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Old 01-31-17, 08:03 AM
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My first half century ride in Houston

I finally did a half century ride today! This is a personal victory I've been wanting to achieve for a while now. I've done many 25 to 35 mile rides fairly easily. I've done one 42 mile ride that wore my lower back out a few months ago. It did today as well and took about an hour to recover. No problem with knees and have minor upper leg soreness which is expected. I had an 8 to 10 mph WSW wind which slowed me down a bit when I had the head wind. The tail wind was great. I probably won't do this again (50 miles) until we have a temperature in the 70s and a 5 -7 mph. wind. Wind kills me.



Here are my work out details: ( log every ride I do)
Date: 1-30-17
Location: Terry Hershey Park & George Bush Park (combined)

Time: 4 hrs. 35 min. (includes around 38 min. in stops or breaks)

Miles: 50.2
Calories burned: 2,162
Average speed: 13.3 mph
Max speed: 19.8
Average heart rate: 114
Max heart rate: 134

For those of you who are familiar with this area, I started at the bathrooms at Memorial close to Eldridge and rode out to to the end of George Bush Park (Fry road) and then rode George Bush again. Then back to Hershey Park and rode Hershey Park until I hit 50 miles.

I'm fixing to be 62 yrs. old in April, 5'6", 165 lbs., FX 3 hybrid, riding for about a year now.

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Was it all on park paths?
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Originally Posted by 10 Wheels
Was it all on park paths?
Yes. All asphalt paths. I don't ride on dirt or gravel.
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I have rode in Terry Hershey Park, it was neat.
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Hershey Park is nice but I've really like to ride now from Hershey Park out to George bush Park for there is a lot fewer people out there to watch out for and now, they have all new pavement and a new bridge from the end of Barker Clodine road out to the parking at George Bush.
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I hear much about George Bush Park but never been there.
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Originally Posted by 10 Wheels
I hear much about George Bush Park but never been there.
If you're ever in Houston, maybe we could ride out there together. The problem is that I'm probably too slow for you. I see you're on a road bike. I'm on a hybrid. A round trip ride from where I start at Hershey Park to the end of George Bush is about a 25 mile ride. I ride fairly well for my age on a hybrid but generally too slow for people on road bikes. I usually take a 3 minute rest or so every 6 to 8 miles. I usually ride by myself for the 3 people I ride with, either I'm too fast or too slow. Depending on the head wind, I try to average between 12.9 to 13.5 mph.. Tail wind, faster. 5 mph. wind, I average 13 to 14 mph.
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Thanks. I now ride a trike after a 16 MPH head crash.

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Well done!

I live about where you started from (the gazebo/playground parking lot). So I ride from there all the time. I'm assuming from your post that this means GBP is no longer underwater?
Here's what it looked like last weekend as we tried to do our normal saturday morning ride


FYI, Fry Rd isn't the end of your ride. You can hop onto the Mason Creek Greenway and continue all the way up towards the Rudy's on I-10 feeder. Once on the greenway it also splits where the bayou splits and you can take a ~1 each way path out to where the Katy Bike Barn is, then come back and continue all the way up to I-10. From the greenway you can also connect to concrete paths that wind their way up towards Kingsland Blvd and beyond. The just built a new bridge over the bayou to make that easier as well.
I basically did this ride the other weekend. See if this loads for you: https://www.strava.com/activities/831803668 (it might not because my acct is private i think).

If that doesn't work, here are some easy to see maps I made:

This one shows the end of GBP as you come to Fry Rd, and how you can get to the Mason Creek Gwy. I usually use the green route through the neighborhood as it keeps me from having to cross Fry Rd.


The path goes under all the roads, so you never have to stop. Once you keep going up it, you'll reach the split. This map shows where you can go.


If you want to explore some neighborhoods instead, as I mentioned there are concrete paths all through the area. I've highlighted them with the green arrows (the green lines are Google Map's biking, but that also shows roads).


Good luck, and have fun! I'll probably see you out there on the weekends. Myself and a few friends ride through the park and the roads out towards Katy Mills, and through Cinco Ranch and we've got routes to Fulshear planned too.

