“The sun has riz, the sun has set, and here we is in Texas yet!”
Thirty days and 970 miles after entering Texas, we arrived at our daughter’s home outside Houston on Sunday, March 3.
After leaving the hill country we spent a planned rest day in Blanco. We would not have been able to ride that day anyway with cold winds from the north at 30 to 40 mph, downed power lines and falling branches.
|County Seat in Lockhart|
Another windy day. Because of the crosswinds, we had to walk about a mile and half along one stretch of road with no shoulder and heavy traffic. We stopped for lunch in Lockhart. Lockhart seems to be doing reasonably well economically, taking advantage of its historic buildings and its proximity to Austin. Our destination for the night was Bastrop, another historic town with a restored downtown area where we ate before riding to the motel out by a major highway with no nearby restaurants. and a large state park. The next morning our route took us through Bastrop State Park. Unfortunately much of the park burned 18 months ago but it did allow us to see some of the reforestation work, which is ongoing.
|Burned Section of Bastro State Park|
|View from Hills in Bastro State Park|
|Scenic Ranch on Road to Burton|
We decided to break the ride from La Grange to Navasota into two days, spending the night outside Burton. The roads from La Grange to Burton went through rolling hills past cattle and horse ranches, many of which appear to be weekend retreats or retirement homes. The scenery was close to how I envision the ideal Texas ranch (think South Fork Ranch on the Dallas series with Larry Hagman). Because there were no restaurants near our B&B/motel, we had our main meal at noon and then toured the Burton Cotton Gin Museum. If Texas were a nation, it would be the 6th largest producer of cotton, almost all of which is exported. Our B&B/motel at the Nueces Canyon Ranch was on a working horse ranch. The motel was hidden from the road by a show ring and the stables so we initially missed it and had to backtrack. The accommodations were excellent.
|Ranch near Burton|
|Cotton Gin in Burton|
|Nueces Canyon Ranch (and B&B/Motel)|
|Victorian House in Navasota|
|Half Way - Arriving at Lauren's|
|Arriving at Lauren's|