Grueling South Wind Bike Ride

Grueling bike ride following the “New Caney – Gene Campbell Road” route. Any direction with an “S” in it battled a 15 mph wind with 28 mph gusts. I probably rode too fast on the way to New Caney (north) with the wind pushing me along. I biked 36.25 miles with about 21 miles into the wind. My wife told me the wind was kicking up as I got ready to leave and I agreed but I didn’t feel the brunt of it until I turned onto Gene Campbell Blvd. From that point until the end the wind tried to stop me. For this early in the southeast Texas biking season my legs were not quite ready.

The weather at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (about 10 miles south of where I live). Not much change during the 2:27 long bike ride.

Even with the temperature in the 70’s I wore a thermal jersey with a short sleeve jersey over it. This offset the wind chill and kept me comfortable. Other than the wind and nice temperature the ride was uneventful.

I am making progress towards my 300 mile goal for the month with 164.58 miles to date, 55% of the way there. No biking tomorrow but the weather looks favorable Friday and Saturday, Sunday shows almost 75% chance of rain.

Link to Strava metrics and map.

 

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.