Coast 2 Coast Day 31: Long (Horn) Road To Richards

Today the hills are alive with the colors of wild flowers, the winds are at our backs, and we finally see the famous Texas Longhorn.

Even though it’s a very long day, it’s a good day.
Start City: LaGrange, TX
End city: Richards, TX
Miles: 89
Total miles to date: 1745
Pedaling time: 5 hours, 20 minutes
Avg. speed: 16.6 mph
Feet climbed: 4000
Fatigue factor: 8 out of 10
Wind: SW 10-20 mph, tailwind for entire day
Road condition: 4 out of 5
Temperature extremes: 56 at ride start, 75 at ride finish

With the return of the sunshine today it’s much easier to get pictures, and the opportunities abound.

The cattle and the Longhorn practically pose for me.

Our lunch spot is in Independence, Texas.  We are at a park which was the original site of Baylor University.

In Navasota we visit with one of the most famous Texas Rangers of all time, Frank Hamer.

He’s the guy who took down Bonnie and Clyde.

We also have a SAG check-in at what turns out to be the world’s worst Dairy Queen.

For those who like historic courthouses, here’s the one in Anderson.

Our overnight stop, the Mexican Hill Ranch, is glad to see us.

Tomorrow: a well-deserved rest day, and more special visitors.

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8 thoughts on “Coast 2 Coast Day 31: Long (Horn) Road To Richards

  1. If the “World’s Worse Dairy Queen” was on a scale of 1 to 10, I’d have to believe the other lunch options must’ve been real dives.

  2. noticing your shoes are SIDI’s….what kind of cleats are you using on your shoes? my friend and I are thinking about doing C2C and need to invest in new SIDI’s. I always used the red cleats but they are hard to walk on and a pain to carry shoe covers for so I switched to SPD’s and use Keen sandals. Your suggestion would help

    1. We wear Shimano shoes with the recessed SPD cleats. There is a lot of walking around in cycling shoes for his trip, you want that to be easy and comfortable! There are several people on the trip with sandals, but most are wearing shoes.

  3. The DQ was not a lunch stop, it was for treats before the last 20 miles of the ride. They knew we were coming, but were incredibly SLOW, and few people actually got what they ordered!

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