Monthly Archives: August 2010

Fredericksburg Rides

Last weekend I went on a few absolutely wonderful rides around Fredericksburg. All of them I had found on the CycleTexas website. Here’s what I did:

  • Saturday, after arriving in Fredericksburg at around 2 p.m., the Twilight Twenty: It’s a wonderful and relatively short [20 miles] ride out of Fredericksburg towards the west. What I liked most on this ride was the curving and rolling Hayden Ranch Road, very quiet, with nearly no traffic. What I disliked most was that some of the way back was RR 2093, a two-lane road with no shoulder to ride on: not really something for bicyclists, especially not on the curvy and hilly roads around Fredericksburg. But in spite of that: I enjoyed the ride a lot. And it was just the right length and difficulty [not more than 8% grades and those mercifully short] to get me acquanited to that type countryside, having ridden nearly always this year in the gently rolling countryside of Karnes County.
  • Sunday, the Luckenbach Loop: That ride takes you out to the east and, as the name suggests, through Luckenbach [of Willie Nelson fame]. With 32 miles and grades of up to 9% [well, accidentally I missed the hardest climb on Broadway in Cain City] it was a tad more difficult than the Twilight Twenty, but not too much: “doable” is what I’d call it. And the scenery was great, especially on the quiet Jung Lane, but also on the Luckenbach Road and the Old San Antonio Road. A certain “plus” on this ride is that you can get refreshments in Luckenbach.
  • Monday, Little Switzerland: This ride was, as far as the scenery goes, the most enjoyable of the tree rides. And it was also the hardest, at 42 miles and with grades of up to 14% – if my Garmin [Edge 305] is correct. But even if it taxed the shape I’m in at present and even if I got tired at the end, I really enjoyed it, especially (Lower) Crabapple Road, Welgehausen Road [with views even of Enchanted Rock], and Keese-Saegebiel Road, each of them very quiet Texas Hill Country backroads. What taxed my endurance was not only the grades, but also the heat, with more than 100 degrees. I’m glad I had my 3-litre-Camelbak with me as I nearly sucked it dry. Next time I might take some additional water bottles – just in case. Or do that ride at a different time of the year.

For more information about the rides, check out these links:

  • Twilight Twenty:
  1. GPS-Data, maps and views in GoogleEarth @ GPSies.com
  2. Description, map and cue sheet @CycleTexas.com
  3. My personal weblog @ Pit’s persönliches Blog
  • Luckenbach Loop:
  1. GPS-Data, maps and views in GoogleEarth @ GPSies.com
  2. Description, map and cue sheet @ CycleTexas.com
  3. My personal weblog @ Pit’s persönliches Blog
  • Little Switzerland:
  1. GPS-Data, maps and views in GoogleEarth @ GPSies.com
  2. Description, map and cue sheet @ CycleTexas.com
  3. My personal weblog @ Pit’s persönliches Blog

And here are a few pictures from those rides, nothing really exciting as far as photography goes, but enough to show the great scenery, I think:

twilight twenty

Twilight Twenty (1): Entering Hayden Ranch Road from Hwy 290

twilight twenty

Twilight Twenty (2): On Hayden Ranch Road

Luckenbach Loop

Luckenbach Loop (1): Looking back towards Fredericksburg

Luckenbach Loop

Texas Hill Country Backroads: Up and Down and Little Traffic

Luckenbach Loop

Luckenbach Loop (3): Downhill on Jung Lane

Luckenbach Loop

Luckenbach Loop (4): Barons Creek

Little Switzerland

Little Switzerland (1): An Appetizer

Little Switzerland

Little Switzerland (2): Glad I Made It up to Here

Little Switzerland

Little Switzerland (3): Crabapple Creek

Little Switzerland

Little Switzerland (4): Crabapple Creek Again

Little Switzerland

Little Switzerland (5): More Open Vistas

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BikeTexas Action Alert: No Bike Bans!

Today, August 25, 2010, BikeTexas is posting an online petition against bike bans. Please take a moment to sign it and support Texas cyclists’ right to ride.

Many Texas cyclists are aware that the City Council of Bartonville, a small rural community just south of Denton, amended a city ordinance this past June to restrict the number of cyclists passing through their incorporated area.  Bartonville is a popular riding area for many DFW-area cyclists and clubs, and this ban will affect them greatly.

We are asking Texas cyclists to support the rights of cyclists to the road by signing the “No Bike Bans!” petition and encouraging family and friends, whether cyclists or not, to sign as well. This petition will also be available at the BikeTexas Hotter’N Hell booth this coming weekend.

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Tires and Chipseal – a Neverending Story

As my Schwalbe Ultremo R.1 only lasted for a few rides on these chipseal roads around here, I had to replace them and am now trying out Continental Force/Attack tires. The “Force” is 22mm and is used on the front wheel, while the “Attack” is 24mm and used on the rear wheel. I really hope they’ll last longer.

Btw, I got them fairly cheap – much cheaper than here in the US – by mail order in Germany.

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TxDOT to Host 27 Public Input Meetings for Long-Range Plan Development

Please plan to attend a meeting [for a list of the planned meetings, click here] close to you and give your feedback.

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) continues the process started earlier this year of gathering public input for the updating Statewide Long-Range Transportation Plan. According to TxDOT, “the new Statewide Long-Range Transportation Plan 2035 will serve as the state’s 24-year ‘blueprint’ for the planning process.”

Earlier this year, TxDOT had solicited public input from earlier meetings and questionnaires. Additional meetings were held July 26-30 in Houston, Lubbock, Fort Worth, Corpus Christi and El Paso.

Handouts can be downloaded here.

Newsletters can be downloaded here.

Newsletters can be subscribed to here.

During August, the next series of twenty-seven meetings are scheduled in the twenty-five TxDOT District Offices or other local venues to collect input from the public.

Written comments can be submitted to TxDOT until October 1, 2010.

Comments can be submitted here.

For more information, ckeck out also the Bike Texas website.

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