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.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

last stop in TX

Hi, everyone,
Here we are in Liberty, TX, a little off the bike route but we had a hard time finding an RV park anywhere closer.  The bikers went 87 miles today from Navasota to the intersection of 105 and 146.  Paula, Katy and I had scouted out one place but it was really primitive and in a rather muddy field.  Katy found this park on-line and so we drove the 15 miles south to Liberty.  It isn't great (no bathrooms or showers), but has electric, water, and sewer hook-ups.  It has been sprinkling since about 4 PM when we stopped in Cleveland (now isn't that bizarre!!) at the Walmart.  A few minutes ago it rained rather hard but now has stopped.  Katy rode 55 miles today and was glad to quit in Security, TX.  We saw more funny named towns today such as Cut and Shoot, Groceville (we think that it is pronounced Grossville), and forgot to tell you about Peach Pu in AZ.  

It was another late start today after driving back to Navasota to start where they stopped yesterday.  We stopped in at the cafe where we had the ice cream yesterday and the owners were getting ready for the day.  they had called the newspaper yesterday after Dave and Mike had stopped in and set up a meeting this morning.  Rosemary Smith, managing editor of the Examiner, came by and talked to the guys and took pictures.  They took off at 9:30 while Paula and I stayed behind for more conversation with Rosemary.  We finally left at 10:25.

Riding through Conroe, TX, was busy and lengthy.  Seemed like a bigger city than 37,000.  Saw an absolutely beautiful Methodist Church that took up most of a block.  Wish we had had time to visit.  The RV girls continued on to Security, TX where we pulled into a Baptist church parking lot to wait for the bikers.  I went in to introduce myself, ask permission to park in the lot, and use the restroom.  the pastor met me at the door and came out to meet Paula and wait for the bikers.  His name is Hewey Jackson and he has been the pastor there for 5 years.  He was born and raised in this area and said that except for college and seminary (both in TX) he had not been beyond a 60 mile radius of his present church. He looked to be in his late thirties, early forties.  He was very interested in our venture and our cause.  His church has a Sunday School of about 100 and about 150 attend worship services.  This is where Katy decided to stop riding the bike for today.

Well, after 15 days in Texas, we will bid the Lone Star State good-bye and say howdy to Louisiana tomorrow.  I hate to mention it but we have not had a flat in 4 days.  Everybody knock on wood!!!

Carrie, Troy and boys leave Collinsville, IL tomorrow afternoon and will be with us in Louisiana on Friday evening.  Katy will head back to IL on Sunday from Baton Rouge.  

Hope to be back on the bike trail tomorrow.

Love and blessings,

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