Vernal Equinox and Pressed Pennies
March 20, 2016
Business meeting in Austin. Nice weather. Hill Country roads. Moto. Good combo.
I picked up on a new excuse to ride earlier this year – the Iron Butt Association Pressed Penny Insanity. You know – those souvenirs one finds in the tourist routes that roll a penny with an impression of wherever someone might wind up stopping. I did a test run in January up to Gainesville to have breakfast with the Lonestar BMW Riders. I shared my experience with Mike Kneebone who with the help of others is still fine-tuning the requirements for this ride. The concept of this ride is to collect 100 of these pressed pennies from different sites and in at least 20 states and 5 of those must be west of the Mississippi. Remember what I said – it’s just another excuse to ride. The album in process that is documenting this ride is here – https://goo.gl/photos/GVdUTxS13SkGTDBKA .
With a work event in Austin, I figured the best way to get there would be moto. A ride thru the Hill Country in a round-about way to get to Austin in 450 miles sounded totally logical to me.
The first stop for a pressed penny was south of Glen Rose at Dinosaur World. I welcomed the break from the high 30’s temperatures on this day of Spring. It would warm a bit as the sun got higher in the sky and I continued my trek south.
Inks Lake State Park and Longhorn Caverns took me off of the major roads I usually take through the Hill Country. I grabbed a canoe-pressed penny at Inks Lake and found the Longhorn Cavern machine broken. Oh well…
I looked at the clock on the moto as I was leaving Fredericksburg to try to go to LBJ State Park. I had about 20 minutes to get there right before the visitor center closed. I walked in right at 5:00 and let the park ranger know what I was seeking. She was entertained and wished me a safe ride.
The next several days were spent learning as much as possible and networking with others in my industry. The evenings were filled with Austin music on 6th Street, a visit to the South Austin Brewery and a whole lot of walking! I joined the crowd on Congress Avenue Bridge to watch the ritual of the bats going out for the evening. And a couple of pressed pennies were gathered in town before I headed back home to gather several more along the way in north Austin and Temple. It was a nice start of the spring and a fruitful gathering of pressed pennies for this nutty ride.