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Hondo Gravel 04-02-20 01:03 PM

Ride #16 1:33:15. 18.98 miles. Avg speed 12.1 mph


Got rained out so a fewer miles but that’s ok I needed a light ride. Wet stretch of weather forecast.

Hondo Gravel 04-05-20 12:33 PM

Friday and Saturday were rain outs but I needed the rest anyways 132 miles so far this week. I will get in a Sunday ride to add to the weekly total. Lack motivation right now :twitchy:

Hondo Gravel 04-05-20 04:35 PM

Ride #17 . 3:02:20. 37.20 miles. Avg Speed 12.2 mph

Nice cool overcast weather .. No wind ....


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Hondo Gravel 04-06-20 02:27 PM

Ride #18 2:26:47 30.53 miles. Avg speed 12.4 mph

Standard training ride today. I took this picture of an old restored hotel that served people coming through on stage coaches starting in the 1840s. Some interesting history just a few miles from my beer fridge :D


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Hondo Gravel 04-07-20 06:23 PM

Ride #19 . 2:54:14. 33.94 miles. Avg speed 11.6 mph


Was a nasty muggy ride. It was like riding in a swamp. I think I was feeling last nights brew. Sweat would just stick it is so humid.

rumrunn6 04-09-20 03:03 PM


Originally Posted by Hondo Gravel (Post 21403913)
picture of an old restored hotel that served people coming through on stage coaches starting in the 1840s. Some interesting history just a few miles from my beer fridge :D

stone! you have a quarry in the area?

Hondo Gravel 04-09-20 03:14 PM


Originally Posted by rumrunn6 (Post 21409750)
stone! you have a quarry in the area?

several rock quarries in the area .. mostly gravel.

Hondo Gravel 04-09-20 04:46 PM

Ride #20 . 0:52:45. 9.53 miles Avg speed 10.8 mph

Rained out and threat of lightning. So a short ride today.

Hondo Gravel 04-10-20 03:16 PM

Ride #21 51.36 miles 4:18:09. Avg Speed 11.9 mph.

Nice cool overcast day with a brisk East wind. Decided to get 50 miles in and was easier than I expected
Had a buzz killing flat but I carry 2 tubes, 2 pumps and CO2 because I’m in the middle of nowhere.


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Hey we are hungry
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It’s Texas lol
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Buzz Killing moment but that is how it goes sometimes.

Hondo Gravel 04-11-20 05:26 PM

Ride #22 . 31.85 miles. 2:39:20. Avg speed 11.9 mph

Nothing special just a typical ride in warm muggy weather. A bit tired from yesterday’s 51 hilly gravel miles.

Hondo Gravel 04-13-20 04:36 PM

Ride #23 . 31.55 miles. 2:37:54. Avg speed 12.0 mph

Was very unmotivated today my legs were tired probably from 10 hours of yard work yesterday. I was glad to be back at my gate.


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Hondo Gravel 04-15-20 05:29 PM

Ride #24 . 47.02 miles. 3:46:57. Avg speed 12.4 mph


Nice cool weather. Was going for 50 but ran out of gas.

Hondo Gravel 04-16-20 02:13 PM

Ride #25 will have to wait until Friday.. Had some heavy tree maintenance work and a 47 miler so the young old man needs a rest. I want to ride but I know I’m doing the smart thing by getting some rest. Here the gravel grinder sits for some minor maintenance.


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Hondo Gravel 04-17-20 05:39 PM

Ride #25 53.26 miles. 4:15:16. Avg speed 12.5 mph


Had a rear flat at the 30.26 mile mark. Repair the flat cruised on got back noticed the rear tire was low. Sprayed some soapy water on tire found another puncture. The rear tire is worn out I have a new one so the new one goes on. I was trying to get every last mile out of that tire maybe too many miles. LOL. Anyways the picture is the surveillance camera warning in the middle of nowhere. Like who cares? I guess I do enough to take a photo.



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Hondo Gravel 04-19-20 05:39 PM

Ride #26 . 32.37 miles 2:45:03. Avg speed 11.7 mph


Very windy and was a tough ride into the wind. Warm gusty west wind off the Mexican desert.

Hondo Gravel 04-20-20 02:31 PM

Ride #27 . 37.49 miles. 3:07:43. Avg speed 11.9 mph


Gusty south wind made the ride challenging.


