Trip Summary

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

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Day 33: Racing the Rain

I woke up this morning and turned my head the wrong way. I must have pulled a muscle in my neck. Thankfully we had a short 45 mile day scheduled. Even with low mileage we left as early as possible because thunderstorms were forecast for noon and 3pm. There were a few pockets of mist as we made our way to Coldspring, TX. The skies were overcast and we observed banks of dark rain clouds as we rode through Sam Houston National Forest. We raced the rain to camp; we won and stopped for lunch at The Hop.

A newspaper reporter for the Houston Community Papers stopped by camp in the afternoon. She started her interview with a few of us, but probably talked to half of the group. We were able to share Custom Canines info and the article will be available at "" this week.
Almost one hour after our post-ride showers, storm clouds approached from the distance and appeared to be moving past. The temperature dropped 15 degrees as the wind changed from the South to West before the skies let loose. Things would have been difficult, but Bubba arranged for us to use the clubhouse at the RV Park we are staying. Coincidence or karma, the facilities for inclement weather and timings of rest days have been most fortuitous.

It has been raining all afternoon and into the evening, so we will be turning in early. It is very cold (42 projected) since the front moved through. Quite a change from last night (70). Sleeping with socks, sweatshirt, and stocking cap.

The rain is supposed to continue all night, but let up just in time for our scheduled start time at 7 am.

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