Coast 2 Coast Day 30: It Had To Happen

Our charmed existence of perfect weather came to an end today. As predicted the rain started during the early AM hours and continued on and off through much of the day.  We danced through the raindrops and stayed relatively dry for the first 40 miles.

A picnic lunch was scheduled for a covered pavilion at 42 miles.  Shortly after we arrived at the lunch stop a straight line wind came roaring through, knocking bikes over and blowing everything around.

The temperature dropped around 20 degrees in a matter of minutes. Then our weather radar vigil began. An hour and a half later, the sun came out and we got back on the road and finished the ride.

The ride today was beautiful. Too bad the weather did cooperate. The scenic roads were fairly smooth, except for just a few areas.
Start City: Lockhart, TX
End city: La Grange, TX
Miles: 61
Total miles to date: 1656
Pedaling time: 4 hours, 6 minutes
Avg. speed: 14.9 mph
Feet climbed: 2200
Fatigue factor: 5.5 out of 10
Wind: SE 5-10 mph, not a factor today
Road condition: 4 out of 5
Temperature extremes: 69 at ride start, 72 at ride finish

We saw lots of wildflowers and livestock.

We are still in search of longhorns. We did see some at a distance on the far side of a pond, but too far away to photograph.

Entering La Grange and finishing the ride, we cross the mighty Colorado River.

We are happy to be staying indoors tonight in LaGrange, the town that ZZ Top made famous. They got a lot of nice girls here…

Tomorrow: The second longest day of the tour could be tough, but the upcoming rest day will make it better.

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15 thoughts on “Coast 2 Coast Day 30: It Had To Happen

  1. Glad you guys survived the weather today. We’ve been watching the weather all day hoping you guys came out alright. Looks like you did! We are enjoying the posts!

  2. Thank you for doing your daily updates on your “Coast 2 Coast” ride. We are enjoying all of your pictures and posts.
    My brother-in-law Jim Hann is riding with you.


  3. Watched weather as we tracked you today. Looked like it was a nasty day to
    be out there, so glad to see it improved. Wondered about all of you out in
    the elements. Happy to know you all are inside tonight!
    On a century ride in Solvang, CA we rode in a thunderstorm. As we rode uphill
    water and gravel rolled down quickly. As I stood in line holding a peanut butter
    sandwich the peanut butter slid down my arm, and I thought “I paid money to
    do this!” But oh how nice to get through the day with Richard and spend the night
    dry and warm at a B And B. So appreciated a hot shower and that we got through
    the challenges of the day together…as did the two of you. Sleep well and warm!

    Stoker D

  4. We were marveling at your great weather up to this point, but didn’t want to say anything for fear of jinxing it. Sounds like you were able to avoid the worst of it today. Wishing you sunshine and tailwinds tomorrow!

  5. We checked on y’all and you were not moving for the longest time in Muldoon. (?). Thought that a mighty short ride at only 41 ish. Then, voila! Y’all were going again. Knew a 41 mile day was weird🤔😜. “Nice girls” comment was a knee slapper. Smh too.

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