We were back on the bikes this weekend for the third training ride before the MS150. We headed up to Hempstead, TX, to join the Pedaling The Prairie ride – one of the two partner rides between the Ready 2 Roll series and official t-shirt rides. I almost signed up for Pedaling the Prairie last year, but didn’t get around to it, so I was glad we were able to join it this year.
It was an early start since it’s almost an hour drive from west Houston up to Hempstead, and we wanted to get in ahead of the traffic since it’s a single lane road where the parking was. We made it with plenty of time. The weather was forecast to be very nice, and it didn’t disappoint. As we rolled in the Waller County Fairgrounds, there was a pretty dense fog but the sun was trying it’s best to burn through it.
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We ended up pretty far back in the starting line and with intermittent wave starts we had about 20 minutes before we rolled out. But by then the blue skies had showed and while it was still a little chilly, the sun was a nice bonus. Here’s a pano of the startline from where we were waiting:
The routes to ride were labeled as 24, 45, 55, and 71 (I think). I rode the 45, and the wife did the 24. Here’s a map of the ride from my GPS:
Here’s a closer zoom to see the road #s for a better location:My stats for the ride:
There weren’t a lot in the way of hills, but there were some decent ups and down. Mostly, the biggest obstacle was the 10+ mph wind gusting from the southwest. Though it was pretty awesome as a tail wind for a good chunk of the way heading back (hence my max speed of 22.7mph and an average speed of over 15).
The weather was gorgeous, and the roads were in great shape and overall it was a fabulous ride. The rest stops were top notch and the BBQ at the finish line was much needed. Many thanks to the folks who put on Pedaling the Prairie – it was a well oiled machine, and I look forward to next year.
Now what you’ve all been waiting for – the pics!
Inside the pavilion at about 8am. Signing in, grabbing some breakfasty foods, before getting the bikes off the car.
Rest stop #1. Rest stop #2. This picture looks better larger – but I also thought it’s turn out better. It was cool watching the riders against the horizon as they came around the curve – but it didn’t translate as well to camera. Oh well. Still rest stop #2. Grabbed some PBJ squares, and brownies. Sherman, taking a break at rest stop #2. I think this was rest stop #3 or #4. Thankfully this was just about the end of a stretch of absolutely terribly rough road. Of course, then we made a turn directly into the wind, so, yeah. There was another big cow right next to the fence when I rolled up but just before I shot this he turned tail and ran all the way to the back of the field. Guess he didn’t want to be internet famous. Pedaling the Prairie, indeed. Last rest stop. This SAG driver was rocking a giant Texas State flag on the back of his truck all day. Tried to snap a pic of it waving, but obviously missed. Final pic of the day on the way back in. Taken while riding. Beautiful day. Beautiful ride.We just signed up for the Tour de Houston today, too, very much looking forward to that next month. It was one of my favorite rides last year.
Well that’s it for this week. See y’all next week!