We were watching a colony of vultures while eating lunch. They seemed to take turns, flying off, soaring and scanning the surrounding area for some carrion and then alighting on the same tree.
While we tend to hold our breath and pedal faster at the sight and smell of roadkill, we also are actively on the lookout for road prizes. After several choice finds we created the maxim, “The Road Will Provide.”
Finding road prizes is always a surprise, however, the sheer volume of the vegetables we found was astonishing. It was obvious that some truck had dumped its cargo.
We were feverishly stuffing bags with of jalapeños, serranos, green peppers, roma tomatoes, green beens, and lima beans when a box truck pulled up. We thought it was the owners coming back to pick up their vegetables and we would get an earful for taking the produce.
Instead three Mexican guys jump out with boxes in hand. As they deftly and rapidly filled their boxes, we learned that on the prior day, there had been an accident where a truck had overturned and lost its entire load. The accident had caused a massive traffic jam.
Later that night, we enjoyed the bounty at a beautiful beachside campground. Usually the cheap, “Hiker & Biker” sites, are the least desirable real estate at a campground. However, at Refugio, we had unobstructed views of the water, beach and sunset as we grilled up a dinner of stuffed peppers and made fresh salsa.
The Road provided in spades.