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April 4: Vanderpool to Kerrville, TX

Didn’t have the best sleep last night: my bed was actually a lumpy daybed, but also there was a metal rattle overhead, I think caused by the wind. We did sleep in some this morning, as it was cold and, due to our location in the hills, it took a while for the sun to appear.

Before starting off, I took this photo of one of the hummingbirds stopping by the feeder on the front porch of the office.

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We backtracked to Ranch Road 337, then turned onto to State Road 16. I wasn’t sure if we were doomed for the day, as we didn’t continue to Utopia.

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Maybe the hills that lay ahead were our punishment… Steep and winding. This one lasted 1.3 miles.

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With the sun shining, the beauty of the trees and hills was so much more vibrant, though the air was cool, and winds in our face.

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Check out the horns on these cattle outside Medina.

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Linda recommended a stop at The Apple Store in Medina. Enjoy these photos.

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I was intrigued by this store and stopped as I was leaving town. These beds are handcrafted from wood found in the Hill Country.

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We had been warned that there were big motorcycle activities in the area through this weekend, and noticed a lot of choppers passing us on the road. Check out this campsite area.

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Two more big climbs. I visited Granny a lot today, also did some walking as my legs are ready for a day of rest.

You can tell Kerr County has more money by the road surface – and by the fancy ranches.

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I especially liked this gate, which reads: Before the breathin’ air is gone, Before the sun is just a bright spot in the night time, Out where the rivers like to run, I stand alone and take back somethin’ worth rememberin’.

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Managed to enter Kerrville close to 4 pm as traffic was picking up, and stiff winds were still in my face.

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We are staying at the YO Resort; dinner tonight was at the Branding Iron Restaurant in the hotel. Son Tim arrived from Indianapolis, by way of Houston, just in time for dinner.

Looking forward to a day of rest tomorrow, including haircut, massage and chiropractor.

Total 52 miles today, average 9.7 mph. (Max on downhill 37.9!)

3 Comments

  1. You’ve been working hard!!! Enjoy Tim, haircut, chiropractor, and massage. I’m with you in spirit…

    • Your day of rest sounds like a winner to me! es!pecially the massage! I would have needed it a long time ago. Go Dolly

  2. Your description of the ride from Vanderpool to Kerrville shook loose all sorts of memories from 2007. I, too, had a lumpy bed but also had a bit of a stomach bug which had kept me off the bike for the ride to Vanderpool (wasn’t there a hellacious hill that day?). Back on the road I was a bit shaky but ate an apple something at the aptly-named Apple Store and was energized the rest of the way to Kerrville. Good bike shop, bookstore and restaurants in Kerrville as I recall. Enjoy!

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