Not far from the ride start was an old dogtrot house. As it was located close to a Criminal Justice establishment, it was probably relocated to its present location. Popular in the 19th and 20th centuries, dogtrot log cabins were essentially two log cabins separated by an open area. The opening is referred to as a trot and the function was to create a breezeway to keep occupants cool, but note that each cabin also had its own chimney. Many of the western books will have people sleeping and eating in the trot as it would be in the breeze of the prevailing winds.
Back to the ride. I went back to David to ask if he knew where Brian was. Yes, he is up there somewhere.
Bringing me back to focus was another rest stop. The Pedal for Paws had well spaced rest stops, good selection of snacks/fluids, and super friendly volunteers.
The ride had plenty of good long hills also as will be seen.
There were some downhills but it seemed two hills to one downhill.
I like to include a lot of shots of the ups and downs of a ride as we often refresh our memory about a ride before repeating it the next year.
6-7% grades in and of themselves aren't too bad. It is just when they go for 1/4 or more miles, it is about as taxing as a short 11%.
As we rounded a curve at Brookesmith, a temperature sign indicated 81 degrees, but as it was overcast with a "nice" breeze, it was quite comfortable.
This was not in Brookesmith but a good place to showcase other San Angelo riders: David here.
And me. Thank you Staci for the great pictures of the ride.
Should have used zoom as the cows had interesting horn shape and body structure.
After lunch debriefing. Jerry is demonstrating how the hills were. Lunch provided by the H.O.T. Cyclist Club was a choice of hamburger or sausage hot dog. Christine had the hamburger. I had the hot dog. Both of us were happy.