Baby wants some new shoes

I started out around 7 this morning to get an early start. I went to the Wendy’s for breakfast and they were having cash register issues, so I ended up not getting on the road until after 8. When I stopped to eat, a homeless looking dude wearing a backpack was loitering around the front of the place. I left Heyoka against the window outside. Before I got in line to order, I went over to the window and peeked outside. The guy was getting ready to rifle through my stuff. He saw me looking at him and took off. So, I went outside and got Heyoka and brought him in to join me for breakfast. The Wendy’s folks and convenience store staff looked at me a little funny though. Once I got on the road, it was a pretty good ride all day. It was a slight incline with a big elevation gain spread over the 75 miles, so it wasn’t too bad. The worst part was getting a taste of the rough chip seal pavement. I think that’s how most of Texas will be, so I guess I need to get used to it. It’ll be 800 plus miles of it before I get to Louisiana. Here’s the map from today and some pictures.

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Riding in the cold this morning.
IMG_2780 IMG_2781The sun starting to warm things up a bit.
IMG_2783 So there you go.IMG_2785 This used to be something.IMG_2787 I think this was a red tailed hawk, but I’m not sure.IMG_2789 IMG_2801 IMG_2802 The wind was blowing in the right direction for once.IMG_2803 IMG_2804 I had a hard time convincing Heyoka this was just a piece of art, not a real store. He wanted some Prada tires. Click on it to read the wikipedia article.IMG_2805 IMG_2806 The only thing open in Valentine was a tiny, tiny library. I went in and filled up my water bottles.IMG_2810

An aggregation of tumbleweeds.IMG_2812 The chip seal pavement today was much coarser. Rough riding!IMG_2813 IMG_2814 IMG_2815 A big ol’ blimp. Not as big as the Goodyear blimp, but it was pretty big. Those are buildings all around it. Maybe some sort of meteorological balloon?IMG_2822 IMG_2824 IMG_2826 Welcome to Marfa. Not to be confused with Marfa’s Vineyard.IMG_2830I bet the Stardust Motel was cool when it was still standing.




Tomorrow, Alpine, TX


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Baby wants some new shoes — 1 Comment

  1. To keep watch of the border regions in remote areas, authorities use a downward looking radar mounted on a tethered balloon, called a TARS, or Tethered Aerostat Radar System.

    If you feel like someone is watching you…they are..!!!

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