Davis Mountains State Park, Texas
A morning meandering walk yielded some nice times. First thing was a telescope guy a couple of sites back into the canyon. His plates are from Canada so it is likely he is a winter Texan. This is a pretty good location for viewing even though there is better at the McDonald Observatory on out highway 118.
Back in the amphitheater is some concrete topped benches. That technique has been seen a lot of places lately. Maybe it helps.
The rest of the walk was nice and helped loosen the sore muscles left over from yesterday’s hike.
When lunch time came around there was a special treat. Local lettuce was found at the grocery store yesterday. It fit very well on my ham sandwich. And WOW was it flavorful. What a change from the green cardboard the normal stores call lettuce.
Sightseer finally got out of the back of the Truck for me to ride around this mountain park. A major bike ride loop starts in Fort Davis which is about four miles down the mountain from here. The loop is highway 118 to highway166 and back to Fort Davis. If you happen to look it up on the internet it is about 65 miles with some of the most miserably steep climbs in the USA. It goes past McDonald Observatory.
Ok so the ride starts out in my middle chain ring that is my normal gear. Starting just in the campground loop the Castle is set up in; it was IMMEDIATELY OBVIOUS that the middle ring would not do the job. So the chain was manually moved to the small chain ring. AH much better.
While riding the main roads in the campground, the gear of choice was frequently the next to lowest or lowest gear. Good grief. Wimp. To loop the campground is about five miles with no flat ground. Some good news is the LHT is very stable at 28 mph coasting downhill. The other good news is the brakes work very well.
Even though inside the park was a struggle, Sightseer was taken just outside the park to the first real hill of the big loop ride. Some guys call it Little Hill. At the top of Little Hill is the entrance to the park. Now this is not even a pimple compared to the next hill. Anyway Sightseer coasted to the bottom of Little Hill; about a distance of a quarter mile; to the entrance to the primitive area of the park. There Sightseer was posed for some blog pictures and me to rest a few minutes.
Then it was time to go back up Little Hill. Half way up in small chain ring and largest cog doing 2 mph was more than an OFM could put out. So it was off the bike and walk slowly to the top. Da moter is kaput. My total mileage today was only 5.69 and my quivering legs barely carried me into the Castle.
This was my first time to ride a bike in this kind of hills. Hiking does not even get me in a hint of close to the shape a person needs to be in for riding the hills. WOW. My respect for the roadies has leaped up tremendously today. The 17 miles last spring at Aransas NWR did not begin to equal the five miles today.
The LHT rode perfectly, behaved perfectly and feels like it flows with me like no other bike I have ridden. This has been a real eye opener for me. My thought was that the hiking was keeping my legs, heart and lungs in good shape. WRONG AGAIN AS USUAL.
I owe Tamia (see links for her great blog) for steering me to look at the LHT. Thank you Tamia.
Having a fantastic bicycle to ride makes for a good day of trying to have tooooo much fun, TheOFM.