November 26th – December 2nd On Our Cross Country Bike Trip

Date: November 26th

Time Pedaling: 3 hrs. 45 min.
Miles: 35.58
Avg. Speed: 9.4 mph
Max Speed: 20.1 mph
Trip Odometer: 1,358.22
Weather: sunny, warm and windy 73 degrees (Sonora, TX) to cloudy, cool and windy 61 degrees (Ozona, TX)
Time of Departure: 11:45
Arrival Time to First Baptist Church in Ozona, TX: 5:00
Repairs: Luke’s pedal lost a clamp, Rob tightened one and added some zip ties. He bought some at the NAPA store in Ozona, TX.

Eureka! Okay, first things first. We stayed over at the Best Western in Sonora.

Getting ready to hit the road!

Getting ready to hit the road!

Best Western in Sonora, TX offered a hot shower and soft bed!

Best Western in Sonora, TX offered a hot shower and soft bed!

We are getting to know the people of Texas a bit better. The economy is strong for the most part but hinges on oil and natural gas, etc. Many Texans (and Louisianan’s) especially in smaller towns drive several hours to get to work. They will stay the week where they are and come back home after seven days and back again. This seems to be common place as many have told us this.

A so-called boom town will materialize as workers pile into one area to work. We are currently in Ozona and a woman we met named Elizabeth told us that there is an area outside of town that houses about 250 men. She also told us that in Midland and Odessa the hotels are fetching $250 a night because there aren’t any other places for the amount of people that have come in.

Elizabeth taught in Ozona for thirty years. The first few years she was a kindergarten teacher, then she specialized in working with dyslexic children. She is what makes small towns, small towns. Joyful and clearly patient. We can only imagine what a privilege it has been for the students that she has blessed over the years.

I’m getting ahead of myself here, back to Sonora. We left Sonora around noon. That’s right noon. The previous days ride had us still hurting and slow moving. The town itself seemed deserted. We pulled in on Sunday and there was a line at least 8 deep to get into the bathroom. There were vehicles all over the place. Fast forward to Monday and less than 20 cars in sight altogether.

Just to mention, we had to fix a trailer flat the night before in the room. We also had to repair clamps from Luke’s pedal. The culprit causing the flat was a tiny wire (truck tire blow out remains). It took some doing to locate it and remove.

Rob working on Luke's pedal

Rob working on Luke’s pedal

The clamps get loose and then need to be replaced!

The clamps get loose and then need to be replaced!

Luke and Dakota waiting and resting

Luke and Dakota waiting and resting

Where we've been.

Where we’ve been.

Where we are going!

Where we are going!

The view from the side of the road.

The view from the side of the road.

We have not pedaled past the hill country. Our travels over the last couple of days has been about 65-80% hilly. The wind wasn’t too bad although it was gusting quite a bit.
When approaching the Box Taylor Road exit we saw that an SUV was on its side in a ditch. There were already several people and vehicles stopped, so we kept pedaling to the truck stop. There is an RV park at this exit and a truck stop. I have to think the RV park is for workers as it is in the middle of nowhere. This RV park is owned by an entrepreneur as is evidenced by the car museum near its entrance. Interesting to say the least. Who knows it may one day be a destination.

We talked to some friendly truckers at the stop. One trucker was nice enough to give us a book that had all the truck stops on interstates in the Country.

Sidenote: Truck drivers have been the most courteous of all the drivers we have encountered. They almost always slow down and move a lane over to give us space. Recently, a number of them have been giving small city horn beeps of encouragement even from the other side of I-10! We appreciate all of you professional drivers out there. Now, for all of the pick-up truck drivers…

An Auto Museum about 6 to 8 miles east of Ozona, TX

An Auto Museum about 6 to 8 miles east of Ozona, TX

There are some pretty cool cars in there...we could only get so close.

There are some pretty cool cars in there…we could only get so close.

More cool cars at the Auto Museum

More cool cars at the Auto Museum

We decided we would stop for the night in Ozona which was about 8-9 miles up the road.

