Day 37: Sonora to Ozona

Posted: April 17, 2014 in America: Miami to San Francisco

Holiday Host Motel, thank you First Presbyterian Sonora.

Breakfast was 2 chicken cheese wraps, banana, apple, 3 pancakes with maple syrup and bacon. Coffee was abyssal – insipid and no colour 😦

Short hop to Ozona today, only 40 miles or so. Grey, cloudy and cold morning – feels like Cornwall!

This guy’s got a BIG truck which is  hauling a serious cargo!

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20 miles, 1 1/2 hours, good progress… Nothing to report. Bit bored today.

3 miles out and tyre failed and tube blew. Swapped tube over but tyre wall is clearly deformed. Concerns that there is no bike shop for 80 miles… Hmmm. Run at a low pressure into town and checked into Travel Lodge – care of First Methodist Church.

Just spoke to Jean Reardon – Pastor at First Methodist Church – about my shredded tyre. Ozona has no bike shops but AMAZINGLY (or providentially) a couple from San Angelo, a university town about 80 miles north, are driving here tonight for a meeting. We managed to contact a bike shop and they have tyres to fit. A cheap $26, specialized mid puncture protection at $35 and a Schwalbe double mesh kevlar puncture proof for $65 (normally $80+)

I’m managing to get the Schwalbe for $3O!

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Glad the tyre blew now rather than between Fort Stockton and El Paso as I would of been up a great without a paddle.

Ozona is a very small town with a pretty central square, site of the historic court house from 1908 – notice the SLIGHT hint of french influence on the architecture of the roof shape and detail!?

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Watching the news now drinking water, having supper with Pastor and her husband tonight.

Expenditure $15.64 + $30

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