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    Congrats on the ride & now being a true RV'er by virtue of staying @ Wal Mart. From what I can see thats a cotton field, they don't farm soybeans much in the CB. Crop actually looks good for the rain that they have received.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Toobin' Tobin View Post
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    Congrats to you and the missus Tobin, yall look great! Keep up the great work and thanks for sharing your journey and inspiration!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Toobin' Tobin View Post
    Soy Bean Farms. Wind Farms.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Doug View Post
    From what I can see thats a cotton field, they don't farm soybeans much in the CB. Crop actually looks good for the rain that they have received.
    Gotcha, a local said soy was the other crop besides corn, I know the other deal they were farming was wind tho.. I know what wind feels like when I ride into it! I was thinking the crops down there looked very green too.


    Quote Originally Posted by Suger&Spice
    Congrats to you and the missus Tobin, yall look great! Keep up the great work and thanks for sharing your journey and inspiration!
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    My oh my. I have not been riding the last bit and have put on weight. Been mad at myself for not being in shape and frustrated. I came back to the land of mojo looking for inspiration. And what did I find, but Toobin's thread basically saying lots of things I've been thinking. Guess I will use my hikes in the Jemez Mountains this weekend to kick start my butt back in gear. Good to see some familiar names and faces on this thread. Oh, and hello everyone.
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    Saturday May 21st.
    Mr Bill & I rode from Smithville to Warda and back to Smithville again via the Excruciation Exam (formerly known as Torture Test) route. I forgot my camera, which was a good thing as it rained on us from Warda to Winchester, TX. Even with the rain, we had a really good time. Once back at Rocky Hill in Smithville, I rode a lap with Mrs. Hello Kitty on the Pro couse and quickly faded in the heat. I hadn't been eating like I normally had on the ride and was not used to riding lots of milage on gravel roads. It was also hot with temps in the upper 90's and very humid with 98% humidity. I was just not used to it.

    Mrs. Hello Kitty got a new bike and gave me a nice riser bar from her old one to put on my bike. I'm going to do just that, it will go to Leadville.

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    Saturday May 28th - I was fortunate enough to get an invitation to ride with Peloton One. During the ride, President Bush gave me the nickname "New Braunfels".
    "Come on New Braunfels... pedal harder New Braunfels... get after it New Braunfels..." He had a really good sense of humor, cracking jokes with everyone in the group the entire ride.

    I was very surprised at how strong a rider he was... fitness & skill wise, he didn't dab once and we carried a nice consistent pace the entire time. There was an audience of 50+ people waiting at the trail head, hoping to get a pic, autograph, ect... he made time for every single one of them.

    During the ride, we talked a bit about the riding he recently did out in Terlingua with the Wounded Warrior 100, our good friends Mike Long, Crystal Allbright & Kevin Urbbanczyk were some of the ride leaders for that one. He absolutely loved the riding out there and can't wait to go back and ride again. (He's a fan of Fresno Creek, one of my favorites!)


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    He seems like a guy to have a beer with, non alcoholic obviously !

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    Quote Originally Posted by roubaixtx View Post
    He seems like a guy to have a beer with, non alcoholic obviously !
    no he is NOT; he is a republican.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Z View Post
    no he is NOT; he is a republican.
    Richard, I am an equal opportunities drinker !

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    Saturday 6/4/11
    NB to LaVernia to San Marcos to NB.

    Part of my route included the Tour de Cure route where I caught up with some of the riders doing that event. A good sized group from SouthWest Research “Roadrunners” were kind enough to haul me around for a few miles before pulling into one of the ride’s rest stops. I was really hoping to see George & another friend from work, Scott out on the course but that didn’t happen.

    The good dudes from the RoadRunners.


    I reached San Marcos and turned South to go home and ran into a group that had ridden out to that area from MojoFest/Canyon Lake. JoeToeClips had flatted and the group were all huddled under a tiny shrub trying to hide from the sunlight & heat while JTC fixed his mechanical. A few in the group are going to Ragbrai later this summer and were looking to put in some interval training at a local IceHouse so JTC and I lead them over to Rileys in Hunter which is one of the oldest ice houses in Texas. Unfortunately, they were closed, not to open for another hour, so we headed to the Historic Distric of Gruene in the City of New Braunfels to see what could be found there.

    Big gash. I think it was a scorpion.


    Mrs. Bowlingball pulling off an awesome “White Steel” pose.

