November 27th, 2011
On the final day of the Rapha Turkey Takeoff Challenge on Strava I was greeted with temps in the thirties and the wind blowing over twenty miles per hour. With those winds Ben and I decided we would do a leisurely tour around Dallas and enjoy the ride rather than heading out to the country and just banging out the miles. It turned out to be a great call.
We rolled down the Santa Fe Trail and cut through a very quiet down town, enjoying the wide open streets cutting through the high-rises. The Christmas decorations were already up and the tourists were out by the Dealey Plaza. Still, we both laughed at how amazing it was that in a city of 6 million people downtown felt deserted on a cold Sunday morning.
Other early highlights of the ride were rolling through the Bishop Arts District and the Katy Trail. The Bishop Arts District has such a cool vibe, every time I’m over there I promise myself I will go more often. The Katy Trail was bustling with runners and walkers.
Ben showed me a new way to wind through Bluffview as we headed to Bachman Lake. I had driven by Bachman Lake before but never intended to cycle over there as the main road is lined with pawn shops, dodgy bars and ‘dancing’ establishments. I was grateful to have Ben show me the back way as the lake itself is great and it made for a good destination on our tour.
Cutting back through the Park Cities, the Katy Trail and downtown again, we eventually worked our way back to Lakewood and White Rock Lake. After a quick lap around the lake we set off to head north on the White Rock Trail.
That is when it happened. A reckless, marauding mini-van cutting through a parking lot tried to kill me. Okay, in fairness, I screwed up and was about to run up on Ben’s back wheel so I decided to ditch on my own terms. The mini-van just happened to be close. Close as in minding it’s own business and following the rules of the road. The bike and I both ended up with a few scratches but were still good to go.
Good stuff all around! A HUGE thanks to Strava and Rapha for coming up with the challenge. Please do it again next year and come up with some others!