...and an eventful day it was. I'll try to not be too long winded.
First, let's start with a big Happy Birthday to my Mom. She's 87 today. I love you Mom.
Next, Dave, Paige and I continued the "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives" portion of our trip with a visit to "Mac and Ernie's" in Tarpley, TX. This is a one room roadside eatery with outdoor seating. It is open on Wednesdays for lunch (special of the day only) and the weekends. Today's special was two pork tacos with an ancho chile sauce, cheese and salsa - $5. We went next door to get our cold drinks while waiting for them to be prepared. Delicious!
We continued the feeding frenzy by stopping in Medina (The Apple Capital of Texas) for some apple pie. We limited ourselves to one slice apiece - for now.
When we got back to the park the weather had cleared some and it was decided that a ride was in order. It had two purposes: 1. to get on the bikes and ride 2. to get cell phone coverage so I could call Mom (see the first item above).
We chose a loop the locals call "Lost Maples" because is passes Lost Maples State Natural Area. Leaving the park we headed north on 16 to Kerrville. This section of 16 has some wicked switchbacks and the cars like to use both lanes. We left Kerrville for Ingram on 27 then veered on to 39. Up, down, this way and that running along the Guadalupe River. The bridges are built near water level with no shoulders and no guard rails. If it floods there is less to repair. Then we turned south on 187. Two lanes, no shoulders, driveways and a 70 mph speed limit. Up on the hill tops with huge ranches on either side, we saw deer, elk, bison, longhorns, horses, mules and goats. At Vanderpool we turned east on 337 for a run through similar country but back in the valleys. Very little traffic until we neared Medina where we turned north on 16 to return to the park. I'm still smiling. 96 miles of two lane blacktop (for the most part).
Now it's time to relax, maybe have one of those cigars I picked up in Tarpley.