At some point fatigue fully set in and my response was just to pedal, pedal, pedal with as low of a gear as possible. My desire to finish what I started was all that was left. Finish, I did. Greeted by my pit crew with wet towels and more water. My San Marcos bicycle tour ends as do my bid to do summer bike tours - lesson learned #1! Thanks to everyone that followed my adventure!
Closing in on Loop 1604 which will be my final stretch home. Resting again and feeling like my energy is starting to wane. Hydrating regularly but this is fatigue settling in, plain and simple.
As a native of San Antonio, I take pride in being able to deal with South Texas summers. That said, it continues to be a fierce battle between me and a heat index of 100. The heat is heavy and feels the heat of an open oven when I'm on a climb and the wind is absent. I am stopped yet again for a break. A chocolate milk and lots of water. Then it's back into the thick of this heat as I slowly fight my way North-Northwest for home.
I am popping tar bubbles on most of the roads I'm on. The heat is unbelievable. When I stop, which is rare since there is little shade, the sweat drips from my head at a shocking rate. Currently, I'm resting in the shade of a large tree at Santa Clara City Hall. The cool breeze is refreshing and I've been looking for a place to stop now for miles.
The heat is oppressive but not impossible due to a humane southerly breeze. I made it to my lunch destination and the timing couldn't have been better. Blake's Cafe is just the refuge I needed. Teriyaki Chicken, Caesar Salad and Mac n Cheese and tons of water with a little sweet tea are my refueling selections.
It's been a long, hot ride so far. On Old Bastrop Highway a 4+ foot diamondback rattlesnack came rushing out from the side of the road towards me after some prey. Damn those snakes are fast. I started an evasive maneuver and it scared the snake back. Now, I'm battling severe heat and was out of water. I saw a Cessna fly over with flaps down and followed it to Huber Airfield where some folks in a hangar refilled my water bottle with cold, crisp water. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!
Pedal, pedal, pedal. Fortunately the wind is just strong enough to provide a cooling headwind and a nice little push when I have it to my back. Leaving the Inn late has meant biking in some tough heat.
After a yummy full breakfast at the Viola Street Inn it's time to bite the bullet and get a move on before the mercury hits triple digits. Heading out now. Gonna keep speeds down and enjoy the journey as much as I can.
Got a solid night's sleep last night. Breakfast is at 09:00am so I've been doing some reading and relaxing in the common area downstairs.
54 miles on a fully loaded touring bicycle and 5-6 hours in the saddle has born an intense hunger. Resolution? A visit to Palmer's restaurant and the luck of being here for the one week they have a menu of all local food. Table-side guacamole for appetizer, margarita and "Dr Pepper Glazed Ribeye". Oh yeah!
Last hour was incredibly hot and i did some serious climbing for my safe arrival at the incredible Viola Street Inn. I received a tour of the place and some very refreshing lemonade. Time to shower and rest up.
Closing in on San Marcos. The heat is really coming on strong now. Passed this scenic old railroad bridge and couldn't pass on snapping a photo.
Mid-ride refueling provided by the All American Cheeseburger!
I've spooked a couple of gorgeous horses, shared a few hundred feet with a roadrunner but at last find myself in beautiful Landa Park. I'm about to continue a bike touring tradition by eating a juicy 1/3 pound cheeseburger from the Landa Park Grille.
My best friends on bicycle tours? TREES. They are my refuge from the heat and provide a spot to hydrate and rest my motor. In the country now with green spaces everywhere and a wonderful breeze that is my tailwind buddy at the moment. Clouds are long gone now but my large "Da Brim" hat is really doing a nice job of keeping me cooler. My face and neck are in the shade!
Just climbed a big hill called Green Mountain. It was no match for the extra low gearing on my touring bicycle. Thanks to the German engineers at Rohloff! Sun still obscured by clouds so other than humidity I'm pretty cool.
Just wrapped up a home cooked meal provided by my folks in the quiet and serene town of Hollywood Park. Time to get a move on now that the fuel tank is full. Yes, I'm wearing a sombrero on my helmet. It's called "Da Brim" and is made in the USA
It's a "cool" 79 degrees as I begin my San Marcos Bicycle Tour under mostly cloudy skies.