Thursday, April 7, 2011

April 7, 2011. Navasota to Cleveland, TX. 74 miles.

We started this morning with breakfast in the hotel--Texas shaped waffles! Very cool indeed. There was also a variety of cereal, toast, and biscuits and gravy. Something for everyone.
I was among the last to leave this morning. No reason really, just moving slowly. I caught up to Dianne about 4 miles out--she was on the side of the road with a flat tire. I did not stick around because the sag car was already there, and how many people does it take to change a flat tire anyway? We had a lovely ride today. It was windy and hot, about 90 by mid afternoon.
We rode for about 30 miles through the Sam Houston National Forest, which was a real treat. Paved roads, big trees, and little traffic. My favorite way to ride. After the 40 mile sag I saw the Christ of East Texas and some angels along the roadside.
This sad eyed donkey came trotting out to see me when I stopped at the side of the road for a comfort break. We saw lots of small farms--apparently there is a substantial tax break for owning livestock. The "agricultural" designation is highly sought after and prized in this area. Many businesspeople have small herds of cattle and horses for that reason. I arrived at the hotel at 1:39. I was glad to be done--we had a quartering headwind for the last 22 miles as it got hotter and hotter. Dianne was very late coming in.... the hooked nail you see above was the cause of her original flat tire--it went in on the tread and imbedded itself, sticking out through the sidewall. The first tube she put in had a hole in it.... the second one got pinched and blew out. The third one was the charm until she noticed part of the tube sticking out through the hole in the sidewall, and had to stop and change it again to put a boot in the tire. Not a good day for Dianne, but she took it all in stride. She said "everything is bigger in Texas". Amen.

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