Camp Wood to Vanderpool, TX
Today is day 6 out of a 7 day stretch. Today and tomorrow were expected to be tough. Today because we had a series of steep climbs, and tomorrow as it combines a longer climb and longer mileage. Today’s ride was wet and foggy. First day that we had precipitation. As we climbed higher we experienced a bit of foggy mist which reduced visibility to less than a quarter mile. This is a good news, bad news situation. The good news is that we could not always see when the climb started, or how steep it may be. The bad news is the random car traveling down the road could barely see us. I was following behind one of our riders, and could hardly see her blinkie light.
So, for those that assume Texas is flat, tis not so. We are officially in Texas Hill Country. We are moving away from the desert and only the prickly pear cactus remains. The landscape has become more lush, trees are blooming, grass, and many more shrubs. As mentioned yesterday, the humidity has also increased.
There have been quite a few deer sightings -both dead and alive. Two small groups of deer ran across the road, and one group had several babies. Unfortunately, there have also been dozens of dead deer on the side of the road. Looks like they do not pick them up if they are hit. Yuck
Enjoying a bit of home for the next few days, as my friend Sheryl J has flown out to spend my off day with me. She was able to find her way from Austin to Vanderpool,which is not even on the map!
Today was a hard day, but I do feel that I am getting stronger, and the climbs did not totally wipe me out. Finally, I got a bit of “that power. “.
You have had the “power” all along! You just needed to find it. Kill it tomorrow then enjoy a day off.
Tell Sheryl I said hello! I think you’re going to reallly enjoy revisiting this blog and reading your transformation as the rest of us are reading it from our office/couch/air plane. What an awesome journey, thank you for taking the rest of us along for the ride.
Hey ther Adam! Adair it will be more fun tomorrow when she has her day off. But it is great to see her! I am in awe of all of these amazing women.
Well said Adam. I will take the easy way out and just say Ditto!
Go Karen!!!! You’re doing an AMAZING job! It’s awesome the Sheryl can meet you out there! Hopefully her visit will inspire the next wind in your sails!
Love it. Have fun with SJ .. …I belive
You’ve got the power Karen – never forget it! Enjoy your time with Sheryl J!!
Karen – Be really careful around deer. One riding friend broke a collarbone when a deer sideswiped her.
Thanks, Mark! I will be sure to stay as far away as I can! They do move fast – and I can see how they would be a hazard!!
Hi Karen! There’s a consensus…you got that power! I’m catching up on your 3,100 mile ride blog and enjoying the read. You’re getting some awesome photos, too!