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Old 05-18-20, 08:33 AM
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What about using one of the grocery delivery services on Monday's rather than carrying your food?
I've been commuting to work for 10+ years (always thru GBP and down Terry Hershey) and I love this idea. Can't believe I hadn't thought of this before!!

When I return to work (after all the COVID stuff is in the rear-view mirror), I may try this!! I'm already envisioning fig newtons, fresh squeezed OJ and bunch of bananas waiting for me at work on Monday mornings!
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Old 10-28-20, 09:42 AM
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Did my first commute this morning through GBP and Terry Hershey. Cold and Windy but loved it. Used a backpack but can see the benefit of panniers
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Old 10-28-20, 12:44 PM
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Originally Posted by siesta_texas View Post
Did my first commute this morning through GBP and Terry Hershey. Cold and Windy but loved it. Used a backpack but can see the benefit of panniers
Great! Where are you coming from and where are you going? The GBP->THP commute can be a bear sometimes especially with the wind, and it's longer than a lot of people think. What kind of time did you make?
I go HWY6 to BWY8 in THP for my commute. About 9.7 miles in ~35 minutes - perfect length for me and timewise.

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Old 10-28-20, 01:12 PM
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Commuting from Nottingham Country in Katy to Energy Corridor off BW8. Trip is about 14.5 miles and took an hour on the dot but had to stop a couple times to double check my map. I also wasn't pushing speed and trying to be safe with the wet paths.
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Originally Posted by siesta_texas View Post
Commuting from Nottingham Country in Katy to Energy Corridor off BW8. Trip is about 14.5 miles and took an hour on the dot but had to stop a couple times to double check my map. I also wasn't pushing speed and trying to be safe with the wet paths.
So did you take Mason Creek Greenway down through the entire GBP, or did you scoot down Kingsland or the neighborhood paths and hop into the north side of the park at the cop shop?
Where along BWY8 are you? City Centre area? I'm down at CityWest.
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Old 10-29-20, 07:59 AM
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I am almost to weathermen and BW8. Took Kirkwood to Briar Forrest were a little hairy with all the traffics. Any tips on best route to City West from THP?
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Originally Posted by siesta_texas View Post
I am almost to weathermen and BW8. Took Kirkwood to Briar Forrest were a little hairy with all the traffics. Any tips on best route to City West from THP?
Not sure where Weathermen is.
Best route to Citywest Blvd from THP is take the park to the end at BWY8, continue under BW8 past the parking lot, over the bayou and follow the path that leads to the sidewalk along the southbound feeder, then turn right into the Walnut Bend neighborhood and take it south, cross Briar Forest Dr, then take a few left turns and bam you're on CityWest Blvd. MAP IMAGE #1 BELOW

HOWEVER
You can't do that right now because Deerwood Rd, where you would turn off the feeder after THP, is all torn up because Westchase District is putting in all new road/bike/ped infra so it's completely closed. So you have to take a detour from Wilcrest. It's got a few more turns but is easy and puts you right in the same spot. I used it daily when THP was closed for flooding or bank reconstruction. This will have to be your route until the road work is completed. MAP IMAGE #2 BELOW

The normal way (can't use because roadwork)


The detour (use until further notice) The GREEN is the detour. The RED is the route from map #1 above. They lead to the same place. The parallel roads converge at Briar Forest Dr.
I recommend crossing Wilcrest at THP and coming south on the sidewalk on the eastern (northbound traffic) side.

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Thats such a nice area to ride. My commute is in the burbs with no bike paths to speak of.

I started with a backpack but switched quickly to a modular trunk/pannier setup. I like to have one pack that stays with the bike and a trunk with collapsible pannier that I can take off the bike with me when I get to work.

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Did my first commute this morning through GBP and Terry Hershey. Cold and Windy but loved it. Used a backpack but can see the benefit of panniers
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Old 11-02-20, 06:22 AM
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Thanks for the maps. Auto correct said weatherman but I meant to type Westheimer and BW8. I took the sidewalks on South BW8 frontage road but will definitely try the sidewalk route from Wilcrest.

Did the commute twice last week and shooting for more this week. Loved every part of it but would like to get a rack and pannier bags just for comfort. Just need to find panniers that are waterproof and can hold a laptop with easy removal.
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Originally Posted by siesta_texas View Post
Thanks for the maps. Auto correct said weatherman but I meant to type Westheimer and BW8. I took the sidewalks on South BW8 frontage road but will definitely try the sidewalk route from Wilcrest.

Did the commute twice last week and shooting for more this week. Loved every part of it but would like to get a rack and pannier bags just for comfort. Just need to find panniers that are waterproof and can hold a laptop with easy removal.
lol autocorrect strikes again. Yup, definitely hop off at Wilcrest and go through the neighborhoods to CityWest Blvd all the way to Westheimer. Much safer. Plus the infrastructure improvements are extending all the way down CityWest Blvd - they've got the southbound side torn up and you can see where they are putting in a wide mutli-use path. Can't wait! But it's fairly safe to ride the road on CityWest - I did it everyday. (and will again whenever we're back in the offices after Covid).

I used to have a rack and use a pannier (clothes only, no laptop) but ended up switching to a backpack because my commuter bike was my regular ride bike and i didn't like having a rack on it for normal riding (and aesthetics).
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