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.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Rain, lightening, thunder, and Austin

Hi everybody,
I guess that you should make that subject line ray-en, lahtnin', and thundah, ma'am!  this is what we awakened to early today.  It was loud inside the motorhome.  The biggest storm we've experienced so far.  I got to thinking that I would  have more respect for the road signs before every low spot that warn "Watch for high water on road" and the measuring stick showing the possibility of  up to 6 feet.  It did not look good for making up 18 miles from yesterday and still getting into Austin this afternoon.  

We ate a rather leisurely breakfast before the rain stopped and then proceeded to drive back to Blanco to get the guys to their stopping place from yesterday.  Paula and I drove on to Wimberley.  There was no rain  but now the wind is really blowing.  We found a really nice Hawaiian coffee shop, selling wonderful Kona coffee and waited.  They rode in at about noon and were really tired of battling the wind.  a little lunch revived them and they took off at 12:45.  

We drove on to Buda (can be pronounced Bew- as in pew, da or Booda)  and called Katy to tell her where we were and she said that she would drive Lisa's car out to where we were and lead us into Austin to the RV park.  Lisa is on a 24 hour shift at the fire station.  My brother Dean called to say that they were about an hour away from Austin and would go to their friends' house before coming to see us at the RV park.  An aside to Doug and Val:  they are staying with William and Sharon, except that Sharon is in Indiana).
The guys and Katy got to Buda where we were waiting at about the same time.  Lisa had made a detailed map of the bike trail through Austin to our destination so they took off confidently.  We followed Katy into the traffic around Austin and we pulled in here at about 5 PM.  Guys got here at about 6:10 and my brother arrived shortly thereafter.  Betty had made an apple pie which we practically devoured before showers or anything else.  Texas BBQ was our request for dinner so we drove to the Green Mesquite for the special Texas treat which proved to be delicious.  What the rest of us had left over, Dave and Mike ate with relish after finishing their own meals.  

We got back to the RV park at 10:15 and are ready for bed.  Day off tomorrow!!!!!  The night sky is clearing so maybe tomorrow will be a better day weatherwise.  Mike is still trying to get warm.

Goodnight, ya'll,

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