Friday, April 2, 2010
There is only one town we will pass through today, Leaky (pronounced "Lay' Key"). We passed by "The Hog Pen" Cafe (that is SO Texas!) in favor of a small coffee/latte shop. About the only thing they sold was coffee and some knick knacks. Amy, of course, could not pass of an opportunity to try on an Easter bonnet to match her jersey!
Of course, with the uphills, come the downhills, and our downhills were great except for the chip/seal road surface of Texas. Our hands got another workout on our brakes, especially when the roads were winding, and we couldn't see what was coming! It was still fun!
Near our destination town of Vanderpool, the views were spectacular. Up near the top, there was a bump-out with a covered picnic table overlooking the valley. There was a very large motorcycle parked at the top, and a very large motorcycle rider sitting at the picnic table...reading his bible. That is a lesson in "Don't judge a book by its cover!" Where else would be such a wonderful inspiration for that!
I took a photo looking down into the Vanderpool valley, but I was not bold enough to take one of the solitary biker.
One of the cabins invited everyone over for a nice afternoon of sitting in the warm sunshine with some wine, cheese and crackers, and some good bonding time. I even found one of the resident kittys to curl up in my lap for a kitty fix.
That night Linda Baldwin was able to cook in a regular kitchen, so in addition to a great stew, she was able to make some home made bread that we all inhaled!
We were all tired after a long pull up those hills, and we had a second day coming up of even more short-steeps and more miles, so we went to bed early. I left the window open, and fell asleep to the sounds of the frogs and the doves.