Dave's Cross-Country Trip 2002

Day Six

by Dave Schultheis

Wednesday, May 29, 2002 - Lindale, Texas

I was awake about 7:30 a.m. Central Time. I had slept well, although there was some thunder and lightning around 1:00 a.m. and there was some rain overnight. I caught up with my notes and maps while my aunt and uncle were outside watching the birds. (Every day is Saturday for them.)

They came in and made some hot chocolate and then some breakfast while we listened to Tom Perryman on KUSS 104.1 FM "The Ranch." (I wish they had a station like that around here.)

I ran some of my clothes through the laundry, took a few pictures of the house and property, then went with my uncle to the feed store to pick up six bales of hay for their horses. We stopped at the Chamber of Commerce on the way back to get a local map.

I had noted that "Upshur County" was only a few miles away, and since I needed a "U" county, I started the bike and got my camera ready. There was a nice clean sign at the side of the road, so I got my photograph and returned; it was a 46 mile round trip.

They wanted to take me into Tyler, "The Real Rose of Texas," so I gathered my little plastic cameras. We dropped them off at Walgreens and were told to come back in two hours. We used the time to stop at Applebee's for some honey barbeque ribs. I had seen the ads and wanted to try them. It seemed like a lot of work for not much gain, but they were good.

Then we went over to Lone Star Harley-Davidson to marvel at the goodies. They had some nice bikes on display. They did not have any Fat Boy logo t-shirts or anything else that I could not live without, but it was a nice place.

We went back to Walgreens to pick up the photos and then on the way back to their place we stopped at the Dairy Queen. I wished that I had taken pictures of some Dairy Queen signs on U.S. 287 the day before. I had seen advertising sign referring to Dairy Queen as "Texas stop signs." I hadn't understood the similarity of the DQ logo and a standard stop sign and the fact that there's a DQ in just about every small town in Texas. Oh well, next time.

We got back to their place and looked at the pictures while sitting under the canopy in their yard. The photos looked great. Those little plastic cameras do a fine job.

Inside, we watched some A&E and a little Nick and Night and then went to bed.

Miles for the day = 46. Miles for the trip = 2266.

Tomorrow: Back on the road again; hot and humid, then rain; and my longest day yet.

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David W. Schultheis, San Josť, Silicon Valley, Santa Clara County, California, USA