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Swollen Bayou, Firefighters & Dead-End

January in Houston offers some outstanding weather for hitting the cycling trails and today was absolutely perfect. I pulled out of the garage late this morning, greeted by a sunny sky and beautiful 64 degree temperature. My goal: Ride the bayou trail to Gessner Road and back. More on that in a bit.

We had a lot of rain this past week, and the bayou was overflowing its banks as a result. Many stopped to check it out, including this family.

As I approached the Sam Houston Tollway overpass, I was excited to pass this previous turnaround point for me. Proceeding under the bridge, I came upon several of Houston’s first responders practicing fast water rescues and maneuvers in the bayou. How cool is this??

Continuing on, I rode up a slight rise headed east towards Gessner Road when it happened. Dead end. The trail continued through a locked gate at a very nice looking apartment building. Best laid plans, I guess…

Well, what could I do? I rode up to the tollway and took a quick tour through an adjoining neighborhood, hit the trail and headed west towards home. I’ll be checking out the Houston trail maps, as I still intend to ride downtown and back by end of this year.

It doesn’t really matter, though. I ride for fun. I enjoy the weather and the scenery. Today’s ride was excellent. My new Schwinn is performing beautifully, and I’m enjoying the Strava app. I like that I see other Strava users marked in the app but haven’t found any local Strava friends yet. And the app calls me an “athlete” – that by itself makes it a keeper.

Ride Stats:

2019 Cumulative Miles: 31.0

Happy Cycling!

Soli DEO Gloria!

2015 Photo-A-Day 2.21.2015

Working to prepare a major business presentation, I didn’t post a single P-A-D last week. Long hours, nights full of intermittent sleep, and running on adrenaline are all stresses to the body. Thankfully, my company offers a proactive wellness program that includes this cool little device, called a “Ped”, that attaches to our shoes and keeps track of motion. Our goal is 5,000 steps per day; that’s a lot! But take a 3-mile walk on a lovely February day in Texas and the goal is achieved, causing the Ped to reward its user with this cool little light show. By midday, I had taken 6,364 steps. And it felt good.

“Walking is the best exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very far.” ~ Thomas Jefferson via BrainyQuote.com

5,000 steps by midday!

5,000 steps by midday!

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