Brackettville, TX

Del Rio forecast
Looks like a slight warming trend, but fortunately, I’ll be going into the hill country.

The ride today was easier than I thought it would be. It did not include the steep hill, which is actually tomorrow. Today was a constant push into headwind, but with overcast skies. It seemed quick, and I didn’t even use a full bottle of water, but it took 5 hours to go 34 miles to Brackettville.

Kyle Pedrosa
About 20 miles into the day, there was a picnic area. Kyle was there, so I dropped by to say hello. Turns out that this former Marine was going on a tour himself, in the opposite direction – from Tampa, FL to Sequoia National Park, CA. He was taking a month off work to do it, and had his truck all outfitted so that he could sleep in the back if he wanted.
Florida Praline
Kyle had to get to Del Rio to turn in a paper (online), but before he left, he gave me a Praline from Florida. It looks like peanut brittle, but he said it was kind of like caramel. I gave him my last package of dried Jack (fish). From here on out, I’ll be using the local beef jerky as my emergency protein source.
terrain near Brackettville
A couple miles from Brackettville. The altitude has not changed much, but I must now be on the windward side of the mountains. There is a lot more water, meaning green grass, and taller trees.
Ziggy's Roadside BBQ
In Brackettville, I had lunch at Ziggy’s Roadside BBQ.
Combo #1 was a brisket sandwich, chips, and drink for $8. It was really good. Thanks for the advice, Bill.
tent at RV park
Across the street was historic Fort Clark, which had both motel rooms and an RV park on site. There were several reunions, so the motel was full. I got a tent site for $12. I oriented my tent so that the wind will blow through it. Although the temperature was in the 90’s in the afternoon, I have confidence that it will cool by evening.
In some ways, this RV park is better than a motel. There is wi-fi, and a large air-conditioned day room with tables that are better for working than the typical motel room. There are also bathrooms and showers.
stripes chicken fajitas
I went back into town to get dinner at Stripes gas station. I got the Chicken Fajita plate for $4.69, which included 2 sides. There were flies throughout the store, and few landing on the food, lending that authentic 3rd world feel to the place. I also had a small cup of fruit from the fruit bar.

When I changed tires yesterday, I put the front wheel on backwards, so the cyclometer wasn’t working. Also, I haven’t yet calibrated to the 700×35 tires, which should have a larger circumference than the previous 700×32.

Miles today: 41 (estimate)

(Visited 86 times, 1 visit(s) today)
  1. Flies…. eewwww. I hope you don’t get sick!

    Glad to see that you are in a greener part of TX. (I was suffering just seeing all of those desert pictures, lol! I can only imagine how miserable it was for you, being there.)

    From what we can tell, Austin (in “hill country”) seems to get a fair amount of rain in late spring and summer, and once you get out of the (bleh) commercial parts of town (concrete, lots of concrete), it seems green enough. (To me, it also feels somewhat humid. Not East Coast humid, to be sure, more the pleasant Midwest kind of humid, but still humid. Dear Daughter disputes that it is humid at all!)

    1. Last night in my tent was all right. It had cooled to maybe 75 or 70. Nothing like the unpleasant camping at Langtry. It felt pretty humid today, but then again, the sky was dark, like it was going to rain. I’d much rather have it this humid if it means no direct sun.

      The flies don’t seem to trouble the locals, so I’m not sweating it. I’m not very squeamish about food in the first place. I saw in a documentary that the human body is pretty good at dealing with whatever pathogens are in the food we eat. At Marathon, I had finished my breakfast and was about to leave, when I noticed that the woman from the couple near me had left an entire piece of bacon on her plate untouched. Hey, free bacon.

  2. You’ll be going through Austin? I’ve got another food stop for you: Torchy’s Tacos.

    Also, you’re getting into kolache country. I don’t remember if you had any when you up here — it’s a Czech pastry that Liba makes for special occasions. Traditional kolache is filled with cream cheese and poppy seed or fruit. Texas also has savory versions with pork, peppers, etc… more Tex-Mex than Czech, but also pretty good.

  3. Torchy’s started in a food truck in Austin, now has locations all over Austin plus Houston, Dallas, Denver, … you’ll find one somewhere ( Torchy’s is very popular with the locals — even President Obama stopped at the Torchy’s on South First Street last year . Ask to see the secret menu.

    Kolache is a specialty, so look for it in the bakery’s name, on a sign out front, and on billboards. There are lots of kolache places in the Austin/Houston/Waco triangle, use Yelp and Google to find the good ones. You’ll also see a chain called Kolache Factory — it’s pretty good, but mostly Texas-style savory and not particularly authentic Czech.

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