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Old 07-16-20, 10:45 PM
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I Beat The Heat

A few days off the bike to avoid burnout. I am determined to beat the heat and the covid blues by taking another road trip.
I stopped in the next town over and got a picture of this historic building.



Dí Hanis, Texas. Old hotel restored.

Cruised 120 miles to South Llano River State Park and it didnít feel like 102




Ice cold water from underground springs keeping the river water cool. Have two 16oz beers in my Yeti mug. Taking in more calories than I have been riding off but Iím not worried about that right now LOL. This is near Junction, Texas.
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I knew beer would be involved, looks great.
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This will be me next week



Also living on the river for three days



I can't bring the pup this year. She would rather camp, but she has a spa day and getting her nails done.

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Heat? It's 57 and raining.
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Working from home today and a line of thunderstorms rolled through from the gulf. That dropped the temps down to the mid 80s right after lunchtime. So, I took advantage of that and put in some pedal time on the single speed. An awesome ride except for all the traffic. I kinda miss April 2020's traffic levels.
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Old 07-17-20, 01:27 PM
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Originally Posted by StupidlyBrave View Post
This will be me next week



Also living on the river for three days



I can't bring the pup this year. She would rather camp, but she has a spa day and getting her nails done.


What, does she have a date... "getting her nails done..."? SHEESH. Com'on take her camping.
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BTW as a somewhat aside... that canopy in the river, cool idea.... however, I know up toward Fort Worth, near Lake Granbury, I have seen Water Moccasins in the Brazos river as big around as your calves... I'd hate to be sitting in the way as one of those bad boys decided to cross the river...

Several years ago I thought I spied a branch in the river where we were running jet skis, and not wanting to hit a branch like that, I went over to grab it, only to have it raise it's head and big mouth and give me a "How You Doin" look. Eye opening, to say the least.
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Moccasins you have to look out for in Texas rivers. They like the swampy areas and low lying branches that hang over the river. Had many close calls and when they say freeze that is BS run as fast as you can. Believe me you are faster than you think
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Moccasins you have to look out for in Texas rivers. They like the swampy areas and low lying branches that hang over the river. Had many close calls and when they say freeze that is BS run as fast as you can. Believe me you are faster than you think

Yeah, I remember in my youth being warned to "watch out for nests of 'em" when swimming the local lakes. This particular lake had lots of old trees underwater and along the edge... as a dam had been put across a river earlier and created the lake. So lot's of "hidey holes."
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Originally Posted by StupidlyBrave View Post
This will be me next week



Also living on the river for three days



I can't bring the pup this year. She would rather camp, but she has a spa day and getting her nails done.

Is that the Susquehanna? I began life in PA from 69-73. Returned to Pittsburgh in 2017 to ride the GAP. Itís weird I felt like I was at home even 44 years later. The rivers I encountered on the GAP trail were awesome. I understand smallmouth bass is in abundance. We have a few and the smallies I caught can pull hard for their size.
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Is that the Susquehanna? I began life in PA from 69-73. Returned to Pittsburgh in 2017 to ride the GAP. Itís weird I felt like I was at home even 44 years later. The rivers I encountered on the GAP trail were awesome. I understand smallmouth bass is in abundance. We have a few and the smallies I caught can pull hard for their size.
I think the Smallmouth have declined a bit. I used to pull at least one monster out every trip. Lately, it has been the smaller "bachelors". The pics are from the Juniata River, a tributary of the Susquehanna.



I did a multi-day kayak trip on the Susquehanna last month. The picture in the June photo contest was taken at one of the campsites on that trip.

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I think the Smallmouth have declined a bit. I used to pull at least one monster out every trip. Lately, it has been the smaller "bachelors". The pics are from the Juniata River, a tributary of the Susquehanna.



I did a multi-day kayak trip on the Susquehanna last month. The picture in the June photo contest was taken at one of the campsites on that trip.

Great photos! You all have rivers we have rivers that are more like creeks. Not very navigable but you can tube and kayak but you will be dragging both in many areas. I notice the lure looks like a Rooster Tail. That style of lure slays the fish in Texas rivers.
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there used to be a mtb trail that you have to cross a very narrow foot bridge over a creek.
hikers reported snakes. and a mtb'er reported a water snake lounged at him as he was riding across.
i always took the alternate route. one can easily fall off the bridge ...since it is narrow....and then be engulfed by a pack of poisonous water snakes.



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there used to be a mtb trail that you have to cross a very narrow foot bridge over a creek.
hikers reported snakes. and a mtb'er reported a water snake lounged at him as he was riding across.
i always took the alternate route. one can easily fall off the bridge ...since it is narrow....and then be engulfed by a pack of poisonous water snakes.


I saw that scene from Lonesome Dove. Great for Hollywood but that never happens. Now you can get bit if you are not careful and they can be aggressive but getting attacked by a swarm I never heard of. Most of time they try to get away from you. Bites are poisonous but not lethal just go to hospital and get a shot of anti venom.
https://www.orlandosentinel.com/news...514-story.html
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I had an insulated jacket on last night. At first it was just for the mosquitoes, but I thought about switching it for down before the night was over.


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The only insulated stuff right now is a mug for a drink and an ice chest. No jackets until November. Only 95 right now instead of 106 so that is good. Very bored and the latest heat wave killed off the mosquitoes.
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This thread is so inspiring.
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Originally Posted by StupidlyBrave View Post
I think the Smallmouth have declined a bit. I used to pull at least one monster out every trip. Lately, it has been the smaller "bachelors". The pics are from the Juniata River, a tributary of the Susquehanna.



I did a multi-day kayak trip on the Susquehanna last month. The picture in the June photo contest was taken at one of the campsites on that trip.

Did the dog get their own tent? Or did you go with another person? Either way it looks great.
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The only insulated stuff right now is a mug for a drink and an ice chest. No jackets until November. Only 95 right now instead of 106 so that is good. Very bored and the latest heat wave killed off the mosquitoes.
​​​​​​That happens?? We need a heat wave. We used to get them sometimes, it could get into the 90s in Seattle, 110F on the east side. It hasn't hit 90 here in years. I miss it, made the lakes so refreshing. It's not bad when it lasts a few days and happens a few times a year. I want to go swim in an alpine lake before summer is over. (By the way, I think summer started!! )
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Ha, I know what you mean, about needing a jacket. Mostly around 5:00 or 6:00 AM, the chilly part of the day. I got used to 100+ F for awhile there, so 85-90 feels pretty good now. 😎

Back on topic, or closer to it, the swamp cows out here near Sacramento know how to stay cool. 😁😉
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Lake Buchanan northwest of Austin, Texas. Chilling out with of course a cold beer.


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I’m there up to my head in cool water. Good times during a bad time. Let’s all be cool to each other.
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I'm on my private island now. But I found some stinging nettles on the way to the bathroom (behind some tall weeds).
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To be clear, the island belongs to the state. I'm squatting here and my weekend guests haven't arrived yet.
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To be clear, the island belongs to the state. I'm squatting here and my weekend guests haven't arrived yet.
Looks like heaven.. Island surrounded by fish..
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