New Jeep, Banged Up Wrist, Emergency Room Bicycle Ride

Back biking today after taking yesterday off. My wife and I went to San Antonio on Monday to pick up our new Jeep Grand Cherokee to replace our 2014 Jeep that was totaled in the August 25th wreck. All went well as far as getting to the dealership and buying the Jeep. After that we decided to go to the River Walk to eat Mexican food at the restaurant we have gone to before. Being several years since our last visit we didn’t know exactly where to go so we parked and went down to the river at Travis Street. Well I went to the river and when my back was turned somehow my fell down the last two steps landing on the concrete. Her right wrist was badly hurt and her shins scrapped and the left knee bruised. Many people helped as they came by with bandaids. The first couple saw us from the other side of the rider and hurried over, they were so helpful and kind. After my wife got up and sat on the offending steps with the cuts bandaged we slowly walked back to the Jeep. We didn’t get to eat that Mexican food. We started driving back home looking for a hospital or emergency clinic to stop and check her wrist but we didn’t see a hospital “H” sign on I-10 until we got to Seguin. The Guadalupe Regional Medical Center wasn’t too far from I-10 and we went to the emergency room. When we walked in there were around 6 people with one young lady in severe pain. Not long after that a bunch of people came in. After waiting awhile we to a room and then she went for x-rays. The PA came back and siad the x-rays didn’t show any breaks but one bone in the wrist is hard to x-ray because of its position and there might be a break there. A lady then put on a “fibercast” for the thumb and we were ready to head home. This was well after 10 PM and 3 1/2 hours in ER. The drive home was long but traffic was very light and we arrived about 2 AM. I wasn’t sure if I would be biking today but everything worked out even with a 10:15 doctor appointment my wife had.

With all of that excitement today’s bike ride on the “Atascocita – Walden – Huffman” route was rather tame. I left home at 12:53 PM under a mostly cloudy sky, 92 degrees (70% humidity) and a SW 7 mph wind. With the later start I kept the route short riding 30.7 miles, about 2 miles less than usual. while the temperature was in the low 90’s it wasn’t the same as in July and August though the high humidity produced lots of sweat. With Fall scheduled to arrive at 8:54 PM on September 22nd the weather usually moderates during this month. But this year we had lower than normal temperatures for the first half and now it looks like higher than normal for the second half.

Making the usual stop at the Huffman Chevron I didn’t want to stay long so I went inside to get a Greensheet newspaper and sit under the pump canopy long enough to drink the water in my bottle planning on refilling it and then leaving. But when I went to refill the bottle the beverage machine was out of service so I settled for tap water and headed out to finish the ride. The water wasn’t bad but I would’ve preferred cold with ice.

The last 11+ miles went smoothly. I saw several trucks hauling flood debris as the Hurricane Harvey flood recovery continues. I read an article this morning that thousands of flooded cars are being taken to the old Texas Motor Speedway in Bryan-College Station and parked waiting for the final disposition, hopefully not to unsuspecting buyers.

I finished the bike ride at 3:28 PM, a little sooner than I estimated and put away the Stradalli. I am making progress on reaching 6,000 miles for the year by the end of September with 5743.9 miles after today’s ride. I have 11 days left to ride 256 miles. I think I can do that.

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

Strava Bicycle Ride Summary

Beautiful Sunday Bike Ride

I rode the Blue Norcross AL on today’s bike ride on the “Oakhurst – Valley Ranch” course for a total of 27 miles. With those miles the total for the week was 244.4 miles, just .5 of a mile short of the equaling the most miles for a week this year. Maybe I should’ve lapped the block a couple of times to break that record. I now need 287 miles the rest of September to reach 6,000 for the year. Once I reach that level I should be able to ride 7,000+ miles by the end of the year.

The ride started late (12:44 PM) because I worked on my wife’s email program to fix a problem and after church. By then the temperature was 91 with 65% humidity but the wind was calm which was nice in a way except for drying up sweat whenever I stopped. The sky was mostly cloudy. I finished the ride at 2:50 PM and there wasn’t any change in the weather.

Making a quick stop at the Valley Ranch Texaco to refill my water bottle was it for today. A photo before I got back on the bike.

The building has had several fast food restaurants but all have closed. Today as I was riding out of the parking lot there was a sign saying “Coming Soon – Dickey’s BBQ”. They also had a sign on the door to hire workers for the restaurant. Maybe this one will survive?

Leaving the Texaco station I rode south along I-69/US59 on the service road to Northpark Drive. I rode north and then east through Woodridge Forest and then into Kingwood to finish the ride.

No bike ride tomorrow (Monday) but I should be back biking on Tuesday.

Link to the Strava ride summary

Early Start, Other Cyclists Bike Ride

I wasn’t sure if I would see any other bicyclists on to day’s bike ride but I started earlier than I usually at 9:27 AM but I did. The first ones were in Kingwood and continued Until I got to FM 2100. Overall I probably saw 20 to 25 cyclists as I rode the “Atascocita – Huffman – Walden” route for a total of 30 miles. I now am up to 217 miles for the week with 314 miles left to reach 6,000 miles YTD.

Starting earlier the weather was nice but the humidity was a stout 88% and 78 degrees. I was sweating heavily and should’ve wore wrist bands to hold it back from my hands.

The only stop was at the Huffman Chevron to refill my water bottle. I didn’t stay but a few minutes. This 16.2 miles into the ride. I finished the ride at 11:45 AM. The humidity let up some to 65% and 89 degrees.

More great weather tomorrow so I plan on biking after church.

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

Strava Bicycle Ride Summary

Revised September Mileage Goal Bike Ride

I am back on a streak of 5 days riding in a row. That has been tough to do this month with plenty of other things going on. In my quest to reach my goal for the month I rode the “New Caney – Tavola – Valley Ranch” route for a total of 33.6 miles. This puts the week at 187.3 miles with a strong chance to exceed 200 miles. I haven’t done that since the week of August 7-13. I need to bike 344 miles the rest of the month to get my YTD to 6000 miles. Unless the weather craters I stand a good chance of getting there. I revised my goal for September from 300 miles to 700 to  reflect my chasing the YTD total.

The ride started at 11:01 AM and finished at 1:53 PM. Temperature at the start: 84 with 76% humidity. Temperature at the finish: 90 with 61% humidity. Scattered clouds and an 8 mph wind from the SE.

I wasn’t planning on a rest stop but my legs said otherwise so I stopped a the Stripes station at 22.4 miles. I refilled my water bottle and sat under the pump canopy for about 20 minutes before resuming the ride. The shade and breeze felt good.

Nothing really caught my attention during the ride. My timing was good to avoid the school traffic.

According to Strava my Stradalli Red Pro 14 bike has 24,572 miles ridden. Looking at it doesn’t show that and all of the drive train still works great. Shimano Ultegra is hard to beat.

Yesterday I mailed the Power Pod back to Velocomp for replacement. I hope to get the new one late next week. They are in south Florida and were hard hit by Hurricane Irma.

The dry weather and moderate temperatures should continue as I will riding tomorrow.

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

Strava Bicycle Ride Summary