You may want to register for the Tour de Houston, and a few of the other fun T-Shirt rides that lead up to the MS150. They are a good time and they get you biking in areas further out from Houston. Great way to experience new areas on a bike. Bluebonnett Express is a popular one.
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Way to ride. There are lots of places to ride out your way. The SCI Guy knows them all. I like his maps and suggestions. Someday I will have to try them out and drive from Kingwood.
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SCI Guy, yesterday, Monday, the 30th. the water was almost all gone and certainly no water close the new pavement. The water levels were down a bunch in Buffalo Bayou and at the Barker dam spillway compared to what it was on Sunday. I didn't ride out to George bush on Sunday because there was just too much wind for me going west bound along the dam out to Barker Clodine.
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Originally Posted by Tommy1955
I finally did a half century ride today! This is a personal victory I've been wanting to achieve for a while now. I've done many 25 to 35 mile rides fairly easily. I've done one 42 mile ride that wore my lower back out a few months ago. It did today as well and took about an hour to recover. No problem with knees and have minor upper leg soreness which is expected. I had an 8 to 10 mph WSW wind which slowed me down a bit when I had the head wind. The tail wind was great. I probably won't do this again (50 miles) until we have a temperature in the 70s and a 5 -7 mph. wind. Wind kills me.



Here are my work out details: ( log every ride I do)
Date: 1-30-17
Location: Terry Hershey Park & George Bush Park (combined)

Time: 4 hrs. 35 min. (includes around 38 min. in stops or breaks)
Miles: 50.2
Calories burned: 2,162
Average speed: 13.3 mph
Max speed: 19.8
Average heart rate: 114
Max heart rate: 134

For those of you who are familiar with this area, I started at the bathrooms at Memorial close to Eldridge and rode out to to the end of George Bush Park (Fry road) and then rode George Bush again. Then back to Hershey Park and rode Hershey Park until I hit 50 miles.

I'm fixing to be 62 yrs. old in April, 5'6", 165 lbs., FX 3 hybrid, riding for about a year now.
Congratulations!
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Great Job!


Headwinds stink. You just have to push through them.
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Great Job!


Headwinds stink. You just have to push through them.
I do to a degree. I can push through a 10 mph wind pretty good, 12 mph. a little harder, 15 to 20 mph. I normally don't do...at least very far anyway. You have to keep in mind that I'm on a hybrid so I'm like a sail catching all the wind.
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Originally Posted by mtb_addict
I am jealoous. You're like in bicycle riding heavens out there in the west side.
We on other side of town is like have no bike paths.
We have to ride on the road with 50mph cars blasting by us all the time.
Oh man, I really don't ride with cars. I guess that's one reason I don't do group rides because I think they mainly ride on roads. I really don't trust any cars. When I'm driving, I always look out for people riding bikes.
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Originally Posted by mtb_addict
I am jealoous. You're like in bicycle riding heavens out there in the west side.
We on other side of town is like have no bike paths.
We have to ride on the road with 50mph cars blasting by us all the time.
Have you considered Navigation as a route from the east side of town. It is nice a wide and is an "official" bike route. Navigation to 75th to Braes Bayou makes for a pretty big loop. Use Woodhead for North South traverse between Braes and Buffalo/White Oak.
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Energy Corridor in conjunction with Bike Houston just released this map of bike lanes & paths in the west Houston area - from 99 to BW8, Clay rd to Westpark.
Pretty much expands on the maps I posted above.

This should help you find your way!
https://www.energycorridor.org/sites/...s_Map__web.pdf
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Originally Posted by mtb_addict
Where can I pick up a hard copy of this map!!!
ECD Bikeways Map - Energy Corridor District
Is the whole newsletter article.

It says

An electronic version of the map is hosted on the District site, and staff will provide printed maps at various community and employer outreach events throughout the year. As the number of bikeways in west Houston expand and increase over the next several years, the map will be updated accordingly.
So my suggestion is just print that PDF out of tabloid sized paper 17x11" at work or the library or something.
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