After a rapidly passing “cool” front last night today’s weather was superb for a bike ride. I selected the “New Caney – Tavola – Valley Ranch” route heading north. This was challenging at time with the wind out of the west at 16 mph and 23 mph gusts. I biked 34.6 miles moving May to a total of 208 miles leaving 92 miles to reach my goal.
The PowerPod worked perfectly on the bike ride reporting the watts like it knew what I was doing.
When I exited Tavola onto Roman Forest Blvd. I saw the the new convenience store was open so I rode under the pump canopy to respond to a text message my wife sent. As I did that I saw a Roman Forest police cruiser a couple of pumps away. I moved over to that pump to ask the officer if he knew what all of the earthwork was for behind the station. He replied that it is a new Woodbranch neighborhood. With the Grand Parkway now open housing construction and commercial buildings are popping up all around. I can remember when I lived in New Caney in the 1970’s and 1980’s construction was rare. At some point this will affect biking but I am not sure in what way.
The partly cloudy sky meant the sunshine helped to offset the coolness in the strong wind. I made a wise choice to wear a long sleeve jersey. It was 77 degrees when I started the ride at 11:12 and 84 when I finished at 1:46.
No biking tomorrow but Friday looks favorable.