Friday, April 21, 2017

Long Ride

From Kilgore, TX to Shreveport, LA is only about 80 miles and 1 1/2 hours, but it seems  longer because I20 is pretty boring:  straight, flat, and not much to see.



I was on the lookout for new and interesting things.  All we saw was this gas burn off.  Neither of us remembered this being there last year.


Crossing the state line it took me a minute to realize what was so different.  Gone is the long grass studded with wildflowers, and replaced by mown roadsides (at least along the Interstate).


Everything was as we remembered it in Louisiana in general and Shreveport in particular, including the atrociously bumpy roads.  Warning to rvers:  Traveling over these roads can open cupboard doors, spill water jugs, and leave you needing dental work. Shreveport also has icky tasting water.  I’d forgotten about that until we bought a fountain drink at a fast food place.  It tasted of moss.  Duane couldn’t taste it, of course.  This taste is not dangerous, nor is it consistant.  Sometimes I can taste it, sometimes not.  It is  just something unique to the water system. 


We visited our dentist and our financial guy, both with satisfactory results.  That done,  jarred our way back to Texas.  We were going to pick up US80 for a more picturesque ride, but opted instead to go south to visit our old house.  We lived here for 4 years until Duane retired from the Shreveport GM plant.  The place is for sale again. We decided that we both liked this place and would consider it if we were done traveling—which we’re not.


We opted to take FM2625 west.  This is a typical TX country road:  very little traffic, a few dips and curves, and scenery varying between foliage and scatterings of houses/towns. 


As we travel these roads we’ve noticed that in every town/city, we’ve found at least one donut shop,


some kind of church (usually some kind of Baptist church),



a Tex Mex or burger or fried chicken place—sometimes all three,


and some kind of dollar store.


These places are scattered around between towns.


We enjoyed our ride up until about 10 miles from home where we ran into a heavy rain shower.  Fortunately we were able to run out of it without getting too wet.  We made it home in time to avoid two more heavy showers before the rain finally moved on.

More rain in the forecast but we hope to take more bike rides.

Louise and Duane

1 comment:

where's weaver said...

Texas back roads are so much nicer that the highways!