I awoke early this morning (5 am) and got ready to ride. I had a speaking engagement at Memorial Hermann at 1:30 and another at 3 pm. It was only 56 miles, but there was a strong headwind. Every time I had a short distance it seems I always have a headwind! I tucked down in my aero bars and did some fast pedaling towards Houston. I was well-rested and fed and made good time.
I didn’t have to go into the city which was a blessing. The outskirts of Houston were heavy with traffic and they lived up to the hype of being a “non-bicycle friendly” city. My Higher Power was with me today and I arrived safely to John Shiflet – the Director of the University of Houston’s Collegiate Recovery Community. John had set up talks for me all around Houston for the weekend – 7 to be exact!
I went to Memorial Hermann to speak to the Young Adult Program then went across the campus to speak again to the Adolescent Program – where he used to work. I was particular fond of this group and I learned that Houston had “APGs” (Alternative Peer Groups) all over the city. These coupled with the Recovery High Schools and Collegiate Recovery Community gives Houston on of the largest populations of recovering young people in the world.
We left Memorial Hermann and went back to the house for a few before setting out to dinner and a meeting. There was a huge crawfish festival going on where the meeting was and we walked around and got some excellent food!
When I showed up at the meeting I was asked to be the speaker so I told my story for the third time that day! By the end of the day I was completely drained, but I felt good and glad I was able to learn how to eat some crawfish before I arrived in Louisiana!