Our route for the day was to basically stay on US 84 across Texas. US 84 turned out to be a fast 4 lane highway for most of the time only dropping to two lanes late in the afternoon. Oh well, at least it was fast :-) Scenery was still high desert, rather barren and flat, flat, flat! That would change later in the day.
We got a break and departed US 84's 4 lane divided heavy, oversize load path to wander down smaller two lane highways with much, much less traffic and better scenery. With the penalty of a short run on I-20 we were able to head South on TX-70 to TX-153, which was very nice! That took us into Coleman, TX.
We motored on until hunger pangs set in and it was time to pick a lunch place. Our GPS gave several options in Coleman, TX including the standard fast food and a few restaurants. And then, up popped Owl's Drug Store Fountain and Grill. Oh yes, oh yes, I believe this might be a sleeper. Let's go there and if it sucks, we'll move on. Okay.....hahahaha, We pulled into the parking lot and as I relaxed with a smoke I spied some awesome murals on the wall of the building across the street.
Owl's, where friends meet :-) What might be inside? Let's look!
After lunch we checked out the back walls and all the signatures and stickers. Of course a DFF sticker went up on the wall! I challenge you to find it and take a picture next time you're in Coleman!
A fuel stop was made and then an hour later we needed to stop again just to cool off. A bottle of cold water (yes, I was hydrating all day but wanted something super cold) and then I went into the Ladies Room and soaked my LD Comfort top sleeves, collar and shoulders. Oh that helped immensely! I was getting overheated in my Klim gear that doesn't have great venting. Eric was doing fine in his new mesh gear and frequent draws from his hydration jug.
It was rush hour when we entered Waco and it was HOT and of course there was road construction which contributed to the stop and go traffic. Whew! Sweat was rolling down my face into my eyeballs. STING! Working our way across town to the Red Roof Inn, we decided to get off the short Interstate hop and onto the frontage road for the final 1.5 miles to the hotel. Good move! Traffic was just a big quicker, at least it was moving, and before we knew it, we were through Waco and at our Red Roof Inn motel.
Oh yes, this was a thousand, million times better than last night's motel, hahahahaha! And, bonus, it was nice and cool inside.
Eric ordered Chinese and then rode down the street a few blocks to Wei Tasty Asian to pick it up and bring it back to the room. Dinner was good. Nothing exceptional, but decent. We shared an appetizer and entree and were both satisfied.
Another bonus, we have a King bed in the room so we can snuggle tonight. The last two nights were separate beds, boo, hiss!!!! Looking forward to tucking in later tonight for a good night sleep. Tomorrow we plan on getting most the way across Louisiana and then the final trek home via the Natchez Trace (yippee!) on Saturday. We'll see how that goes :-)
Great ride today. Bikes are purring like happy kittens, our bellies are full and we have a semi-decent room tonight. Thanks for following along and maybe tomorrow we might have some surprises? Or not, lol. Just riding along is fine all by itself. I love my beastie bike ;-)