Up at 6 this morning for the Humble Lions Club ride. Humble is 30 miles from home so I wanted to give myself plenty of time - and duly arrived one hour before the start. Oh well, that gave me time to get some coffee and pick up a T-shirt and a goody bag. I met up with Paddy the Navigator (who was once again changing a flat!) and was surprised to run into John, an ex-BHP buddy, who had parked his car next to mine. We moved up to the start line where they were organizing the riders by average speed, with the fastest at the front. Paddy wanted to get up there with the big dogs, but we settled on the 15 mph group. It was cold and overcast when we started, and once on the road it got to be quite windy too. A mile or two in sub-divisions and then we were out in the East Texas countryside - lots of farmland and pine trees, and quite a few trailers, too. Mostly quite roads, and with a fairly small field of riders I was quite often pretty much on my own. The sun came out about 30 miles into the 55 mile ride and we had perfect cycling weather all the way in. I got back to my car about 10 minutes before John, and we ate the Lion's Club spaghetti lunch together. Paddy hadn't stopped at all and finished about 30 minutes ahead of us - the man is a real horse these days.
95 miles this weekend takes my total over 1500 miles! Less than 50 days to go to the big ride -