The cool front hung around overnight delaying my ride some today. When I got up this morning my home weather station showed 46 degrees. I can’t remember the last time it was that cool this year. By 11:30 it warmed up to the low 70’s and when I started the bike ride at 12:06 it was 74 degrees. Still I chose to wear a long sleeve jersey under a short sleeve jersey. At times on the “New Caney – Tavola – Valley Ranch” route this made me sweat and other times it kept me warm. Earlier this week I stopped at the Bike Lane store near The Woodlands and they had a 50% off sale on all long sleeve jerseys and jackets. I almost bought a couple of jerseys but thought my wardrobe was well supplied but now maybe I should’ve added a couple to the closet.
Today I biked 34.45 miles pushing me past my 600 mile goal for October. With 9 potential biking days I could hit 700+ miles for October. The weather for the next week looks warmer and dry which means great bike riding. Wind on today’s ride came from the north at 6 mph. This helped me get my overall average speed up to 15.5 mph for a long stretch of the ride.
I made a quick rest stop at the Porter Stripes station at FM1314 to eat a Kashi Trail Mix Bar (new recipe, new packaging) and some animal crackers. I washed this down with water which I did not drink much of before stopping because of the coolness. The Elemnt screen shortly after I stopped at Stripes and the weather while I ate.
Leaving Stripes before 2 PM meant I only stayed 20 minutes, a short stop. From there the wind seemed to slow me down some but I still maintained the 15.5 mph average speed until I got back into Kingwood. I finished the ride at 2:41.
Tomorrow I think I will dust off the Motobecane 700HT MTB and ride the Kingwood trails. A change of venue and bike will be nice.