Day 8

Todays ride is still a surprise for us. Rain or no rain? When I penned those words there was no rain then at 0400 all hell broke loose. Started with lightning, then distant thunder, then rain. Eventually the winds had the rain going sideways. The hotel we stayed in according to the receptionist had rain up to the desk during the last hurricane. She said she waded out to the local Walmart to shop on her lunch hour? Stories you just don’t hear back home.

This morning the weather is all rained out. When we started the ride no rain but, a ton of wind. According to Russ the report called for 100% rain starting at 0500.

Our end route today is Corpus Christi, Texas. In 1519, on the Roman Catholic Feast Day of Corpus Christi, Spanish explorer Alonzo Alvarez de Pineda discovered a lush semi-tropical bay on what is now the southern coast of Texas.

The bay, and the city that later sprung up there, took the name of the feast day celebrating the “Body of Christ.”

Today our comrade who was injured in a motorcycle accident yesterday is having his foot amputated right after hip surgery. I am told even through all of this he is in high spirits and joking.

Most vowed today they would go the speed limit, remember we are in Texas and the limit is 75 mph. That vow was broken probably the first down shift back to first gear. Our route took us coastal, then on a ferry ride. Free! Just like in Canada on our around British Columbia ride.

My usual partner was a bit shook up so I rode on without him and soon hooked up with a guy on the BMW 800. When we reached a fork I took the less windy route. Then I caught up to one of the two hooligans and throuh thick and thin stayed with them. That Africa twin is well broke in now. I started out in rain gear and got pelted in a down pour. My stupid visor on the helmet kept popping up after terrific wind gusts. Imagine 3 riders doing 85 mph at a 15 degree lean going straight. That be us. The wund qas terrible but, we endured and are much better for it.

Speedy recovery Ed. I think its his shifting foot that us coming off.

At the hotel now. A one star Indian run job with a terrific view.