Drip. Drip. Drip.
That’s the sound of the sweat that rapidly dripped off my forehead as I pedaled slowly up a hill on the access road of Interstate 10 at about 12:30pm.
The temperature was over 100 degrees and marching swiftly to a high of 106 marking one of the hottest days of the year and the hottest August, on record, for the region.
What a weekend for an overnight bicycle tour!
My destination was Comfort, TX and comfort from the heat was paramount on my mind after leaving my house in San Antonio about 6:30am. The small town of Comfort is nestled in the Texas Hill Country and my planned route was about 47 miles one-way with about 2,500 feet of climbing.
Fortunately, I chose a route that seemed to offer an opportunity to replenish my water supply at almost the exact time I needed it. ”Ice, please…” I often asked as I stopped to re-fill two water bottles at each stop. Water becomes a critical life line when the mercury blasts through triple digits, so I made sure that stopping to drink and stand in the shade for awhile from time to time was an absolute necessity.
I had a late breakfast at the incredible Bear Moon Bakery in Boerne, TX and enjoyed talking to a number of cyclists that were out for their morning rides. One of them took a photo of me and my loaded touring bicycle – seeming to marvel at the thought of someone using a bicycle for travel.
For lunch, I enjoyed a cheeseburger and fries at the historic Waring General Store. The cook even branded my burger with a star! I felt strangely honored.
It was time then to make my final approach to Comfort, so I headed due west. In another hour or so, I was crossing the Guadalupe River and making my way to the Heirloom Bed & Breakfast where gracious hosts Tom & Frankie Parsons were awaiting my arrival. The snapshot of my bicycle with the “Welcome to Comfort” sign was testament that bicycle travel in oven like temperatures is indeed possible, even if it isn’t high on my list of the “smartest things I’ve done.”
The Heirloom Bed & Breakfast turned out to be just the remedy for a tired, dehydrated traveler on two wheels. Frankie Parson’s incredible breakfasts were amazing and sipping on one of her homemade Orange Julius smoothies soon made my trials and tribulations in the heat a distant memory.
So, in the end, I did find comfort in Comfort, TX and bicycle tour number six became yet another experience I know I will look back on fondly…