College Station, good ladies and well gentlemen
Jan 08, 2009
Apr 17, 2009
So I get to College Station and Bryan, after a windy day. I took the whole day to ride 55 miles or so. The real problem goes down when I took a nap, then accidently rode 3 miles backwards. I only figured it out when I saw a ramshackle building for the second time. The cows noticed I was no longer a stranger, and the depresion and fatigue set in. My shoulders were murder, and I had no strength in the legs to pedal into the sad wind. I get to College Station at Sunset, big city, by Alabama standards. The combined Bryan/College Station were about 130,000. The Tex. A&M has something like 50,000 students, so you have a feeling something will happen, only after you know this! I stop at a gas station, the attendant calls some friends to allow me to stay there, sure thing, but then I find that the church has accomodations for free! Well nobody is at the church, so scratch. I hang a left off of 30/159 into "downtown" by my compass, and hit up a starbucks for wi-fi. The attendant Steven, and his wife Anne, are tremendously helpful and have me ordering a Vanilla bean Chai, Venti. Enjoying that I learn that my comp. is not set up for their wi-fi access, apparently Texan S$ requires memberships. I put that aside, and tell my story to the attendants. They ask where Im stayin, "I don't know yet." Steve says he knows a guy in his former house, the rental he had in college. Everyone in TX im convinced, studies Psychology or Sociology. He calls his friend Taylor, who is planning on going out very soon, hes cool with me staying there! Whats more, he comes to pick me up in his truck to speed up the prep. forthe evening. At his house I met Sara, Kelly, Elizabeth, if I remember the order of introduction! We headed out, after picking up Eileen, and Katie, again order of introduction? The bar scene in College Station... is absolutely treble over everything Ive seen in my life, and THIS is small time for the Texans! Tehy say, oh not much is going on here as we roll from bar to bar passing thousands, it seems, of students. This one bar is like 200 feet long and narrow as the pocket bars in Japan tend to be. We are talking like a 3 foot walking space adjacent to the counter. Wonderful pizzeria, and a music and drink joint with outdoor stage. The opening female act, was tremendous, and the main event made me envious of what I could not tell. We met Jack, this guy was a wonderful chat, we struck a chord it seemed immediately, talking about Kerouac and Whitman. blah blah. After some more drinks, and a metal-ish band, and a potted smelling spoken word cafe, my new friends decide on nothing less than a road trip to Austin for the next day, its a touch out of my route, by bike, but driving it and biking from there shaves a day off my way to San Marcos. We are going to Stay at Eileen's folk's house the next day. I hit the bed at about 3AM, wake and get a shower in the morning, have a muffin, meet Justin at 9AM, and we prepare to leave for Austin by 11AM, or so. WONDERMENT!!! for the next blog!!!