Leaving Austin – Racing in Dallas/Garland

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We’re driving up to Garland to do the Matrix Challenge this afternoon. I had a great time in Austin this past week and am glad I got to visit so long. Austin is sort of a ying yang thing for me. It has a lot of attraction, but there is the traffic. And it’s bad. Plus the heat that comes and stays pretty soon.

I don’t think I’ve raced in Garland since it really was a different town than Dallas, not just a suburb. I drove down to Garland for a Junior Olympic Developement race when I was 17. I got kicked out of the race, after I’d rode the whole day off the front by myself, for riding hard through a neutral zone of gravel. Of course, I was was already a minute ahead before Tom Boyden came up to the field and told them that the race was neutral. Hopefully this race will be better.

Trudi seems to be getting back on US time. She got up and did crossfit with Ann on Wednesday. 5:30 am exercise with kettle bells. She is past that and sleeping until 7 now. Bromont doesn’t even get out of bed when she gets up, which is very unlike him. She has another couple weeks to herself before she has to take off for the Tour of California.

I can’t believe that Joe Martin, Hillsboro Roubaix and the Iowa City Criterium are all next weekend. Man, is that a jacked schedule. I like all three races and can’t believe that someone wouldn’t take the time to look at the scheduling and figure that out. Seems like such a bad thing for the sport not being able to schedule these races on different weekends.

Just got a picture from the training ride yesterday back home. Looks like the burning is in full gear. Maybe this weekend will be perfect for it and they’ll get a lot of it done before I get back on Sunday night. I doubt it. They have extended the permits all the way into May as far as I can figure. Their thinking, just sort of horrible air for a longer period, not terrible air for a shorter period. Great.

Okay, we need to get moving, it’s 3 hours up to Garland.

Trudi didn't have her shoes or bike with her, so she just used Ann's dual suspension MTB bike for the past few days.

Trudi didn’t have her shoes or bike with her, so she just used Ann’s dual suspension MTB bike for the past few days.

Trudi brought me back a Paris-Roubaix directional sign from the race, for the garage.

Trudi brought me back a Paris-Roubaix directional sign from the race, for the garage.

Bill and I rode a new bike path out by the Driveway race, but it just stopped a few miles north.  It will be pretty great once it is finished.

Bill and I rode a new bike path out by the Driveway race, but it just stopped a few miles north. It will be pretty great once it is finished.

We got these in Dripping Springs.  Everything for $3.75.  Quite a deal.

We got these in Dripping Springs. Everything for $3.75. Quite a deal.

This is some of the best ice cream I've ever had.  I think it is seasonal.

This is some of the best ice cream I’ve ever had. I think it is seasonal.

Bromont is going to miss Ann and Lulu.  (And I know Ann, not your best photo ever.)

Bromont is going to miss Ann and Lulu. (And I know Ann, not your best photo ever.)

This is a nightly deal with Bromont.  He always hogs my side and then acts like he is asleep and won't move when I want to go to bed.

This is a nightly deal with Bromont. He always hogs my side and then acts like he is asleep and won’t move when I want to go to bed.

What I have to look forward to when I get back to Topeka.

What I have to look forward to when I get back to Topeka.

7 thoughts on “Leaving Austin – Racing in Dallas/Garland

  1. Dennis C

    I wish I had the energy that Steve Tilford has it seems every day. I look upon Steve as an authentic person. It is people like Steve that give me hope for this country.

     
  2. Christian Davenport

    All that burning in Kansas has blown plenty of smoke up to Nebraska. At least that’s what the weathermen are saying. Yesterday Omaha had a pretty thick haze and odor. It was sunny but visibility was definitely affected.

     
  3. Nikolas White

    Hi – Great to see you, Trudi, and Bill in Austin again. Enjoyed the visiting and KTB enjoyed meeting you and the Easter activities. Look forward to seeing you all again.

     
  4. bryan

    As I was leaving Auburn this afternoon I had to pull over and let some fire trucks roll by. As they did I thought “I bet this is for some idiot out there burning a field.” About a mile up the road, on 77th street, I see them down a bit next to a field that, yes, was on fire.

    OK, I do understand that today was not officially a Red Flag (no burning) day. But use common sense. The winds were pretty steady between 20 and 30 with lots of gusting. NOT the ideal burn conditions, unless of course you WANT a runaway fire. I hope whoever that was gets billed and is forced to pay for that fire truck service.

     
  5. chris

    Yep. It hazed out the sky over South Dakota too. Interesting to know where that started.

     
  6. Howl

    Steve, Blue Bell Ice Cream is year round. Peaches and Homemade Vanilla flavor tends to be available in the summer; Texas peaches ripen sometime in June.

     

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