We were pleased to make it to Ozona before dark. The town is in Crockett County. It is named for David Crockett. He, of Alamo fame. Did you know that he was a Congressman? He was. There is a speech attributed to him (possibly while serving in Congress) titled, ‘Not Yours to Give!’

It is worth a tumble in my humble opinion.

Sidenote: Crockett was willing to die for something that he believed in. In fact, he did. Our Country was made by people like Crockett. We still have men (and women) like Crockett living amongst us. I have met several on this trip.

If you are ever in Ozona, visit the town square and enjoy some of our rich history.
Our stay in Ozona was one of the very best in Texas. We stopped at a gas station named Stripes a few blocks into town. Luke and I walked over to a Napa Auto Store to buy a few needed clamps for his pedal.

Dakota and Gail were talking with a couple employees outside of Stripes when we got back.

One of the employees was named Tevin. He was interested in our story and he and Dakota talked about that. Upon learning that we would be staying (hopefully) at a local church, Tevin began calling people that he knew to possibly expedite the process. He was unable to get through but gave us directions to two different churches that would probably put us up for the night.

We tried the First Baptist church of Ozona first. We pulled up in front and were looking for a door to knock on when a lovely woman by the name of Elizabeth approached us. She wanted to know if she could help us. We asked her if she could tell us where the pastor lived. She could and did.

We had a wonderful time conversing with Elizabeth (then and later).

The pastor and his family lived across the street from the church and so we crossed and knocked on the door. You must remember that we hadn’t stayed in even once church in Texas over the course of 400 plus miles.

That changed. Lauren (Pastor Chris’ wife) answered the door while struggling to hold the big family dog back.

We told her who we were and that was enough. A few minutes later we were getting the tour of our lodgings for the evening (a rec building).

Chris and Lauren are what one expects in small town America; joyful, kind and committed to the community.

Chris is 6’5″ and bald but really is a gentle giant. Chris and Lauren both have infectious laughter. I made it a point to joke around just to hear them laugh.

Luke was able to play with their two sons for a while as we talked with Chris.

Getting back to Tevin…

I was talking with Elizabeth on the side of the church after our gear was unloaded, when Tevin came running up, clearly out of breath.

He told us that he had just spoken to another church and they had said we were welcome.

He had run about 4 blocks to tell us because he was concerned we may not have a place to stay. The very salt of the earth.

Elizabeth volunteered to give Tevin a ride home, to which he gladly accepted. She also offered to drive us to Subway afterwards.

Not only did she drive us to Subway, she also bought our sandwiches AND donated $20 to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Pastor Chris' family showed us around our home for the night!

Pastor Chris’ family showed us around our home for the night!

Pastor Chris and his boys spent some time visiting with us before we called it a night!

Pastor Chris and his boys spent some time visiting with us before we called it a night!

Not sure if Texas will be a place we call home, but if so, Ozona would be at the top of our list.

Thanks Chris and Lauren, Elizabeth, Tevin and all the kind folks in Ozona.
We won’t forget you!

Date: November 27th

Time Pedaling: 4 hrs. 25 min.
Miles: 45.27
Avg. Speed: 10.2 mph
Max Speed: 24.0 mph
Trip Odometer: 1,403.49
Weather: sunny, cool and windy 61 degrees (Ozona, TX) to clear, cool and windy 36 degrees (Exit 320 off of I-10 in Texas)
Time of Departure: 12:30 (stopped at the Town Square and Stripes Gas Station)
Arrival Time to Exit 320 off of I-10 in Texas: 6:00
Repairs: Clamp on Luke’s Pedal was loose, Dakota’s cassette had a problem and she no longer has 7th gear. Slow leak in Rob’s front tire, we haven’t changed it yet. Luke’s pedal fell off. Gail’s trailer tire went flat, we changed it. When we got to our campsite, Dakota’s trailer had a flat.

Our home for the night! Thank you Pastor Chris and Lauren!

Our home for the night! Thank you Pastor Chris and Lauren!

First Baptist Church of Ozona, Texas.

First Baptist Church of Ozona, Texas.

The tree in front of the parsonage had this historical marker at the base.

The tree in front of the parsonage had this historical marker at the base.

The Town Square in Ozona, Texas.

