Last updated 10/22/09
Thursday morning was again bright and sunny, I'd really lucked
out with the weather on this trip, (except for the snow and frigid temps
earlier, but now that I look back it added a great sense of adventure to the
I left out of Rock Springs heading north on US 377 through Junction, under I-10,
and on to CR 29 where I turned east towards Llano. Passing through the small
town of London, it appeared to me their educational priorities might not have
been in the right place. London Pub located within the confines of London High
As I continued on through town it looked to me like graduates of the local high
school had been involved in the remodeling of downtown.
And I think this might have been the high school principal's legs sticking out
of the top of this barrel.
I wouldn't have been surprised to see a stagecoach pull up in downtown Mason. A
lot of the little towns in Texas looked like this.
If you're looking for a bottle tree, this is the place.
Hwy 29 crosses the Colorado River at Buchanan Dam.
They are very liberal with the speed limits in this part of Texas. Almost every
little cow path had a speed limit of at least 65 mph, some higher, but I wasn't
Continuing on CR 29 to Bertram, I discovered not only are they big fans of
They're pretty big fans of Woodsmen as well....
Now that I was getting into civilization, I wanted to avoid the big population
centers and their inherent traffic problems. I thought I was far enough north of
Austin, skirting through Georgetown, but I was so wrong. While stopped for
lunch, I vowed to not let that happen again. So I got the map out and detailed a
route on a napkin that made use of numerous county roads and small throughways
to keep me far north of Bryan, College Station, and Huntsville. By the time I
emerged back onto 'normal' roads. I found myself on US 287 just outside of
As it was getting late, and I was getting tired, I made a beeline for Martin
Dies Jr State Park on the banks of the Neches River. I stopped in the Ranger
Station and while signing up for a campsite, I met a nice couple on a Goldwing
pulling a trailer. I'd see them later.
Some views of the campground near my site:
1, Salt Lake City, Utah to Escalante, Utah
Day 2, Escalante, Utah to Tuba City, Arizona
Day 3, Tuba City, Arizona to Show Low, Arizona
Day 4, Show Low, Arizona to Silver City, New Mexico
Day 5, Silver City, New Mexico to Guadalupe NP, Texas
Day 6, Guadalupe NP, Texas to Big Bend NP, Texas
Day 7, Big Bend NP, Texas to Rock Springs, Texas
Day 9, Martin Dies Jr SP, Texas to Desoto NF, Mississippi
10 & 11, Desoto NF, Ms to St. George Island, Fl to Christmas, FL
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