Below is the route I took. The total distance to Hidden Cove Park and back from home is NOT 57 miles. It is only around 40 miles. For some reason, I can not get Garmin to not pass on the wrong parameters to Ride With GPS or I am doing something wrong. However, I rode another 8 miles after the trip to Frisco. So, I did ride 48 miles or so, FWIW :)
I rode from home to the Farmer's Branch DART station to catch the Greenline to North Carrollton station.
DART train, right on time!
Raised crosswalk - I was just reading about these in the Rails-To-Trails magazine last night! They exist in Texas, whoda thunk?
And, then this happened! Josey lane turned into FM 423, with only one lane, with speed limit of 50 or so. Oh, did I mention there wasn't "no shoulder"?
I eventually took a turn off FM 423 onto Stonebrook Parkway, which was a bliss. Hardly any traffic and those that drove on this road were cautious and courteous. We need more of these drivers! Pictured below is the Frisco Lakes Village Center. More about this in a short bit!
Interestingly enough, when I pulled over to take photos of the traffic, I thought I noticed that the vehicles going in direction of my travel slowed down. But soon I realized that traffic in both direction had slowed down. This made me wonder if I was mistaken for a Highway Construction Worker. They could have proceeded at the same speed they were going before. Why did they slow down? Did my Hi-Vis vest abd the orange cones prompt them to slow down? If that's what it was, that's fantastic. At least for the cyclist...
The wind picked up on the way back. It was a fairly warm day today. I needed a treat. So, I stopped at Braum's and had an Ice cream cone. $1.79 for two sizable scoops, not bad, eh?
can-am (Bombardier Produits Récréatifs).
- During the LCI Training, LAB's Director of Education, Preston Tyree told us, "You are responsible for your safety. Do not compromise your safety for someone else's convenience". Preston - thank you. This resonated very well with me the first time I heard you say it, and it still does. It was something I had to recite many times today, in order to reassure myself that I was doing the right thing by driving my bicycle vehicularly and lawfully.
- It is okay to pull-over and take a break if you think your nerves are gonna be shot if you continue doing what you are doing. This applies to all walks of life, vehicular cycling is no exception.
- Proper nutrition is key to being able to ride without getting cramps and such. If you know you are going into uncharted territories, carry some sports drink/chia seeds/salt/coconut-water.
Hope your day was a great one!