Off to Zube Park this morning, hoping to run into Dave and/or Sean, but no luck, so I set out on my own. This turned out to be a bad idea because I missed a turn somewhere and found myself on the access road to 290. I turned round and took the first road north, thinking that I should be able to get back onto the route. Well, in the end I did, but not before an 8 mile detour, through admittedly very pretty countryside. I found out why we don't take that route - I was chased by no fewer than 3 dogs, two of which kept pace with me for quite a distance. I normally try to out-run dogs, on the principle that they can't keep up the pace for very long, and often stop at the end of their territory anyway. This worked well for one (although I didn't enjoy the up-hill sprint) but the other two were more game. Anyway, they can't bite you when they're running at full tilt.
I picked up the normal route eventually and made my way to the halfway point, where there's an Exxon station. Today there were quite a few riders, either because everyone is thinking about the MS150, or because it was a Saturday, or both. I turned for home and immediately got into a strong headwind, which persisted all the way back. It would have been a good day to ride to Austin.
Last night I told everyone how bored I was with hearing Queen's "Bicycle Race" at the start of
big rides. Surely there are better songs about riding? This prompted a mass Google of cycling-
related songs, the best of which were Pink Floyd's "Bike" (far and away the best, actually) and "My White Bicycle", originally by Tomorrow, but covered by, and a big hit for Nazareth (also covered by Neil on his "heavy Concept Album"). Any other cycling songs?