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Ozona, Texas

Hank – The next town down the road, Ozona, was 35 miles away. The winds were quiet at first but picked up quickly after 9:00 am. It was mostly a crosswind coming from the south. I didn’t think it was all that bad until the last eight or nine miles when they got stronger. When trucks passed by they’d disturb the air flow as well as hit us with the air they were pushing aside. We had a few wild side-by-side swerves on the shoulder of the road.

We got into Ozona around 1:00 and the hotel had a room ready so we moved in. After a short break we rode into town and ate a late lunch at Pepe’s Cafe. The food was good and the decor was interesting. The owner collects rock music stuff. Some of it decorates the cafe.

After lunch we checked out the Crockett County Museum. It’s an interesting hodge podge of artifacts. Some of the artifacts were puzzling in that I was wondering why they were there. A buffalo skull from Montana and clay figures from the Honduras, for example.

But the local stuff was great. There was a radio receiver an Izina native made while he was a prisoner of war in Germany during WWII. There was a Bible carried by three generations into war. Authentic uniforms from WWI and later.

Plus, there was the usual old stuff that I always enjoy: musical instruments, cameras, typewriters, tools, etc.

Crockett County was named after David Crockett. (Not Davy. That is a television affectation.) Crockett didn’t spend a lot of time in Texas but he fought for the country’s independence and died at the Alamo.

Tomorrow we have many miles of nothing with strong winds. It oughta be fun.

Kathy – Let me start by saying today was better than yesterday. Thankful. However, it was still a challenging ride. Our temps started out at 27 degrees (with the wind chill). We had side winds at 10 mph that increased as the day went on to 15-20 mph with gust at 25 mph. We continued to roll up and down throughout the day. Happy for our total daily mileage to only equal 40 miles.

The reason we only did 40 miles today is because we are limited on towns in West Texas. There is a whole lot of nothing out here. Stopping for the night in Ozona, Texas gave us shelter. The next town is 100 miles from here, nothing in-between except a rest stop on the side of the freeway. Still working on our plans for tomorrow.

So today I decided to check up on Google Maps elevation of cycling to see if it is correct. Google Maps for cycling said our total elevation today would be 780 feet. I turned on my Fitbit watch to bike exercise and it noted we climbed a total of 1,200 feet. So there Google Bike Maps you are wrong as I always suspected!! 🤪

Today’s ride was a windy one where we often had to lean into the sidewinds to avoid getting tipped over. I was happy that it was a short day of cycling. Since the ride was not too long the 1,200 feet of elevation didn’t bother me too much. We are in climbing country until we roll into San Diego in mid-March. It doesn’t end there either with the increased elevation. We start heading back east to catch some of the middle states we missed.

I enjoyed lunch at a small local restaurant. The local museum was pretty cool too. I loved some of the comment cards in the museum. Have a look at our pics with this post to see comment cards.

We are working on tomorrow’s plans since we have 100 miles of nothing and headwinds 20 mph with gust up to 35 mph. Wish us luck. More to come. Oh and, since we may or may not have Internet tomorrow, Happy Valentines Day! 💗💗💗

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In The Verizon Dead Zone

Hank – Once we got close to Harper, Texas and since then on our way to Junction, Kathy and I have not had a workable cell signal. This is even when we stop next to cell towers. We asked some locals once we arrived in Junction and got a hotel room. “Are you on Verizon?” It turns out you have to be on AT&T for it to work in these parts. Everyone says it gets better as we move west but they don’t know when.

We packed up this morning and left Harper. We followed US Hwy 290 to Interstate 10. Interstate 10 provided wide shoulders and lots of shredded steel-belted tire debris. It’s easy to get the impression that all they do in Texas is shred tires on the highway. We were thinking about going as far as Roosevelt, Texas, which would have been a 57 mile ride. But the light rain and cool wind convinced us to pull up short in Junction. We ate at a BBQ joint while we discussed our options. We decided to get a room and do a long day tomorrow to Sonora. Tomorrow’s weather will be less cloudy and warmer.

I got a flat on Hwy 290. I think that’s number three for me. I’m pretty sure it was a small, sharp rock. When I tried it out it dropped and disappeared amongst its similarly colored brothers that make up the road. I swapped out the tube and we were back on the road in 10 minutes.

Kathy – Our 43 mile day was a chilly one. The temps were supposed to increase as the day went on, but it seemed to get even cooler as the rain sprinkled on us and the winds increased. It was a cloudy grey kinda day. Lot of hills welcomed us. Our first nine miles were uphill. It got better once we rode on the freeway where the hills were more long and gradual. We rolled along the entire way into Junction, Texas. I was pretty frozen due to the cold, wind and rain once we arrived.

We decided to get a bite to eat since we hadn’t eaten much today and discuss our options moving forward. If we ride to Roosevelt it would be 18 more miles and then figure out where we would sleep tonight. The town of Roosevelt does not have any camping or hotels. We decided to stay put tonight in a hotel in Junction since morning temps will be in the low 30’s. We cleaned up and did laundry so we are set for the next few days.

We kinda mapped out our next nine days until we arrive in El Paso, Texas because there are such limited resources for us along the way. We also have lots of elevation and limited cell phone coverage. We might have a few challenging days ahead of us…but we can do it. No camping is available near our scheduled stops so it looks like it will be hotel nights for a bit. Not sure about the future but right now we have internet in the hotel so we can post to our blog. Depending on location that could change.

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