Was up at 6:00 am to pack the bike and check emails for work. Stuff has been pretty busy for Stacy and I have been reviewing her work on PDF files and giving her suggestions and making calls at rest stops which of course slows me down, I am very proud of her, she is doing great under difficult circumstances, It was under 50 degrees when I left. Had some trouble riding into the sun in El Paso and pulled over to put some electrical tape on the side of my full face shield, problem solved 🙂
The speed limits in Texas are 75 and 80 which is pretty nice For a few tanks I was averaging 90-95 (just a bit over 4000rpm) and getting smacked from behind by a tailwind 34 mpg at that speed was really happy with that.
Time change to central time as I went over a mountain range by an immigration checkpoint . I passed and rode the deserted highway riding without music just because I was enjoying the solitude, Soon the temp was over 90 degrees and I was drinking lots of water at gas and rest stops to stay hydrated. Only hit one dust storm and it was over quickly.
At one rest area got to talking with father and son riding to Houston in a battered pick up truck. When I come out of the rest room there are usually people looking at the bike and conversation ensues. The bike is a magnet for people, always has been also. I tend to stop after the1st two gas stops every 70 miles to stretch and drink especially when it is hot out
By the time I got to Junction the wind was again picking up but not like the past few days and the bike was requiring minimal effort to control in side winds, At the Junction TX gas stop I saw a R1200 pull up next to me. A young kid had ridden from LA to Las Cruces in one day. He said 15 hours. But to be young again, lol
He was going to San Antonio just a few hours down the road and was about to eat a giant sub. If I ate that I would be sleeping before San Antonio. He was getting under 40 mpg he said which seemed low for a Beemer. And the bike had only one foot position. Between the stock boards, highway pegs and Mick o pegs I have lots of ability to move my legs and stretch while I ride. I am very happy with the bike which by now has passed 92000 miles. Only did a bit over 500 miles today as I am now exactly on schedule according to my master plan for this trip. Glad to be out of west Texas and into the Humid parts.
Stacy gave me my choices for motels over the phone and I decided Kerrville would do fine and got this room around 3pm. went swimming in the freezing pool, sat in the sun on a beach chair for an hour and then showered and went across the street for dinner at a restaurant in a famous big hotel. Here are pics of the old fords and mercury’s that were there for some kind of convention. I kept taking pics till my camera died. Here they are 20 pics also a pic of the sky before the storm
I am parked in the covered breezeway of the motel and safe from hail which was supposed to come according to the US weather service Thankfully the storm just brought wind with a cool breeze felt very nice !
Tomorrow I will leave late and mosey on down to Houston and say hello to all the nice folks there for GOTF (Gathering of the Fools)
Spoke to Jimmy (Hayhauler) to confirm how to get to Hotglue’s and should arrive early afternoon. Hope your son’s ACL surgery goes well and he recovers fully Jimmy