The Town Square in Ozona, Texas.

County Courthouse in Ozona, Texas.

County Courthouse in Ozona, Texas.

The police station in Ozona, Texas

The police station in Ozona, Texas

A guard dog at the police department.

A guard dog at the police department.

Outside the museum.

Outside the museum.

An old wagon outside the museum.

An old wagon outside the museum.

The Ozona, Texas fire station.

The Ozona, Texas fire station.

A tribute to David Crockett in Ozona, Texas

A tribute to David Crockett in Ozona, Texas

Bronze sculpture of an early pioneer family.

Bronze sculpture of an early pioneer family.

'The Tie That Binds' by Judy Black

‘The Tie That Binds’ by Judy Black

We stopped at Stripes on the way out of town. This was our first stop when we reached town.

We stopped at Stripes on the way out of town. This was our first stop when we reached town.

We saw these growing along the side of the highway. They are about the size of an orange and look and feel like a squash.

We saw these growing along the side of the highway. They are about the size of an orange and look and feel like a squash.

Some flowering Prickly Pear Cactus along I-10.

Some flowering Prickly Pear Cactus along I-10.

Team Adelphia

Team Adelphia

Rob and Luke gathering wood for a fire.

Rob and Luke gathering wood for a fire.

Date: November 28th

Time Pedaling: 5 hrs. 28 min.
Miles: 60.75
Avg. Speed: 11.0 mph
Max Speed: 23.9 mph
Trip Odometer: 1,464.24
Weather: sunny, warm and windy 70 degrees (Exit 320 off of I-10 in Texas) to clear, cool and windy 56 degrees (Ft. Stockton, TX)
Time of Departure: 10:28
Arrival Time to Budget Inn in Ft. Stockton, TX: 6:30
Repairs: Rob fixed Luke’s pedal, changed Dakota’s trailer tire, filled the flat on Gail’s bike caused by a thorn, and filled his front tire that was flat. (That was before we left camp!) Later on we changed Gail’s front tire and Rob’s rear tire.

Breaking camp in the morning!

Breaking camp in the morning!

We carried all of our equipment out to prevent any more flats.

We carried all of our equipment out to prevent any more flats.

The view from our campsite!

The view from our campsite!

We left knowing we had a challenging day before us. Our goal was to make it to fort Stockton which was over 60 miles away. That would be our record to date.

First things first though, as if we hadn’t dealt with mechanical issues enough, we had to change a flat inner tube before we began pedaling.

We only needed about 11 miles to get to the Rest Area and better choices for waste removal. The Rest Area was at mile marker 309. We were surprised when we got there to find no drinking water. Ouch! We were counting on this to fill our low supply. We weren’t completely out, just low and had 50 more miles of pedaling to do.

We met and talked to several people while there. A donation of $5 was given to the Susan G. Komen Foundation in honor of Joanne Dinius who lost her battle with cancer. The donation was given to us by her sister.

We also met a wonderful couple from San Antonio on their way to New mexico. Their names are Glenn and Pat. They had an inspiring story to share with us:

As the years pass by we tend to let ourselves go a little. The weight begins to add up. The additional weight becomes a major hindrance. We begin to accept this as a part of life. Pat got tired of accepting it. With the encouragement of her loving husband Glenn, she decided to reclaim her life, one step at a time.

She walked out her front door and made it to the corner of the next block. She was in a lot of pain and didn’t think she could even do that again. But, she did.

The second chapter is still being written, but the first chapter ended with Pat walking her very first Half Marathon. To Be Continued…

We look forward to reading the rest of this story. Glenn and Pat are everything that is good about our journey.

We are better for having met them. Thank you Glenn for being such an encouragement, and Pat, the marathon awaits.

Awesome people at the Rest Area. Glenn and Pat - synonymous with generous and kind.

Awesome people at the Rest Area. Glenn and Pat – synonymous with generous and kind.

The Rest Area had a region map. According to the map we had just pedaled out of the Hill Country and into the Big Bend Country.

The map showing Hill Country and Big Bend Country

The map showing Hill Country and Big Bend Country

The Legend for the Map above

The Legend for the Map above

This was very good news to us, but it didn’t mean there were no hills.

