• Brian Rawson

Rain, Hills and Green - U.S. 360 Day 2 from Blanco TX to Kerrville TX

My cycling journey around the American perimeter

63 miles – Total so far: 123 miles

Woke up at 5am to the pitter patter of “10% chance of rain” on my tent. Got up, packed everything in the dark, and was on the road by 6:30am., rain gear in tow. As I suspected by reading the ACA map elevations, the first 25 miles out were the toughest. Lots of climbing from Blanco to Sisterdale. To make matters a little more uncomfortable, it rained (more of a heavy drizzle) pretty much the entire day. As an optimist, what I can say is that it could have been much worse (i.e. blistering hot). I’ll take overcast skies and drizzle any day.

For the remaining 40 miles, the terrain evened out nicely, and the crosswind didn’t cause me any grief. Much of today’s ride paralleled the Guadalupe River, and I was shocked at how full the river was, and impressed at the fields and fields of green in the river bottoms, given the draught conditions.

Like yesterday, today was classic Texas Hill Country. I passed through the towns of Sisterdale, Waring, Comfort, Center Point, enroute to Kerrville. Every one of these towns is quaint, and most seem to be getting back to their roots through a renaissance of sorts. I saw lots of deer, a couple of sheep farms, and some chiseled Longhorns. The Longhorns were my favorite (Hook’em).

A good day, if not a bit strenuous at the beginning. I’m eating a hearty Mexican plate tonight, trying not to think about what the next two riding days will bring (ugly elevation changes and rainshowers).

It’s All good.

Photo of the Day: Surly Pearl and field of dreams

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