April 9: La Grange to Navasota, TX
Today may be my most favorite biking day so far, because of the scenery, though the wind was a distraction. We had been warned of a possible storm this evening, so the winds were swirling, and at times quite strong. Of course, we enjoyed the few times it was a tailwind.
I loved seeing this tandem, when we passed it early in the ride. Hopefully Don and I will be riding together in Florida, when my tour is over.
As we rode through Warrenton, there were remnants of the antique shows, which ended over the weekend.
Our first sag, around 16 miles, was in Round Top near Henkel Square.
I noticed this border in the public restroom, which was not an outhouse.
Shortly after the sag, we entered Washington County.
I’ll let the photos highlight the next 20 miles.
Just after Gay Hill, we had a second sag stop at this Friedans Church.
At mile 46, we found sandwiches at the Independence General Store.
Now well nourished, we enjoyed the quiet country roads. Again the photos speak for the beauty.
We only spent 3 miles on Farm Road 912, but certainly didn’t find this a welcoming sign.
About 12 miles from the end of the ride, we were offered the side trip option to visit Washington on the Brazos State Historical Site. I was the only one of the group who wandered off route.
This was the site of the Convention of 1836, which produced the Texas Declaration of Independence, and created the government of the Republic of Texas. I enjoyed learning more about the history.
I cycled alone into Navasota, crossing the Brazos River, and entering Grimes County.
I passed this display of the six flags over Texas: from right to left: Spain, France, Mexico, Republic of Texas, Confederate States of America, United States.
We are staying at the Best Western in Navasota – and looking forward to a day off tomorrow.
71 miles today; average 10.5 mph.