First I would like to say thanks to everyone that sent me birthdaywishes. Being out on the trail can sometimes be an emotional rollercoaster, so having friends and family connect with me today is veryspecial. Thank you all for making my day special.
Last night was definitely not the beat nights sleep of the trip. In orderto take today off I needed to camp on the east side of Del Rio, which meantUrban stealth camping. Earlier in the day i had looked for a Warm showershost but really could not find anything to my liking. Having to stealthcamp in an urban environment is really not my thing, just a little toopublic for my likes, I really prefer the woods. However, in this case therewas no better choice, so i curled up between two large trucks behind thefire department. I think every noise startles me and in the end i just gotup at 4:00 in the morning and broke camp.
Now i had the opposite problem, what to do at that hour of the morning. Iwanted to see some of the town so i did not want to just blow through.Instead i made a cup of coffee, yes, between the trucks, and slowly waiteduntil 5:00. From there i was able to find a McDonald's where i hung outuntil mid morning.
Since it was my birthday i was going to do a special breakfast, but as icycled past restaurants nothing really jumped out at me. The day wasstarting gray, just like the last three days, so i simply decided to buychocolate instead. A quick trip into Wallmart and i was loaded up withNutella and a dark chocolate bar and headed to the campground. After allwhat better way to celebrate a birthday than with lots of yummy chocolate.
The sun never did come out, but i have been eating chocolate and nappingwhich makes for a good sunshine substitute. Leaving Del Rio and headingwest there are some big hills and mountains just up the road including themonster 7000 ft peak with one of the world famous observatories perched onits peak.
Time to get back to my day of rest and cargo loading....
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