First day of spring rolled in with fantastic weather and the offer of a free Dairy Queen ice cream cone. I forgot about the cone offer when I selected the “Atascocita – Walden – Huffman Extended” route but as I neared the DQ on E. Lake Houston Parkway (23 mile point in the bike ride) I rode in and got a free ice cream cone. I needed the break and the sugar to help me finish the ride. The ride totaled 33.63 miles, not a real long ride, but the 9 mph SW wind and 18 mph gusts took a toll on my pedaling energy. Standing in the shade at Dairy Queen I cooled down and my legs recovered somewhat. Other people came to the DQ for free cones too while I was eating mine. I believe they do this each year on the first day of spring. Where I grew up the Dairy Queens (2 in my city) closed for the winter and opened around then.
Even with the fantastic weather I decided to wear a long sleeve jersey under my short sleeve jersey. Most of the ride this was not too hot but when I was working hard riding into the wind my body heat produced some sweat that then evaporated when I turned out of the wind cooling me off quickly and leaving a slight chill.
I am up to 60% of my March mileage goal (351.2 miles out of 586 miles). Year to date I am up to 1258.9 miles.
A few other cyclists were out today along the route. School is back from spring break and the school buses are rolling.
As I crossed the railroad tracks on Old Atascocita Road I glanced to my left and saw several cattle and donkeys. Turning around I rolled my bike to the gate and took these pictures.
I thought I might scare them away but the donkey looking at me moved closer to the gate while one of the cows moved away. I have seen these donkeys other times in another pasture closer to FM 2100. Not sure why the gate is painted purple.
More great weather tomorrow (Tuesday) and I plan on bicycling in it.