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Old 06-05-2011, 09:18 PM   #31
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Day 6

Today's leg will take me from Ft. Stockton down to Del Rio near the Mexico border, and then through some of the Texas hill country to Kerrville. Click here for the route map. These places are scheduled to be hot, 95 degrees and up, so I get an early start to do as much of the ride as possible in cooler temperatures.



The initial ride out of Ft. Stockton starts straight and flat.



But after a while it starts looking better.







Refueling in Sanderson:



Sanderson is a curious little town.







Continuing on US 90.





Texas seems to have a lot of historical markers like this:



I enjoyed this roadside stop with a gazebo lookout thingy:







The Pecos River:







And onward:







In Camp Wood I stop for lunch:



It's an all-you-can-eat buffet with mostly locals.




Cherry cobbler really hit the spot!


Watch out bird!

One of the locals in the restaurant told me that Camp Wood is on the Western edge of the hill country. So now I'm officially in it.




How 'bout them hills.











Finally in Kerrville, I score a great deal on a room and get permission to park the Wee in front of it.


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Old 06-05-2011, 09:57 PM   #32
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Great pics and narrative! I am also checking your other reports to get some ideas on rides for this summer (Foothills, Norcal, etc...) Thanks for sharing.
Delighted to be of service. Be sure to write up some reports of your travels!

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You're getting some really good on the fly shots.
What camera do you have?
Nothing fancy, a little Sony Cybershot. The real trick is my deerskin gloves that are soft enough so I can work the controls.

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vintage american west,,,love the ride report
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Old 06-05-2011, 10:01 PM   #33
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GREAT RR.... I live in TX, and you GOTTA be HOT down there... ! I'm reading your report, and being that Ive ridden all those roads in the summer, and knowing the feeling of your skin melting off your body!!!

Stay cool my friend !
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Old 06-07-2011, 01:35 AM   #34
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GREAT RR.... I live in TX, and you GOTTA be HOT down there... ! I'm reading your report, and being that Ive ridden all those roads in the summer, and knowing the feeling of your skin melting off your body!!!
Day 7 is indeed the hottest day of the trip so far. The route is mostly an exercise in avoiding I-10 and so consists of a generally Eastbound selection of country roads.

I'll let the pictures do most of the talking.













Lunch was in La Grange, about two hours out of Houston, at a crowded (always a good sign) roadside restaurant. The day's special was chicken fried steak. Never had that before and decided to give it a try. I still don't know what kind of meat it is.








Antique selling seems to be really big in this area.


Just before 290 turns into a freeway I stop at a DQ to cool off with some ice cream.


Getting closer to Houston, the temperature is up to about 103 now.


Which, in bumper-to-bumper traffic is not much fun!


Finally at Beth's house I am rewarded with a local brew.

No riding tomorrow, it will be a day of visiting and playing.

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Old 06-07-2011, 01:31 PM   #35
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Enjoying your RR,pics,etc,would like to do the trip west from here your doing in reverse someday,when it's cooler.Be safe,don't overheat in this heat we're having this wk.
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Old 06-07-2011, 02:46 PM   #36
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Old 06-07-2011, 09:57 PM   #37
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Enjoying your RR,pics,etc,would like to do the trip west from here your doing in reverse someday,when it's cooler.Be safe,don't overheat in this heat we're having this wk.
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Old 06-07-2011, 10:13 PM   #38
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Day 8 - Reconnections!

Tuesday was a relaxing time catching up with my #1 sister and her husband and younger daughter.


Beth showing off one of the many items from her classroom as a Montessori teacher

We visited Houston's fascinating Museum of Printing History:




A Rosetta Stone replica


Beth tries out the linotype machine


Samples of hand made paper


There are also a couple of photo exhibits


Beth's husband Mike and younger daughter Marika


Beth, Toby and Yours Truly

Next: Louisiana!
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Enjoying your ride report. Was the road you took from Camp Wood by chance FM 337? It looked like the pull over spot as you come down off the first mountain.

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Old 06-08-2011, 03:11 PM   #40
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Enjoying your ride report. Was the road you took from Camp Wood by chance FM 337? It looked like the pull over spot as you come down off the first mountain.

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Welcome! Yes it was 337. Great riding in that area!
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Old 06-09-2011, 12:53 AM   #41
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Day 9

Next stop, my friend Bob's place in Covington, LA. Here is my route from Houston.

It was to be another hot day, but this time more humid with a chance of rain.




A rest stop on Highway 90.


Another one on 190 just before the Louisiana border. No idea why these chickens were there!


Somewhere in Louisiana. Note the older style pumps.


Crossing the mighty Mississippi into Baton Rouge.