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    SwRI was my employer for 30 years before I jumped ship for TN. I was all set to ride the 2002 Bike to the Beach with the fledgling Roadrunners before George indicated a Mojo team was forming with a Houston corporation sponsorship. Glad to see they are still an active road group.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Toobin' Tobin View Post
    Saturday 6/4/11
    NB to LaVernia to San Marcos to NB.

    I was really hoping to see George & another friend from work, Scott out on the course but that didnít happen.
    We were about 30 minutes behind them, it seems. We started at the back of the 81 mile group and took it easy (someone was hungover from being out until 1:30am the night before) so we rode at a steady 18mph pace. Got into San Marcos around 12:15pm, having stopped a couple of times to refill water bottles, visit friends volunteering at the rest stops, etc...

    All in all, the Tour de Cure was a GREAT ride and I have to say, I had more fun doing it than the MS150.
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    Saturday 6/11/11 - 2 more months.

    Our buddy Marty who is preparing for the Breck Epic (100 miler in Breckenridge Co) came to ride with me on a very nice route.
    It was a big day and we started at 6:20A in order to beat the heat and get back in time to go to Scottish Dave's b-day shindig.
    Marty is from Vancouver and has done Trans Rockys and the BC Stage race, lots of great endurance riding experience and was able to share lots of knowledge with me. NOTE: Always tell someone when their helmet is crooked before snapping a photo.


    We had a follow vehicle (driven by Cap) with an ice chest full of cold water and met up with a teammate of mine, JRivers who lives in the Driftwood/Dripping Springs area. JR & his riding bud Kermin were doing an Imperial Century as well, but they started from Driftwood and ridden South to met us out West of Wimberly. JR had done the Dirty Kanzza (200 mile gravel road race up in Kansas) last Saturday. He got 150 miles in before a huge rain storm turned the dirt roads into 3 feet of mud and had to call it quits. He had some great stories to tell about that epic adventure.


    JR & Kermin peeled off once we got back to Wimberly again after riding almost up to Dripping Springs and Marty & I were then met by a group of 20 of my riding friends from New Braunfels who were doing a shorter route that day. Chris led us South on Hunter Rd. back to New Braunfels and as it was the last 10 miles of our ride, we were very glad he was willing to pull us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Toobin' Tobin
    We had a follow vehicle (driven by Cap) with an ice chest full of cold water...
    Props again to Cap for driving follow for us. I really liked being able to stop and grab fluids/food that I had packed myself rather than going into a convenience store & purchasing sports drinks, water, ect. It was also reassuring to have a vehicle driving behind you with flasher on to help protect you from oncoming vehicles. We were spoiled, very spoiled.

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    Saturday 6/18/11

    Medina - Vanderpool - Leakey - Vanderpool - Medina.
    If you want to climb, that route is the best that we have within an hour drive. We hit six very nice climbs along the way... my ears popped going up and down each one of them, and I got cold at the top of each one of them. Marco & I headed out to Deer Creek Camp in Medina, Texas and were treated like royalty once there on Friday evening/night. We woke up early and started riding when the sun came up in order to beat the heat.

    UP! That right turn at the top of the photo takes you around for more climbing, and it turns left after that for more climbing... and then left again for more climbing.


    Marco & I atop Condors Nest between Medina & Vanderpool, which was the first and final peak of the day.


    I've done a number of big rides since March and this day was the first time that my legs started "twitching" toward the end of the ride threatening to start cramping. It was on Condors Nest, the last climb of the day.

    George & Ed were close by at Lost Maples State Park camping and hiking, practicing for their upcoming Yosemite/Pacific Crest Trail excursion-adventure and George stopped by Deer Creek Camp Saturday afternoon on his way back home.

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    Nicely done. I know Vanderpool to Leakey has a monster steep climb. And some longer quick descents, which should have been fun on the way back. So how far out to the trip to CO?

    WTG!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RPS View Post
    I know Vanderpool to Leakey has a monster steep climb.
    The steep one is Condors Nest in the direction of Vanderpool to Medina. Both directions of CNest are steeper than the two climbs between V-pool & Leakey. Those two are longer, have switchbacks and are less of a grade.

    Quote Originally Posted by RPS View Post
    And some longer quick descents, which should have been fun on the way back.
    What is amazing is how long it takes to get up them compared to how long it takes to get down them. Lots of work, little bit of fun.

    Quote Originally Posted by RPS View Post
    So how far out to the trip to CO?
    A bit less than two months.

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