Free Ice Cream Cone and Donkeys Bike Ride

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.

Links to and metrics and maps.

Home weather at the start and finish followed by the airport weather at the end of the ride.

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

Ride summary

Texas Bicycling News March 19th 2017

Southern Tier 2017

By Alan Young |

Day 21: Carmine – Austin
Saturday March 18, 2017, 84 miles (136 km) – Total so far: 1,337 miles (2,152 km)
The pie shop on the main 290 highway was our first port of call, couple of pies and a coffee set us up for a major days ride.
The fog took a while to clear as we headed west. Our first bald eagle sighting by a lake took us by surprise. The wind still from the south not as fierce as yesterday. Arriving in Bastrop the heat picking up a chance for a cool drink and food. Drivers patient with the two tourists as we negotiate our way onto Shiloh Road, which took us away from the hoards of Saturday shoppers.
As we topped up our water bottles in a …

Tour de Houston seemed to have more crashes than in past years… want to discuss it?

by ThatGuyinHouston |

I did the 60 mile route of the Tour de Houston today. There was some fog right after sunrise, but otherwise the weather was nearly ideal. Wind wasn’t bad at all. This was my third Tour de Houston.
I saw the aftermath of no less than 6 “rider-down” crashes, with two of them appearing to be pretty serious. We heard there were some others, too. I myself went down pretty hard when a pair of riders in front of me both fell and I couldn’t even get to my brakes. My bike collided with the guy and I went over the bars and rolled a couple of times. I got up and went back to the guy I flew over, and picked my bike up off of him, and within a minute all three of us determined we were not in need of medical treatment and we all rolled on. I got a little scrape on my left elbow, but it …

It’s not Tour de France but cyclists say Houston’s version is rewarding

I.M. Sixel |

Sandra Tezino is training for the Boston Marathon next month, so she ran 20 miles on Saturday.
Then she matched that distance Sunday cycling in the Tour de Houston.
The ride, the second time the 49-year-old Tezino has participated in the 12th annual city-sponsored event, was a training opportunity as well as a chance to pedal through some of the more scenic neighborhoods of Houston. The 20-mile course through River Oaks and West University took about 90 minutes, she said, where she hit speeds up to 21 miles an hour.
“It’s a wonderful ride,” said Tezino, who waited at the finish line for her daughter to complete a 44-mile trek.
Tezino was one of about …

Thousands of people participate in Tour de Houston as the city tries to become more bike-friendly

by Nicole Eldridge |

HOUSTON — There is no better way to start a Sunday than a morning bike ride for a noteworthy cause.
The city’s 12th annual “Tour de Houston,” presented by the Apache Corporation, kicked off as a part of Mayor Sylvester Turner’s “Wellness Weekend.”
“Thousands of riders are out here; all the proceeds go to Houston Parks for their reforestation program,” Mayor Turner said.
In an effort to become a more bike-friendly city, Houston rallies up cyclers of all ages and …

Honeoye Riders Pedal the Southern Tier

By jim kersting |

Day 19: Fort Hancock ( 45 miles) ( it took most of the day cuz we love to saunter)
Sunday March 19, 2017
More text to come but the aliens out here in western TX are stealing my cell connections.

2017 Dirt Side Sisters Kick-Off Ride @ Rowlett Creek Preserve

Dirt Side Sisters |

When: 05 Apr 2017 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: Rowlett Creek Preserve 2525 Castle Rd. Garland, TX 75040
Join us for our first weekly Dirt Side Sisters ride of 2017 at Rowlett Creek Preserve! This is a great trail for beginner to intermediate riders and can offer a little bit of everything! Test your skills on the teeter totter or practice lifting your wheel over log obstacles. We’ll have a “first time rider” group as well as …

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New Events Added to Calendar

Short Sleeve Jersey Bike Ride Day

A beautiful short sleeve jersey bike ride day around the Kingwood area. The route selection today put me on the “Oakhurst – Cumberland – Valley Ranch” streets and roads. A partly cloudy, mid 80’s temperature and a 6 mph SW breeze made for an enjoy able bike ride totaling 32.56 miles. My legs were not fully recovered from the 40+ miles on yesterday’s ride but it wasn’t too tough.

Nothing out of the ordinary happened on the ride although some of the streets and roads look different when I bicycle them in the opposite direction. I did see a few “casual” bicyclists at the beginning and end of the ride.

I ended up biking 180.84 miles this week, making up some of the miles lost due to weather and other activities. For March I stand at 317.56 miles (54% of my goal). With 11 potential bike ride days left this month I think my 586 mile goal is in sight. Riding 9 different days put the average ride at 35.28 miles. If I average the miles I will need to ride about 8 times to reach my goal.

Spring arrives tomorrow and the weather looks very spring-like for most of the week. Cycling will be on my agenda.

Links to and maps and metrics.

Home Weather at the start and finish of the bike ride.

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

ride summary

Texas Bicycling News March 18th 2017

Veterans come together for bike ride at White Rock Lake

by Sebastian Robertson |

DALLAS – From San Antonio, Annie Stevens is medically retired from the United States Army. It was a knee injury that ultimately ended her 13-year career in the Army but it was her work as a medic and sexual assault that led to her Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Diagnoses.
“All of those feelings and emotions don’t really kick in until …

Honeoye Riders Pedal the Southern Tier

By jim kersting |

Day 17 El Paso TX 60 miles
Friday March 17, 2017

DSS Racing Meet and Greet – Informational Meeting and Ride

Dirt Side Sisters |

When: 29 Mar 2017
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Location: Horseshoe Trail in Grapevine (view DORBA website or app for directions) …

Texas Bicycling from Twitter

New Events Added to Calendar