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Brrrrrr, That’s Cold

Hank – I woke up a little after 11:00 last night to the sound of pouring rain. I was thankful we were staying dry under the pavilion. At around 3:00 am I woke again. It was still raining but the temperature had dropped. I put my puffy jacket on and went back to sleep.

When we got up at 6:00 the temp had dropped to 31 and a steady wind was blowing. The wind chill was 27. I boiled water for tea.

We discussed our route options and possible destination for the day during a light breakfast. We decided to go to Lumberton (22 miles away) first and eat and go from there.

We had the wind to our backs most of the way to Lumberton but it was still cold enough to keep our hats, gloves and puffy jackets on. While we ate we talked over our destination for the day. There’s a motel in Sour Lake where we could sit out the cold tonight. Also we could use a shorter day after the long ones we’ve had.

We had crosswind most of the way there, which feels like headwind on a loaded bike. I kept me expectations low so I wouldn’t be terribly disappointed at the Economy Inn motel. Unfortunately, it met them and there were no pleasant surprises. It’s not the worst place we’ve stayed in but it’s a close second. All part of the adventure, I guess.

I didn’t take any pictures today because I’d have to stop and take my gloves off to do so.

Kathy – It was another cold morning and day of riding. We started our 42 mile ride in 31 degree temps (with the wind chill it was 27 degrees). The sun was shining but not enough to warm the bodies. Hand warmers in my gloves helped the frozen fingers somewhat, but the toes were cold and numb the entire ride.

Not only were we blessed today with the cold temps but we also had a nice strong headwind almost our entire day which added to the chill in our bones. This cold front passing through most of the U.S. right now is making for much colder temps north of us, so I’m am feeling for you. I’m thankful I’m not north freezing like many of you are, but I’m also wishing I was at home with my warm electric throw and the fireplace running. Sometimes the outside elements don’t make for the best rides. Today’s cold and wind made it one of those days.

We decided to get a hotel since the temps were dropping below freezing again tonight. There is only one hotel near our end point today, and it is a dump! It’s dirty, nothing is working in the room, it smells like mildew mixed with cigarette smoke, dead cockroaches on the floor. The bathroom window is broken and has a hole about 2 inches by 3 inches just open to the wind. I stuck a washcloth in the window hole when I took my shower to keep the cold air out and to ensure no one could see in.

I could say so much more about this dumpy hotel, but lets just say this one is at the top of our list for the worst hotels we have stayed in. Since the heat didn’t work in our first room (the main reason for getting a hotel tonight) we eventually moved to the room next door. The second room was just as bad as our first room, only this one had a very loud heater that somewhat worked. We did notice a dryer sheet in the heater vent slots that someone apparently left to help with the smell. Our bags are all up high and sealed shut because we are not interested in taking any critters with us when we leave early in the morning. Disgusting place!

We always hear, “everyone wants to be like us” and “we are living the dream”…but you may not really want to be like us. This is day six of riding, tomorrow (day seven) we ride in to Huston, Texas and will take a few days off the bikes. Looking forward to the break.

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Hello, Texas

Hank – We left Rachel’s house around 7:30am. We rode a bit into town and stopped to talk about our route. One option was to follow Hwy 90 and then I-10 and spend the night in Beaumont, Texas. The option I favored followed backroads. The back roads was shorter by two miles. (56) We had breakfast at the Pitt Stop and talked it over. The back road route won out.

It went smoothly for the first half of the ride. The Google Maps messed us up. The route called for us to take Sand Pit Road right after we crossed in Texas. We’ll, Sand Pit Road is a sand road. So no going that route.

We continued on to another highway intersection. Now the all-knowing Google told us to head north on the highway and then turn left and follow a bunch of different roads to the next major highway. I checked with two locals who said they knew the roads. “That’s the dump road. Yeah, it’s paved all the way through.”

Kathy went inside the gas station to get a snack and drink. A stray dog was hanging around with a stick in his mouth. He dropped it by me and barked. I threw the stick and he fetched it. He dropped it again. We played for a big but he would never left me pet him or take the stick from his mouth. He always played on his terms like he was doing me a big favor.

About nine miles later we found that the road to the dump is not paved all the way through. Only to the dump. We were supposed to get on a rock road for anywhere up to six miles. That wasn’t going to work for us so we went back to the main highway, followed that north for six miles, and got on a paved farm road for ten miles taking us to Buna, Texas.

We had intended to go to an RV campground in Silsbee, Texas. But the winds were out of the south and we would have had 14 miles of headwind going south to Silsbee. We had been fighting the wind all day and Buna put us at the 63 mile marker so we decided to stop there.

We asked around and there was no place to camp. I called the Methodist Church and asked to camp on their lawn. Christy, the woman who answered, said she needed to check with the trustees. While she did that, Kathy found a covered pavilion by the volunteer fire department building. We thought that would be a good spot. Christy called me back and said we were good to go. I thanked her and told her we’ll do that if we get chased away from the fire department.

We set up under the pavilion so we’d be protected from the rain coming tonight. I bought a gallon of water at the grocery store across the street from us so we had water for our dehydrated meals and breakfast. It’s going to get down to 33 tomorrow morning so we have our warm clothes ready to go.

Kathy – We enjoyed our tea while visiting with Rachel and Jan this morning. Jim already headed out for an early start at work today. Unfortunately they had to go to work and we had to get the miles in so we said our goodbyes earlier than I would have liked. I could have chatted with these ladies for hours on end.

So off we went to continue our journey towards Huston, Texas. Today we ended up riding 63 miles. It was partly cloudy all day with temps reaching s high of 66 degrees. The majority of our ride was with a strong headwind. With the modifications in our route today we thought about going all the way to Silsbee, Texas. Once we got to Buna, Texas we decided we had enough of the winds. We already rode 63 miles with headwinds for all of it but nine miles. Why kill ourselves and do the last 12 miles in a really strong headwind. Happy we called it a day and stopped in Buna. We did ride into The Great State of Texas today! State # 33, yippee!!!

The pavilion at the fire department was pretty sweet. Happy to call it a day, get cleaned up and relax with some dinner and wine. We did not eat much today so our dehydrated meals really hit the spot tonight. Happy to now be in Texas – our 33rd State! We are coming along. 😊

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