Day 33(Saturday, May 21):Houston to Liberty, TX–50 miles
May 23, 2011 § Leave a comment
We find ourselves in Liberty, Texas at the end of our riding day. Liberty, established in 1831 along the banks of the Trinity River, is the third oldest town in Texas. Sam Houston practiced law here for twenty years and several of Liberty’s citizens fought and died at the Alamo. Liberty has the only true replica, without the crack, of the Liberty Bell. This bell, forged at the Whitechapel Foundry in England, was dedicated in 1960 by actor John Wayne.
Our ride out of Houston differed significantly from the ride in. We found a bike path along the Buffalo Bayou, giving us a panoramic vista of Downtown Houston; we then took a northeasterly route out of the city, through dilapidated, dreary dwellings and old warehouses; this was in stark contrast to the shiny newness of everything the day before. There were trains and tracks everywhere on this route as we exited the city.
The ride was again uneventful; our destination decided as there were no sure accommodations for the next 30 miles after Liberty. An added consideration: motels fill up in small southern towns on Saturday nights; we did not want to camp out in the muggy humidity. Joe, who usually does not need breaks; stopped three times for fluids. He is thinking of auditioning at McDonald’s for product placement!
We have just returned from a lunch of grilled shrimp(we are on the Gulf!) at My Little Kitchen. The USA flag hanging outside is the largest Joe has ever seen; our servers, Walklyn and Babe are wonderful–they are also astounded at Joe and say he doesn’t look any older than 50!– The owner lets us know everything is fresh–he also mentions 3 years ago Hurricane Ike came through and ripped the roof off the restaurant…
That fits in with a news article I saw yesterday:
MIAMI – Residents along the Gulf and East coasts should expect an above average Atlantic hurricane season, U.S. forecasters announced Thursday.
Between 12 to 18 named storms are likely during the season that typically runs from June 1 to Nov. 30, according to the 2011 outlook by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Of those six to 10 are likely to be hurricanes, and three to six of those could become major hurricanes, ranging from Category 3-5.
Maybe we should ride a bit faster; June 1st is almost upon us…..
***The burgers last night were great. The Tailgate has been around for 40 years, has six cooks in back and no servers in front. You stand in line to place your order and pick it up when the loudspeaker announces your number. Interestingly, they also had a full bar, but again no servers. Joe tested the system by sitting at the bar and sure enough, no service, even though they walked by behind the bar…..