Bike MS Training: March 29 – 30th, checking out Salado

One month to go! In just four weeks, at the beginning of May, I’ll be riding the Bike MS: Sam’s Club Round-Up Ride in north Texas. Please consider making a donation in support of my participation! The ride goes from Frisco to Fort Worth with an overnight at the Texas Motor Speedway.

This weekend I decided to try a “new-to-me” charity ride: The Salado Smokin’ Spokes, a ride that benefits the Salado Volunteer Fire Department. I headed up to Salado early on Saturday morning to ride 70 miles. It was clear, but cool, so I had to wear leg and arm warmers ( on top of a warm long sleeve base layer.)

A picture from the starting line:

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There was a guy at the start that was riding a recumbent that had a yellow plastic shield with a cloth yellow covering. It was weird. It reminded me of the banana bike that I sometimes see in Austin.

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The ride started and we crossed I-35 on an “under construction” portion. Somehow I managed to not start my Garmin on time. The course on the other side of the interstate was beautiful.

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This ride was especially interesting in the way that the riders were all grouped for the majority of the ride. In many charity rides, I end up riding along for much of the ride, but I was basically never alone during this ride.

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Bright red barn:

 

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Random hill:

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Can you see the lake in the distance? It’s called Stillhouse Hollow lake.

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A retreat for patriots. Non-patriots need not apply.

 

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Lake close-up:

 

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For awhile we road along the recently repaved frontage road of 190. It wasn’t too bad actually, because there was very little traffic on it.

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Bluebonnets!

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The lake, again. I caught up with the group of cyclists in this photo and basically got a good draft off and on for the rest of the ride.

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Lovely country road. I didn’t get a good picture, but there were tons of bluebonnets in the fields along this road.

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A fence made out of bicycles:

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The view from one of the rest stops – their was a very large special events and conference center spread out along this road. In front of the building in this photo is a stream with a little waterfall.

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Horses:

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We ended up a dirt road for a while towards the very end of the ride:

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Church, waterfall, and picnic tables:

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The view from the park where we started and ended the ride, it looked like special events / wedding venue across the stream:

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I ended Saturday’s ride with a sandwich at a cafe in Salad0 and a chai latte. I think that chai latte was the best I’ve ever had. Of course, biking lots of miles does strange things to my taste buds. I rode 68 miles in all.

 

On Sunday it was very windy again and I headed south from my house for a ride through the neighborhoods.

A modern house that catches the eye on Shoal Creek blvd:

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Love the big agave plants:

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The view across Shoal Creek into some backyards:

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The pedestrian bridge that connects Far West with Shoal Creek:

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I rode 25 miles on Sunday.

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2 thoughts on “Bike MS Training: March 29 – 30th, checking out Salado

  1. Pingback: Bike MS Training, April 12 – 13: A windy weekend | Laura Makes
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