Trip Summary

Day 52: 2929 miles completed, 8 states, 7 flat tires, 4 flat mattresses, 40 new friends and Bruce #1, 8 rest days

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Day 20: Easier Marathon

Finally we had another joyful riding day (52 miles) into Marathon, TX. The winds were more favorable and the route was shorter and the weather warmed up nicely. We had several things happen along the way which added to the enjoyment.

First about 6 miles out of Alpine, we looked over into a field and this beautiful little deer raised her head up and watched us curiously as we biked by. The scenery from Marfa to Alpine was gorgeous, many more full-grown trees, greenery and these waves of purple flowers that I do not know the name of, but they filled the air around them with a beautiful perfume.

 In Alpine, we stopped at a bakery famous for their cinnamon rolls. Since we had just sampled some of Bubba’s that he generously shared, we opted for a muffin with cranberries and raspberries and a warm pecan roll–delicious. We joined Mark for our treat and were talking biking, etc. As we got up to leave, a lovely older lady sitting by herself asked me (Lisa) if I was really biking all the way to FL’ and when I said yes, she touched my hand and looked straight in my eyes and smiled as she said “I’m so proud of you!” It made my day!

Under the TMI category, sometimes when you bike for miles in the middle of no where, nature calls. Now Bubba does his best to bring his camper on days like this to make it available for the women on the tour, and I LOVE that he does this, but sometimes you have to go out in the “wild.” The picture here was at one of those nature breaks. Two things you should know about this: First, the more times you do this outdoors, the less modest you get (because frankly no one really cares) and ,second, if you have to potty outside, you could have much less beauty around you in an indoor bathroom!!

One last highlight from Marathon–we had a visitor before we went to bed, a javelina or wild pig,visited camp–FYI, apparently the accepted name is javelina or peccary. He visited camp but was unsuccessful in getting in, However at 3 AM, apparently 3 of these creatures were roaming around camp! No one even would have known except Mark got up to take his dog Dusty outside and found them–Dusty did not see them. All part of communing with nature!!

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