20170813 cycling

union park

union park

Monday
78° humidity 93% wind 7 SE
Hot and windy. 
Headwind along Mansfield really killed my speed. 
12.94 miles
12.44 mph

new flowers for union park

new flowers for union park

Tuesday
77° humidity 93% wind 4 SE
Hot and windy. Adding air to my tires seemed little. 
Heavier traffic because of school orientation. 
12.94 miles
12.39 mph

cattle trailer at wiregrass pasture

cattle trailer at wiregrass pasture

Wednesday
75° humidity 95% wind 3 SE
Felt better today. Shorter ride because of work. Hueland Pond is now open to traffic. 
8.41 miles
12.91 mph

wiregrass

wiregrass

Thursday
76° humidity 93% wind ? NE-SE
Conflicting reports of wind speed and direction.
Rode out to Union Park. Road in back is still flooding. 
More traffic today and crossing guard on Mansfield. 
12.94 miles
12.77 mph

pasco hernando state college porter campus

pasco hernando state college porter campus

Friday
74° humidity 98% wind 1 NNW
I saw the wind direction but went right at CLR. The wind was negligible and always felt against me. 
Tried to ride hard. Ankle pain. 
9.05 miles
12.75 mph

morning storms coming in from the gulf

morning storms coming in from the gulf

Saturday
76° humidity 95% wind 3 SSE
Saw some hot air balloons. I wanted to get closer before I stopped but then I lost them. Oh well. 
Good pace. I was at 13.2 then Headwind along Mansfield dropped me to 13.1 despite my efforts. 
9.03 miles
13.18 mph

storms forming in the gulf

storms forming in the gulf

Sunday
79° humidity 97% wind 4 SSE
Warm and windy. 
Asshole on motorcycle racing through Wiregrass and Meadow Pointe and doing wheelies. 
13.11 miles
12.99 mph

This week 78.3
This year 2022

20170806 cycling

Monday
74° humidity 95% wind 7 ENE
Light rain for most of the ride. The rain picked up when I turned onto Mansfield or maybe it was just the headwind. Soaked by the time I got home. 
8.41 miles
12.31 mph

the rear of the townhouse are painted a drab olive yet have brick paved driveways. it seems like mixed signals.

the rear of the townhouse are painted a drab olive yet have brick paved driveways. it seems like mixed signals.

Tuesday
72° humidity 94% wind 4 NE
Back sore so I took it easy. 
I rode through The Arbors off of Chancey. They are narrow homes on narrow lots. There are townhomes with alleys and one car garages. It is an odd neighborhood. 
10.51 miles
12.25 mph

Wednesday
78° humidity 98% wind 4 SE
Back still hurts. Took it easy until I warmed up. Pedaling is fine but deep breaths hurt. 
8:45 miles
12.25 mph

the cows were gathered in the part of the pasture, sheltered from the coming rain.

the cows were gathered in the part of the pasture, sheltered from the coming rain.

Thursday
78° humidity 98% wind 4 SE
Back still sore but getting better. 
Kept it easy for the first half. 
Union Park was muddy and flooded in parts. 
Prisoner work group blocking most of the path west of The Ridge. Landscape crew blocking path at Behavior Health. Sigh. 
13.26 miles
11.87 mph

most of the time, these black angus are too far away to photograph with my iPhone.

most of the time, these black angus are too far away to photograph with my iPhone.

Friday
74° humidity 94% wind 4 ESE
Back is almost better but today I had a stomachache. 
I had to ride down to Forest Glen because there was too much traffic to turn left at Stetson. 
9.49 miles
12.29 mph

hueland pond looking south to wiregrass ranch high school

hueland pond looking south to wiregrass ranch high school

Saturday
77° humidity 95% wind 0
Back feels 95% better. 
Pushing it a little more but not crazy. 
8.42 miles
12.79mph

someday we will be able to ride farther east along sr56

someday we will be able to ride farther east along sr56

Sunday
78° humidity 92% wind 5 SE
Windy. Back feels fine. 
13.42 miles
12.31 mph

This week 71.9
This year 1944

20170730 cycling

muddy

muddy

Monday
77° humidity 90% wind 3 S
Still no energy. And continuous ankle pain. Short ride. 
7.44 miles
12.32 mph

union park

union park

Tuesday
82° humidity 86% wind 1 SE
Hot and windier that reported. Also muddy in spots. 
Heat Index said it felt like 96°.
13.23 miles
12.51 mph

the eastern end of santa luce drive in estancia

the eastern end of santa luce drive in estancia

Wednesday
78° humidity 85% wind 2 WNW
I rode north on BBD to Chancey. I rode through Estancia surprised that most of it is open. Even the gated villages have open sidewalks. 
14.25 miles
12.40 mph

rain clouds forming off the coast

rain clouds forming off the coast

Thursday
75° humidity 91% wind 2 E-SE
Too warm and windy despite what the weather app says. 
13.24 miles
12.12 mph

hot air balloon flying low

hot air balloon flying low

Friday
75° humidity 94% wind 2 SSE
I could hear the balloon before I could see it because it was so close. When it flew over my head, I stopped and took a photo. 
7.44 miles
12.10 mph

