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.