We deviated from the Adventure Cycling Southern Tier route we had been following in order to be able to partake of apple goodies in Medina. We started with the mother of all tailwinds as we headed out, which became somewhat of a side wind when we turned. The side wind became a fantastic tailwind again as we went up the first hill, but then slapped us sideways as we reached the top and pedaled on. After the second time I was blown off the road, literally, the van came along on its way to Medina and I flagged it down for a ride down the steepest part of the downhill -- but ended up sitting in the van all the way to Medina.
Had some coffee and the world's best apple pie in Medina and debated getting back on the road because the wind was going to be a headwind from Medina to Kerrville. We then got reports of other riders who had been blown off the road. One was knocked unconscious for a few minutes. Another had pretty bad bumps and scrapes. Yet another had lesser bumps and scrapes. More had, like me, been blown off the road but stayed on their bikes. At that point Michelle decided that all those not presently on the way to Kerrville from Medina would ride the van. Very wise decision. We dropped off our head injury rider at the hospital for a checkup, visited the local bike shop, then went to the motel. By the time I stowed my stuff and showered, my brother and mother were there to take me to my mom's place.
Bike stats: 11.33 miles; 1 hr. 5 minutes riding time; 1,034 total trip miles.
Food stats: Cereal for breakfast, and a spoonful of scrambled eggs. Coffee and apple pie for lunch. Chicken parmesan sandwhich with a salad at Papa Dante's in San Antonio (near Randolph AFB -- our favorite italian restaurant).
Lots of the riders have friends and family visiting us here, as this is about halfway through the ride and is accessible from two major airports -- Austin and San Antonio. It's hard to see them for such a short time. Thank you, Tom, Mom, and Michael for giving me good moments with you. See you again this Fall hopefully.
Will be driving Lil Bo Peep tomorrow. My sister Terri and her husband Marty will join us for dinner. It will be Michelle's last night with us before Carol guides us the rest of the way.