Thankful for Fences and Gate Bike Ride

Today’s bike ride is the longest one for March coming in at 41.54 miles. It has several months since I biked the “FM1960 to FM686 – Back” route and I had to look it up to see the distance and route. The last time I rode this route was July 19th last year. Two later bike rides follow a similar route but were longer distance when I added the Fairlake Drive and Old Atascocita Road portion.

With the route running mostly east and west the SW wind wasn’t too much of a problem. Checking the wind at the end of the bike ride I saw it was stronger than I expected 8 mph with 18 mph gusts. One place where I really noticed the wind was the riding over the railroad overpass on FM 1960 east of Huffman. Once I topped out the ride back down allowed me to get back up to speed. About a mile later I needed that speed when a dog spotted me from my ride and raced from the front porch to the open gate barking but by then I was beyond his territory and he didn’t pursue me.

At FM 686 I stopped a few minutes at the Dayton Food and Fuel store in the shade before bicycling back to the west. I expected the wind to be more of a problem but it wasn’t too bad. Cycling past one house two big dogs saw me and raced to the wood fence but the gate was closed and they stood barking on the other side while I rode by. Once I was out of sight they stopped barking. This was the first time these dogs had come to the gate in the times I rode this route.

A 20 minute rest stop at the Huffman Chevron was needed for my legs to recover some while I drank ice water and ate a Kashi trail mix bar. The breeze felt good as I sat in the shade. Back on the bike I rode the 11+ miles to finish the ride at 3:24. I started earlier today (12:02) than yesterday which allowed me to bike farther.

I am at 426.64 miles for the month leaving 160 miles to reach my goal. With more favorable weather in the forecast for tomorrow (Thursday) I plan on bicycling to get closer to my goal.

Links to RideWithGPS.com and Strava.com metrics and maps.

Home weather station at the start of the ride and airport weather at the end.

SportTracks Ride Summary (click on the image to enlarge it)

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Texas Bicycling News March 21st 2017

SHRED SESSIONS: WALNUT CREEK PARK – AUSTIN, TX (XC MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAIL FOOTAGE)

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An updated bike master plan to guide development of high-quality trails accessible by all Houstonians is headed toward approval but remains dogged by the same issues that divided neighbors as cyclists claimed space on the roadways.
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Southern Tier – San Diego to St Augustine March 2017

By Charles Falsetto | www.crazyguyonabike.com

Day 18 Texas D1: San Elizario to Ft Hancock
Tuesday March 21, 2017, 36 miles (58 km) – Total so far: 967 miles (1,556 km)
196′ V, 3:04:04, AvgMph 11.6
Short day today to give my body some rest and out of the afternoon heat. Mailed some cold weather gear and other non essentials home today. W was a help this morning but the road conditions were heavy chip seal and no shoulder once out of El Paso county. Traffic was pretty heavy leaving San Elizario due to schools in the vicinity. No place open for breakfast until Fabens about 8 miles away.
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Day 21: Van Horn to Marfa
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We managed to pedal 75 miles with a headwind, 1-2% grade uphill, not one service, two shade stops, and 30 miles of the worst road. We piled into a 24 hour Pilot truck stop at 5 AM and didn’t leave for 45 minutes. Sunrise was near 8:00 so we had two hours of dark riding. It is a rush to ride in darkness. We were out in the sun for 10 hours… enough. Border Patrol cars and …


Steam N Wheels

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Abilene, Texas
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Steam N Wheels is the annual race/tour in Abilene. If you finish either 1st, 2nd, or 3rd, it is a race. If you come in 4th or above, it is a very nice ride through the Abilene country side.
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What A Tailwind, What A Headwind Bike Ride

A late start (1:22) on today’s bike ride but the weather was still fantastic like yesterday. The bike ride followed the “New Caney – Tavola – Valley Ranch” route enjoying the nice tailwind all the way to Tavola. The return trip was not so friendly. I thought my legs were just tired from riding four days in a row but when I got home and checked the weather I found out the wind was gusting to 20 mph and steady from the southeast 7 mph. No wonder the legs had trouble turning the cranks! The 33.90 mile long ride was challenging with the wind. I should’ve ate more before leaving to have energy reserves.

I am moving closer to my mileage goal for March with only 200.9 miles to go, 66% of the way there.

No donkeys or free ice cream cones on today’s ride, just the normal stuff.

Links to RideWithGPS.com and Strava.com metrics and maps.

Home weather and the start and airport weather at the end of the bike ride.

SportTracks Ride Summary (click on the image to enlarge it)

ride summary

Texas Bicycling News March 20th 2017

Racing is fun, Specifically this part here! @thebikemasters #cycling @trekfactoryracingxc www.thebikemasters.com

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Task Order Contract for Bicycle Projects

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Bid Date & Time: 04/11/17 2:00 PM Prebid: 03/23/17 10:00 AM
Solicitation Title: Task Order Contract for Bicycle Projects
Owner Solic Number: 23-01538
Status: bidding Report: 7651044
Country : United States State: TX County: Bexar Location: San Antonio
Scope: Task Order Contract for Bicycle Projects.
Notes: A non-mandatory Pre-bid meeting will be held on Thursday, March 23, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. in the 9th floor conference room of the Municipal Plaza Building, 114 W. Commerce, San Antonio, Texas 78205.
This project has a “prevailing wage” requirement.
Plans: From Owner. See attached file.
Owner Type: Public …


Southern Tier – San Diego to St Augustine March 2017

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Monday March 20, 2017, 71 miles (114 km) – Total so far: 931 miles (1,498 km)
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Honeoye Riders Pedal the Southern Tier

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Southern Tier 2017

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Captains Blog – 3/20/2017 – Weekday rides

by Sameer Gokhale | cycling.powweb.com

Weekday Rides
Now that we have got our hour of sunshine back, we will be starting our weekday rides this week.
Our new board member, Michael Benedetto will be leading the ride. We will be starting at the Valero Trailhead at I-10 and 1604 on Wednesday March 22, 2017.
Details –
Ride name: Leon Creek Greenway
Address of starting location: Valero Trailhead at I-10 & 1604
Date: Thursday, 3/22/2017
Time (wheels down): 5:40 p.m. (meet at 5:30)
Description of ride: Weekly Trail Ride – we will be starting at the Valero Trailhead and follow the trail to Grissom Road, and possibly continue on until we get to Loop 410.
Length: ~20 miles
Ride leader: Michael Benedetto
Sweep: Peter Ray …


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