|Robin Trower in full flight in 1975|
Great minds think alike (and fools seldom differ, as my Mum always added) - Kevin suggested riding the route in reverse, and that had occurred to me already. Riding out on Eldridge and back on Memorial would eliminate a couple of left turns on busy roads, always a good idea, so off we went.
We hadn't discussed pace but settled on around 18mph, with the occasional burst at 20+. Kevin was looking as strong as ever and he dropped me a few times. He had already warned me that I was in for a torrid time due to his latest earworm, a few favourite tracks by Robin Trower that I didn't know. Later on I had a listen to one of them, "Bridge of Sighs", and enjoyed it but found it an odd choice, with a fairly slow tempo. Anyway, he seemed to be rocking along pretty well with it in his head.
We got through George Bush and decided to finish out the ride through Terry Hershey park, instead of running down Memorial in Saturday mid-morning traffic. Kevin used to run in the park back when he was first in Houston (30-odd years ago!) and wanted to see how much it had changed. He also remembered trapping armadillos and other critters in a friend's back yard and wanted to see if the house was still there (it was). Foot and bike traffic slowed the pace quite a bit but I was glad to ease off, I think he was too.