There were still plenty with long inclines. Some of these inclines were nearly two miles long. They weren’t very steep, but just the same, wind and gear and inclines equals much effort.

Sidenote: The Hill Country of Texas is beautiful. I’ve read accounts of the boring monotony of this land and have to disagree.
Even now, there are flowers in bloom. There are various types of yucca, along with prickly pear cactus, cedar scrub and Texas Live Oak trees.
The granite cliffs and domes marked by the erosion from wind and water.
I became quickly entranced by this Country and many days later feel it no less enthralling.
We struggle to climb the hills while we battle the winds. I can’t help looking over the land as we top the tall rugged hills: Will we see David Crockett in the distance? Perhaps a pioneer family heading west? A Comanche tribe? They are part of the land, the wind. They are part of our wonderful journey across the Texas Hill Country.

Some of the beautiful landscapes of west Texas!

Some of the beautiful landscapes of west Texas!

We lost about 40 minutes near Bakersfield when I thought it would be a good idea to walk our bikes through 25 feet of desert greenery. The idea was to ride a frontage road and get a closer view of a rock formation.

Awesome views of Texas.

Awesome views of Texas.

The goat-head thorns disagreed with me.

Goat-Head Thorns

Goat-Head Thorns

We quickly undertook changing the two newly acquired flats. I lost count but Texas means business when it comes to flats.

Pesky wires and our newest friend, the goat-head thorns account for almost 100% of our flats. They don’t really discourage us. They are a part of life on the road.

We passed these goats of all ages in Bakersfield, Texas!

We passed these goats of all ages in Bakersfield, Texas!

We had to dig deep to make it all the way to Fort Stockton. We had pedaled about 45 miles the previous day. We dealt with hills, flats, wind, crosswinds and fatigue. Deal with it is just what we did.

We dragged ourselves into Fort Stockton at about 6:30. Tired legs, tired bodies, wind-whipped and hungry, but victorious.

We took lodgings at the Budget Inn and ate at Mi Casita. Both were lovely.

We slept.

Date: November 29th

Time Pedaling: 26 min.
Miles: 2.92
Avg. Speed: 6.6 mph
Max Speed: 10.9 mph
Trip Odometer: 1,467.16
Weather: sunny, warm 77 degrees (Ft. Stockton, TX) to sunny, warm 77 degrees (Ft. Stockton, TX)
Time of Departure: 11:10
Arrival Time to Comfort Suites in Ft. Stockton, TX: 3:00
Repairs: Rob changed Gail’s rear tire, patched some inner tubes, and Dakota found the tiny wire in the trailer tire from two days ago.

Today was a much deserved rest day.

We hadn’t had one since Louisiana (the Burleigh home). After knocking out 60+ miles yesterday, it was definitely needed.

The Budget Inn in Fort Stockton, Texas - a large room with comfy beds and hot shower - just what our weary bodies needed :)!

The Budget Inn in Fort Stockton, Texas – a large room with comfy beds and hot shower – just what our weary bodies needed 🙂

We basically traveled from the east side of Fort Stockton to the west side (hotel to hotel).

We did stop and take some pictures at the Visitors Center in town.

Fort Stockton Visitor Center where Kay was very encouraging!

Fort Stockton Visitor Center where Kay was very encouraging!

Fort Stockton, Texas

Fort Stockton, Texas

Dakota and Luke decided to take the train home!

Dakota and Luke decided to take the train home!

Rob jumped on and put a stop the that! Team Adelphia will continue on to San Diego, CA!

Rob jumped on and put a stop to that! Team Adelphia will continue on to San Diego, CA!

Representations of the wild west!

Representations of the wild west!

History on Fort Stockton and Colonel Edward Hatch.

History on Fort Stockton and Colonel Edward Hatch.

More renditions of the old west.

More renditions of the old west.

Comanche Springs

Comanche Springs

The Visitor Center has created this representation of the Comanche Springs that brought many a parched throats in bygone years.

The Visitor Center has created this representation of the Comanche Springs that brought many a parched throat in bygone years.

