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Galleries 9 and 10

These are some photos from Beaumont (pretty much all the nice buildings in town) and Austin TX

https://picasaweb.google.com/109287950546876120385/BeaumontTXToAustinTX?...

These are random photos off my phone from all the way across

https://picasaweb.google.com/109287950546876120385/PhotosOffMyPhoneFromA...

One day I'd like to edit all the blog entries with some research into the stuff I saw and did and with the photos in there. Chances are incredibly slim tho I'd say...

Debrief

So what did I learn?

It's all over, back in Blighty

It's all over, back in Blighty

Sorry to have left you all hanging back there in Austin. Blogging wasn't at the forefront of my mind while my body was objecting to whatever it was objecting to. I'm back in (almost) sunny Brighton now. Home. Weird.

It's Wedesday and I should be at work. I called in sick though with a combination of jet lag, a still slightly dicky tummy and no bike to hawl my tools with.

Austin Wins, I am Beat

Austin Wins, I am Beat

Jitterbug Vipers

Jitterbug Vipers

Chicken Shit Bingo

Chicken Shit Bingo

I woke up pretty late on Dave's floor having dreamed that he'd discussed me staying with his host and that it was all fine. I asked Dave when he woke up and he said I must have dreamed it, but it was all fine anyway. We got our acts together and headed for town. This must have included some impressively slow walking as we missed the bus we were aiming for and had to walk another 15 minutes to the next bus route. Happily we spotted a good looking eatery enroute tho and breakfasted there on veggie meze, very tasty.

A Girl Named Kevin

A Girl Named Kevin

Actually it was spelled Kevyn, she didn't feel the need to tell me that, she just said her name was Kevin and left it at that. Dave thought I was joking and had to confirm it with her friends who said it was Kevyn with a Y. This was at the world famous Broken Spoke honky tonk saloon dance hall and Kevyn was my "lucky" first 2 step dance partner in the dancing lesson. It turns out I'm not a natural...

I'm getting ahead of myself though, The Broken Spoke wasn't until Saturday and I've not told you about all of Friday yet.

Austin City Limits

Austin City Limits

The rest of the bus journey was easy and uneventful getting me into Austin about 9.30, in the dark, just the way I like it. Rich and Jessamine were there with their car to meet me, all smiles, great to see them. They moved to Austin a year past Februaryish and I've not seen them since. It was great to see familiar faces generally tho I suppose, I've not seen anyone I know since lunch in Waynesboro, VA with Dave's mate David and his dad David however long ago that was.

Out of Beaumont

Greyhound to Austin

I finally gave up on getting the bike fixed, I could have tried harder to be completely honest, I could have asked every welder and mechanic in Beaumont. No-one I asked offered me any help or hope tho, the frame is Nickel plated steel and welding it is kind of specialist. The steel is so thin it'd be hard to weld at the best of times and if the nickel plating was removed it'd be even harder.

Game Over - Bike Dead

Game Over

It's all over. I went and bought a roll mat as a temporary solution to my pregnant thermarest situation. I'd spoken to someone at another camping shop in town and they said you have to return a faulty thermarest to thermarest or the shop you bought it from. Damn. I went to an army surplus where the "assistant" treated me like something you'd rather not find on your shoe. I guess I look pretty scruffy in my faded riding gear.

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