Another Van Zandt County Ride

It was pretty chilly this morning, so I waited for it to warm up, and took off on the Corsa just past noon. I did pretty much the same route as last Saturday, first riding out to Purtis Creek State Park, then on into Van Zandt County, doing a loop out to SH 19 and back. There was a pretty stiff west-southwest wind that made the return ride a chore. I ended up with 51.6 miles.

Rose and I did two 25 mile rides on the Screamer tandem this week, so I managed to ride over 100 miles for the week. There are quite a few January weeks that I don’t get that many miles, so a warm enough week to get some miles in was appreciated.

Today’s route.

The Screamer at Purtis Creek State Park.

Van Zandt County Ride

Well, as is usually the case, the blog has been quiet in January. It’s been mostly cold and/or rainy, and I haven’t been doing anything other than short rides. I did pedal the kayak about four miles last Saturday, crappie fishing on the Brazos River above Lake Whitney. The fishing was slow, but I did take a couple of photos of fossils in a huge boulder. If I ever manage to retire, I want to add fossil hunting as another hobby.

Finally, today was a warmer day with sunshine, so I waited until almost noon for things to warm up and dry out, then took off on the Corsa. I hadn’t ridden the Corsa in a couple of months. Today was warm enough that I didn’t feel I needed the fairing on the Xstream, and today’s ride reminded me of why the Corsa is still my favorite bike ever.

I rode out to Purtis Creek State Park, then on into Van Zandt County, doing a loop out to SH 19 and back. The northwest wind was a tailwind for most of the ride out, but made the ride back a chore. I ended up with 51 miles even.

Today’s route.

Most of the rock containing the Brazos fossils.

Closeup of the fossils.