Kye took me down to the Catholic Church where the remainder to the team had spent their “rest day.” We got there about 6:30 so we had time to get organized again. I didn’t move my gear from our car to the trailer or the Rest Van cubby because I knew it would be easier to do in La Grange. This is just another one of the many benefits or having Kye follow us on the trail another day.
Ed, Frank and I took off at 7:15 a.m. not knowing where we would find a place for breakfast. We started out by going south on Guadalupe then turning east on 4th street, then on 5th street until we got to Montopolis Drive. We were in hopes of finding something close to the church but that didn’t pan out and we didn’t find anything until we got to Highway 71. There we settled for Jack in the Box.
The ride to Bastrop was good. The leadership team made an executive decision to move the first rest stop up 6 miles from Clear Creek on Highway 21. This stop gave us a lot more room and a better convenience store in which to pick up supplies. Kye did not have access to the text messages so we had our own personal rest stop in Clear Creek.
We rode on to Bastrop and stop at a Whataburger just as it started raining for the first time today.
Kye took at trip down memory lane at the Bastrop park and boat ramp. In 2010 Kye, once again, supported me as I did a Kayak race (the Colorado 100). This race was on the Colorado river which ran from Bastrop to Columbus, and by river this is a 100 mile race. While walking around the ramp area the rain hit and Kye got a little wet but I think she will tell you it was worth it. She took some great pictures of the area.
After we finished our lunch and the rain stopped, we took off to ride in the Bastrop State and Buescher State Parks. The roads in these parks are fun to ride, for the most part, but there are some steep climbs. And today, just to add to the excitement, mother nature decided to treat us with a very hard rain. Those of us that carried our rain coats stopped to put them on and those that didn’t just kept riding. The rain came down so hard that at times I couldn’t make out the rode so my progress slowed greatly. After about 30 minutes of this we got to our Rest Van and we were able to get under the dinning fly which gave us some relief. We waited another 45 minutes until the rain blew through. We had to be careful for a while until the roads dried.
After leaving the park and getting back on state highways, the rest of the ride was uneventful but long.
We spent the night at the Church of Christ in La Grange. After getting cleaned up and our sleeping arrangement set, we took advantage of Kye’s support. Ed, Frank, Kye and I took the car to find dinner.