Jerry and Pat are originally from Oregon. They moved to Texas over twenty years ago. They used to travel and sell chainsaw sculptures. Jerry is a fellow banjo player! He offered me to play but the banjo was missing a few strings. Pat had a mandolin from the 30’s that belonged to her father. She let me play around with it!
Pat filled up my water bottles. I said goodbye to her and Rene. We all promised to stay in toucb. I retrieved the buggy and headed down to the shop. Jerry took one look at the buggy and offered to help me out with the front wheel!
Jeff headed behind his shop to a big trailer full of all different kinds of wheels. Regular bearings for a bicycle wouldn’t do, but a wheel barrow bearing fit just perfect! Jeff knocked a few different bearings out of some wheels and told us to soak them in motor oil. He also told me to take a few extra with me. He’s a really great guy like his Dad.
It was late afternoon. I stopped at a Walmart and bought a bug net and a spare inner tube. I talked with a few of my sisters on the phone. I needed to catch up on journaling. I went to a starbucks, bought a frappuccino, and used wifi. I wasn’t able to catch up completely. 😦
I had hoped to put in a few more miles by sundown, but by the time I left it was dark outside!
I retreated to the woods behind the plaza near the library. I set up my hammock and sleeping bag. Just when I was about to fall asleep, other people came into the woods! I was hidden. I contemplated leaving but it had taken some work, and noise, to get where I was. I must have been on the outskirts of some sort of homeless camp. I decided to stay put. I heard people on and off all through the night. Right when I would be about to fall asleep I would hear some loud niose. I didn’t get much sleep at all.