On June 11th, we woke up bright and early at 4am, whipped up a sweet breakfast of hash browns and eggs and said farewell to Jerry who had graciously hosted us at the First Baptist Church. The first 60 miles spoiled us with perfect 65 degree weather and endless farm roads lined with wildflowers. Our first lunch included left over tacos from our family dinner in Decatur. Along the way, we found a monster gas station where we picked up some chocolate milkshakes and fudge as an energy boost. As we approached Wichita Falls, we caught a nice tailwind to carry us the last 28 miles.
Rolling into town, we were met with lots of cheers and encouraging words from the residents—a very pleasant welcome! Wichita Falls is home to one of the largest group rides in the nation, the Hotter N’ Hell Hundred (HHH). Every year, over 10,000 people from all over the world travel to Wichita Falls to participate in four days of bike events.
Members of the HHH executive committee were our hosts for the evening and generously treated us to a delicious meal at Pat’s Drive In, a local favorite. It was great to hang out with our fellow cycling nerds in Texas. The HHH crew also showed us around their clubhouse and gifted us with branded t-shirts and water bottles as well as a whole box of tubes. Judging by the number of flats we’ve had since entering the state of Texas, it seems like we’re going to use them!
After dinner, we checked out the Wichita Falls Brewing Company and met another local cyclist who was training to bike from Vancouver, Canada to Tijuana, Mexico. We spent the night in the Wichita Falls YMCA, and were so pleased to find that they had Women’s World Cup playing in the lobby! All and all, a great Bike and Build day!