she also saw them with a train that they stopped! We are getting close to Mexico however, and we were told they were everywhere . I got in at about five pm, after my late start, and we walked across the street to the Oasis Outback.It was like Cabela's with a restaurant, and I put a major hurting on the salad bar, and drank lots of water.
|For our friends up north.....while we were walking in the Woodlands, their azaleas were in bloom!|
|And the iris!!!!|
|I think we are babying the bike a little too much!!! While we drove back to Houston, it rode on our bed because he didn't want it to get road grime from riding on the back of the jeep. Go figure!?|
|This is after leaving San Antonio and heading west.|
|It is very dry here.|
|Gotta love Texan humor!!|