About an hour into the ride I decided to stop at a little rest area to stretch. You have to do that on a bike or you can develop some interesting sensations that are not so pleasant. I climbed to the top of a little hill and saw this marker. Across the way was the peak of it's subject.
I was going to make my first stop in Brownwood, TX but when going through Zephyre I saw a little corner gift shop on the right that was intriguing so I stopped. I saw this piece of pallet art and I snapped the photo of it thinking I may have to duplicate it for my studio.
The lady at the shop told me a little bit of the history of the building. Part of the history included it being a hamburger shop where kids use to hang out at. I mentioned that I could almost smell the hamburgers cooking and the lady said that without exaggeration the best burgers in the world were made and served down the road at the Diamond R Cafe. How can you resist investigating a claim like that? I had to circle back about a block but it was worth it. She was absolutely right. I ordered a cheeseburger, 1/3 lb. with a side of seasoned curly fries and in unsweetened iced tea. The waitress asked me if I would like the burger with A sourdough jalapeño bun..."YES, PLEASE!" It was a little earlier than I had planned for my lunch...but then again it's never too early for the "best burger in the world!"
Growing up I always loved watching the television show Bonanza. One of the best characters on the program was without a doubt Hoss. He was a true gentle giant. While not originally from O'Donnel, TX, he and his family lived there for a while and the town claims the actor who played Hoss, Dan Blocker, graduated from their school. I pulled into O'Donnell looking for a memorial to him that I had read about. It's a very small town, population 831. I didn't find the memorial right off but after driving down several side streets I saw it in the middle of a corner park. Around the corner was a storefront that I understand was operated by the family. I spent a few minutes there thinking what a better world this would be if more men were like Hoss.
I think Hoss would agree with the sign I saw just around the corner of his bust in the park.
The local museum was right across the street. I was disappointed that it was closed.
Back on the bike and off to Brownfield. I didn't have any hotel reservation but was able to get accommodations at the Holiday Inn. I checked in and they gave me a room on the second floor. They then told me the elevator was out of service. Well, my back is aching a bit and I didn't want to carry my big bag up the stairs. They said a technician would have the elevator fixed in about an hour. I asked if I could leave it in the office until then and they said sure...I was in no hurry. I put the bag in their office then went on out to get my smaller bag and my tank bag, locked the bike and headed to room 217. I opened my door and was surprised to see the big bag setting on the bench...now that's customer service!
I'm staying in Albuquerque tomorrow night so I called ahead and made reservations at the Best Western. I spent a few extra bucks and got a jacuzzis room. Today I covered over 366 miles. Tomorrow I have about 361 miles go before I reach my destination.
I should have done this 20 years ago.
Well, that is about it for the day!