I don't miss the dreaded Houston humidity. I lived there for 40 years, but now I'm in the PNW. During this time of year, the humidity is less than 50% after 10:00am or so. The temps have been around 60F in the morning and highs in the 80's.
Winters are better in Houston, but the rest of the year is better in the PNW.
I live in north central Florida so I feel your pain. I've found that riding early morning or at night is the best. Since you cant do that just take a ton of water. I rarely leave the house with under 70 ounces of water. I have a Hydrapak Big Sur that holds between 70 to 100 ounces of water depending on how the bladder is set up. I also have 2 cages on my bike that hold the 21 (I think) ounce insulated Camelbak bottles. There's been more than a few rides where I carry my full capacity of 142 ounces of water depending on the ride, heat, and humidity.
I will second this. I am in Southwest FL, and always ride with a camelbak (except in races or organized rides where hydration is provided on the course). During the summer, it is not unusual for me to consume 64 oz between my ride in to and home from work (11-15 miles each way depending on which route). I find the constant hydration, combined with the airflow generated from cycling keeps me from overheating. Did a 56 mile ride earlier today in 95% humidity, and took the camelbak with two 20 oz water bottles as back up. Finished the ride with ~16 oz to spare.
Sounds lovely 2 wheeler, it was like that today and I enjoyed my ride a lot more than I did previously.
Yeah I take a water bottle that is half frozen and half ice and a small camelback that is filled with ice water, this helps as long as I don't get too hot, otherwise I get sick to my stomach from the cold water xD.
Just finished my first 16 mile day with 50 lbs of cargo and my legs are jello, but it's a good feeling.. As long as I don't have to go anywhere today that is!
Any tips on riding with extra weight? I got a small rack on the back that holds small things (usually about 20 lbs max) the rest goes in an old backpack I wear (camelback fits inside a pocket on it).