I know a lot of you have been praying for a tailwind. I want to assure you that God has answered your prayers. He said "NO."
It should have been an epic ride. Mostly downhill with lots of rolls and it was, except for the due east 10-15 mile an hour headwind this morning followed by the 20-25 mile an hour headwind this afternoon. Have you ever heard that winds prevail from the west in our country? Ya, I'm not seeing that so much yet. I did make a century, mostly because if I hadn't I would have had 120 miles tomorrow to get to Del Rio, Tx.. Now I only have 102 miles, pinch me I'm dreaming.
We went through some interesting country today, acaross the whole 100 miles there was a total of one stop. That was in Marathon, Tx. Pop. 455. it actually was one of the nicer small towns we've been through. Marathon is home of the Gage motel, a former headquarters for cattle baron, John Gage. Gage at one time ranches over 600 sections of land in that area. Do the math, a section is 640 acres. Lloyd Brooks for instance ranches one third of a section, but don't get me wrong he's a fine fellow.
The distances were so great that Jamie had to pick up sandwiches in Marathon that we enjoyed 30 miles later at a roadside picnic table.
Other than that and a few gems you'll catch in the pictures, it was another grind. You know, sometimes life is like that. Sometimes you just have to keep going. Headwind, uphill, 100 miles or more, just keep going. Hey, people, get out there and keep going.
I really questioned God today. I was saying to myself, come on God, I'm out here killing myself, can't I get a tailwind? I came to the realization that there are a lot more important things going on in this world than my comfort. Hey, guess what? There are a lot more important things going on in this world than your comfort too. So hey, get uncomfortable!
In other news, Jamie got stopped again. Yes, it's true. This time a Terrell county deputy sheriff pulled him over for suspicious behavior. Somebody alert Huntsville, HPD, Jamie is flying home tomorrow, somebody should keep an eye on him.
Ok, I'm almost done. I fight a headwind all day, ride a hundred miles, and marvel at the expanse of this great land. We check into the Budget Inn. This is probably the finest establishment I've ever had the privilege of staying in. They charged us $39.00. They probably should have paid us for staying here. Pictures to follow. We then tried to go out for dinner. The four restaurants in town were all closed for HOMECOMING! We had to eat at a gas station! I probably have food poisoning, I'll let you know tomorrow.
Please Lord, get me to Del Rio.
Jamie leaves for El Paso tomorrow to fly home. We're expecting Jason any minute. That's all for now.
Early morning drizzle over Alpine, Tx.
Early morning start.
As promised, the Gage motel.
Me and the support car.
Jamie said, "don't touch the car."
I'm really not that fat, the camera adds 10 lbs.
Vulture eating coyote, very cool.
Those are buffalo in the wild.
Ahhhhhh, the trusty steed waiting patiently for lunch to finish.
Have you seen that shirt before?
That's a train, Jamie thought it was cool.
Love the decor.
Let's take a dip in the pool.
Even the office is scary.
See you tomorrow,
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