Hannah and I are strolling our bicycles through the quaint German village of Fredericksburg, Texas when we hear a woman calling to us from her car.
"Do ya'll have a place to stay tonight?"
We hesitate for a moment. She elaborates.
"My son used to work at a bicycle shop, and we host cross-country cyclists all the time at our ranch. Come on down!" She handed us a piece of paper with her phone number and an address, rolled up her window, and was off.
A few hours later, we're deep in the wind-swept hills of west Texas cattle country, home of Imagine Lavender Farms and Bernadette and John McFarling. The energetic couple show us around the "ranch", which is not only home to goats, chickens, cows and horses, but also an expansive field of lavender plants.
Lavender has become a sustainable cottage industry here in the hill country west of Austin. Its antimicrobial powers and uplifting aroma lend themselves well to a variety of products, and the breathtaking beauty of a field of lavender in full bloom brings tourists from around the world.
After a day of smelling and tasting, Hannah and I were well rested and ready to continue our journey. We rode on toward the east coast with a new appreciation for flowers and southern hospitality.