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Ride #48 . 35.47 miles 3:10:58. Avg speed 11.2 mph

Back on the SS MTB rigid to change things up.



Left or Right?



Found this 100 year old oak tree to take a break in the shade. I rode off last night’s 10 Shiner Bocks this afternoon LOL.
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Ride #49 34.35 miles 2:36:29. Avg speed 13.1 mph

Back on the 11 speed Ultegra gravel bike. Fairly cool weather for S Texas. Now for a cold XX



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Ride #50 . 31.73 miles 2:28:59. Avg speed 12.7 mph

Had a buzz killing flat from a mesquite thorn. Cool and overcast with rain in the area. Just a typical training ride.

50 rides in 1,588.62 miles. I feel fit again now what? I don’t know.
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Starting June 2020 with a pulled back muscle. So a few days off to heal. Going to test out some slick gatorskins 32s on the cyclocross and will probably start some day hiking. This covid stuff has ruined all plans for 2020.


Gain some speed on the smooth sections of the routes.
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Out for a few days with a pulled back muscle. Ride #51 will happen soon. The summer heat is here and that is an energy drainer. A light or rest week is always good in the long run both mentally and physically. Here is a picture of one favorite local MTB and hiking place.
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Finally, I think my back injury is healed. FRIKIN 13 days of nasty pain but I hope it is over. I miss hammering out the bike miles and I’m ready to return. I need those endorphins in the worse way. Hopefully I didn’t lose too much fitness.
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Ride #51 . 26.48 miles 2:06:32. Avg speed 12.5 mph

Great to be back on the bike after 13 off days. My back feels great so I’m back to riding some miles.


Slow? No problem there are plenty of climbs to get the heart pumping.
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Ride #52 . 30.57 miles. 2:26:51 Avg speed 12.4 mph

Second ride coming off a sprained back and I’m getting my wind back. Hot and humid but tolerable.


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Ride #53 29.58 miles. 2:18:37. Avg speed 12.8 mph

Getting back into riding the bikes. Kind of a restart after a few weeks of being burned out.



The gravel part of the bike route is finally getting some maintenance...
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Ride #54 30.87 miles 2:22:49. Avg speed 13.0 mph

Hot and muggy as usual. Basic ride that maxes out at 31 miles because there is no place to refuel in the middle of nowhere.



An intersection in the middle of nowhere but I like it that way.
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Ride #55 . 26.49 miles. 2:16:05. Avg speed 11.6 mph

Weather was cooler and I didn’t pedal as hard. Cruised slower in lower gears and had more breaks.



Social distancing? No problem out here.
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Ride #56 33.20 miles 3:00:33. Avg speed 11.0 mph

Good ride for the brain fog to clear.

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Ride. #57 . 31.62 miles. 2:51:29. Avg speed 11.1 mph

Very windy and hazy from Saharan dust. Temperature in the low 90s not too bad.



The county spread out some new gravel?
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Ride #58 . 32.32 miles. 2:37:27. Avg Speed 12.3 mph

Warm and very muggy. Overcast cool for here lower 90s again. Good ride..



Yes, I am in Texas....



Don’t want to ride off this bridge into the creek.
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Ride #59 . 29.88 miles. 2:31:01. Avg speed. 11.7 mph

Took a different route today to mix it up. Hot mid 90s and humid.



Railroad crossing out here?



Yes cows run free on some of these back roads.



Railroad line to load some of this massive pile of gravel.

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Ride #60 . 29.52 miles 2:20:56. Avg speed 12.5 mph

Hilly ride with a good share of climbing. The weather made this ride



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Ride #61 33.94 miles 2:48:15. Avg speed 12.1 mph

I’m beating the 100+ weather by riding late and into the night. Should have started night riding sooner.



Niterider 900 does the job.



Goodbye hot sun.
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Ride #62 30.88 miles. 2:30:54. Avg speed 12.2 mph

103 degrees today so I took off late and finished the ride at 11pm. I’m beginning to like night riding during this time of the year. Nice to ride without the merciless S Texas sun zapping all you’re energy...
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Ride #63 . 26.46 miles. 2:18:18. Avg speed 11.4 mph

Took off late evening rode a hilly route at night. Ran into some feral hogs but that is a hazard of rural riding.


Thunderstorm didn’t have enough energy to make it here.



The first few miles there was some light left.
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Ride #64 31.51 miles. 2:35:51. Avg speed. 12.1 mph

Getting use to night riding ... much cooler and I have more energy since the sun and the heat isn’t killing me



Started the ride as the sun was about to disappear.
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Ride #65 . 32.27 miles. 2:41:48 Avg speed 11.9 mph

Flats and hills a mixed ride. Almost hit a leaping deer, a skunk, and a fox, and one owl. And it was still hot! The heat didn’t break as usual it will be 106 tomorrow so I might wait until midnight or just go drink beer instead I will see then.



Pit stop to take a leak and refuel with some Ritz crackers. Road to myself and that is great.
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Ride. #66 . 26.12 miles. 2:11:11. Avg speed 11.9 mph
Good ride even known I was tired. Cooled down after the sunset. Lower humidity.. No hazards like the last night ride.



Bike ready to go just waiting for the 103 degree heat to break.



About a half mile from my garage.
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Ride #67 . 30.54 miles. 2:36:37. Avg speed. 11.7 mph

Another hot day got to 106. Started riding at dark to avoid the heat.



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A few days off the bike to prevent burnout. But all isn’t bad at all when I can have ice cold beer while cooling off. No public display of alcohol but you can put it in a container and drink. I like the rule it isn’t unreasonable and keeps Texas state parks good for families.



South Llano River SP. near Junction, Texas.
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Ride #68 37.42 miles 3:01:30. Avg speed 12.3 mph

The oppressive heat finally moved on and I started the ride in the daylight. Temperature about 94 which isn’t too terrible. Took a few days off to clear mental fatigue that sometimes comes with the territory of riding a bike constantly. Good ride.



Time to get out the headlight and eat some crackers for some quick energy.

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