Saturday, March 19, 2011

Day 21 Van Horn to Fort Davis

There are not many foreign made cars in West Texas. Asian built cars are a rare bird out here. People buy and drive American made vehicles, preferably pick up trucks. They are proud to be American Texans, flying both flags frequently. Sometimes they still include the Confederate flag. They seem to get along just fine with domestic, although styles are a bit limited. There is still a lot of regional variation in the United States. McDonald's and Starbucks have not completely homogenized us yet!

I was again off with the sunrise today; not to escape a dive motel, but to attack a long, hard day. The big climbs came after 70 miles, when my legs were exhausted. I had to stop and rest several times. My map showed a store and gas station where I planned to reprovision. Unfortunately, it had closed long ago leaving me seriously short on water. These are wide and empty Texas expanses devoid of supplies. But the story had a thirsty, but happy ending. I am bedded down in the Wayside B&B where the owner has offered to put me up gratis to contribute to the cause. It is a beautiful place.

1 comment:

  1. Glad you didn't get too dehydrated before you found that place. I can picture this day very clearly from your blog. Always carry extra water, Doc. AND, extra nutrition. Extra salt, doesn't hurt on this kind of ride, either.
    Thanks for affecting my life, and many others in a positive way. I'm right there on the road with you, in spirit.
    Stay safe. Ride strong. Bring LOTS of extra water!