Trip Summary

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

Monday, April 8, 2013

Day 32: Mexican Hill Ranch – Rest Day

It feels like a Saturday. Today is our day off of biking, and we are relaxing at Mexican Hill Ranch in Richards, TX. The owners, Ernie and Doris Bazan, are about the nicest people you will meet, and their ranch is immaculate. We are camping in tents, but they offer cabin-like room accommodations also and they cater to Harley riders as well as Trek riders!

They raise some cattle, horses,a couple donkeys and a number of water fowl and chickens. Doris is known to be a caretaker to animals; apparently even the animals know this because 1 day last year in Feb a tiny calf came wandering to their property, only 24 hours old or so. Doris scooped it up and then went looking for mama, but tragically found mama had died giving birth to the little calf, so the rancher who owned the mama said Doris might just as well keep the calf. We met “Bonnie” today, a big, healthy cow who is almost ready to start having a calf of her own. 

We are trying mentally to prepare for now 10 days of biking before another break. Only 44 miles tomorrow but thunderstorms are predicted in the afternoon, so we all hope to be in camp by the time any rain starts to fall.

 Rest days always give us time to reflect on the people who have helped us, so thank you to the Petry family for watching over our house and checking in on things, getting our mail, etc., and being all around good. Thanks also to Mom and

Dad Arndt for opening up your home to Monte. We miss him a lot, but it is reassuring to know he is in good hands.

Thank You to everyone who has supported Custom Canines by purchasing t-shirts or bike jerseys or sponsoring miles or spreading the word about Pedal 4 Paws; we are so very grateful, and I know Nicole and everyone at Custom Canines appreciates you too!

We appreciate all of your encouragement. It keeps us focused and motivated.

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