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Old 10-01-11, 12:40 PM
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Texas: Roads and Drought

So the heat is finally down enough to start riding consistently again, and my elbow seems to be healed up. Needing some new tires because I keep getting flats from thorns and other road debris every time I ride now.

..but I noticed something on my last ride, the exceptional drought that is plaguing Texas is doing a number on our roads. The expansive soil is contracting and taking the road surface with it, the result are cracks down the surface most of the time they are just a few millimeters wide, but there are these...



What you really can't see from the photo is that one side of the crack is much taller than the other and the depth of the crack must go down a foot or two.

Good times...
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Some of our local club riders have crashed in the cracks.
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BR, There are quite a few two lane county roads that I just can't safely ride anymore and that includes on a motorcycle.

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BR, There are quite a few two lane county roads that I just can't safely ride anymore and that includes on a motorcycle.

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I wonder what they are going to look like next year...drought might keep up for the rest of the decade...
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Sadly, many rural roads are getting chipseal when they are repaired/replaced.
Many of the roads already took a beating from the sub-freezing temperatures last winter and from the heavy trucks used in gas drilling.
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i know i am ready for some rain around conroe........
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Originally Posted by Brutal.Roadrnr
I wonder what they are going to look like next year...drought might keep up for the rest of the decade...
I think it's on the NOAA website; nine more years of drought with perhaps two of those years at normal rain levels. 2012 should be the same as this year. Just not looking good.

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The local hike and bike paths are taking a beating also, but they've gotten better with patching them. I've got a before picture, just haven't taken any after pictures.

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Some of our local club riders have crashed in the cracks.




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Oh my. I head to Texas in a couple of months. I hope the state gets some relief soon.
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Oh my. I head to Texas in a couple of months. I hope the state gets some relief soon.
Stay OFF of any crack. One is unable to tell how deep or wide it is until it becomes too late.
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It helps a lot if you ride the same roads regularly, as you'll know where those cracks are, and where they're bad.
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It's really bad in central Texas. I have to really pay attention to traffic so I don't get pushed into a big crack since they seem the worst closest to the shoulder. If it gets much worse, I might have to ride the mtb on the road, haha. It does make me wonder if I should have bought the Salsa Vaya instead.
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I personally think it's amusing that at the start of October, the heat is finally down enough to start cycling regularly, whilst here in Buffalo, the head is down enough to stop cycling regularly.

... well, if you're sane. Hasn't stopped me yet. Yesterday mornings' 37 degree ride was... man I just got chills thinking about it. Makes this mornings 42 degree ride seem like heaven!
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It's really bad in central Texas. I have to really pay attention to traffic so I don't get pushed into a big crack since they seem the worst closest to the shoulder. If it gets much worse, I might have to ride the mtb on the road, haha. It does make me wonder if I should have bought the Salsa Vaya instead.
Probably since around June my road bike has had zero miles to speak of, I'm riding the touring bike with it's 35 mm tires, and that doesn't seem enough in places. Next step will be the mountain bike.

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Originally Posted by Mithrandir
I personally think it's amusing that at the start of October, the heat is finally down enough to start cycling regularly, whilst here in Buffalo, the head is down enough to stop cycling regularly.

... well, if you're sane. Hasn't stopped me yet. Yesterday mornings' 37 degree ride was... man I just got chills thinking about it. Makes this mornings 42 degree ride seem like heaven!
I had a long sleeve T shirt on the other day when it was 72F at mid morning!

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I had a long sleeve T shirt on the other day when it was 72F at mid morning!

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Heh. I don't do long sleeve until it's under 50. Even then it's not a given; if I plan to be out cycling a long time (metric or more), it'll probably get over 50 at some point, making the long sleeves uncomfortable. This Sunday for example, supposed to start off at 40 and peak at 70, so I'll be doing the short sleeve thing.
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Heh. I don't do long sleeve until it's under 50. Even then it's not a given; if I plan to be out cycling a long time (metric or more), it'll probably get over 50 at some point, making the long sleeves uncomfortable. This Sunday for example, supposed to start off at 40 and peak at 70, so I'll be doing the short sleeve thing.
I can remember playing basketball in 28F temps wearing just shorts and a T shirt when I lived in Connecticut for a few years. With most of Texas enduring record heat this whole summer I think alot of Texans are going to feel the winter's cold more this year.

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Originally Posted by Mithrandir
I personally think it's amusing that at the start of October, the heat is finally down enough to start cycling regularly, whilst here in Buffalo, the head is down enough to stop cycling regularly.

... well, if you're sane. Hasn't stopped me yet. Yesterday mornings' 37 degree ride was... man I just got chills thinking about it. Makes this mornings 42 degree ride seem like heaven!
I am glad I am not the only crazy one... still commuting and plan to just as long as physically possible. I live about 4 hours away in Binghamton though
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