One of the tires on the buggy was flat again 😦 . I spent the evening before patching tubes and picking thorns out of tires. Not sure how it went flat, it must have been a small leak. I had one spare inner tube left. I wanted to save it for an emergency. I dont think there would be another place to purchase tubes for a few hundred miles. I pumped up the tire and hoped it would hold up through the day.
Carl and Betty are very knowledgeable about the area. We talked about geography, the weather patterns, anthropology, the vegetation, the night sky, and all kinds of other things. They have been at the park since the spring, and plan to stay through August. Carl and Betty love the land.
They gave me a long sleeve fishing shirt to keep my skin safe from harmful UV rays, a star map, and a head lamp! The head lamp will be perfect for traveling into the evening. I thanked them. It was such a great time hanging out at their site! We parted ways.
It was shortly after 3 p.m. and Grum the adventurer rolled in! He left Brackettville early that morning. Grum is from New Zealand and has been cycling around the world for the last 2 and a half years. We talked a a bit about our routes and shared stories.
I went inside and bought us each a klondike bar. It was funny, he had absolutely no idea what it was. I had to explain to him it was ice cream! It was great seeing another traveler out on the road. Feels like I havent seen one in a long while. We speculated we might cross paths again the next day.
I through on my reflective gear. The sun hung low beneath the mountains. The air cooled. I was excited for the night.
Tyler pulled over! He is a border patrol agent. He told me he wanted to shake my hand. Tyler told me he found out about me at church on Sunday. I guess Fr. Pius back in Del Rio had mentioned me at some point! Tyler made sure I had enough food and water. He made a donation! He told me to buy supplies at the next town. Tyler wished me the best and we parted ways.
The sheriff’s department pulled over. They wanted to make sure I was safe. They asked me where I planned to stay in town, I told them I usually try churches. The deputy told me I could stay at the visitor’s center! It was well lit, and had cover. I headed that way.