Saturday
76° humidity 97% wind 5 SW
Short ride to BBD to SR56. 
7.13
12.29 mph

gloomy ride along hueland pond

gloomy ride along hueland pond

Sunday
81° humidity 85% wind 7-11 SW
It didn't seem windy until I turned onto Hueland Pond. The dark clouds were moving quickly. 
It rained for a few minutes along Mansfield. Enough to clean my bike and soak my clothes. 
8.16 miles
12.20 mph
This week 70.8
This year 1872

20170723 cycling

looking north at mansfield and SR56 

looking north at mansfield and SR56 

Monday
74° humidity 96% wind 3 SE
One loop. Uneventful. 
9.02 miles
12.32 mph

union park

union park

Tuesday
75° humidity 94% wind 3 SE
Distracted by work scheduling thoughts. The ride passed by quickly
13.22 miles
12.56 mph

looking northwest at mansfield and sr56

looking northwest at mansfield and sr56

Wednesday
76° humidity 93% wind 2 E
Only time for a short ride. 
6.54 miles
12.95 mph

union park

union park

Thursday
77° humidity 92% wind 3 SE
Hazy. Had to takeoff my glasses. Steamy ponds. 
13.27 miles
12.55 mph

union park

union park

Friday
74° humidity 96% wind 3 SE
Tired. Not much energy. 
13.26 miles
12.54 mph

looking we at mansfield and sr56

looking we at mansfield and sr56

Saturday
77° humidity 91% wind 4 SSE
Hot, windy. 
14.04 miles
12.44 mph

washout at the ridge

washout at the ridge

Sunday
77° humidity 91% wind 6 S
I didn't want to ride but didn't want to end my streak. 
Cloudy and windy and a few sprinkles. 
7.45 miles
11.56 mph

This week 76.7
This year 1801

20170716 cycling

blocked

blocked

Monday
74° humidity 95% wind 4 SE
Late start, I took the shortcut at The Ridge. Stopped and took a photo. Started again and turned a corner to find a palm tree blocking the path. Glad I wasn't going faster. 
7.41 miles
12.1 mph

and they didn't even seem to care. they left all the zip ties on the ground.

and they didn't even seem to care. they left all the zip ties on the ground.

Tuesday
75° humidity 96% wind 4 ESE
Warm and windy. I rode to Union Park. There were construction vehicles in the new section so I stayed out. 
They were removing the construction fencing at Behavioral Health and blocking the MUP. 
12.36 miles
12.04 mph

union park

union park

Wednesday
75° humidity 96% wind 3 ENE
Sunny and humid. Not much energy. 
No obstacles today. 
There was a crash at Mansfield and CLR. 
13.49 miles
11.84 mph

SR56 entension

SR56 entension

Thursday
75° humidity 95% wind 5 NE
Windy. Short ride because of work. 
6.07 miles
11.74 mph

storms forming along the cost

storms forming along the cost

Friday
76° humidity 98% wind 7 E
Mostly cloudy and windy. 
Mind wandering most of the ride. 
13.25 miles
12.36 mph

union park

union park

Saturday
75° humidity 97% wind 4 E
One loop. Good pace. Nearly clipped by car turning left from Stetson to CLR. I almost lost control as I rode over the curb. 
9.05 miles
12.44 mph

Sunday
78° humidity 95% wind 3 SE
Muggy. 
Met Dee. She lives in MPI. I passed her on SR56 and then she kept up with my to Mansfield. She went straight when I turned. I forgot to hit pause when we stopped at the light. 
13.21 miles
12.1+ mph
This week 74.8
This year 1724

20170709 cycling

thick clouds in the distance are storms off the coast

thick clouds in the distance are storms off the coast

Monday
77° humidity 91% wind 4 SSE
Didn't feel like riding but just started pedaling. 
13.25 miles
12.5 mph

union park

union park

Tuesday
79° humidity 89% wind 3 SE
Too hot to push. 
I saw people getting reading for a parade at Union Park. 
13.26 miles
11.91 mph

winds made the fence lean. their solution was to block the path.

winds made the fence lean. their solution was to block the path.

