I had a good day today. We dropped Amy off at the Austin airport at 7:00 AM this morning. She's running the half marathon with Sheri, Colisa, Emily, and some of Emily's friends tomorrow in Nashville.
The first 40 miles was great this morning. A guy pulled out on a bike a half mile or so ahead of me in Smithville, Tx. on Hwy. 71. Smithville is where the movie "Hope Floats" was filmed. I caught up to him a little later, and said hi as I rode by. A little later I pulled over and he caught back up with me. We started a conversation and I found out that my new biking partner was 65 year old Larry Watts. Larry is about to retire from Austin city service. Larry rides four days a week and is training for the Austin MS 150, a charity ride for M.S.. Larry's daughter has M.S. And this ride is his support for her. Did I mention that Larry is 65? He kept up with me on a bike. He's training to ride 150 miles. What the heck are you doing? GET OUT THERE PEOPLE AND GET SOMETHING DONE!!!
The last 60 miles was very hilly as we followed the historical Texas trail of Independence. We also saw the biggest antique sale in the entire world. We're in the middle of nowhere when suddenly one of those D.O.T. flashing signs warns us, "event traffic, expect delays." What? Sure enough an antique sale that went for 8 miles, yes 8 miles.
We finally made it into Navasota about 4:15PM. The boys went for a swim, we grabbed some dinner and now it's TCU vs. SMU. I'm not sure that the boys are grasping the kind of impact by witnessing this trial by bike that I hoped they would. I probably wouldn't have at their age either.
As always Ben Logan is babysitting me and them, what a servant.
Mark Thompson and a friend of his are supposed to be here tonight. Mark is actually going to ride with me for the next two or three days.
By the way, the Southern Tier map set contains 7 map sets. By reaching Navasota, Tx. I have concluded 4 of the 7 and will begin map set 5 tomorrow.
Here's yesterday's and today's pictures.
George W. At the Texas Capital.
Texas capital building under renovation. I love Texas.
Huey, Dewey, and Louie at Texas Memorial Stadium.
Kolton is changing his shorts right now.
Ben was also enamored with Austin after the room next door to him was raided this morning at 5:00 AM.
There's no place like home......there's no place like home.
Kolton, well,....being Kolton.
Me and Larry Watts.
Larry Watts is another one of those fine individuals that God blesses your life with out of nowhere.
A picture of someone's mouth. Who knows.
Antiques in Round Top, Tx.I
Oh, yay, we're just in time.
Limited access tunnel.
Wow, from this side....
And from this side........ I think I'll just stick with Florida.
Uuuuuhhhhhh, let's not show this to his mom.
The dedicated steed.
Sam Houston was baptized here, cool huh?
The only time he smiled all day. Or, he just blew smoke.
We're way off the beaten path now.
Closing it out for the day.
Rumor has it that the Liz Hurley benefit race is coming up, and "Team Christina" from Twickenham is the number two team entered with over 50 participants. Why can't we be number 1? Come on people let's get out there.