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Funeral History And Music

Hank – Today was a rest day. Kathy and I went to check out a couple of museums. The first one, the McKay Clinic Medical Museum, is open by appointment only. So we had to scratch that one. Next, we went to the National Museum of Funeral History.

We heard about this museum when we stayed at The Riders Inn in Painesville, Ohio. It was pretty interesting. Rob Parker, a volunteer docent, gave us the lowdown on many of the displays.

The museum is loaded with displays of hearses, the history of embalming, coffin making, ceremonial rituals, and much more. It’s well worth the $10 to enter.

At dinner we connected with our niece, Jasmine. She’s my youngest brother’s oldest daughter. Jasmine moved here from Washington last summer. We caught up over dinner and then went to Dan Electro’s Guitar Bar where a friend of mine was playing tonight.

I met John Del Toro Richardson almost two years ago in Spokane. He was playing at a house concert. He’s a blues musician and he’s very good. And he’s also a super nice person. At the house concert he was sitting with the bass player and nobody was talking to them. So I struck up a conversation with him. He asked me, “What do you do?” I gave a vague answer as to my profession and he said, “No, Hank. What do you do?” I told him I ride bicycles. It turned out he does too. So we had a great time getting to know each other until it was time for him to play.

As we got closer to Houston, his home, I contacted him and asked if he was playing during our time here. As luck would have it he was. So we ended up at Dan Electro’s and listened to him and Tanya Richardson, who played bass and fiddle. We got to chat before he started and during his break. He thought our bike adventure was cool. I thought his music was cool. I’m really looking forward to making more guitars and writing more songs when we get home.

All things must come to and end. Jasmine has to work tomorrow and this old man needs his sleep. We said goodbye to Jonn and called it a night.

Kathy – It was a good relaxing day off the bikes. The National Museum of Funeral History was quite interesting. Some people think it is a bit morbid to go to a place like this, but there is a ton of history here about death. In addition, lots of cool looking hearst too. If you are in Houston, Texas add this gem to your sight seeing plans.

Spending time with our niece Jasmine was wonderful. It is great to see this gal grow up into such an amazing young lady. She is doing fantastic and it was a joy to have time with her. Thank you again Jasmine for tearing us to dinner! We tried to pay, but she wasn’t having it. She is such an awesome gal.

John is outstanding at playing the guitar, and he sings pretty darn good too. Hank said he recently won an award for Best New Blues Artists. No doubt, he deserved it. We enjoyed our time with Jasmine and John. Times like this is what makes our bike trip so much fun.

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Made It To Houston

Hank – We have a Warm Showers host to stay with in North of Houston in Kingswood, 65 miles away. We got up early, made breakfast and hit the road a little after 8:00. And it’s not like there was anything to stick around for at the Economy Inn.

Our route took us eight miles south to Nome. From there we went west to our destination. The wind was blowing from the east so it was at our backs most of the day. Regardless, the day never seemed to warm up because the sun hid behind clouds all day.

The twenty-some miles of Hwy 90 provided a wide variety of riding surfaces, most of the bumpy. We hit a long stretch where our side of the divided highway had been ground away but not resurfaced. Finally, we crossed over to the other side and flew on the smooth cement. Lunch was at a local restaurant in Liberty, Texas. We both got the 1/2 pound bacon cheeseburger. Kathy couldn’t eat all hers.

After that it was just a matter of keeping on keeping on. The chip seal and uneven roadways made it tedious.

We finally arrived at Robin and Sheila’s house at 5:00 pm. Sheila got home a few minutes before us. She took us in and showed us our living quarters and got us settled in. We got cleaned up and it was dinner time. Robin was home by then so we got to meet him just before sitting down for dinner.

We had a great pot roast and vegetables with both a vegetable and a fruit salad. It really hit the spot. They had Bible study to go to so we did laundry while they were out. Kathy was pretty exhausted from the day and went to bed early. I stayed up and practiced my ukulele until Robin and Sheila got home. Sheila called it a night and Robin and I stayed up and talked.

Near 10:00 pm I went to bed.

Kathy – Our 65-mile day today was chilly and overcast skies. We were lucky to have a tail wind, however it was so slow it didn’t really help us to move any faster. We had wide shoulder areas most of our ride but much of it was uneven surfaces. Not sure if riding longer distances over the past seven days or if it has been the daily pounding from the uneven surfaces, but my lower back is pretty sore. I am a lucky one that normally never experiences back pain, so hoping a few days off the bike will help it resolve itself. Needless to say I was happy to arrive at our destination today and look forward to having a few down days.

Sheila and Robin are super nice folks and we are thankful for their hospitality. Our dinner and conversations were both wonderful. Hoping to get to know them more so tomorrow as I’m a tad bit tired tonight.

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