This is sometimes, but not always, better. In relation to bicycling, bigger roads often give more room for bicycles, which is really nice when we can take our own lane or have a super-wide shoulder. Unfortunately, bigger roads often mean more car and truck traffic, rather than bicycles, and higher speed limits. So we take what we can get but weren't completely satisfied as the vehicle traffic zoomed by us at 70+ mph yesterday, even though we had plenty of space on the side. It's still nerve-racking.
In Frisco on Thursday morning we were treated to a complimentary midway bike tune-up - including new chains for Derek (Jeanie's ride), Newbie (Chelsea's ride), and Bugscuttle Flea (Steph's ride) - at Richardson Bike Mart. Thanks again to Joel from the Shawnee Trail Cycling Club and the great mechanics who helped us out. Our bikes moved much smoother after the much-needed surgery.
|Thanks Richardson Bike Mart!|
|Betsy Thomas and her fluffy kitten!|
|The Thomas' sleepy dog.|
|DFW Metroplex cyclists|
|Mark Solow and Roxy - Chcck out your soon-to-be rig, Kappy (my dog at home)|
We spent the night in the Metroplex at our cousin's Phil and Betsy Thomas' house in the northern part of the city, where we were treated to a delicious dinner, hot tub time, and comfy beds. With our energy recharged and our "pantry" restocked, we braced ourselves for a battle through the Friday morning Dallas traffic and our longest mileage day yet. An early start got us out of the city with surprisingly little traffic trouble, although we only saw 2 other potential bike commuters. Warren Casteel from Bike DFW tried to help us with a safe route out of the city (thanks!), but we still had a few dirt roads and a headwind from the south the whole rest of the day. Despite everything, we covered 117 miles, finishing at a busy spring break campground at Fairfield Lake State Park. Even though we arrived after dark and left early the next morning, we were still happy to observe many kids and adults riding all around the campground on bikes. Definitely an example of a very safe route.
|Scary Dallas is over. Phew.|
|Beautiful Bluebonnets. Texas state flower.|
|Maybe we could have found better quality road surface, but they sure were scenie!|
|Low water crossing. Life on the road is always exciting.|
|Another flat. Please hold out one more week tires!|
|Team RASR to turtle rescue. Mission accomplished.|
|Jeanie is a dachshund magnet! Her dog Dash in spirit, across the country.|
|More like RASR stop sign, for our daily ice cream.|
|Texas A&M football stadium. Like I said, everything is bigger in Texas.|
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