The 6-week journey will be across the “southern transcontinental route”, covering southern sections of California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and northern Florida. Arrival at the finish line in St. Augustine, FL is projected for April 10, 2010.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Antique lovers come to TX

Hi Everybody,
Saw quite a site today.  For several miles before and after Round Top, TX, there were tents, semi-permanent buildings, trailers, and more on both sides of the road in the fields and then more right in town, block after block.  Turns out there is an antiques show here starting March 31 and people from all over come to sell, buy, trade and just walk around.  It is quite the deal.  I googled it and found out a little more.  It is a twice a year event and has been going on for over 40 years.  We ended up pulling in to one farmer's field where they were constructing 2 new covered areas with cement floors for expansion.  If you google Round Top, TX, antique show, you can see for yourself.  There is a Springfest and an Octoberfest.  Talked to someone who said that there actually is one 4 times a year.  We didn't take the time to look at anything, but it would sure be fun.  Of course, there are food booths and rides, etc. as well.  Ann and Howard said that last night their motel parking lot was full of cars and trucks pulling trailers all bound for this festival.  

Katy rode two segments of the trip today.  She felt really good until the headwinds and uphill climbs got to her.  
We stopped in Burton to warn the bikers of a particularly tricky turn and while waiting for them to arrive a local guy named Stanley drove up, curious about us.  When the bikers got there, his advice was to abandon the bike map for the  next segment because of narrow, shoulderless roads and drivers who characteristically do not give any courtesy to bikers.  Ann and Howard caught up with us here and among all of us a new route was worked out.  We bypassed the Sam Houston National Forest and lovely scenery for a safer road to Navasota.  This cut out some miles so the bikers won't have such a long day tomorrow.  Paula and I drove to Brenham to make lunch and wait for everyone to catch up.  

On to Navasota where the women enjoyed a visit to an antique store with rooms and rooms of stuff.  We got a few things to remind us of our visit.  Howard had stayed in the car while we shopped and found a great ice cream store right across the street from the RV.  He had talked to the owner about the bike trip and the owner offered free malts to the riders.  When the bikers arrived, that was the first place they headed.  

Ann and Howard decided to head for Tennessee so we said good-bye.  It was such a treat to share the time with them and have them get a feeling for our adventure.

We put the bikes in the trailer and, since there is nowhere to stay here in Navasota, we drove on toward Conroe.  We found a KOA Kampground in Montgomery and that is where we are tonight.  We have done laundry, pitched the tent, had supper, had showers and are ready for bed.  Katy will send the pictures and videos for the day.  It is nice not having to do that myself.

Love and blessings,

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