Sanderson to Langtry to Del Rio

No internet yesterday, so another combined posting. Yesterday, I rode 59 miles from Sanderson to Langtry. Strong headwinds made the downhills feel like uphills and the uphills feel like UPHILLS. I stayed at a little grocery store, cafe, motel with 4 rooms. The room was 55 bucks and plenty funky, but any port in a storm, eh?

Today, I rode 58.5 miles to Del Rio. The headwinds weren’t as bad today, but it drizzled rain all day. I was soaked when I finally got to a Motel 6, 45 bucks and brand new, with great internet, guest laundry and a shower with a firehose shower head. I’m taking another day off tomorrow. My other shifter started giving me fits today and I want to find a bike shop and get them to adjust both shifters.

Here’s the maps from yesterday and today and the pics too.

Yesterday:

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This is from Easter. The only place open was a bar across the street from the motel. I stopped in hoping they served food and they invited me to eat with them. They had a potluck with delicious bbq ribs, ham and fried chicken along with all the fixins. Wouldn’t let me pay for my dinner, so I gave them a donation.IMG_2952





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On the way to Langtry. The clouds were hanging around all day threatening to rain, but it never did.IMG_2957 IMG_2958 IMG_2960 IMG_2961 IMG_2964 A little airport with a little plane on display.IMG_2965

I think this may be an oil well.
IMG_2966Spring is springing.
IMG_2967 IMG_2968 The town of Dryden. I was hoping for a convenience store, but no such luck.IMG_2972 IMG_2973 IMG_2975 IMG_2976 IMG_2977 IMG_2978 IMG_2980

IMG_2983IMG_2971 IMG_2985 IMG_2987 IMG_2989 IMG_2990 IMG_2993This was a pretty cactus. Too bad it was trashed with beer cans and paper.
IMG_2998 IMG_2999 An odd tank standing in a field of brush.IMG_3001There were maybe 15 of these tanks coming up the road at various times.
IMG_3002 IMG_3004I happened upon this cafe that rents rooms out too. This couple, Rosemary and Loren from Michigan stopped in for a bbq and we talked while we ate.
IMG_3006 Here’s the 4 room hotel next door to the cafe.IMG_3007 IMG_3008 And here’s the cafe and grocery.IMG_3009

Today:

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IMG_3010 IMG_3012 IMG_3014 IMG_3017 IMG_3020 Lots of hills. Everywhere you go in Texas, it’s either uphill, against the wind or both.IMG_3021 IMG_3022 Rain gear all day. IMG_3024 IMG_3029The Pecos river joins with the Rio Grande around here.
IMG_3030IMG_3033 IMG_3035 IMG_3038 IMG_3039 IMG_3041IMG_3043IMG_3062IMG_3068I stopped at this bar in Comstock. Best hamburger I’ve had this trip!IMG_3071IMG_3072IMG_3073Lots of orange looking plants starting to blossom.IMG_3076IMG_3078IMG_3082IMG_3065IMG_3084 IMG_3085 IMG_3086 IMG_3087Welcome to Del Rio sign with a Septics on Site billboard behind it.
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Next up is the bike shop and another laundry day, since I’ll be here anyway.

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Sanderson to Langtry to Del Rio — 6 Comments

  1. That was really generous & kind of the folks to feed ya on Easter! They’re probly good ol’ friendly country folks like the ones in Floyd at Ray’s. (Yep, been there, done that too) Was that you waiting your turn to shoot? (pool) Did you win a game? haha Was Heyoka nervous of the creature on lookout at the Langtry motel? Heyoka wasn’t thinking about taking a dive in the Pecos was he? Is it a little scary crossing the bridges? looks like your lane gets really small and the guard rails get really ‘short’. Were you curious about what was in that tank by itself in the field? I’m Curious, with towns like Dryden, have you had any close calls on water supply? I’m sure you’d rather not ride in the rain, but looking at your pics, they’d like a lot more rain. Hope you enjoy the brand new motel 6 on your day off and get plenty of rest. Be careful with that firehose shower, don’t blow your skin off, (heehee). Good luck at bike shop! Safe travels! love ya, Jayne & Barry too

    • The bridges are sometimes a little dicey. But so far, not much traffic to deal with. Occasionally you have to just “take the lane” and let them ride behind you grumbling and honking. Otherwise, they try to squeeze by. The tank was strange. There was nothing around it either. It’s been so cool, I haven’t had to worry about running out of water yet. I think most of the long stretches without towns or stores is past now, so it shouldn’t be an issue. I can carry enough for 60 or so miles, 90, if I use my 2L water container. But that’s a pain to tote.

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