Representations of the Native Americans that once passed through Fort Stockton.

Representations of the Native Americans that once passed through Fort Stockton.

History on 'The Great Comanche War Trail'

History on ‘The Great Comanche War Trail’

Oil and Gas Industry in Pecos County, Texas

Oil and Gas Industry in Pecos County, Texas

An oil pump at the Fort Stockton Visitor Center - We have seen many of these on the ride through Texas!

An oil pump at the Fort Stockton Visitor Center – We have seen many of these on the ride through Texas!

That is a whole lot of shut off valves!

That is a whole lot of shut off valves!

Pecos County, Fort Stockton Renewable Energy Park!

Pecos County, Fort Stockton Renewable Energy Park!

Windmills and solar panels that make up the Renewable Energy Park!

Windmills and solar panels that make up the Renewable Energy Park!

I know it's hard to see but this bush is covered with butterflies!

I know it’s hard to see but this bush is covered with butterflies!

Texas Sage

Texas Sage

Barrel Cacti

Barrel Cacti

Buckhorn Cactus

Buckhorn Cactus

Yucca Plant

Yucca Plant

Ironwood tree

Ironwood tree

We then headed over to the Walmart for supplies. Once again Walmart did not have any 16″ tubes on the shelf for our trailers. This has been a common theme.

We should be fine to get to El Paso with the spares we have (or, at least Van Horn).

They had plenty of food and nice people. We talked to several folks including a couple from South Bend, Indiana who relocated to Fort Stockton.

We decided to spoil ourselves a little and are staying at the Comfort Suites in town that has an indoor pool and Jacuzzi.

Wonderful. A nice time of rest and catching up on the site.

We went to send a Happy Birthday out (for tomorrow) to a warm and wonderful person…my Mother-in-law. She uses words like, dear-heart and precious. She is a one-of-a-kind. Our love to you Dear-heart!

Good night.

Date: November 30th

Time Pedaling: 2 hrs. 24 min.
Miles: 23.46
Avg. Speed: 9.7 mph
Max Speed: 17.2 mph
Trip Odometer: 1,490.62
Weather: sunny, warm 82 degrees (Ft. Stockton, TX) to (Rest Area mile marker 233)
Time of Departure: 12:30
Arrival Time to Rest Area at mile marker 233 on I-10: 4:30
Repairs: 2 tires have slow leaks

We left our comfortable lodgings shortly after noon. We weren’t in a hurry because our goal was only to make it to the Rest Area near mile marker 233.

Comfort Suites of Fort Stockton, Texas

Comfort Suites of Fort Stockton, Texas

Our stay in Fort Stockton was enjoyable and restful. The comfort Suites indoor pool and hot tub worked wonders for our tired family. We played Marco Polo in the pool and then Bananagrams poolside.

We had many pleasant conversations with people from all walks of life.

Bryce Sage was one of them. He is encouraging and quite intelligent.

Bryce Sage and Team Adelphia

Bryce Sage and Team Adelphia

A member of the staff (sorry not sure of the name) had seen us on the road on Sunday. That must have been near Junction, seemingly a month ago.

Checking tires and fixing flats in the room offered little help for the flat trailer tube we had in front of the hotel. We are taking a beating in the way of flats right now. A serious beating. One of the trailer tires has 3 patches on it right now. One of Gail’s trailer tires has 4 goat-head thorns in it right now. We are not removing them until it flattens completely.

The good news is that we made it about 20 miles before my rear tire went flat. The culprit was a wire once again.

We may try a few different methods to combat the flat situation:

  1. Check the tires more often while pedaling (the strategy Gil uses).
  2. Possibly changing routes so that truck flats won’t impact us as much.
  3. Possibly getting rid of one trailer.
  4. Possibly moving to kevlar tires as we haven’t had a wire flat with the one kevlar we have.

Flats are a frustration. They are a part of the 80-90% mental struggle you face when riding your bike across the country. They build character not only in our family as a whole, but in me as well. Who can’t use more character?

