So the final day of chapter four, the ride from Lubbock to Rockwall. Started the day in the usual way, coffee, gas, sunscreen, sightseeing… ok so the sightseeing part may have been over played. After a quick stop to see the new 4OUR complex, seems to be a TopGolf competitor, I was onto 19th street east and headed home.
It is always strange riding through Lubbock, it feels like two different towns. One town is the Lubbock I grew up in with the wide-open streets and familiar sites.
The other Lubbock is a town that has PF Chang’s, 4OUR, and a host of other new sites. The city that I associate with growing up is primarily located inside the loop, as with most cities it is a city in a city. Well enough of that…
Leaving town I believe I counted 3.7 million Prairie dogs along east 19th street. I am not sure but it feels like the yippee dogs are winning the war.
Today’s track is a combination of routes. Instead of taking 82 to Seymour then ether 82 to Wichita Falls or 114 to Jacksboro I headed south off 82 at Guthrie to pass through Aspermont. I would not recommend this route as a time saver but since I had not been through Aspermont since I was young I wanted to pass through. Aspermont… When we were young we spent a fair bit of time in Aspermont (OK, outside of Aspermont), it is where I learned to hoe grapes, drive a combine, prepare show pigs, rope and ride, work cattle, and a variety of other skills. I am sure I was not very good, in comparison, at any of these things but I can tell you I have used these starts to skills all through my life and am grateful to the Cochrans for the opportunity.
Ok so on with the ride, 83 south at Guthrie, then 380 east.
(I wonder if this guy knows Sue)
Quick stop in Newcastle for a burger and back on the bike to Dallas.
380 to I-35, I should have stayed on 380 to the other side of Dallas then worked my way down to Rockwall, since it was well before 5pm and I was heading into town I fought the construction instead. So, from here it is simply a town ride. I-35 south to President George Bush Tollway east, 66 east to Rockwall then home.
Tomorrow I will do the wrap-up for the trip… Wow what a trip.