A is for............
Trip Start Jul 17, 2012
41Trip End Aug 22, 2012
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A very short stay in Pueblo, but a great way to unwind after taking in Skyline Drive (previous post). Although not quite in Texas yet (still talking about the night previous), I couldn't help myself and had to partake at the Texas Roadhouse (Steakhouse chain in the USA) as it was walking distance from the accomodation and I really felt like half a cow. Consequently a great night sleep followed.
On to today.....today's ride is dedicated to my brother-in-law Anthony,. Sadly he passed away in March last year after losing his battle with cancer. Anthony was a keen rider and and had ridden quite a lot through Thailand and Australia. Prior to him getting sick he was entertaining the thought of maybe joining us for a section, or doing a route back home in Australia
But it's been kinda weird....if you 've been following the blog, you will see (and read) we've had a few near misses with cars, weather, trucks, mechanical issues to name a few. Cliff and I have often remarked that someone 'upstairs' has been looking out for us - with our lucky storm dodging (it's rained and had isolated showers - but the 'cell' has always missed us); near head-on with a SUV that cut a corner (10-20secs earlier than I was on a country corner and it would have been ugly), more weather dodged and always getting to our accomodation in one piece before the rain hits......
So, thank-you Anthony for everything you've done and all that you have done in the past. Know that you are sorely missed and that if you were here in Amarillo with us, I am sure you would be trying to help us find a dive bar with Tony Christie ("Is this the way to Amarillo") playing in the background
Had a sleep in till 07.30 and a good breakfast and a chat with Cindarella a staffmember about the trip.
On the road at 09.30 and expecting it to pretty much be a flat and hot boring run on the Interstate Highways. We had about 330 miles to complete which is quite an easy day compared to what we have been doing to date.
We decided to dedicate today to Anthony who was a rider and loved to explore places but sadly passed away last year. So todays song choices and those moments when you are taking in some beautiful views were in Anthony's memory. I will not pretend to have known him as well as Glen but we did share a few beers and catch ups over the years.
The first 200 miles was quite cool and also had some nice mountains to look at and a few twists and turns to keep it interesting
Arrived at the hotel and Glen has gone off for a haircut and a beard trim while I enjoy some relaxing and most likely a swim. There are some serious storm warnings on the tv now but I think we will miss them here. Glen also exceeded all expectations when he returned with no haircut but trays of SUSHI!!!!!!
Off to Dallas tomorrow and we have our first break since Sturgis (and that wasn't really a break) which will be great.