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Hondo Gravel 05-12-20 03:27 PM

Ride #39 . 30.01 miles 2:44:02. Avg speed 10.9 mph

Cruising the SS on a basic ride. Warm and humid but not hot. Good ride today.


Cactus everywhere.


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Texas has cactus.


I got a dose of crop duster spray lol.


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Moving too fast to get a close shot.

Hondo Gravel 05-13-20 05:15 PM

Ride #40 37.30 miles 3:28:28. Avg speed 10.7 mph

Today I wish I had more than one gear. I bought I decent bike work stand so next time I will do my own cable repairs. I know the LBS is very busy so I understand the wait. No problem.

Texas shoots all the road signs. Perfectly normal.


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45 bullet holes

This clock has been on this oak tree since I moved here and started riding this road.



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Hondo Gravel 05-15-20 02:51 PM

Ride #41 26.70 miles 2:25:07. Avg speed 11.0 mph

Still cruising the SS but I don’t care the SS is a fun bike. Texas has corn and electric fences,


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Hondo Gravel 05-16-20 06:43 PM

Ride #42 . 30.53 miles. 2:25:51. Avg speed 12.5 mph

Tuned up the cyclocross scraped together some wheels. I miss this bike the most comfortable bike I have. The Marathon touring tires are slow but bombproof. 10 speed so much less complicated and expensive. The cantilever brakes work good enough for me.


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Hondo Gravel 05-18-20 07:13 PM

Ride #43 . 29.58 miles. 2:23:13. Avg speed 12.3 mph

Another run on the cyclocross seen above. Hot muggy ride the heat is here.

Lemond1985 05-18-20 07:15 PM

Yes, but no matter hot and muggy as it gets, ice cold beer stays exact the same temperature. :beer:

Hondo Gravel 05-21-20 01:06 PM

Ride #44 . 28.08 miles 2:17:56. Avg speed ?

Ride #45 . 26.33 miles 2:02:43. Avg speed 12.8 mph

Getting hot and muggy. Summer is here nothing but routine rides and routes, getting bored. If this pandemic BS ever settles down I want to ride The Katy in Missouri or the GAP in Pennsylvania. Summer 2020 looks shot. All concerts and events are moving to 2021 and if college football gets canceled I think I will move to the planet Mars.

Lemond1985 05-21-20 01:17 PM


Originally Posted by Hondo Gravel (Post 21488857)
Ride #44 . 28.08 miles 2:17:56. Avg speed ?

Ride #45 . 26.33 miles 2:02:43. Avg speed 12.8 mph

Getting hot and muggy. Summer is here nothing but routine rides and routes, getting bored. If this pandemic BS ever settles down I want to ride The Katy in Missouri or the GAP in Pennsylvania. Summer 2020 looks shot. All concerts and events are moving to 2021 and if college football gets canceled I think I will move to the planet Mars.

"Guards, seize him!" :D

You got a trip west planned this year? I'm pretty sure it's not hot and muggy in Portland right now. When I lived up there, I recall May was always the greenest month. The green up there was just unbelievable. But it can get very hot up there too, especially when you have such long days this time of year.

rumrunn6 05-22-20 12:58 PM


Originally Posted by Hondo Gravel (Post 21469106)
Rest day today. The no. 1 mouser says no ride no working with tools

there's a lot we can learn from cats

Hondo Gravel 05-23-20 03:35 PM

Ride #46 . 29.46 miles 2:26:44. Avg speed 12.0 mph

Hot, muggy, windy and hilly. Just had enough water barely.


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Cold Big Red. Full of sugar and caffeine.


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Thinking about restoring this 2004 Cannondale with a modern drivetrain. But the $, maybe in the future.

Hondo Gravel 05-25-20 06:25 PM

Ride #47 30.46 miles 2:25:02. Avg speed. 12.6 mph

Rain cooled weather today. Heavy rain and wind last night.

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The mouser perfecting her craft.

Lemond1985 05-25-20 06:31 PM

The legs on that mouse are big ... like Texas. Are you sure that's not some kinda fancy-assed kangaroo rat?

Hondo Gravel 05-25-20 06:36 PM


Originally Posted by Lemond1985 (Post 21496914)
The legs on that mouse are big ... like Texas. Are you sure that's not some kinda fancy-assed kangaroo rat?

Field Mouse. Clean as for as mice go a great food for the cat.

