Wow! It has been four months since I last rode my bike. Blame busy-ness at work, wet weather, high winds… I suppose one can always come up with an excuse. Enough of that.
About 2.5 miles into this ride I stopped for a water break. Huffing and puffing, I wondered how long a ride this would really turn out to be. After a few minutes in the shade and a refreshing drink of water, I caught my stride and managed to log just over 6 additional miles on a beautiful Saturday morning.
Starting with the 2.5 mile loop trail at Terry Hershey Park in west Houston, I rode on through the British Petroleum office complex, posed for a selfie in front of one of our favorite Mexican restaurants – I could’ve downed one of their awesome margaritas had they been open – then through a couple of neighborhoods as I winded my way home.
It is good to be back in the saddle. No more excuses!
January 12, 2019 – What a beautiful morning! As I prepared to depart on my ride the sun was shining and the temp was a cool 61 degrees. This is the perfect morning on which to attempt the 22-mile round trip around the Barker Reservoir. Or so I thought. As I headed up our street towards Memorial Drive, the more-brisk-than-I-realized breeze blew into my face and hindered my progress. And the effects of a late night out presented themselves in royal fashion. No, today is not the day for that longer ride. It’s OK; plans can be changed.
As I rode up Memorial Drive towards Terry Hershey Park, I pondered my options. I could do the loop trail and go home, but that would be too short. Then I remembered an access point into a neighborhood adjoining the park. I decided to explore that, and see where the roads would take me. Lo and behold, they took me to work!
I know a few coworkers to ride their bikes to work and back. We are blessed to have a workout facility at the office, complete with showers and changing space. So I could do it, if I wanted to. Something to ponder…
I rode up Enclave Pkwy to Briar Forest, turned around and rode back to Hershey. From there I headed back up Memorial Drive to the comfort of home. Not exactly the ride I envisioned as I prepared to leave, but I’ll take it given the circumstances. The Barker Reservoir trail will be there when I’m ready to tackle it.
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.