I had searched for churches the previous night, and decided to try St. James Episcopal, which was 1.6 miles distant, across the Colorado river. Worship was at 10:30, with adult class at 9:15.
At first, I declined the Bishop’s invitation, thinking I’d just relax and catch up on computer work in my room. But I realized that seeing local events is what this trip is all about. They picked me up at the motel shortly after lunch.
There was a polka band playing. Bill said that due to the hot weather, they usually alternated between polka and waltz, or something less energetic. I realized that they were singing in Czech for the polka. By the way, Julie and Bill are good dancers.
There was also a charity auction, with donated items fetching astounding prices, to raise funds for the church. I saw a couple jars of pickles go for over $100.
A common question that I get is how long the trip will take, and honestly, I have never made the calculation. This would be a good time to take stock of where I am. Estimated miles behind me = 500 (estimate, Pacific Coast) + 418 (Southern Tier 1) + 514 (ST 2) + 452 (ST 3) + 360 (ST4 so far) = 2244. Miles ahead = 64 (ST4 remaining) + 386 (ST5) + 443 (ST6) + 410 (ST7) = 1303. Days behind = 59. At this pace, I would still have about 5 weeks. If I take any side trips, like the spur to New Orleans, that’s extra.
Tomorrow’s goal is Navasota, a little over 60 miles distant. Should be fine if I just take it easy. There are refreshment stops along the way, so I’ll be following the ACA route, again.