I remember now why Hamilton calls its ride "Hill-Aceous." And as their t-shirt depicts, they are not even apologetic!
So why did one of their largest turn-outs show up on a hot, windy day in May? The ride is "fun," volunteers are great, proceeds are for a worthy cause, and the roads are some of the best around. I put "fun" in quotation marks. People pay good money to ride on roller coasters don't they? We just rode the roller coasters on our bikes.
Example of some of the smaller hills. But I get ahead of my story.
Part of the fun of a ride is to go to new places, see new things, and to experience a little of the local flavor.
So Brian and Esmeralda Backlund, Christine, and I headed toward Circle T Ranch's Crossfire Cafe and Steakhouse just outside of Hamilton.
Circle T Ranch has a private club (backdrop of above picture), a steakhouse as mentioned, a hotel, and
an in-door rodeo arena.
Cowboys were practicing team roping for an upcoming championship roping contest.
Besides a pre-ride steak, as Jerry can attest, Christine really enjoys her carb filled pre-ride beverage. But her biggest delight of the night was being CARDED as she ordered!! That made her day, and I know we will go back to that place on our next visit.
Ride time. Brian and I posed for a pre-ride picture. Fresh, eager, and un-suspecting of the wind and hills that awaited us.
The Hamilton ride started from the local municipal airport.
This is hanger #1.
This is the aviation fueling area.
And this is the terminal where one may board a flight from Gate 1.
Hamilton had a ride for everyone. This was from the back of the start up line, and the kids could ride the 10K route. "Larger" kids could ride a 20 or 30 mile route. For the big kids, there was the 46 mile ride. Christine chose this one. For the grown-ups, there was the choice of 61 or 79 mile route. Brian and I chose the 61 mile ride letting the big boys tough out the 79 miles.
Wind was a mere 10 mph in our face. Piece of cake.
We skipped rest stop #1, so this is #2. It had all one needed. A first aid tent, a refreshment tent, and a refreshment hut.
Around Hamilton is good cattle country. This herd was showing its contempt of the riders. (I will let you study the picture to understand why I said that).
Just had to show you that in this part of Texas the drought may have broken. The stock tanks are full; the grass is green. However, there is a wildfire in our Davis Mountains again.
If anyone knows what the lavender flowers are I'd be grateful if you'd inform me.
Christine spotted a turtle in the middle of the road. She took it to the stock tank toward which it was probably heading and wished it good luck.
imagine no fences, and this would give you a good idea of what Charles Goodnight would have seen as he rounded up longhorns in 1866 to drive to Colorado.