Pumpkin Spice Whoopie Pie Bike Ride

Summer refuses to leave but that is okay. Today’s bike ride went north on the “New Caney – Gene Campbell Road” route. The start temperature was 85 at 10:42 AM and the finish temperature 91 at 1:44 PM with humidity at 63% and the wind 4 mph. No other cyclists along the route.

I rode smoothly along the route getting the overall average up to 15.0 mph stopping at the Valero station on FM 1314 at Sorters Road 25.4 miles into the ride. The picture below shows all of the firewood stacked up and the big sing for the pumpkin spice whoopie pie. I didn’t buy the whoopie pie but instead bought an orange Gatorade to carry me to the finish. A different form of sugar. I found out it takes about 15 minutes to drink a 32 oz cold Gatorade without getting a brain freeze which I almost did at first sip.

Bike Ride Valero FM1314

Once I was back in Kingwood I had to detour along Kingwood Drive where the workers are replacing the greenbelt. I will need to avoid the area for a few days.

Tomorrow a cool front may pass through keeping the temperature in the 80″s but probably no rain. I am at 6,304 miles YTD leaving 500 miles to get to my 6,800 mile goal by the end of October. I should go biking on Tuesday to get closer to my goal. So far I rode 221 miles this month.

Strava Ride Summary (click on the image to got to Strava.com)

Strava Bicycle Ride Summary

Goal Busting Bicycle Ride

I made the goal! Bicycling the “New Caney – Gene Campbell Road” route I rode 36.1 miles boosting my YTD to 6011 miles. This sets me up for my next goal of 7000 miles by the end of the year. October will be the month to ride the most miles with November and December trailing off as the weather and daylight move into winter. For September I am at 732 miles exceeding my 700 mile goal. With two more potential bicycling days left I can increase that.

Rolling out at 10:56 AM my legs felt good. The NE wind at 6 mph was not enough to be a problem and I improved the average speed all the way to when it hit 15.1 mph where I maintained it until I hit 32 miles entering Kingwood. The mostly cloudy sky kept the temperature in lower with 83 (80% humidity) at the start moving up to 89 (68% humidity) when I finished at 2:04 PM.

At 24.4 miles I stopped at the Valero station on FM 1314 and Sorters Road for a break. They were out of 32 oz. cups so I got a 44 oz one but didn’t fill it all the way to the top, $.79 for any size makes this an easy decision. I sat outside in the shade drinking the orange Gatorade while eating the two fruit and grain bars I brought. I stayed about 30 minutes, a little longer than I planned because I returned a phone call.

I tried something different with my cell phone. My Nexus 6P phone has a battery problem where it shuts down when the battery status shows anywhere from 40% to 25% without any warning. My spare phone is a Moto G4 using a Project Fi data SIM while the Nexus 6P uses a Project Fi regular cell SIM. I paired the Moto G4 with the Elemnt computer and everything works the same. Phones calls on the Moto G4 use the data network instead of the cell network. I have a replacement phone on order but it will not arrive for a week or more so I will use the Moto G4 until it arrives. Very smooth transition.

No biking tomorrow but should be back on Friday.

Strava Ride Summary (click on the image to go to Strava.com)

Strava Bicycle Ride Summary

Overcast Sky Replaced A Blue Sky Bike Ride

I have been battling with Google to get a replacement phone order to stick. I enter the order and then 15 minutes they cancel it. To vent some of my frustration I went on a 37.5 mile bike ride following the “New Caney – Gene Campbell Road” route to the north and west. The blue sky left and overcast moved in as the wind shifted from the NE to the SW. The temperature was steady at 84 degrees. I started late (12:13 PM) due to long phone calls with Google and I didn’t realize this would put me in some school zones during dismissal times. But I made through the traffic finishing the ride at 3:20 PM.

Another battle late last night was fixing another website I run that was infected with a redirect piece of code. WordPress is great but finding all of the nooks and crannies code can hide in takes time. It was after 1 AM when I finally flushed out the culprit. Then I got up at my usual early time intending to watch Grand Prix de Wallonie on Cycling.TV but ended up with Google taking my attention. I did see the winner cross the finish line though.

The ride went well with the wind helping me ride north and then punishing me when I turned to the west. With the PowerPod not pumping out watts numbers on the Elemnt computer I focused on average speed and staying above as much as possible. I was able to get it up to 14.9 mph and hold it there for several miles.

Stopping at the Valero station on FM 1314 and Sorters Road I took a 25 minute break to eat a couple of fruit and grain bars washed down with orange flavored Gatorade. The love bugs were flying around making the rest not so enjoyable. I thought they should make a good meal for the grackles but they weren’t around when you need them.

The ride to finish from the Valero traveled roads I have been on many times. Not much happened and I made my way through Kingwood.

Strava Ride Summary (click on the image to go to Strava.com)

Strava Bicycle Ride Summary

Labor Day Bike Ride in the Sun

Labor Day holiday dawned with great weather for a bike ride. I set off on the “New Caney – Gene Campbell Road” route bicycling a total of 37.3 miles, the longest ride so far in September. I started at 11:02 AM, kind of. I actually started about 5 minutes before that but the Elemnt computer and the PowerPod power meter decided to not talk to each other. Around 6/10 of a mile into the ride the Elemnt jumped to 1.4 miles and the PowerPod registered over 4000 watts. I knew something wasn’t working so I stopped the ride on the Elemnt and started a new one. After a few tenths of a mile the Elemnt and PowerPod were happily working together and stayed that for the rest of the ride.

The ride was the usual with holiday traffic light but several businesses open that I thought would be closed. Maybe they were catching up from Harvey the Horrible.

As I rode I felt the had a fall touch to it with 86 degrees at the start (70% humidity) and at the finish (2:09 PM) it was 91 degrees with 60% humidity. A mostly cloudy sky let some sun through and the light 5 mph NE breeze was not much trouble bicycling in.

At 25.2 miles I stopped at the Valero station on FM 1314 and Sorters Road for a rest. They had a sign on the door listing the fuels they had and inside I bought a large orange Gatorade to re-energize me for the 12+ miles to finish the ride. About 30 minutes after I arrived I got back on the bike rested and ready. The Gatorade provided enough sugar to get me home.

Strava Ride Summary

Strava Bicycle Ride Summary