Sidenote: We didn’t train the two weeks prior to beginning our journey. We didn’t pedal, at least. I did talk to my family about what I had read. I had read that this journey (or similar) would be 80-90% mental. Negotiating mentally with yourself is the key, one pedal stroke after another. Dakota and Gail have been giant killers in this regard. Through aching bodies, fatigue, heat, cold, the hill country, it has been one pedal stroke after another. I’ve said it before, I am proud of them.

A few miles later Dakota’s trailer tire had a flat. It is holding air so we are leaving it well enough alone. When we are able to get on the internet we will be ordering tubes sent to the El Paso Walmart.

We made it to the Rest Area well before dark even with changing 2 flats. The water is on so we are able to replenish our supplies. Our next stop for water may be about 80 miles (2 days out).

The Rest Area

The Rest Area

John Billings Memorial Roadside Park

John Billings Memorial Roadside Park

We are holding up here for the night.

Our campsite for the night

Our campsite for the night

We have a lot of pedaling in store for tomorrow.

We watched the moon rise - beautiful!

We watched the moon rise – beautiful!

Good night friends.

Date: December 1st

Time Pedaling: 2 hrs. 47 min.
Miles: 30.50
Avg. Speed: 10.9 mph
Max Speed: 16.9 mph
Trip Odometer: 1,521.12
Weather: sunny, windy, warm 83 degrees (Rest Area mile marker 233) to (Toyahvale, TX)
Time of Departure: 10:30
Arrival Time to Balmorhea State Park: 2:00
Repairs: 2 tires have slow leaks, Dakota’s trailer tire was low and when inflated exploded. That leaves us with a blown-out inner tube for the trailer.

Breaking camp at the John Billings Memorial Roadside Park

Breaking camp at the John Billings Memorial Roadside Park

Our stay at the exit 233 rest area was comfortable. We filled our water bottles before heading out. We were anxious to get going as we were considering staying at the Balmorhea State Park for the night.

If you are in west Texas plan on the wind being a factor. It was. It has been for much of the riding we’ve done past Austin. The hills are also a constant factor.

We were only going to do 30 miles if we camped at the state park. So, we figured it wouldn’t be so bad. As it turned out, at least 10 miles or so were relatively flat! Awesomeness, plain and simple. We decided that we would pedal a short day (30 miles) and give the state park a try. It wasn’t too far out of the way, and enjoying new experiences (when we can) is definitely part of the experience. Just ask Luke about shooting that shotgun (wink wink).

We arrived at the state park in Toyahvale at about 2:00pm. We set up camp as quickly as possible and then headed for the artesian springs swimming pool. This little gem of a place just a couple of miles off of I-10 is a treasure. The water is 72-76 degrees year round. The pool is 1.75 acres and is used by scuba divers that travel from far and wide. Dakota and I didn’t allow the absence of scuba gear stop us from diving down to 18-20 feet. Admittedly, I could have used a tank or two.

We set up camp and headed to the pool

We set up camp and headed to the pool

San Solomon Spring

San Solomon Spring

Rob flipping off the diving board.

Rob flipping off the diving board.

Dakota diving into the artesian spring pool.

Dakota diving into the artesian spring pool.

Some wildlife in the pool

Some wildlife in the pool

The water is clear and you are able to see catfish along with pupfish searching for food. The pupfish nibble at whatever they can and were wearing a mole on my side out. I had to cover it with my arm to defend myself. My wife had a sore on her leg and they were nibbling on that. She wasn’t hip with that.

Luke accidentally went off the diving board. He was on the edge carefully building up the courage, when he lost his balance and in he came. He was actually encouraged by it, but not enough to do it on purpose.

It was getting chilly as the sun was setting so we got out and dried off. On the way back to our site, we noticed a group of people watching something. It was a bobcat that was next to a pond trying to catch an American Coot for dinner. We got to see it leap in the air as one flew up. No go, the bobcat hunched patiently awaiting its next opportunity.

