Identify the Road Kill

Trip Start May 26, 2011
Trip End Jun 26, 2011

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Had a great ride today.  Had in 350 miles before noon, so could play around this afternoon.  As we left Van Horn this morning, we noticed how dead the town was.  One sign at one of the hotels said "Gone to Reno".  We went to DQ last night and they flicked their lights at us at 9PM.  So the town closed up last night at 9 and was kind of barren this morning, wonder what they do there to survive. 

Today as we were driving, we noticed how many critters were on the side of the road dead.  It reminded me of the time when we went across country the first time on the bikes in 1993 with the 3 boys.  Chris had Jim on his bike and I had Tim behind me with Matt in the side car.  Chris and I were able to communicate with each other via CB's. We were able to radio each other what each of the kids thought was on the side of the road.  The kids loved trying to figure it out. Ok they are boys... Not my most favorite game in the world, but it kept the kids entertained,  As we pulled out of a rest stop today, the first thing we saw was a dead goat, several deer, and some things we couldn't identify.  For some reason I couldn't get this stupid song out of my head, "Where the deer and the antelope roam"  now Chris is singing it. 

As I mentioned before, we got a great start to the day. The weather here is absolutely beautiful.  The wind was blowing pretty good today out on the road, but to our advantage.  It kept us cooler and we didn't run into the heat issues we had yesterday. The ride into San Antonio was one of the nicest rides we have had.  That part of Texas we enjoyed very much.  The little mountain ranges that are here were fun to ride. 

Stopped at a gas station today (well 4 of them, was afraid to go much over 100 miles, didn't know when the next as station was), I have found out if you ask very nice they are happy to give you ice in your water bottle.  Told a gal here that we wanted to stay hydrated, she mentioned we must be miserable in this heat.  NOT, where we came from, we are enjoying be warm. 

We got into San Antonio around 3ish this afternoon.  We are staying at our Daughter In Law's Mom's house.  Kay teaches at UTSA and was working when we got here.  She had left us a email to make ourselves at home, take a shower and do laundry if we wanted.  Took her up on it.  For dinner we met my niece and her hubby at Chuy's.  Had a great time with Kelly and Nick, thank you for finding us.  We have have had our puppy fix, as Kay has two fun dogs and we went to visit her sister and she has 2 dogs. 

Will be leaving bright and early, (ok daybreak isn't until 6:30ish) and will be heading towards Houston to get me a new back tire.  We knew I would need one somewhere on this trip, just didn't know when it would be.  Tomorrow is the day.  There is this HD shop in Houston called Stubbs Harley Shop (Shelby), but it is on the wrong side of Houston, or we would have gone there just for you.

I must be the only one sitting in their home in a sweatshirt.  Air conditioning.

Hope all is well back home, chat with you soon!  Love the little notes, make us smile throughout the day.  Chris and Sher

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#3 on

Thanks for the picture of our kids! Wished I could have been there too. Texas is too far away...... It's hot here in Virginia too. So hurry along.... And by the way, I can only imagine Chris singing.... Remember the summer flippant was his "word"? I don't know why I thought of that but that was before u guys were even married.

Debra on

EWWW! Roadkill CSI is my favorite travel activity, besides drving from the front seat without the steering wheel! Just so you know, if you were so inclinded....from WA to NE two years colonies of bats (live); 68 full or partly intact dead racoons; 42 dead deer (various sizes); one moose (kinda small, probably a female); 33 dead snakes (not enough dead snakes for my taste); 12 dead rats; 66 totally squished gophers/ground hogs/prairie dogs; 3 dead snapping turtles (never did see where the heck the water was...guess that's how they ended up dead on the side of the road); 83 dead possum (sadly, looked like one entire family of possums got creamed at once); 6 badgers (nasty little critters anyway); one cow, no kidding...a cow; lost count of the number of wooly catepilars...the kind that turn into monarch's a wonder there were any left to turn into butterflies since we saw so many crossing the road or smashed...yes, they are small but I saw them...really I did; 3 doggies, of the mutt variety and we said little prayers for them and their owners; and one kitty, apparently the kitty population was a bit smarter then the other animals or maybe just faster because we only saw one dead kitty the whole trip. I'm a kitty person, so I was especially distraught over that death and had to stop at the exit for a protein drink I was so upset. Countless bugs/insects met their maker on our windshield, front grill and front hood. There were about 30 bits and pieces I just couldn't identify at 75 mph and one sort-of large blood splat which I finally attributed to a deer since the smear was so big. So...that was my exciting 2,287.99 miles (1,387.99 would have been the total miles, on-way if I were driving, since my husband was behind the wheel---bless him----we took 3 shortcuts which added 2 days and almost 900 extra miles to our trip).

Anyway, send some of that warm weather here! I have to wear my wool socks around the house!!!

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