Nicest Day Yet
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This is written one day after the ride because I could not get to a computer last night so I did not know what the 25th May would bring.....More later.
A splendid day of 96 miles across the open prairie. Initially, we started on classic two lane blacktop with yellow markers running more or less east. Also classic in that we were beside a single rail track. The directions could not have been simpler, right out of the hotel, right at first set of traffic lights - ride for 96 miles and turn into hotel.
So after 15 miles with a tailwind I realised that this was THE place to be on my 65th birthday. Penny's second best birthday present was to join me on this holiday and make it all possible. Cruising along at 22 / 23 mph with a big 'semi' truck giving it plenty up a slight gradient, Detroit two stroke diesel rumbling in my left ear while coming the other way a freight train with an obliging driver responding to our 'pull the whistle' sign and the train horn blasting across the open prairie
For my cycling buddies, road biking does not come better than this.
Dalhart I rated as a one horse town, considerably down the pecking order even from Tucumcari!
There were a couple of one mule towns on the route.
The only down on the day was riding past the XIT Feed Lots where cattle go for fattening before market. One of the guys said that there were between 600k and 1m cows there. I find that hard to believe but there were certainly a lot there and the smell lasted until after our post ride shower!
The XIT range was 3 million acres but was split up in 1912.
Now Graham mentioned social riding. Those who have ridden with me know that a more social rider it would be hard to bang pedals with. However, after giving him a couple of beastings up long gradients, Rick our mechanic has granted me probationary Texan status; this is akin to the Pope giving Ian Paisely a blessing. The problem is that having become one of the 'good old boys', social is a bit close to socialism so I would like my former riding style kept secret, I don't want to be chucked out now that we are in Oklahoma. Other things we don't approve of? Well lots but "how is my driving?" on the back of a 18 wheel semi, well that is right out! If you can hear the diesel clear across the county that should be good enough for anyone.
So sorry Wills Wheeler until it wears off, no more Mr Nice Guy!
Love and Kisses,
Chris and Penny