Wednesday
75° humidity 93% wind 3 SE
Sunny and humid. 
One loop. 
Realized the wind on Monday night must have blown the street closed sign across the road as well as shifting the fence at the mental health facility. They had a portion of the fence locking the path. 
9.04 miles
12.55 mph

looking west along SR56

looking west along SR56

Thursday
74° humidity 99% wind 3 SE
Felt just a bit cooler. 
Slight tachycardia on Beardsley, lasted less than a minute. 
I took a shorter route. 
7.44 miles
12.0 mph

looking west along SR56

looking west along SR56

Friday
81° humidity 78% wind 4 SSE
Hot and windy. 
Lots of dragonflies along the MUP on SR56
13.2 miles
12.23 mph

storms brewing in the distance

storms brewing in the distance

Saturday
78° humidity 93% wind 3 SE
Short ride. 
Saw a hot air balloon being loaded up after it landed next to MPB. Some tree branches were knocked off during landing. 
8.46 miles
12.52 mph

splash pad at union park

splash pad at union park

Sunday
79° humidity 91% wind 3 SSE-SSW
Didn't really plan on riding an hour but I did. Wind seemed against me at every turn. 
12.8 miles
12.16 mph

This week 77.4
This year 1650

20170702 cycling

the ridge at wiregrass

the ridge at wiregrass

Monday
77° humidity 91% wind 2 S
Headwind at every turn?! It wasn't strong but it never let up. 
7.45 miles
12.59 mph

splash pad at union park

splash pad at union park

Tuesday
78° humidity 89% wind 2 SSW
With the wind change, I went a different route. I went up BBD to Chancey. I rode back down to SR56 east to MPB. I rode in Union Park and even explored the new roads though it really isn't open to ride. No one bothered me. 
My feet started hurt after 50 minutes. 
17.4 miles
12.6+ mph (I forgot to hit pause once)

hot air balloon over wiregrass

hot air balloon over wiregrass

Wednesday
72° humidity 96% wind 5 NE
One loop. Cooler and steamy pond. 
Hot air balloon. No cows. 
9.05
12.53 mph

Thursday
75° humidity 95% wind 5 ENE
Hazy. Had to take off my glasses. 
Legs were tired. I just kept pedaling. 
9.02 miles
12.53 mph

union park

union park

Friday
76° humidity 97% wind 4 ESE
Muggy and windy. Not much energy to ride. 
12.53 miles
12.35 mph

Saturday
78° humidity 92% wind 4 SE
Muggy and windy. 
Short ride. Distracted or tired
7.49 miles
12.29 mph

union park

union park

Sunday
80° humidity 89% wind 3 SE
Hot, humid and windy. 
I didn't feel like riding so I took it easy. 
I rode through Union Park even in the new area. There were no construction workers. Other people were walking
13.2 miles
12.36 mph

This week 76.1
This year 1572

20170625 cycling

Monday
74° humidity 98% wind 7 ESE
Overcast and windy. Late start = short ride. 
6.22 miles
12.16 mph

Tuesday
73° humidity 100% wind 8 ESE
Dark so I chose a route with street lights. I am kind of glad I went early since it is already windy. 
6.07 miles
11.95 mph

the grasses grew back quickly

the grasses grew back quickly

Wednesday
77° humidity 91% wind 10 SE
Very windy in the wake of Cindy. 
Very little energy, too. 
Headwind along Mansfield. 
12.79 miles
12.12 mph

hazy morning

hazy morning

Thursday
75° humidity 97% wind 6 SE
Too humid and windy. 
I keep looking for the alligator but I haven't seen him again. 
9.13 miles
12.44 mph

cows in the pasture south of SR56 

cows in the pasture south of SR56 

Friday
75° humidity 89% wind 5 SE
Tired and didn't feel like fighting the wind. Also distracted thinking about work. I missed my turn at Mansfield and almost missed the sidewalk.
Headwind along Mansfield
9.03 miles
12.61 mph

the clouds are getting more dramatic as summer begins

the clouds are getting more dramatic as summer begins

Saturday
78° humidity 91% wind 3 SE
Too humid but less windy. 
9.02 miles
12.8 mph

no trespassing on the SR56 extension

no trespassing on the SR56 extension

Sunday
82° humidity 79% wind 3 SE
Muggy.
Short ride.
7.5 miles
12.3 mph
This week 59.7
This year 1496

20170618 cycling

Grey skies.

Grey skies.

Monday
75° humidity 93% wind 5 NE
Hazy, windy and a few drops of rain. I am scheduled to work late so I got in a longer ride. 
Gas crew blocking most of path at The Beach House. I only had to slow down and not stop. 
12.39 miles
12.8 mph

The car on the right drove on the MUP all the way to Hueland Pond then turn onto the closed road!

