Saturday, June 04, 2011

"Life is not a race. Do take it slower."

So I did a fifty miler with a couple of friends Saturday morning. I made the short ride over to Mark's house where Larry joined us. We headed down to Crowley on our way to Lake Benbrook. Yay chipseal!





It was cool in the morning; it's hard to imagine riding this on a hundred degree day.



When I took this picture, you could see the Fort Worth skyline. I can't quite make it out on the picture though... maybe to the right of the tree?



Mark helped Larry get his camera out of his pack...



...so Larry could take a picture of the skyline, too. I hope his came out better.



My ugly mug.



Larry.



This is typical of the long rollers on FM 1187 south of Lake Benbrook. Each hill was probably about a mile long; there were about a half dozen of them.



Finally we rode toward the lake to follow the shore for a while.





Again, you can (barely) see the Fort Worth skyline, above the dam in between Mark and Larry.



We left the lake shore and headed toward Downtown along the Trinity Trail.





The Benbrook end of the trail has several sections that have some much-appreciated shade.



This video gives a bit of a feel of the trail.





There's also a nice little waterfall.



At the waterfall was a park bench with a memorial plaque.



I got the title of this post from the plaque.



We rode the trail toward Downtown. As we passed through Trinity Park, we came across Myles from Rat Trap Press and invited him to have lunch with us at The Flying Saucer... making it an even four. Myles and Mark:



Me and Larry:



Up until lunch, the temperature ranged from a little cool too warm but still pleasant. After lunch, though, it was downright hot. We went our separate ways, but since Mark and I live near each other we rode together for most of the ride home, down Fort Worth Bike Route 41 through the Jennings-May corridor, then cutting across to the Ryan-James corridor until we split up just north of I-20 and I continued home through Westcreek Park. In the noonday heat nearing 100° F, the last five miles or so were quite a slog.

When I totaled up my miles, I had gone 53 on Saturday. If I count the 18 miles I rode Friday night, that makes 71 miles in less than 24 hours, a metric century and tied with my longest ride ever in less than a day.

6 comments:

Pondero said...

That's quite a ride on a hot day. Well done.

PaddyAnne said...

I think its neat that you can meet up with others - unexpectedly - while your out on a ride. Makes life fun and interesting!

Chandra said...

Paul,
I think saw some of this on FB, but thanks for posting the whole deal here. I haven't done any long (>30 miles) rides in a while now. So, I can totally appreciate the feeling.

Glad to hear you guys had a fun ride!

Peace :)

Doohickie said...

Chris- It didn't feel that hot until we got out of the sun for a while during lunch. After lunch the sun felt like it was turned up a notch.

PaddyAnne- the Fort Worth cycling community is small enough that running across someone you know during a ride isn't too uncommon. It is neat when it happens though.

Chandra- make sure you click over to Myles's blog and read his account. This was the longest ride I've done in a while.... although a week ago Friday I did a metric century if you add the morning ride to the Critical Mass ride later that night.

A Midnight Rider said...

I have been hanging out in Boulder for the past week and bikes are in the majority here. That feels just right.

This was a comfortable post to read over coffee on a Sunday morning.

HeidiTri's said...

It looks like a great ride! I think I would've had to take a dip in the lake, just for fun..