Comfort Castle Location: Rockport, Texas
Adventure Location: Lake Corpus Christi State Park, Texas
It definitely was not winter weather on this bike ride today.
One loop of the part of the park that is open yielded 7.5 miles. To my surprise my knee that gives me trouble on stairs and hills performed flawlessly pedaling Sightseer, even up hill. Every time Sightseer has me out for a ride, my thought is THANK YOU TAMIA.
The park is converting a lot of the screen shelters to AC shelters. The Texas weather for eight months of the years just cries out for AC so the parks system is trying to respond to the demand. Here is one of the shelters.
It is one large room with a picnic table inside and a concrete floor. One light in the center of the room serves for giving the illumination. Any thing else you want has to be brought with you.
One of the shelters has this for its view.
Back down of the high hill where the shelters are located is this nice area for fishing. The lake has only recently come back up. Last year most of this scene was dry sand and rocks instead of water.
On around the loop of the park you get to access the water from many locations. From this one you can see the Truck patiently waiting on us.
The water would have been perfect for yakking, but PB was back in Rockport. My attempts at fishing with a white salt water lure were totally unsuccessful. Even the weeds were uncatchable.
On the road was some fresh road kill. My first thought was a copperhead, but later it was realized that was incorrect. Internet research yielded that it was most likely a Texas rat snake. It was a vibrant copper color, but definitely not a poisonous copperhead. Copperhead snakes are beautiful when lying out in the sun getting warm.
After riding for a good while my decrepit shoulders started their usual aching. Suddenly a thought arose in my brain. Boy that unusual event did hurt. What if my grips are too far apart??? So holding in closer to the stem was tried. There was immediate better feeling in my shoulders. So some shade was found and all handle bar equipment was moved closer to the middle by about an inch on each side. Tamia has some great information on handle bar width in her website, but this is the first I can remember anyone talking about a handle bar grips being too wide.
The relief was wonderful. Another stop was made and the stuff moved in about another ¾” to see if that helps. MMMMMMM maybe that is too much. Tomorrow will see some more experiments on the handle bar sizing. It was not part of my previous knowledge or experience that that small of an adjustment on grip spread could make that much difference.
Pretty soon it will be necessary to be careful when riding Sightseer. The bike will be so comfortable it could put me to sleep while out riding trying to have tooooo much fun. TheOFM.