Riding the Texas Hill Country

We left Boerne, Tx. this morning at 7:45 am, with temperatures hovering just above freezing. Even colder than yesterday, we added another layer. We wore raincoats and rain pants over our arm and leg warmers. The ride itself was great. The Texas Hill Country is a beautiful place to bike. We cycled by ranches with fancy entry gates that included metal art overhead and natural limestone entry walls. Livestock inside the fences included sheep, goats, longhorn cattle, and brahma cattle. Wildlife we saw along the road today consisted of whitetail deer, wild turkey and our traveling companions the turkey vultures. Several of us have observed shadows crossing over the road as we cycle along only to look up to see the red-headed vultures peering down at us.
The ride from Boerne to Buda today was a lot more relaxing compared to the last few days. First of all, the traffic was considerably lighter. There were rolling hills (yes, Texas Hills), the whole day. We climbed 4100 feet total for the day over 84 miles and the steepest was an 18% grade. Most of us agreed it was similar to riding the rolling hills of southern Iowa only the scenery was a lot different.
Flat tire update- Brian flatted in the hotel before we left this morning. This ride has helped us all form certain rituals. One I’ve noticed is that most of us get up in the morning and pinch our tires. Conspiracy theories regarding these flats are frequently cropping up but, honestly, debris laden roads and bad luck are probably the main culprits. More on flats, I’m sure, in future posts.
Tomorrow it’s 17 short miles into the heart of downtown Austin followed by a rest day.
We’ll be saying goodbye to Rick Runyan, our driver for the past week, as he heads home to Indianola. He’s paid us an off-handed compliment several times this week, saying hanging with us was like hanging with his construction worker friends when he was on the job. Honestly, Rick has done a super job providing us support this last week. Always finding the perfect spot to take a break on the top of a Texas hill and greeting as we chugged to the top with a hearty smile will be missed. Safe travels, Rick. –Roger

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