It will be a bright, bright, sunshiny day!

Day 31 – Austin to LaGrange, Tx. The cyclists were thankful today for the sun which finally decided to make an appearance. Cool temperatures prevailed with a few puffy clouds in the sky.

The team prepares to leave, Austin (Pecan Grove RV Park)
The team prepares to leave, Austin (Pecan Grove RV Park)
Leaving Pecan Grove RV Park, Austin
Leaving Pecan Grove RV Park, Austin
Talking with Bob,the manager of the funky Pecan Grove RV Park
Talking with Bob,the manager of the funky Pecan Grove RV Park

After leaving the capital city of Austin, the cyclists headed east towards Bastrop.

Colorado River, near Austin
Colorado River, near Austin

The map was difficult to follow today for the RV driver, so I pulled off and asked in a convenience store for the quickest way to Bastrop. Finally caught up with the team as they lunched at a food truck in downtown “Bastrop”. The team had made the acquaintance of a retired Marine who was visiting the food truck as well. He was from Bastrop  and invited us to stay with him if ,we should return. Marcus Barron possessed such a positive outlook on life, despite his disability from the military service, resulting in loss of his legs.

During lunch, we reconnoitered over the maps and I promised to keep a closer tab on the team. As they headed off through Bastrop State Park, I received a phone call saying they needed to return and use an alternate route due to flooding of one of the park roads. They headed out to a main highway with nice shoulders and had a great, quick ride to LaGrange. I had secured a campsite as they rode into town, but had to drive  back out about a mile to pick Bill up as he had another flat tire.

Colorado River, near La Grange, campground is on the left
Colorado River, near La Grange, campground is on the left

Our campsite at LaGrange (Colorado Landing RV Park) overlooks the Colorado River which is currently overflowing its banks. We’re on a bluff above the river, safe and dry so far

Colorado River below the campsite Colorado Landing RV Park - La Grange TX
Colorado River below the campsite Colorado Landing RV Park – La Grange TX
Looking down on the Colorado River below our campsite
Looking down on the Colorado River below our campsite

After everyone had showers, we decided to walk a few blocks to the neighborhood Mexican restaurant, Las Fuentes. While we waited for our meal, we read about the “Chicken Ranch” – check it out on wikipedia – think “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas”. Very interesting story about two great entrepreneurs (female at that). It was located a few miles outside of La Grange.

The Chicken Ranch outside of La Grange, TX

Everyone enjoyed their meal and as our meal ended, who should roll in but Marcus, our friend from lunch and his wife, Liz! Small world!

Marcus Barron and his wife, Liz
Marcus Barron and his wife, Liz

Tomorrow appears to be a short ride(only about 65 miles) and the cyclists seem to be getting into the flatlands. They are headed to Navasota, Texas. Hope to be there as long as the good Lord’s willin, and the Colorado doesn’t rise too much more.

2 thoughts on “It will be a bright, bright, sunshiny day!”

  1. I’m thinking more and more about squirting the tube full of RTV!
    Great pics and narration. Beautiful.

    1. Bill says, “We’re going to use duct tape!” By the way when Bill checked his bike last night he had another flat. But he thinks its in the tire and he hasn’t found the culprit from the first flat, just fixes the tube. Have a great time in the DR.

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