This morning I slept in a little and made my way down to White Rock Lake at about 10:30. Because I had ridden barely more than 14 hours earlier I wasn’t sure how far or how good I was going to ride. It actually turned out to be nice.

The weather was overcast with a chance of rain and I did get rained on a couple of times but nothing bad. It was just enough to make the roads slick and dangerous.

2004 MS Bike Tour from Houston to Austin
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About half-way into my first lap I was on a section of the loop where I can pick up my speed to about 20 mph and move along. I realized after several minutes that there was somebody behind me. As I made it to the North end of the lake the rider pulled up next to me and we started talking. His name is Pedro and is a physician here in the Dallas area and is training for the upcoming MS-150 here.

He and I road the next 15 miles together and it was great. It’s so much better riding with somebody else. At least for me it is. It helps keep me honest on the level of effort I’m putting out. Plus being able to talk with someone helps make the time go by.

I will say that the hills here are still killing me. I know it’s going to take time, and a lot of lost weight, to be able to handle them good. I guess I just need to be patient.

Like I said, right at 20 miles at an average speed of 14.7 mph. Decent for me.