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The Road Home

I’ve really enjoy the winter we have had this year; mild, moderate temperatures and very little rain.  However, this past weekend, I got a taste of riding in the rain again, something I hadn’t enjoyed in quite some time.  It was the Saturday ride, and I was the lone wolf sitting in the parking lot waiting for any rider to  share the ride.  Two riders did show up and we got a later start than usual, and headed out for our ride.  My plan was to ride over three hours, so the first hour, I took it easy and settled in to pace with my two compadres.  Luckily, it only rained sporadically on us as we headed out.  After  an hour of riding before we headed into Robstown, I parted ways with my two friends and then began to ride a little harder.  The weather was cool and then the rain began.  It was refreshing and only lasted for short, sporadic bursts.

The rain was cool and refreshing. I was proud of myself that I dressed for the rain this morning and stayed dry for the most part. My feet, even with my waterproof shoe covers, still managed to get wet. With most of the ride already done, I didn’t really care at that point. My bibs were wet and I resolved the fact that I was not going to get any dryer today. It’s been a long time since I rode like this in the rain.

The road home was usual, no variations in this theme.  I’ve ridden this path now many times, and this time the wind didn’t play its strong hand.  I was able to pull off a pretty good speed with good power on the way home.  There is nothing quite liking riding alone, pulling your own pace with you against the wind and the elements.  I managed to average a little over twenty miles per hour in my last hour of the ride.  It was exhilarating.



2 thoughts on “The Road Home

  1. Man i wish i cude do that. I have road only once or twice since Dec.

    Posted by Douglas Nicol | January 18, 2011, 5:00 am
  2. Good Afternoon,

    My name is Tim, and I am a representative for the 2011 Tour dePepper. For one week every year Dublin, Texas becomes Dr Pepper, Texas.  We invite riders from all over the great state of Texas to ride her hills and scenic countryside in a bike event unlike any other, the Tour de Pepper.  By participating in the ride you become part of a cycle of change as you team up with Kids Across Cultures and Dublin Dr Pepper to make a difference in our world.  Last years proceeds helped provide school materials and fund a national teacher in Burma, bring clean water to impoverished minority villages in China, and supply equipment to over 100 handicapped children in Tanzania, Africa. There is a 9-mile, 34-mile, and 62-mile ride that presents various challenges to even the seasoned rider. This year the event will be held on June 11th beginning at 8:00 AM, and the early registration fee (before June 4th) is $30. More information can be found at

    We would love the opportunity to team up with you to promote this event on your website and with your members. Looking forward to hearing from you soon.

    Tour dePepper – Marketing

    Posted by Tim | April 10, 2011, 4:48 am

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