Rise Across Texas Challenge Day 4

Monday – Day 4 of the Rise Across Texas Challenge.  Wow – I gotta say that today…was challenging. Actually, it sucked. It was much harder than yesterday and 25 miles less.  Wet and painful.

We had it all:  rain, bad traffic very close to the shoulder, rolling hills into Brenham, 30 mile-per-hour head winds, and 18 flat tires (EIGHTEEN!!!) across the entire group.  Grrrr.

In this picture, at the start of the day, you can see the wet streets on the highway; we were on this highway for 30 miles at the start of the day.

Basically, in about 30 minutes, you’re entirely wet, there’s mud all up and down your back, and your shoes are soggy.  When the trucks go by, they blow mist and wind at you that come close to knocking you over. nice.

In the picture below, Jim Crow changes one of THREE flat tires for the day. In a group of about 20 riders we had 18 flats. Which is probably a record.

And in the picture below that, you can see the flags at the Comfort Suites in Brenham standing STRAIGHT out in a 30 MPH headwind that was absolutely miserable.  This is what we rode into for the final stretch up to the hotel.  arg.  It was blowing hard…but hey: “hot breakfast!”

Finally, the stats for the day: 60ish miles and 2300 feet of rise and fall. The little break in the map is where I forgot to turn RunKeeper back on…but it seems like it wasn’t that big of a gap. Off to the right is Conroe (see previous map).

I’d write more but I’m going to bed; tomorrow we ride at 8:15!

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3 Responses

  1. Hey Kip!
    saw your facebook post and followed the link.

    I had no idea you were this nutz 😉
    Keep riding strong you guys, bad days in the saddle make the good days feel even better!

    And say hi to Jim for me..

    Ian

    PS – I’ll be in Austin for spring break this weekend/early next week but guess I’ll miss you guys unless you return before Wednesday

  2. Hey Kip – all of those flat tires remind me of one of the following:
    1 – your tires are getting worn
    2 – the rim tape is perhaps failing

    Those were the common causes of recurring flats for me.

    Of course, you could just be riding on less than perfect roads:)

    Stay safe.
    Al

  3. […] Rise Across Texas Challenge Day 4 « ReOverThinking by kipmcc The little break in the map is where I forgot to turn RunKeeper back on…but it seems like it wasn’t that big of a gap. Off to the right is Conroe (see previous map). I’d write more but I’m going to bed; tomorrow we ride at 8:15! … […]

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