As my fitness level improved I enjoyed the Six Thirty group rides more and more. Especially the Sunday morning Ted’s Taco Rides, despite the 7.30 a.m. start time.
The Taco Rides are 55 km / 35 mi or so loops that start from the West End shop on Blossom Street. The first part of the loop along Studemont Street, White Oak Drive and Hogan Street is reasonably relaxed. The drag up Elysian Street gets the heart pounding and the breathing gets a bit ragged. Everything settles down again during the last kilometre to Dona Maria Mexican Café on Navigation Boulevard in the East End.
This particular Sunday ride was during a visit to Houston last year. I took the chance to display the Not Possibles colours outside the Netherlands.
After juice, breakfast tacos and coffee the ride continues along Navigation and right onto West Hedrick Street. Once the tortillas, eggs and potatoes start to digest the pace picks up through Magnolia Park and Lawndale to MacGregor Park. The group reforms at the park as riders chat, have a drink and munch on Sports Beans. Everyone then heads out onto the bike trail that runs along Brays Bayou. Beechnut Street then carries the riders under Interstate 610 and north of the bayou. A right turn onto South Rice Avenue signals the start to the last third of the route through Bellaire, West University and River Oaks back to the bike shop.
Have I said I miss those tacos?