Join Date: May 2013
Location: Houston, Tx, USA
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Riding In The Heat
After an unusually pleasant, long spring, it's HOT IN HOUSTON!!!! (Texas)
I bought my gently used 08 w/12K miles a couple months ago and have enjoyed several rides but . . . man . . . the heat here literally sucks the life out of you!
As much as I'd like to take some full day rides, I'll have to settle for early morning and back by noon rides. And of course, the down side to that kind of riding is you can't get very far!
At the ripe, young age of 56, I'm old enough to know better than to ride past a certain point (both miles per day and temperature wise.)
Back when I was in my late teens, when I DID want to prove something (looking back, I was PROVING how dumb I was) I ventured out on a west Texas ride from Houston to Carlsbad Caverns in mid August. It was so freaking hot!
I remember on the return leg of the ride, I pulled in to a gas station to fill up (this was back when THEY pumped the gas,) I pulled off my full face helmet, sweat streaming down my face, and asked the guy, "What time does it start to cool off around here?" His very matter of fact response with a heavy Spanish accent, "Last night, at 10 o'clock, she was 110 degrees."
I got back on the bike, full tank of gas, and continued. You couldn't tell the tears from the sweat coming down my cheeks!