We decided to take a day off and we rented a car and went to the Big Thicket National Park, which was 10 miles north of us. Sam has a passport for national parks which he gets stamps from each place he visits. He has gotten 4 for this trip so far. This is cool! The national forestry service has just issued a 25th year commerative stamp. Sam was the first to use the one at this location. After this we rode south to Beaumont because there are two bike shops there. Sam's grandparents were from Beaumont and we visited the cemetery and found their head stones and he received a copy of their obituaries. We then rode past their old homestead. This was a good day for Sam. We then went to both of the cycle shops and Bob got a new tire for Mary's bike and some other things. The second shop the boss made a comment in german and Bob had a blast talking with him. Personally I think they were making it all up to impress Sam and I. We are getting ready for our ride tommorow, it should be a 50 mile day. Last night Bob introduced me to the game bridge. There are too many rules and exceptions of the rules to keep track of. We have another 8 riding days before we reach Austin, so they had better teach me all they know real fast. I'm in the lobby finishing this blog, and while waiting for Bob & Mary to show up for I overheard a gentlemen checking in. I heard her quote the price and I'm grateful Bob the Bold is the one who makes our reservations. He does a good job.
I am taking a bike ride from St. Augustine, Fl. to Austin, Tx. This is the first half of the southern tier with adventure cycling. I am riding a Terra Trike tour model bike with a Burley Nomad trailer. I have met several people who are joining me in this adventure. Bob & Mary-Scott Coffey from Eggleston, Va. & Sam Haller from Indianaplois, In. ... full info