Day 1…And They’re Off!
To a good start on Day 1 of the Texas Senior Cannonball.
I arrived at Ed’s driveway just in time to see Ed bid farewell to the missus with a smile, then with a turn of a key, a squeeze of a brake lever, and a push of a button, and soon Ed and his fully-loaded Honda Reflex were en route to the starting point of the Texas Senior Cannonball–the Texas Travel Info Center off I-10, on this side of the Sabin Lake.
Ed deliberately parked his scooter next to the big Texas lone star for the photo op. Moments later, Ray, Larry and Eric from Louisiana rolled in and pulled up next to Ed’s Reflex, and after a quick conference and a few snapshots, the Texas Senior Cannonball was well underway at eight o’clock sharp. Ed took the lead and in a very un-senior-like fashion, the senior cannonballers were off to a flying start.
79-miles of a brisk warm-up ride through Evadale, Silsbee, Kountze and finally brought the group of four to Woodville, where a fifth rider, David from Huntsville, had been waiting at the Jiffy Market. The cannonballers used this quick break to go over the route and to put on their rain gear, which turned out to be a great idea.
The Texas Senior Cannonball riders roared on, leaving me behind.
According to Ed, in a phone conversation hours after the riders had reached Bastrop, finish point for DAY 1, the storm met them near Livingston and stayed with them until it cleared up near Navasota. The rest of the ride was a breeze and the riders pulled into Bastrop around 4pm. Ed mentioned that they found a $40 motel, had a nice dinner and would turn in early for tomorrow the ride will take them through the Texas Hill Country to see the bluebonnets.