We found out about the Caprock Canyon State Park Trailway and it turned out that the annual Bob Wills Day Festival was in the same town at the same time. No brainer. Jim got us a spot for the bus and we were excited to have bike riding and music and dancing on the agenda. On the way there, we passed through Matador and Bob’s Oil Well. Not Bob Wills.
We haven’t been on the bikes as much as usual this winter and were looking forward to riding the 60 mile Caprock Canyon State Park Trailway. Boo! It turned out to be very poorly maintained and paved (?) with large and pointy lava rock. If they had crushed it, might have been OK. As it was, it took all our concentration not to ditch the bikes, never mind enjoy the surrounding sights. We rode for about three miles and decided to ride on the road instead. At least Texas has great bike lanes/shoulders. The trail surface was uneven and rocky. Big rocks too. The clumps of grass were a giveaway that no maintenance had been performed lately.
We rode around Turkey a little, then headed to Quitauque, about ten miles away. We had a good ride on the road and ate at the Caprock Cafe and toured the town. These towns are typical of many we have been to on the trails; formerly thriving, now just surviving. At least Turkey has the once-a-year Bob Wills Day. And it’s not just a day; there are bands playing and dancing going on all around town all week. Around Turkey: Bob Wills and The Texas Playboys tour bus. This is actually a stand-in; we saw the original at The Broken Spoke in Austin on out honeymoon 25 years ago. I bet it is still there.
This is what your motorhome window looks like if you are parked next to the bus.
On to Quitaque.
Music and dancing tonight at The Church of Western Swing. Gotta go!