The car on the right drove on the MUP all the way to Hueland Pond then turn onto the closed road!

Tuesday
77° humidity 93% wind 3 ENE
Hazy and windy. 
Gas crew blocking path at The Ridge.
A few sprinkles. 
12.45 miles
12.80 mph

mount wesley chapel is demising as the road construction continues.

mount wesley chapel is demising as the road construction continues.

Wednesday
73° humidity 96% wind 5 E
Another grey day with moisture, too. I had to take off my glasses. 
Near hit with VW coming out of The Ridge. He stopped just as I braked. 
The erosion control at The Beach House is lying across the MUP. They don't bother to put it back. There are 2x2 spikes along the fabric. Assholes. 
9.03 miles
12.92 mph

more posts for the wall to hide the residents at the ridge

more posts for the wall to hide the residents at the ridge

Thursday
71° humidity 97% wind 3 SE
Mostly cloudy with some patches of blue peeking through. I saw an alligator in the pond on Beardsley. That it the first time I saw one there. 
8:43 miles
12.97 mph

the just don't seem to understand that no motor vehicles means them, too

the just don't seem to understand that no motor vehicles means them, too

Friday
73° humidity 95% wind 5 SSE
The sun came back!
A lot of construction work to make up for the rainy week. 
Crew blocking SR56 at The Ridge. 
Slight pain behind my right knee. 
14.35 miles
12.34 mph

blue skies are back!

blue skies are back!

Saturday
73° humidity 94% wind 4 SSE
Sunny. My ankle hurt and it took awhile to warm up my legs. 
12.44 miles
12.53 mph

the cows were missing for a couple of days. i don't know if they moves them to another pasture or they were just grazing in the copse of trees.

the cows were missing for a couple of days. i don't know if they moves them to another pasture or they were just grazing in the copse of trees.

Sunday
78° humidity 92% wind 5 SE
I didn't want to ride. I wanted to go back to bed. I started out easy and stayed that way. Too warm
Cows were back in the corner pasture
7.43 miles
11.70 mph
This week 76.5 miles
This year 1436 miles 

20170611 cycling

It was rainy this week. I didn't get as much riding in as I would have liked. But I made sure I rode everyday.

Monday
Drizzle
76° humidity 86% wind 7S
No way to avoid the wind. Oh well, just a quick ride. My knees and feet were aching from a busy day at work.
6.04 miles
12.04 mph

looking west along state road 56

looking west along state road 56

Tuesday
74° humidity 94% wind 6 mph
Overcast and windy. 
Short loop. 
7.42 miles
12.35 mph

Wednesday
78° humidity 88% wind 10 SSW
Light rain to start. I could feel the water from the tire hit my back. Ten minutes in, it got heavy and I was soaked before I could even turn around. I kept going. 
Turning left from MPB to SR56, a car was too close to the curb. I tried to squeeze by but lost control and crashed into the medium. Thankfully it is just grass. I got up, walked across to the path and went on. No one rolls down a window to ask if I was OK. I gave the driver a dirty look. 
Rode through The Ridge. One area was covered in muddy water. I pedaled slowly and the water was over my shoes on the downstroke!
7.42 miles
11.86 mph

the sun came out in the morning but it was rainy the rest of the day

the sun came out in the morning but it was rainy the rest of the day

Thursday
76° humidity 94% wind 5-7 S
The sun was out and the glare against the wet roads was blinding. 
Lots of dead frogs. 
Not much energy so I kept at an easy pace. 
12.46
12.04 mph

not sure why the school buses were out. i saw two and assume they must be out to test drive the summer school routes.

not sure why the school buses were out. i saw two and assume they must be out to test drive the summer school routes.

Friday
72° humidity 94% wind 7 NE
Less humid, it felt cooler. Roads were mostly dry. Little strength in my legs. It took a while to warm up and get up to speed. 
Didn't push. Couldn't push
Ponds have water again. 
Tailwinds on SR56 means headwind along Mansfield. 
12.45 miles
12.05 mph

they don't usually leave the cattle in one pasture for so long. these cows have been here at least a week.

they don't usually leave the cattle in one pasture for so long. these cows have been here at least a week.

Saturday
74° humidity 94% wind 5 SE
Not much energy today and a late start. 
7.48 miles
12.59 mph

magnolia bloom at the ridge

magnolia bloom at the ridge

Sunday
78° humidity 92% wind 4 SE
Overcast, windy and few sprinkles. 
7.42 miles
12.20 mph
This week 60.7 miles
This year 1360 miles