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.
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!