Some pupfish in the San Solomon Cienega (wetland)

Some pupfish in the San Solomon Cienega (wetland)

San Solomon Cienega is a desert marsh or wet meadow

San Solomon Cienega is a desert marsh or wet meadow

An American Coot

An American Coot

A painted turtle

A painted turtle

Channel Catfish

Channel Catfish

Pupfish eating some floating moss

Pupfish eating some floating moss

One of the canals in Balmorhea State Park

One of the canals in Balmorhea State Park

A different view of the same canal

A different view of the same canal

During the night we could hear the coyotes howling. The stars were about as magnificent as they were when we stayed at Carol Montgomery’s. We ate an instant rice, ramen noodle, and dried soup combination. We ate it all. We drank some coffee. We read together as a family.

We slept.

Date: December 2nd

Time Pedaling: 4 hrs. 40 min.
Miles: 40.88
Avg. Speed: 8.7 mph
Max Speed: 19.5 mph
Trip Odometer: 1,562.00
Weather: sunny, windy, warm 82 degrees (Toyahvale, TX) to (Boracho Station at I-10 Exit 166)
Time of Departure: 12:05
Arrival Time to I-10 Exit 166: 6:30
Repairs: 2 tires have slow leaks.

What's left of this stop on I-10 called Kent

What’s left of this stop on I-10 called Kent

The post office and a few houses are boarded up!

The post office and a few houses are boarded up!

We thought we'd be able to get water here...unfortunately not!

We thought we’d be able to get water here…unfortunately not!

Boracho Sta at I-10 exit 166 - are resting place for the night

Boracho Station at I-10 exit 166 – are resting place for the night

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6 thoughts on “November 26th – December 2nd On Our Cross Country Bike Trip

  1. Hi,
    Just wanted to drop in and see how you are.
    Hope all is going good.
    Been busy and not able to read your story. So I have to play catch up. Lol.
    Well I’m getting off. When I get home I’m going to go read all your posts I missed.
    May God Bless

    • Hey Darlene,

      No worries, we are just moseying along (wink wink). You and the gals and Roy are our story. It wouldn’t be the same without the time we spent in Livingston, LA. We share it as part of ‘our story’ because it is. Thank you so much for that.
      The hill country of Texas has been the real deal. It can make a grown man cry (well, almost). We are enjoying each day as it comes. We have officially pedaled over 1,400 miles. Sounds crazy even to us.

      Please say hello to Roy for us.

      The Adelphia’s

  2. YES!!!
    I poured over the MapQuest site after your exit 320 post on the 27th and just knew that you would either make the 14 Mile Park or Ft Stockton on the 28th….
    Congratulations, you have met the best of expectations.
    Gil

    • Hey Gil,

      You may have had a bit more confidence than we did! They don’t call this the Hill Country for nothing. The scenery is awesome and I feel us becoming modern day cowboys (and girls) as we progress through it.
      We feel your encouragement as we pedal. Thank you for that. Our goal from here is to make it to Van Horn in three days (1-30 mile day 2-45’s).

      The Adelphia’s

  3. Team Adelphia, after meeting you at the rest stop outside of Ft. Stockton, I couldn’t stop thinking about you and praying for you. Your kind words of encouragement for my journey to a more healthy lifestyle (and another half marathon), left me thinking about you, and prompted me to make some tough decisions. You see, it’s so easy to tell myself “Once I reach my goal, I’ll NEVER have to diet or execise again! I can maintain without all the hard work!” But after our short discussion about “lifestyles”, I couldn’t shake the feeling that God had put you on that very path to give me a message. I’m not dieting, nor exercising. I am changing the way I live…that is WAY more than just counting calories or walking around the block. AND it IS hard work!! I realized that there is no shortcut for eating and exercising in a way that will benefit my physical health. Thank you! You are an inspiration!! Glenn and I will continue to pray for you and look forward to following the rest of your journey!

    • Hey Pat,

      Awesome, we cannot wait to read the next chapter of your life. It looks to be an inspirational read (our favorite kind). The lifestyle isn’t much different than those very first steps you took down your block, one step after another. We will be staying in contact with you to hear the wonderful things you experience (and the struggles). Remember the hills are so hard because the views at the top are so good (thanks Edye).

      You and your husband were a great encouragement to us. We truly appreciate that.

      Thank you for your prayers and encouragement,
      Team Adelphia

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