Yes the day finally came, we left Texas and crossed into Louisiana..woohooo! Started the ride today with wet roads but no rain. Seems like we did the 50 miles to Vinton,LA in no time, in fact we ended up getting to our motel (in case of torrential rains) too early to check in. Anyway, we’ll play it by ear for tomorrow’s ride.
Funny what a good meal, good night’s rest and flat roads can do for a 60 mile ride…a few of the riders (including me) decided to a “gun check” this morning enroute to our scheduled 48 mile lunch stop. After a pretty much effortless ride we made it to Mama Jacks in Kountze Texas where we indulged ourselves at the famous all you can eat lunch buffet. After another 12 miles we found ourselves at the Red Cloud RV park in Silsbee. Nice place….to bad tomorrow we’ll be trying our best to make it to a safe haven from the weather caused by hurricane Patricia.
After a great night at the pristine Cagle National Park campground we were ready to put the “curse of the velomanati” behind us…but Mother Nature thought otherwise. What started out as an easy 40+ miler became a very wet, wind in your face day. The saving grace was Woodsy Hollow RV park, a gem in the middle of nowhere (it’s in Goodrich, Texas). After a fabulous surf and turf dinner all was forgotten again…tomorrow is another day.
Didn’t think we could cram any more bad luck into a 70 mile ride. Tough day but we made it…..see Allen’s blog for the whole story.
Woke up this morning to 54 degrees….in Florida this would be a “NO RIDE” day, but we must ride. Rode an absolutely incredible route for the first 5 miles on park roads, but alas we had to detour due the firefighting activities causing road closures. No worries, Allen just put us off route along some scenic country roads..for the first 30 miles anyway. After a hardy lunch (can’t remember the name of the town) we paid the penalty…25 miles to our RV Park on a busy roadway with a stiff headwind.