Day 30 – “The Hills are Alive” Sound of Music

Fredericksburg to Austin, TX

78 miles of hills, hills, hills. Did I mention the hills?

Enjoyed a wonderful rest day in Fredericksburg.   Thank you to Sheryl J for traveling to Texas for a great visit.  The best part of rest day was enjoying a pitcher of Mango Margarita’s and enjoying the day!

Leaving Fredericksburg, we were told that we would have more of the same leaving Hill Country.. and that would be hills.   At some point, I will admit, that I thought we would be beyond them – but that did not happen today.   The day was chilly and overcast – and I could not get warm all day . Brrr.   At dinner tonight, I was told that we climbed a total of 4500 feet – that’s a lot of continuous ups and downs!    As I looked around the dinner table, everyone looked exhausted — we were not expecting such a tough day.

It was tough, but very enjoyable.   Early on we were treated to miles and miles of springtime wildflowers all starting to bloom!   Blankets of Texas Blue Bonnets lined the  roadside.  The colors were so vibrant – even in the gray overcast sky – I can only imagine how robust they look with a sliver of bright sun.  Mixed among the blue bonnets were several other wildflowers – yellows, whites, corals, pink!   I was struck by the contrast of the spring wildflowers, and the prickly pear cactus that continues to dot the landscape.   For some reason  all  I could think about as I looked at the prickly pear and wildflower mix was that even in nature opposites attract!

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We continued to roll by many ranches- The ranches often have elaborate gates that mark their  entrances.  I thought of my Dad quite a bit today, as these gates are often crafted out of wrought iron.  Many have ornate ornamental iron work, and others are more functional.

Saw our first Longhorn cattle today!  I found one that was ready for a photo op!

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And finally, a shout out to my nephews who love waffles!  Here in Texas, we get Texas shaped waffles for breakfast

 

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8 thoughts on “Day 30 – “The Hills are Alive” Sound of Music

  1. It sounds like you’re enjoying some of the fun aspects of Texas. Enjoy your rest day!
    I bet your legs and lungs are getting toned! (can lungs get toned? well in good shape anyway) Ride on!

  2. Just think there is a hot tub waiting in NH for you and the other Twisted Sistahs when you get home! You are amazing, every hill you climb has brought some hope to another child that you have helped to make a dream come true! We all send some warm hugs you from all of us at Make-A-WIsh!

  3. So in lieu of the concert I just went to (Children of Bodom), and your “song of the day”, it got me thinking of some of their song titles that may suit your ride…all light-heartedly of course! Such as Are You Dead Yet?, Roadkill Morning, and of course We’re Not Gonna Fall! lol (p.s. love the pics!)

      • We sure did! Me, Ian, and a friend of ours. We got to talk to them again briefly before they got on the bus after the show. If I knew how to put pictures onto the laptop and/or facebook I would, lol!

  4. I wish we could have another pitcher (or two) of those margaritas! They were fabulous! Sorry such a rough riding day. It was super chilly in the morning, too bad it didn’t warm up.
    It HAS to get flatter soon! Hopefully today it was-take care and keep enjoying the journey.

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