And then they issued this high wind advisory. Uh, 40 mph? We decided to go out and back for 24 miles and see just how awful it was.
It actually wasn't that bad. The wind, that is. Okay, yes it was like getting punched in the face a little but it hadn't yet picked up to the "blow over SUV" force. Unfortch, someone's brakes were rubbing causing her to ride with great effort. (me it was me) I just Could. Not. Keep. Up. I was in my big chain, complete out of gears and struggling on uphills. Downhill, Violator would be coasting and I'd be pedaling as fast as I could to try to catch her. DOWNHILL. Urg. After 24 miles of torture, it started to rain and we called it a day. We'll just call it a step back week. Next week we are riding 73 miles. Taper, that's right.
Violator at the turnaround. Sadly we didn't ride long enough to need those Oreos.
We did ride long enough to come across some Texas Longhorns!
Look, it's Bevo! I actually DID get to see him hook 'em to another bull. Right in the heiney. Ouch!
I love living in Texas, where even in the city you are likely to come across a heard of cattle!
I did get my brakes adjusted so I should be good to go for next weekend's ride. So thankful to my friends at the bike shop for helping a sister out.
Okay, a note to the VERY aggressive Saturday drivers. Yes, I know it is annoying to be behind a cyclist. I know. I'm going less than 20mph and you want to go 45. I get it. But it is simply a matter of hitting your breaks, throwing on your turn signal and changing lanes. After all, there are THREE LANES of traffic from which to choose. And buddy, I may be slowing you down, I may be annoying the tar out of you, but you are going to be A LOT more annoyed if you hit me. And BTW, IT'S MY LIFE. If you so much as clip me, you could kill me. And that is going to slow you down all that much more.
Sheesh. So many close calls this weekend. I've never seen such aggressive drivers. It was early in the morning, we were in the right lane, you know the one marked clearly that cyclists have the right to the entire lane and yet still they would cut between us, come up quickly behind us...like a game. Except this isn't a game.
Drivers, please, give cyclists some room.
We can all ride this range together in peace!
Do you have dedicated bike lanes in your community? Our "shared" lanes are pretty new and the drivers aren't accustomed to sharing. Sadly, it's the minority of lane hogs that stick out. Even more sadly, those aggressive drivers who think they "own" the lanes are risking a real tragedy. I prefer to ride out in the country where there are fewer drivers and they all seem to be more sane. Plus, donkeys. Be safe y'all, share.