Lemond1985 05-25-20 06:47 PM

Hope you can get that Cannondale on the road soon, that's a really nice-looking frame. :thumb:

Hondo Gravel 05-26-20 03:57 PM


Originally Posted by Lemond1985 (Post 21496940)
Hope you can get that Cannondale on the road soon, that's a really nice-looking frame. :thumb:

That bike can fly. Hopefully soon I will just say the heck with it, order a Shimano group set 105 or Ultegra and use it on some nice smooth and fast roads. Back on the SS to change things up. Iím riding every other day while it is hot and humid. Recovering isnít what is was back in my 20s and 30s. :lol: Most of my counterparts have zero endurance but Iím the only one that really works out. Just average in the in shape crowd for my age. The one speed is a fun bike and itís brings back youth during the time we all had one speeds. 1970s


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Simple like bicycles should be. But yes I love my 11 speed rides too.

Hondo Gravel 05-27-20 02:50 PM

Ride #48 . 35.47 miles 3:10:58. Avg speed 11.2 mph

Back on the SS MTB rigid to change things up.


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Left or Right?


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Found this 100 year old oak tree to take a break in the shade. I rode off last night’s 10 Shiner Bocks this afternoon LOL.

Hondo Gravel 05-29-20 06:16 PM

Ride #49 34.35 miles 2:36:29. Avg speed 13.1 mph

Back on the 11 speed Ultegra gravel bike. Fairly cool weather for S Texas. Now for a cold XX :D


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Hondo Gravel 05-31-20 03:40 PM

Ride #50 . 31.73 miles 2:28:59. Avg speed 12.7 mph

Had a buzz killing flat from a mesquite thorn. Cool and overcast with rain in the area. Just a typical training ride.

50 rides in 1,588.62 miles. I feel fit again now what? I don’t know.

Hondo Gravel 06-02-20 12:04 PM

Starting June 2020 with a pulled back muscle. So a few days off to heal. Going to test out some slick gatorskins 32s on the cyclocross and will probably start some day hiking. This covid stuff has ruined all plans for 2020.

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Gain some speed on the smooth sections of the routes.

Hondo Gravel 06-05-20 09:44 AM

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Hill Country SNA
Out for a few days with a pulled back muscle. Ride #51 will happen soon. The summer heat is here and that is an energy drainer. A light or rest week is always good in the long run both mentally and physically. Here is a picture of one favorite local MTB and hiking place.

Hondo Gravel 06-13-20 09:05 PM

Finally, I think my back injury is healed. FRIKIN 13 days of nasty pain but I hope it is over. I miss hammering out the bike miles and I’m ready to return. I need those endorphins in the worse way. Hopefully I didn’t lose too much fitness.

Hondo Gravel 06-14-20 05:47 PM

Ride #51 . 26.48 miles 2:06:32. Avg speed 12.5 mph

Great to be back on the bike after 13 off days. My back feels great so I’m back to riding some miles.

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Slow? No problem there are plenty of climbs to get the heart pumping.

Hondo Gravel 06-16-20 07:21 PM

Ride #52 . 30.57 miles. 2:26:51 Avg speed 12.4 mph

Second ride coming off a sprained back and I’m getting my wind back. Hot and humid but tolerable.


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Hondo Gravel 06-20-20 07:57 PM

Ride #53 29.58 miles. 2:18:37. Avg speed 12.8 mph

Getting back into riding the bikes. Kind of a restart after a few weeks of being burned out.


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The gravel part of the bike route is finally getting some maintenance...

Hondo Gravel 06-21-20 07:57 PM

Ride #54 30.87 miles 2:22:49. Avg speed 13.0 mph

Hot and muggy as usual. Basic ride that maxes out at 31 miles because there is no place to refuel in the middle of nowhere.


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An intersection in the middle of nowhere but I like it that way.

Hondo Gravel 06-23-20 07:33 PM

Ride #55 . 26.49 miles. 2:16:05. Avg speed 11.6 mph

Weather was cooler and I didn’t pedal as hard. Cruised slower in lower gears and had more breaks.


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Social distancing? No problem out here.

Hondo Gravel 06-25-20 08:02 PM

Ride #56 33.20 miles 3:00:33. Avg speed 11.0 mph

Good ride for the brain fog to clear.

Hondo Gravel 06-27-20 07:55 PM

Ride. #57 . 31.62 miles. 2:51:29. Avg speed 11.1 mph

Very windy and hazy from Saharan dust. Temperature in the low 90s not too bad.


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The county spread out some new gravel?

Hondo Gravel 06-28-20 07:20 PM

Ride #58 . 32.32 miles. 2:37:27. Avg Speed 12.3 mph

Warm and very muggy. Overcast cool for here lower 90s again. Good ride..


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Yes, I am in Texas....


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Don’t want to ride off this bridge into the creek.

Hondo Gravel 06-30-20 07:29 PM

Ride #59 . 29.88 miles. 2:31:01. Avg speed. 11.7 mph

Took a different route today to mix it up. Hot mid 90s and humid.


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Railroad crossing out here?


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Yes cows run free on some of these back roads.


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Railroad line to load some of this massive pile of gravel.


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