I had to say goodbye to Tommy and Beverly and it was difficult. Of all the awesome people we stayed with, they were particularly amazing. I always feel a little sad leaving a place where I’ve made new friends, or rekindled old friendships, but my heart was really heavy leaving them and Austin behind.
I had learned of a route that from Austin to Houston for the MS 150, and that was my plan when I departed. There were some setbacks, and I realized that my hope of pedaling all 150 miles in a day wasn’t going to happen. I stopped for lunch and regrouped. I decided I would pedal the 100 miles to Brenham and Unk would go onto Houston as we had someone to host us there for the weekend. The weather was gloomy and I pedaled forward. I was tired, lonely and just wasn’t “feeling” it.
Everyone has bad days and I have had a few on the trip – the thing is not everyone has to pedal a bike 100 miles while having one! I tried to call a few folks and finally got a buddy of mine on the phone. I have been able to talk and listen to music all hands-free thanks to one of my sponsor Redfox Wireless, and it has helped enormously. After several hours of riding, the sun popped out and the wind eased up, and I began to get closer to my destination.
There are times when I have been challenged physically and emotionally on this journey, but I am always given some relief as long as I can push through, whether it’s in the form of a “Tailwind” or just change of mood. I arrived in Brenham, ordered a large pizza and went to bed.