Because of the unseasonably cold mornings and short mileage days, we are leaving the hotel a little past nine these last couple mornings. It warms up pretty quickly and we can shed the extra layers at our first rest stop.
Today we biked the first 18 miles or so thru Bastrop and Buescher State Parks on park roads that had almost no traffic. I think we passed 4 cars, all going in the opposite direction. Mark took his rest time by lying in the middle of the road. Go figure. Most of the time he sits in the middle of the road taking pictures.
We saw our first group of bikers this trip near Winchester this morning. They had biked from Austin and were on their way to Houston with a stay overnight in LaGrange. The road surfaces are definitely getting better as we travel east across Texas.
I would have to say this is my favorite state so far. We have talked to so many people because the people are just plain friendly. They have that ‘southern’ mannerism of ‘yes sir’ or ‘no sir’. So much history and they celebrate it with all the roadside historical markers. My kids know I’m in heaven with so many historical markers to stop and read. Best of all my brothers indulge me and stop with me. (Maybe it’s a Sullivan trait and they like to stop and read them too). Last day of L4 is tomorrow. I’m a little sad. Now Brian’s bike is making funny noises. Hopefully nothing to worry about. Life is good.