MTB Bike Trail Ride Washed Out

My goal was to ride 16 miles on the Kingwood greenbelt trails to put my August miles over 700 to help make the next three days not so demanding to reach my goal. So much for that plan. I started late (3:42) because I watched the replay of stage 9 of the Vuelta a Espana. I checked the weather radar and didn’t see any rain nearby so I set off. The ride was going great but as I rode out of Woodridge Forest I could see the eastern sky getting darker than overcast sky overhead. I thought it would blow by or not be a threat and continued riding. As I exited the trails onto Crystal Springs Drive to make my way across Woodland Hills Drive and the trail the wind gusts came but I was still optimistic that the rain wasn’t coming. Once I was on the trail east of Woodland Hills Drive it started to sprinkle but under the tree cover it wasn’t that bad. Then I came out from under the hevy tree cover and the wind and rain started coming down hard. The nearest cover was the underpass beneath Kingwood Drive but that was a mile or more away. I picked up my speed which wasn’t much faster since I was on my MTB. I made it across the first bridge and came around a corner to see a lady with an umbrella and a very, very large dog in the middle of the trail. She didn’t see me at first because she had the umbrella tipped down but as I got closer she noticed me and moved to the side of the trail and tugged at the leash to move the dog with her. He wasn’t too interested in that and looked like he wanted to come towards me but she talked to the dog and yanked the leash and I rode by without any contact. The second bridge was ahead and I rode quickly over it and turned left about 200 yards from the dry cover under Kingwood Drive. Because Kingwood Drive is 4 lanes, two in each direction, with a center greenway there are two sections. The first one was collecting water so I rode to the second one where another biker was standing. As I pulled in he got on his bike and rode where I came from telling me it was drier where I was headed. Looking at the rain I decided I would stopped and wait for the rain to slow down or stop. My Elemnt computer showed 9.0 miles at this point. As I waited I decided the 16 mile goal wasn’t going to happen today and adjusted my route. I ended up riding 13.57 miles, putting my August total at 699 miles. This was close enough.

This is the first time that I can remember riding the trails in the rain. I biked when the trails were wet but not while it was raining. I waited at the underpass for about 10 minutes and then got back on my MTB to finish the ride. I didn’t take the shortest route home so I could add a few more miles since I was already soaked. I finished the ride at 5:17 and leaned my bike against the trash can to hose it down. Then I found the hose nozzle was broke and added some water to my situation as I unscrewed it from the hose. With the bike washed down I went inside to dry off. Earlier i saw a picture from Wichita Falls with the sun shining and wished that was here. Since the rain arrived last week it doesn’t want to leave.

More rain in the forecast for tomorrow but I am hopeful I can ride.

I biked 206 miles this week. Year to date I am at 5,553 miles.

I checked my rank at the National Bike Challenge: 961 as of earlier today.

102 Degrees On Trails Bike Ride

Today’s ride was a change of pace as I rode my Motobecane 700HT MTB on the Kingwood greenbelt trails (some streets too) for a total of 18.28 miles. It might have been a good choice with the shade keeping the sun and heat down some. It is super dry around here so I thought it would be good to stop and take a picture of some running water on the trails.

The picture doesn’t include sound but water is running under the bridge from somewhere. From there I rode through Woodridge Forest to check on the new streets coming. These might be another way to exit Kingwood to I-69/US59 for rides to the north. Leaving there I went south of Northpark Drive on the trails. Eventually I was riding beside Kingwood Drive to the east and came to Riverwood Middle School. this sign says it all.

Continuing to ride east I turned left onto Mills Branch Drive. The trail parallels the street and at the elementary school I crossed over to the east side after the west trail ends. The west side goes through some over grown sections that need to be trimmed back. My wide handlebars just made it through. At Northpark Drive I turned left on the trail. Not long after a lady riding a big fat tire bike came from the opposite direction. That is the first fat tire bike I can remember seeing on the trails. I rode through Mills Branch Village, Elm Grove Village and then back home.

I started riding at 12:28 and finished at 2:14. The A/C felt good when I got inside.

I am only 4 miles away from the 765 mile goal for July. With a week to go I think I will reach the goal.

Link to Strava data.

Home Weather Start and Finish

Fallen Trees Biking Kingwood Trails

I wasn’t able to ride until late this afternoon leaving home at 3:30. I rode my Motobecane 700HT MTB on the Kingwood trails. As I rode the trails there was plenty of signs of high water. There was so much water in some places that very tall trees toppled over some across the trail. The trees across the trail were cut up and moved to open the trail. Riding through water was a common occurrence especially around blind corners. I rode 18.4 miles under a partly cloudy sky for a change. No riding in the rain like yesterday. It was great to ride and be able to see big patches of blue sky. Among the trees the wind was not even noticeable but the warmer temperature was. I stopped at one of the trees that fell and took this picture.

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Behind where I was standing to take this picture was another tree that had been cut into several pieces. These trees did not appear to be dead.

Plenty of other people were out on the trails. One young lady was walking in front of me with headphones on. I yelled several times “On your left” but she didn’t hear me. Just as I was going to go around her she stopped in the middle of the trail and turned part way around and I had to ride off the edge of the trail to avoid her.

I pulled into the driveway at 5:23 to finish the ride. Before going inside I washed the bike down to remove all of the mud and spray from the ride. A shiny MTB is a rare thing. The weather at home when I finished.

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Tomorrow the weather will even better and I should be able to start earlier in the day. I hope to ride 45+ miles.

Garmin 520 Test Ride on Kingwood Trails

Today’s ride was a combination recovery ride and a test of the replacement Garmin Edge 520 I received yesterday. I think I accomplished both. With the heavy bike, slow speeds, stout wind (SSE @ 18 mph , 28 mph gusts at the airport) my legs spun out out all of the soreness from the Liberty Freedom Ride yesterday. After programming the 520 the test ride went perfectly. I have plenty experience programming the 520 with all of the problems I have had. I was expecting to receive just the 520 head unit but got a full retail box with the mounts and other stuff.

I waited to start riding today because I watched the Paris – Robaiux race replay on NBCSports Live leaving home at 2:35. The weather was pleasant with the 80 degrees and mostly cloudy sky. Even riding on the trails with all of the trees I could feel the string wind and when I rode out on the streets it was really strong. Pedaling the 32# MTB added to the effort. My home weather station doesn’t record the wind because of the houses. The weather when I finished (4:11).

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I continue to make progress on my 772 mile goal for April. I am up to 281 miles. A recap of where I stand after today. (click on the image to enlarge it)

4-10-2016 April to Date

The two gray days are when I did not use the Edge 520 and uploaded the rides into Garmin Connect.

Tomorrow there is a good chance of rain so I may not bike.