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Hondo Gravel 04-21-20 05:03 PM

Ride #28 . 26.09 miles. 2:09:23. Avg speed 12.0 mph


Very boring training ride. Getting somewhat burned out and the same roads are getting boring. Maybe I need a rest day or two. Will see tomorrow.

Hondo Gravel 04-23-20 02:16 PM

Preparing for Ride #29 one day off for rest. This will give me a boost.


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Hondo Gravel 04-23-20 06:30 PM

Ride #29 . 39.51 miles. 3:08:37. Avg speed 12.5 mph

Flats and hills a good balance today. Kind of hot in the 90s but low humidity.



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Look closer someone sharpied what I was thinking.


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Texas Longhorn cruising by.

Hondo Gravel 04-26-20 02:47 PM

Ride #30 . 45.34 miles. 3:35:29. Avg speed 12.6 mph

Direct sunlight ride. Became windy on the second half. Mixed terrain flats, hills, pavement and gravel.


Found an old oak tree for a shaded pit stop.



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Hondo Gravel 04-27-20 03:28 PM

Ride #31 . 26.40 miles. 2:13:44. Avg speed 11.8 mph

Horrible ride. Gusty winds 30 mph or more. Hot and muggy. Tired .. should of been a rest day.

31 rides in passed the 1000 mile mark at 1004.77 miles .... makes up for an otherwise miserable day on the bike.

Hondo Gravel 04-29-20 03:27 PM

Ride #32 29.57 miles 2:26:22. Avg speed 12.1 mph


30 mph north winds made the climb a challenge but going downhill was fun. Just a typical training ride. More serious cyclists I’m seeing out in the boonies. I figured these back roads will get discovered sooner or later. Now I need an ice cold beer.

Hondo Gravel 04-30-20 03:19 PM

Ride #33 3:01:08. 37.45 miles. Avg speed 12.4 mph

Weather is getting hot which zaps the energy. Going to start riding early or late with bike lights to beat the heat.
SOS roads... I shouldn’t complain since I can leave from my garage.


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Hondo Gravel 05-03-20 07:26 PM

Ride #34 26.48 miles. 1:59:22 Avg speed 13.3 mph

Took two days off to recharge. Light wind and warm in the mid 90s. Overall a good ride.


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Hondo Gravel 05-05-20 06:55 PM

Ride #35 . 31.68 miles. 2:35:01 Avg speed 12.2 mph

Strong north wind made for a challenging climb but the downhill was fast. Just another day on the bike.


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Corn plural.

Hondo Gravel 05-07-20 05:32 PM

Ride #36 . 36.33 miles 3:24:16. Avg speed 10.6 mph

Gravel bike at the LBS for a broken shifter cable. So I’m on the single speed rigid mountain bike and I had a blast. Hot and humid around 90 degrees strong south wind but I didn’t care. It was good to ride a different bike to change things up.


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Put on the gas tank for extra storage and worked great. Don’t get you’re tires sideways in a Texas gate you will be hurtin for certin lol



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1840s era house built by the original German settlers. Pretty cool...

Hondo Gravel 05-09-20 07:11 PM

Ride #37 . 22.60 miles. 2:08:46. Avg speed 10.5 mph

Hangover ride on the SS MTB. The simplicity of having one gear makes the ride relaxing. Too many pints last night :eek:



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Pit stop and the turnaround point for the ride today.

Hondo Gravel 05-10-20 02:38 PM

Ride #38 . 29.47 miles 2:42:44. Avg speed 10.8 mph

Still cruising the single speed. Next I might take the geared MTB for a spin. Gravel Bike is at the bike hospital waiting to get repaired. The 29 2.1 tires are sweet on gravel.


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Cool low humidity in the mid 80s

Hondo Gravel 05-11-20 03:37 PM

Rest day today. The no. 1 mouser says no ride no working with tools. I ain’t arguing :lol:


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johncroom 05-12-20 09:09 AM


Originally Posted by Hondo Gravel (Post 21355959)
Reading over all the blogs is cool. Very interesting pictures and places and progress. So today 3-6-20 I begin. Got my gravel bike ready so here I go after I down a Monster energy drink and see what happens. My last ride was in mid Nov 2019.

Good luck!


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