78 Degrees in Mid November Bike Ride

Around 7:30 this morning it was 50 degrees at my house but the forecast promised it would warm up. By 11:57 when I left on my bike ride the promise happened warming to 75 degrees. I was leery so I wore a long sleeve jersey under a short sleeve jersey and I was comfortable but I think I would have been okay with just the short sleeve one. Since the last bike ride went south and east today I chose the “New Caney – Gene Campbell Road” to ride north and west for a total of 35.29 miles. This pushed November miles up to 239.1 just 10.9 miles away from my goal. Year to date I am at 7,074 miles. Through Thursday and maybe Friday the warm weather shows in the forecast so more bike riding this week.

No rest stop on today’s bike ride making for a quick overall time and finishing at 2:19. One water bottle kept me hydrated with the sweat evaporating quickly from the low humidity and light SW 7 mph breeze. I had to look wide and far to see a few small clouds in the sky. It warmed a few more degrees to 78 at the end of the bike ride.

November biking in southeast Texas is great with weather like today’s.

85 Degrees in November Bike Ride

Not the norm for it to be 85 degrees in November but it makes for great bike riding. I left at 11:39 to ride the “New Caney – Gene Campbell Road” route headed north after leaving Kingwood. The wind was from my right rear quarter so this helped get to New Caney at a great pace. Even the 2+ miles on FM1485 west the wind still helped. Making the left turn onto Gene Campbell Blvd. I thought the wind would turn into a problem but that waited until I reached FM1314 and the ride back towards Porter. I still managed to keep my average speed at 15.2 mph though.

The rest stop came at the Sorters Road Valero at 1:12 and 22.7 miles into what turned out to be 34.69 miles at the finish. I sat down in front of the propane tank cage in the shade to eat animal crackers and a Kashi Trail Mix bar along with water from my water bottle. The Elemnt screen showed this data when I arrived and the weather screenshot taken while I ate.

While I sat a young woman and a small child walked by. She asked about my ride and later when she came back out of the store she asked where I started from, where I rode today and how far to finish. She wished me a safe ride as she and the young went around the corner. After eating I went inside to fill my water bottle and then came outside, walked the bike to the parking spots, clipped in and started the 12 miles back to Kingwood. I left at 1:37, a short stop.

The wind presented more resistance from the Valero station to the finish since I was mostly riding to the southeast. Biking passed all of the schools was a breeze and I pushed the ride completed button at 2:31.

Tomorrow is an off day but the weather looks good for Friday bike riding.

Patient Truck Driver Bike Ride

Today’s bike ride followed the “New Caney – Gene Campbell Road” route for a total of 36.36 miles with a riding time of 2:28:04. High noon is a great to bicycle with the great weather we are experiencing: 79 at the start and 84 at the 3:04 PM finish. The wind was only 5 mph from the SE and the sky was almost totally blue. This is a picture I took while stopped at the Porter Stripes station on FM1314.

Blue Sky at the Porter Stripes

Nothing unusual about the route today. The surface on Gene Campbell Road seems to have a few more rough spots as the asphalt takes a beating from all of the 18 wheelers traveling to the businesses in the industrial park. One of these days I expect (hope maybe is better) to see road work signs go up and new asphalt going down. Not long after I turned onto Gene Campbell an 18 wheeler came up behind me but the oncoming traffic would give him enough time to go around me. I kept my speed around 17 mph to not bog him down too much. After about a mile or more the traffic stopped and he went around me leaving plenty of room. I was glad he was patient.

I thought about taking a rest stop at the Sorters Road Valero station but kept biking to the Stripes station at Valley Ranch Parkway and FM1314. I rode into the shade of the the pump canopy about 1:42 after biking 25.0 miles.

Porter Stripes Ride Data

The great weather while I was eating at the Stripes station.
Porter Weather 10-26-2016 Bike ride
I wasn’t able to refill my water bottle with ice at the Stripes station because the ice machines were broken. Tap water washed down the granola bar and Kashi Trail Mix bar. If it had been full summer weather I would’ve missed the ice but today it wasn’t too bad. I kept my stay short and left about 2:10 to avoid the school traffic at the Briar Tree schools. The school buses followed me to the elementary school so I didn’t have a problem with the traffic there. When I got to the Kings Manor school cars were lined up but I stayed in the left lane to get around everyone before the classes let out. I thought this would put me at the Bear Branch elementary school in the thick of dismissal but when I rode by the school only a few cars were there. They must’ve dismissed early today.

October’s mileage is now 125% of the goal I set. With a few days left and the weather looking great I should continue to add miles. Last year on this date I did not bike. I think the weather was 20 degrees cooler and wet.

 

Valero Station Rest Stop Bike Ride

I almost started the bike ride before 11 AM but I missed it by a few minutes and started at 11:07. I went back and forth on what route to pick going north and landed on the “New Caney – Gene Campbell Road” one. I rode 5 miles before leaving Kingwood to set up what would turn out to be a 37.06 mile long ride. The weather continues to be late summer with 90 degrees, mostly cloudy skies and SSE 7 mph breeze. The weather when I stopped at the Valero was slightly cooler and less of a breeze.

Making my way through Woodridge Forest on the way to I-69/US59 my attention moved to the work going on: fence going up, new homes being built, sidewalks being poured and utilities dug.

Once I was on the northbound service road I made good time to New Caney with the help from the breeze. On FM1485 the breeze continued to assist until I made the left turn onto Gene Campbell Road. Traffic was light going west while the east bound traffic was more active. I think one vehicle passed me during the 4 1/2 mile ride to FM1314. I noticed Gene Campbell Road is not flat riding from FM1485 to the Walmart Distribution entrance. It is a long slow incline and required extra effort. The road surface has some soon-to-be broken places that need repair.

Lately I stopped at the Cumberland Blvd. Shell station but today I biked past there and stopped at the Sorters Road Valero. I used to stop there before the Shell station was built. The ride data when I pulled into the Valero:

10-13-2016-sorters-road-valero

10-13-2016-porter-weather

I got some paper towels from the pump area but I had to throw them away because they were covered in tiny ants. I found a spot between the ice coolers and the propane tanks to eat my snack crackers and water. Being at a different station I got to see different people. After resting and cooling down I got back on the bike and rolled away about 1:10. This would put in front of the school traffic all the way to the end of the ride at 2:08.

After 11 rides this month I am past 67% of the way to my 600 mile goal. Year to date I biked 175 times. Tomorrow the weather should continue and I plan on biking.