Day 31(Thurs, May 19):Schulenburg to Sealy,TX –51 miles
May 20, 2011 § Leave a comment
“Ladies and gentlemen: the story you are about to read is true. Only the names have been changed to protect the innocent.”
It is a bit past high noon; the temperature is a balmy 85 degrees, the humidity feels even higher; we arrive in beautiful, downtown Sealy, Texas, our goal for the day. Does the name sound familiar to you? Hint: Zzzz,Zzzz…. Well, In 1881 Daniel Haynes, a cotton gin builder, filed a request for cotton filled mattresses. Thus was the Sealy Mattress Company born!
I haven’t checked the hotel mattress label yet, nor have I seen any signs proclaiming “Sealy, the Sleep Capitol of Texas”! I am looking, rest assured….
This,again, should have been an easy day; however,fate intervened yet once again.
The ride to Columbus,”City of Live Oaks and Live Folks”, was uneventful. I see Joe talking to a man outside the local barber shop; he can’t need yet another haircut so soon! But no, he is getting a recommendation for breakfast. We stop for breakfast at Beckey’s Cafe, evaluate the winds and since it is only 8:45 am and have only gone 24 miles, decide to roll on. We depart the cafe amid a chorus of “Be safe” from all the patrons.
The winds, which were 7mph from the SE at 6 am, continue to increase steadily and ominously.
Before we know it, they are 18 from the SE, a right quartering headwind for us. Joe finally slows down; I overtake and pass him. The headwinds drag him down; this is unusual for him. He is really dragging today. However, we have no choice but to continue on. I check the winds on the iPhone and find this:
…WIND ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 PM CDT THIS EVENING… THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN HOUSTON/GALVESTON HAS ISSUED A WIND ADVISORY…WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 PM CDT THIS EVENING. * TIMING…FROM LATE MORNING THROUGH SUNSET * WINDS…SOUTH TO SOUTHEAST WINDS 20 TO 30 MPH. WIND GUSTS AS HIGH AS 35 MPH ARE POSSIBLE. * IMPACTS…WINDS WILL AFFECT DRIVERS ON EAST-WEST ORIENTED ROADS. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… DRIVERS OF VANS…CAMPERS…TRAILERS…AND OTHER HIGH-PROFILE VEHICLES SHOULD BE ALERT TO THE DANGER OF THESE WINDS… ESPECIALLY WHEN DRIVING ALONG EAST TO WEST ORIENTED ROADS
There are no options; we continue into the brutal easterly winds.
We arrive safely in Sealy, despite Mother Nature. Joe makes an emergency stop at Walgreens for satin dental floss; shortly thereafter we both find and choose tonight’s lodging. It has both a free breakfast and a happy hour from 4-7(mixed drinks, wine etc); all this at an America’s Best Value Inn; yet one more surprise in Texas. We must be close to Houston!
We are now cleaned up, resting our tired muscles and preparing for tomorrow. Joe is sleeping; hopefully he will rally tomorrow with the new day. His mood is as low as his energy level.
The ever present rails with their accompanying trains remain with us. There is even a notice in the motel that the tracks are behind us; one will hear their horns. I now recognize the two long, one short, one long signal from the engineer as the train approaches. Clickety-clack , clickety- clack go the railroad tracks; the train is near. Then the silence returns yet again; I hear only the surrounding song birds and the wind whooshing in my ears as I roll along.
There is even a Dairy Queen nearby for an appetizer; I am lobbying for the Chinese-Thai-Indian Restaurant for dinner. It is amazing how quickly one recovers.
Next chore: look at the maps for tomorrow’s route. I think we will try to loop around Houston; continuous stoplights and traffic are not fun on bikes. I look again at a more detailed metropolitan map and some other ideas are brewing…
Joe implies some note should be made of his sore body parts. I respond that this is a “G” rated blog. For those of you wishing more detailed information on this subject, please contact Joe directly….