There are a lot of bats in this part of the country. Bats are creepy creatures. They only come out at night and they flutter around your head. Bats don't fly properly like birds do. In folk tales bats are always evil, associated with vampires and lusting to suck your blood. In reality, bats are benign and control insect populations. They are much more effective than those bug zappers. Eric and I even put up a bat house once, although no bats ever moved in. Not unexpected, since most bats prefer colonies over an individual house. I guess it is good to periodically reassess some of the things we dislike. Maybe it's not just bats (and snakes) we could be wrong about.
Today I experienced a lot of steep climbs through some of the most scenic parts of Texas. The winds were kind, the body recovered, and the temperatures cool. A nice day of pedaling! I arrived early and spent a few hours hiking at Lost Maples Nature Preserve, a residual botanic relic of maple trees in central Texas. I am staying in a cabin by a beautiful stream, where I enjoyed a pleasant evening swim. The stars are bountiful in the light starved central Texas sky. Tomorrow likely back to cell service and pictures.