Day 3. Tuesday, April 17 – Beeville to Mathis, Texas

Tuesday 17 April 2018

Another gorgeous morning if you are not bicycling south.  Now if the wind suddenly decided to make a 180° turn and push us all the way to Corpus Christi, we would not complain. Our day began late again, for the same reasons as yesterday, short distance, headwind and can’t get to a hotel before check-in, as if the wind was going to let us get anywhere early.  For thirty minutes we quietly ambled along the frontage road away from the traffic enjoying a bit of the countryside, then joined the highway.  The shoulder was wide and very roughly paved; we’ve had smoother dirt trails.  The 25 mph winds were relentless and the random gusts challenging progress and staying upright.  Every couple of miles we’d stop to rest from both the wind and the rough road; it took us an hour and a half to pedal ten miles.  A couple miles later we enjoyed an all too short reprieve on a smooth road.

Dogs and horses were very social today, but we were happy to stop to take their pictures.  Around noon, our duckies found some shade at the only operating building in town.  We were invited in to enjoy the air conditioning and a tasty snack.  Though the seat and air-conditioning felt great and chatting with Whittney was fun, we needed to push on.

Our last six miles took us over an hour with a little extra time for a chocolate milkshake.

Tonight we were able to walk across the street for a delicious pork chop and pulled pork/brisket dinner.  

Today was a tough and discouraging three and a half hour, 26 mile ride, the wind really beating us up.  But thanks to all the kind comments we received on the blog and on email, our spirits were really lifted…..Thanks to you all and keep them coming.

10 Responses to “Day 3. Tuesday, April 17 – Beeville to Mathis, Texas”

  1. Morgan Says:

    Hooray another tour! I’m a couple days late to the party, but excited to follow along each day. Hopefully the wind will go away or turn soon. Maybe some hills would be helpful to block the wind : – ) Enjoy the ride

  2. David Bailey Says:

    You kids rock !!!

  3. Ken Martin Says:

    That pork chop looks yummy!

  4. Mary-Ellen Says:

    I was wondering when you’d get to Texas – all land and towns far apart. Have you been by the King Ranch yet? It’s huge! And even has an Ford F-150 model named after it. Once you see how big it is – you’ll get it. 🙂 Pulled pork – WTF? I’m sure you meant pulled BEEF BBQ… ha ha

  5. Jerry & Lori Says:


  6. Jerry & Lori Says:

    Had NO idea that is where the Ford “King Ranch” came from. King Ranch is south of where we will be going!

  7. Creesta Says:

    The answer my friends, is blowin’ in the wind. Hugs

  8. Ken Martin Says:

    Looks like more days of “wind in your face” coming up! Good Luck!

  9. bobby Says:

    Love all the pics

  10. Lu Harms Says:

    Great pictures!
    Looks like you all have had some Texas Barbeque! Have you come across any roadrunners (birds) or armadillos?

    Be safe and enjoy your trip!


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