Yes, it’s one of the rarest type of blog entry, a rest day.
I found that the wind was blowing from the south at 25 mph so when Alex offered me a rest day, I jumped on the offer. Most of the day was spent chilling out, catching up on the blog, playing with my bike, replacing my tubes (Thanks James!) and watching TV. In the evening however, I had a plan.
Lori texted me around 6pm to let me know she was nearby. She and her son Zach would pick me up and we would go out for dinner at her son’s
I woke up wonderfully rested after my nights sleep in the motel. It was such a better sleep than I would have got if I’d been in my tent. Whilst packing up, I again thought how happy I was to have met Earl the night before. It’s so much faster getting ready in the morning when you’re in a motel room than in a tent and even than at someone’s house. There’s no need to remake the bed and ensure everything is nice and clean.
I left the motel room and went to check out.
Having crossed back into Central Time, the sun didn’t come up until past 7. I was happy because even if the sun comes up at 6, lots of shops still don’t open until 8. With the sun coming up ‘later’, I could go to the gas station to fill up my water, important considering the next place wasn’t for 35 miles at the town of Elkhart. Upon hearing what I was going to do, the lady in the gas station seemed shocked. She asked me if I could make it the 35 miles to Elkhart
I was awake before 7 and found Rita and Frank already up. Rita had heard that I eat tortillas sometimes during my trip so decided to make me a breakfast of homemade tortillas, bacon, eggs and hashed browns served with some green and red chilis that they had. It was a delicious way to start the day. Frank talked about his ranch and how he wished I was staying for longer so he could show me around it. When I was readying to leave, they got out the photo albums which were fun to look through but
I had said my farewells to James the night before as I was expecting to be up and out early. The 75 miles between myself and the town of Kim didn’t concern me too much, but there was going to be a strong wind all day blowing from the north and east. Being a couple of days ahead of schedule, I could have stopped at James’ for another night, but the road was calling me and I wanted to answer.
The nearest open grocery store was Walmart, but even though it was only 3 miles away I had no