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January starts a New Year!! So who wants to ride and share your miles with others? It's simple, Post a picture of your odometer at the beginning of the month and one at the end. Ending mileage will be due no later than midnight of the last day on month. If you own more than one bike then total miles on all count (only your miles count, not other rider miles), just have to submit beginning and ending readings for all bikes. We will do this every month so riders with limited riding weather during winter will have a chance during the summer. If you participatd in the previous months challenge your ending reading in that one will your beginning reading for this month.

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Got a nice ride in yesterday on my day off. Started out a little cool and about 2 hours in I got down right cold. Warmed up in the afternoon nicely. I forgot to pause the Relive app, only road for 8 hours, rest of time was at property.


Here's some raw video of my ride yesterday. Didn't edit much and it's long, 25 minutes. I was thinking some folks can't ride due to weather right now and might want to see a little more of the Texas hill country looks like. The higher terrain is about 30 miles west of my place. The video is me going around the lake from the east, then heading north, then west to then south to my place. Hopefully it's not too boring.

 

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Just enjoyed your ride while I snacked down my sandwich lunch. I note that it is quite dry there, or does the ground soak up water fast? Leaving on a good roadway with a decent speed and then on to a secondary road with a few tight bends and finally onto a dirt road, really gives the impression of living "out in the sticks", as we say here. All in all I did enjoy your undulating ride, just cannot grasp the fact that you guys ride on the wrong side of the road!! Another difference is the road markings. Over here the middle lines are white and the side lines are yellow. Can't you guys get anything right... 😂
 

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Good observations. Where I’m at now, Houston, we actually get a lot of rain due to being on Gulf Coast. Bandera, where I’m moving, is 200 inland, with higher elevation and on the edge of very dry West Texas area. Not much rain fall plus ground soaks it up pretty quickly. As far as being “in the sticks”, that’s the plan. I’m moving from Houston with over 7 million people to an area that the closest town has 953 people. This will be my front window view.

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While not the best view, I’ll definitely enjoy my coffee looking over the valley. That’s actually a lake that’s extremely low right now due to lack of rain. I’ve got 132 days before I retire. You understand we drive on the “right” side of the road and you are on the wrong side. ;)
I really enjoy watching riding videos from around the world and seeing the differences.
 

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For comparison of the concrete jungle I’m moving from here’s a video. I recently sold my house, to finance retirement home, and moved into apartment. First time wife and I have been in an apartment since 1986. Anyway, here’s my current commute. See why I’m so excited about moving to the “sticks”?

 

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Ah, the early bird catches the worm. I too have had my share of going to work in the hours of darkness. i see you park in the yellow zone between the red pylons. Does your bike stay there till you pick it up to go home? You also have a good amount of freeway work which helps the commute.

I could wake up to that view with a cup of coffee in the morning. Below is my early morning view. I look inland, the sea is just behind us as we are on top of the coastal ridge they call the Bluff. So the view is straight towards the Durban University on the hill on the other side of the harbour. Beyond the university 90km away you would find the town of Pietermaritzburg. Slightly to the right of the university is the harbour and to the right of that is central Durban, about 10km away as you have to go around the harbour.

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Ah, the early bird catches the worm. I too have had my share of going to work in the hours of darkness. i see you park in the yellow zone between the red pylons. Does your bike stay there till you pick it up to go home? You also have a good amount of freeway work which helps the commute.
Love you views. I have to be at work at 5am, so commute in is always in the dark. There's actually three of us that ride and have our own little parking spot. The bikes are protected from getting messed with but do sit in sun all day. Also in Houston, there's always construction, it's a mess.

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Reminder, January ending mileage due tomorrow night by 11:59pm. Hopefully weather is nice enough that a few of you get out today. It's been a wet month for me but might get an extra ride in this afternoon.
 

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Going to post my ending mileaga tad early , family stuff today and rain tomorrow.

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Think I'll not do a challenge next month, maybe we can get others to join in the spring, or fall depending on where you live.
 

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Here is my end Jan photo. The weather here has been horrendous the last week. Very, very hot and humid, too hot to actually ride. The heat reflecting off all the city buildings. Add in a few afternoon thunder showers just to mix things up. Now we have a large cold front moving up the coast from Cape Town so the bottom of South Africa is wet, while up here on the east coast we are bracing for the possible arrival of a tropical cyclone that is battering Madagascar with deluges of rain and high winds. When the storm currently tracking SW hits the warm water in the Mozambique channel it will swing south. just how much south is up for grabs, so we are all advised to batten down for some high winds and large sea swells that will pound the coast. The approaching cold front from the SE and the tropical cyclone will converge off our part of the world, hopefully just off shore.

Not a good picture for planning a bike ride. Enjoy your day.

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Absolutely not. Congrats on a great month. Y`all game to continue next month? FYI, I haven't ridden once this month.

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Absolutely not. Congrats on a great month. Y`all game to continue next month? FYI, I haven't ridden once this month.

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Thanks for the trophy!
I’m up for the Feb challenge, but I’ve just bought a dirt bike so my attention and time will be divided.
Hopefully you’ll get some good riding weather soon!
 
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