Manifest Destiny – Week Two, From The Emerald Coat to Pecos County
I’m putting this post up a day early because we holed ourselves in a hotel room in Fort Stockton, TX to recoup, warm up, and shower after 8 hrs in wind, rain, and cold.
- Time to relax.
- Beach, family, and food.
- The only gear I’m hauling are towels to the beach.
- Radke found the source of the oil leak and patched it up or so we think.
- The water here is unreal and clear but the jellyfish were stinging. Worth it.
- Stuffed our faces on local oysters and fresh seafood
- Blasted out I-10 to Mobile then 90 to run along the coast. What a mistake that was. Once in Mississippi it was nothing but red lights and strip malls.
- Biloxi is Atlantic City on the Gulf coast. Not a fan of all the traffic.
- Stopped at Fayards for shrimp and oyster Po Boys. Best po boy I’ve ever had. It’s a gas station too but don’t let that fool you. One of my favorite parts of this trip is getting the local cuisine.
- Said good riddance to 90 and hopped back on I-10 to Nola.
- Speedo cable broke crossing Lake Pontchartrain 2 miles shy of crossing 2000 miles on the odometer.
- Shacked up at a Hostel called the India house.
- Took a trolley to the French Quarter and joined in on the shit show that is Bourbon St. Booze outside!! So much Jazz.
- Made Australian friends back at the hostel who were surprised when we crashed around 9:30. You gotta run with the sun.
- Up early. Sad to leave NoLa so soon but we may hit it again on our way back.
- Blasted I-10 through Louisiana which sucked save for the ride around Atchafalaya National Wildlife Refuge. It had bridges that ran for miles and miles through the bayous. Epic scenery.
- As soon as we crossed into Texas we hit rain.
- Finally off of I-10 we took back roads and the ride got much better.
- Back roads here have a speed limit of 75. Obviously because it takes forever to get anywhere here.
- Camp for the night at Double Lake Campground in Sam Houston national Forrest
- Breakfast Tacos!!!! Also Coldspring TX has the nicest people ever.
- Miles and miles on Central TX back roads. Riding through the Sam Houston Forrest is a great ride.
- Stopped at Kreuz Market in Lockhart for brisket and Texas sausage. Well worth the detour.
- Rode to Jacobs Well and jumped in despite the signs saying it was closed for the season.
- A dude recommended we go to Krause Springs so we high tailed it and were blown away. If in Austin go to Krause Springs! An amazing swimming hole with a rope swing.
- Camped at Krause springs on the lake and just stargazed until the whiskey put us to sleep.
- Woken up by Radke shooing foxes away from our campsite. Don’t leave BBQ trash by your tents. Or do, if you wanna screw with the people you are camping with.
- Woke up to a cloudy day and had to put on the rain gear again at breakfast.
- A shitty cold front had rolled in. The rain wasn’t bad but the crosswinds blew us all over the road.
- The temperature dropped to the low 50’s
- Not many stops made and almost 400 miles done. Sorry for the lack of pictures.
- Long wide open straight roads that seem to go on forever.
- First time almost running out of fuel. We made it just in time to Iraan, TX to fill up. Time to get a gas can for insurance.
- Tons of wildlife spotted, including a boar and a fox. Unfortunately they were all road kill.
- The flat scenery morphed into desert mesas.
- Decided to get a hotel to dry off, shower, and resupply in Ft Stockton. Just shy of 400 miles today and crossed over 3000 for the trip in total.
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Published - Oct 25, 2010
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