Driving and Biking in the Big City

Bike ride to El Paso

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Of course, I didn’t bike the 750 miles or so it would take to get from Houston to El Paso. Instead, I took this pretty short bike route that is my code name for a part of town that is not so much the Livable Forest, as much of Kingwood is known to be. The homes and landscaping are like another part of the country and remind me of my girlhood trips to El Paso to visit my oldest brother. So, when I tell the family I’m riding to El Paso, they know exactly where I mean and no longer fall out of their chairs laughing at me.

We have a few such code names for the bike routes around Kingwood. One is called four pools, and it’s just about a five-mile route that is edged by four neighborhood swimming pools. Ghost crossing is a favorite spot and is a story for another blog. I bike to two different lakes, libraries and over Lake Houston Bridge.

El Paso is a new neighborhood with very few trees and an excellent, long oval track through the homes where I see a lot of other serious bikers. They have their heads down and are logging several miles on the road and off the beaten path from most of the neighborhood traffic. I can get up my average speed to around 15 mph when I usually don’t count on much more than 10 or 12 mph because I usually take the winding traffic-y greenbelts. 

This is also the area where I like to bike when I want to ride at sunrise or sunset or when I want to see more of the night sky and if I’m going to ride late enough in the evening to log a nice ride but not be worried about cars. As a matter of fact, this flatter, treeless part of Kingwood is exactly where Big Johnny and I took our Celestron telescope back in 1986 to see the 76-year passing of Halley’s Comet. It was a once in a lifetime event for us, but my daughter will have a second chance when she’s about 80 years old.

I’m always reminded a bit of the scene from ET, the movie. I feel like I can lift off at any minute and ride my way into the sky and to the moon. These photos by Big Johnny are fresh as the morning dew and make me want to go back again for another couple of loops around the neighborhood. Maybe at sunset this time.


Written by commuterchroniclesdbh

April 10, 2012 at 4:41 pm

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  1. What a great description of your bike routes! I feel as if I was on the ride with you and that really makes me smile. Thanks for the smile today Denise!!

    Barbara Shreffler

    April 11, 2012 at 3:59 pm

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