The wind was still kicking up today so March is working on the lion thing. When I left at 1:15 the wind was from the south at 13 mph with 17 mph gusts. Not satisfied with that when I got back home at 3:36 the increased to 13 mph with 21 mph gusts. The sun was in and out of the clouds so the 82 degrees was not quite as warm as you would think. Fortunately I wore a long sleeve jersey for sun protection but I also liked the warmth it provided when the gusts hit. Tomorrow the high could reach 91, unusual for March. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday return to the 70’s. All of this will be great bicycling weather. Some of the clouds looked dark when I started today but no rain showed on the radar and none fell on me. I don’t want to get wet while biking but we need some rain.
In an attempt to mix things up on my route I rode the reverse direction on most of the streets on my to Huffman and added a couple of branches to run some errands. I thought I might ride about 25 miles but I actually rode 29.38. My average speed suffered from the wind and taking it easy and dropped to 14.4 mph. I think my route affected this some as well. You notice different things when you ride from the opposite direction and today was no exception. With many flowers blooming and trees budding there is a plethora of color. Bradford Pear trees are white with tiny green leaves. Azaleas are red, pink and white. Some of the azaleas are very large. My sinus continues to react to all of the pollen and my voice does not last long before I can only whisper but I feel fine all the same. One of the errands was going to Walgreens to pick up a prescription and the lady at the drive in window could just barely hear me but I managed to get my information through the microphone to her.
March miles continue t build hitting 332.79 after today’s ride. I have 248 miles to go for March. Year to date miles crossed over the 1,000 mark totaling 1014.38. Here are the links to RideWithGPS.com and Garmin Connect maps and statistics.
On a sad note, when I got have after my ride I saw a news bulletin from the Houston Chronicle that a bicyclist in today’s Tour de Houston died from medical causes, not a collision. This is the first death for the Tour de Houston. My prayers go out to his family and friends.
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