Bike Tour: Alpine

First 60-mile day!

It didn’t start out that way though! The day’s ride was supposed to be to Marfa, some 35 miles away. We headed out at a leisurely 9:00 a.m. and got to Marfa about 1:00pm. Had a great tailwind. Some pretty good uphill climbs, one of which, I got off and walked my way to the top. Having lunch at DQ in Marfa, we were not real excited about the accommodations there, still had a great tailwind, and I was feeling pretty good—especially after my hamburger, fries, and a Blizzard. (Loading up on calories!) We decided to go on to Alpine where there were more options.

It had taken us (read, me, because Keith could have made it without any rest stops), 5.5 hrs to make the ride to Marfa. We figured, with even more rest stops for me, we could get to Alpine by 7:00 or so. Plenty of daylight left. Off we went.

It took 4.5 hours. We got here by 6:30, checked into the only reasonable hotel in the town, and wandered down town for beer and dinner. I could’ve believe it. Bars were open on Sundays in Texas, at least in Alpine! How is this possible? Not the way I’ve known Texas all my 74 years!

Today with cool and cloudy weather, we head off to Marathon, our next stop and only 30 miles away. Shouldn’t be any big deal. But, then, you never know in Texas. Stay tuned…

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