A cool front moved into southeast Texas overnight lowering the temperature this morning when I got up to 45 degrees. By the time I started the bike ride at 12:16 it was up to 67 degrees but the brisk North wind had a chilling bite to it. So I wore leg warmers, shorts, a thermal long sleeve jersey and a new windbreaker jacket to bicycle 35.1 miles. To be different I chose the “Oakhurst – Cumberland – Valley Ranch” route, same streets and roads but in a different sequence.
Whenever the roads turned to a direction with “north” in it my pedaling and speed dropped. The wind chill was noticeable but I was comfortable. It wasn’t until I turned around at Cumberland that wind stopped slowing me down and became a tailwind. Up to that point my average speed was 13.6 mph but from there I built it up to 14.6 mph at the highest and fell once I was back in Kingwood maneuvering around corners, speed humps and stops signs.
About 2 miles into the ride I stopped to take a picture of a brilliantly colored azalea with my bike but it came out blurry. Maybe too much color and sun. The clouds of yesterday were long gone leaving a clear blue sky.
Finishing the bike ride at 2:51 my legs rejoiced from fighting the wind and my face warmed up without the chilly wind hitting it anymore.