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Friday, May 11, 2012

Day 18: Ozona, TX to Junction, TX

Hey everyone, this is Matt writing today; Amber said she is too tired to write tonight, so I'm going to fill in :)

Today we discovered the best weather for biking: partly cloudy. Although the weather channel kept threatening us with possible flash floods and thunderstorms, today’s weather couldn’t have been better! We were able to get 106 miles in today!

We also became more familiar with some of the Texas wildlife (most of it was roadkill, but we're still going to count it). We saw deer, sheep, cows, horses, goats (we loved making bleating noises because the goats would look at us and bleat back), a dead armadillo, a lizard (I almost stepped on it--you can see it pretty easily in the picture, but in real life it's got amazing camouflage ability), lots of swallows (they like to build nests in freeway overpasses, and they go crazy when we bike right under them), vultures, black beetles, and grasshoppers. Did you know that some grasshoppers down here are cannibals? We found that out today as we passed hundreds of grasshoppers out on the road eating each other.

Speaking of food, we stopped at Pizza Hut for lunch! Of course we chose to get the buffet. I think I ate 1.5 pizzas by myself; Grandma and Amber ate a lot too. Biking all day every day makes you really hungry and really thirsty! We stop for a water/food break about every hour, and when we're done we eat a lot for dinner. I've stopped trying to drink out of water bottles because I have to keep filling them up so often; now I just drink straight from the gallon jugs that we buy. Oh and by the way, if you ever want a weird look from a grocery store clerk, go to the supermarket and buy 10 gallons of water.

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