Bike For Mike & The Katy Flatland 2015

Apparently I haven’t posted since the MS150 in April – wow. Sorry about that. Things have been busy – we bought our first house! So, I’m sure you can imagine what I’ve been spending my time doing. It’s not biking, that’s for sure. And not putting together any LEGO sets either – though I have acquired a few big Star Wars sets that will be built once I find a place for them in the new house! I’ll also post some before/after pics of the house at some point too.

Anyway – I did do three really fabulous rides after the MS150 – Bike For Mike in Fulshear, which benefits the little town of Fulshear and the memory of Mike McCann – a long time resident and cycling advocate from the town. It’s possible the best ride I’ve done outside the MS150; the people were awesome, the winery was great, and the food was fab. I also did the Rolling Hills Challenge, which was also pretty fun – but tiring. And finally a few weeks ago I did the metric century route for the very well known Katy Flatland ride. The heat was brutal.

So, here are some pics from the rides. I’ve been up to a few other things, so more posts coming on that soon.

Enjoy!

First up is Bike for Mike:

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The routes

The routes

Early morning parking lot - gearing up!

Early morning parking lot – gearing up!

The starting line

The starting line

Lots 'o' people!

Lots ‘o’ people!

Rest stop 1

Rest stop 1

This has become my go-to outfit for these fun rides. I get lots of compliments on the socks! Let's go Orange!!

This has become my go-to outfit for these fun rides. I get lots of compliments on the socks! Let’s go Orange!!

Open road in Fulshear

Open road in Fulshear

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Rest stop at the candy shop!

Rest stop at the candy shop!

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Riding partners

Riding partners

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Back into town in Fulshear - just about at the finish line

Back into town in Fulshear – just about at the finish line

All done. Walking to the food!!

All done. Walking to the food!!

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Sherman, just chillin'

Sherman, just chillin’

Mmmm...

Mmmm…

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Fabulous place for lunch after the ride!

Fabulous place for lunch after the ride!

Some of Team ION at lunch. We ride hard!

Some of Team ION at lunch. We ride hard!

The Katy Flatland.
It was hot. So very hot.

The sun rises over the parking lot. There are about 4000 people trying to get ready to roll.

The sun rises over the parking lot. There are about 4000 people trying to get ready to roll.

A casual rolling start was nice and kept things rolling and not bunched up.

A casual rolling start was nice and kept things rolling and not bunched up.

Rolling through the Cinco Ranch area

Rolling through the Cinco Ranch area

Yup - lots of people at the rest stop. I choked down some bananas.

Yup – lots of people at the rest stop. I choked down some bananas.

Paceline. I stayed here until about 30 miles in. Then we turned into some wind and I just couldn't hang anymore. But we ripped it for quite a while.

Paceline. I stayed here until about 30 miles in. Then we turned into some wind and I just couldn’t hang anymore. But we ripped it for quite a while.

Ahh the countryside. Love the views.

Ahh the countryside. Love the views.

Hmm...where is everyone?

Hmm…where is everyone?

Wait...wait...isn't this supposed to be the Katy FLATLAND? That sure as hell looks like a hill to me!

Wait…wait…isn’t this supposed to be the Katy FLATLAND? That sure as hell looks like a hill to me!

2nd to last rest stop - found a little traveling buddy.

2nd to last rest stop – found a little traveling buddy.

Anndd....my picture at the finish line.

Anndd….my picture at the finish line.

So – not much biking lately because for the last month temps have been in the 90s, and 100s constantly. It hasn’t rained since we got hosed around Memorial Day. Hoping to get back to riding to work soon once the temps calm a tad.

Thanks for hanging around y’all. I got some LEGO reviews and stuff coming up, along with some other random stuff!

Dan

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