Baton Rouge is a good place for lunch, and a quick call to Bob to update him on my expected arrival time.

The remaining hour into Covington was uneventful, and the threatened rain did not materialize.
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Old 06-09-2011, 06:58 PM   #42
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Day 10: Another Reconnection

There is no riding today. I've spent the night at Bob's house, he has graciously put me up at his lovely home in Covington, just across the big lake from New Orleans. As I mentioned back in the original posting of this thread, I knew Bob in Atlanta from my days of playing tournament bridge and before this I had not seen him in 20 years.

We spent the morning chatting and having breakfast. There was much to catch up on though we only made a small dent in that. Then we went to the big club in Metarie to play in the noon game there. After that, an early dinner out.


Bob made a magnificent breakfast. Buddy joins us.


Crossing Lake Ponchartrain to get to the club in Metarie.


Thursday's afternoon game is well attended.


Before game time we have time to chat with John and Tippy, our first opponents for the day.

In spite of my being rusty, we did OK and placed 5th overall out of about 40 pairs.


FInally a lobster dinner at Drago's.

Tomorrow: Mississippi!
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Old 06-10-2011, 03:26 AM   #43
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By the way, for those of you who don't know anything about contract bridge, it's a bit like Spades in that each deal has a bidding part where it's determined which side will attempt to take how many tricks, and a play part where the tricks are taken.

Traditional bridge is played with four players at one table, but in a tournament setting you and your parter play against many other pairs, there are many tables in play at once, and it's cleverly arranged so that you play the same deals that others play at other tables. Winners are determined by whoever gets the best results with the same cards.

Bridge competiton is highly organized. In the U.S. this is mostly under the auspices of the American Contract Bridge League. Other countries have their own such organizations. World championship events are organized by the World Bridge Federation.

Quite simply, bridge is the best card game ever invented.
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Old 06-10-2011, 09:45 PM   #44
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Day 11: A Bunch of Reconnections!

My route to Greenville and Leland, MS was more or less like this.


Goodbye Louisiana!


Hello Mississippi!


MS has some nice country roads.


However...

... at Satartia I have some trouble trying to get on Highway 16 towards Rolling Fork, and inquire at the post office where I learn that road has been washed out. So I take a detour down highway 3 to meet up with highway 61 at Redwood, which is about 20 miles South of Rolling Fork.

This happens to take me by the Yazoo River where some of the effects of recent flooding can still be seen.


Something was burning along highway 3.






Reaching the Yazoo River.




You don't want to go down that road.




Back to drier stuff.


I guess it's just as well this guy was going slow.

Finally reaching my old home town of Leland, I take a spin through the neighborhood where I used to live. This is the lot -- the old house is gone and a much nicer one is now in its place.




Deer Creek runs along the road in front of the house. I spent most of my childhood here.


Then I met up with niece Michelle and her son Lucas.

After that, it's time to meet some old high school classmates for dinner! This is at a fairly new and popular Leland restaurant.


I arrive a little bit early, and this crew is already there.


More show up.


And more!


I'm astounded by the turnout!


Lelanders know how to party.


My rack of lamb was delicious. Somehow I didn't have to pay for any of my dinner!


Chocolate chip pecan pie was out of this world.

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Old 06-11-2011, 08:17 PM   #45
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A good day of riding today. Here is the route actually taken, a bit different from that planned.


Leaving Greenville and Mississippi, crossing the Mississippi river.


The bridge is quite impressive here.


This pic inspired by the Darth Peach.


Farm machinery is one of the hazards of country roads.


I took several rest stops in Arkansas. This one was at a church with some historical interest.




Another rest stop on a side road leading to a closed campground.


It's starting to look like rain might be an issue.


I wanted to wave back but was too busy taking the picture.


Getting into some hills now.


I think this is highway 272.


And then 88.




This 35-mile section, Talimena Scenic Drive, is the awesome highlight of the day and goes on for 35 miles. Here is the first overlook that I stopped at. It was starting to rain so I put the rain covers on the luggage and put on my rain jacket.






Another one. I'll let you read the placards that are here also.








Then this cute couple showed up and we chatted for a bit and I wrote down for them how they can find the picture that I took of them in this RR.


They obligingly took one of me also.






Made it to Talihina and Pam's Hateful Hussy Diner. How could I not stop here for lunch?


Not bad for a hateful hussy!


I was surprised to be treated to a parade while eating my burger.




Yes this horse and rider are really on top of a big truck.


Anybody who rode anything got into the act.


Sardis lake. I was gonna camp here but between the RV-oriented camp sites, humidity, threat of rain and lack of mobile broadband I opted to ride on to Atoka and find a hotel instead.


Nothing fancy, but it was cheap and took care of the need.

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