Checking in from Jacksboro …
My walk on Friday June 1 covered 24 miles from Azle through Springtown toward Jacksboro. The weather cooperated nicely for both a morning and afternoon walk through changing terrain where vegetation is beginning to thin out and hills have become more prominent. (Except for the coastal plain of North Carolina and the Delta region of Mississippi and Arkansas, I would describe all the rest of my track to date as hilly. And there appears to be more uphills than downhills, or so it seems.) The real significance of today, however, is that this is the 93rd day of our journey. The total trip is projected to take 186 days. So by the calendar, we’re at the halfway mark. By mileage, we are over half way to Santa Monica, but the rising heat and terrain are expected to slow me down over the coming weeks. I’m just grateful that I have been to get ahead of schedule.
Even though the terrain is changing there is no doubt you are still in Texas. Ranch after ranch with miles of acreage for each ranch. Occasionally there are these elaborate entrance gates to each ranch, which are worth a second look. Most fencing and gates are made of iron and sometimes wire fencing in between. In fields are huge cactus plants and wild flowers. Cows are wondering in small herds and seem to walk up to the fence just to watch the cars/trucks go by. Some days Brenda feels she is the only one on the road with a car; everybody has a truck but us. And very seldom do you see a foreign car; it is a Dodge, Chevrolet or Ford.
Yesterday afternoon we arrived in Jacksboro, TX, birthplace of 4H. Who knew? The first Texas Boys’ Corn Club was founded in Jacksboro, 1908, by Tom M. Marks (1865-1906), first Jack County agent. This was a forerunner of U.S. 4-H clubs, now international, and part of the cooperative extension service. Lack of adult interest in a 1907 corn show prompted friends to tell Marks, You can’t teach an old dog new tricks. Marks replied, Then I’ll start with the pups. 111 boys enrolled as demonstrators. Marks’ 1908 show drew national attention, and he was called to Washington to aid in setting up extension program.
We couldn’t resist in trying another Diners, Dives and Drive-In’s recommendation…Herd’s Hamburgers in Jacksboro, TX. It’s not the healthiest food but in Texas beef is the primary food. It’s a small place that looks to be smaller than our RV, which is 200 square feet. When you walk into the door and to your left is the grill, which if I had had a spatula, I could have flipped the burgers from where I was standing. Over on the right side is seating which consist of old school seats with attached arm for your meal to rest. If you aren’t lucky enough to get these primo seats try the stack wooden crates of soft drink bottles. The service is quick so you don’t have to sit long. This is Americana and just what we want to experience.
Keep exercising, keep following Heart Trek USA and keep us in your prayers. Thanks, Friends, for your interest and support.
Projected schedule for the next few days:
Saturday, June 2 … thru Jacksboro on Hwy 199 and Hwy 114
Sunday, June 3 … on Hwy 114 toward Olney
Monday, June 4 … on Hwy 114 thru Olney toward Seymour