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Mayonnaise or Mustard

2014-06-08

tl;dr: I biked through rain, skipped a few stops, and realized I had ants in my tent last night.

So it turns out that when I took my afternoon break yesterday, I picked up some ants in my sleeping bag. All night long I was randomly being bitten. I can confirm that they are indeed not fire ants, because all of the welts have already subsided, whereas a fire ant bite that I sustained several weeks ago is still showing a mark and itching.

I biked into Lampasas for breakfast, and it immediately started raining. I briefly considered waiting for the rain to pass, but then I realized a cool rain is so much better than a blazing sun. So for the next few hours I biked through drizzle and downpours. I was thoroughly soaked, but I was comfortable.

I am coming across more high fences. Behind one were some sort of antelope not of this continent, but before I could get close OMG WHAT IS THAT RUN RUN RUN.

Later I found some ostriches. It took a bit before they noticed me, because I must have been 400 yards away. But when they did, OMG WHAT IS THAT HONK RUN RUN RUN.

People in this part of Texas seem less friendly. At first I thought it was because they assumed I would try to trespass on their land and possibly slaughter their sheep. But then I realized I am in a high-tourist area, and everybody knows that locals dislike tourists even more than trespassing sheep slaughterers.

I had a cheeseburger for lunch. When ordering hamburgers in Texas you are always asked, "mayo or mustard?" I can't remember ever hearing that so consistently in other places.

I had planned on visiting Colorado Bend State Park, but that would have added 20 miles, and I don't think there was much worth seeing with the Colorado River being so muddy. I was told later that I was correct.

I also cut out another section of my intended route, partially because I'm falling behind on my schedule, and partially because I missed my turn.

If you need to get any deer processed, this the area. Every town has "Deer Processing & Taxidermy".

I ended the short weekend in Llano. I don't think I was seriously chased by a single dog all weekend.

Today I only drank about 5 liters.

Followup note: I'm still not convinced I had fire ants in my tent, but I definitely had something. I am now covered in dozens of welts.

breakfast in Lampasas


some creek


happy goats


high fencing a river


windmill


ostriches


Bad Bob's Bend Store


Colorado River


even gates to churches are locked






slow moving goat stampede


run run




downtown Cherokee


flowers


flowers


flowers


getting into hill country


some lizard


BBQ dinner in Llano

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