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

6 Comments

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6 responses to “Fredericksburg Rides

  1. I have to get over to Fredericksburg and give these routes a try!

    • Pit

      Yes, the area around Fredericksburg and these routes especially are really worth riding. Let me draw your attention to 2 upcoming events, organized by the Hill Country Bicycle Touring Club [http://www.hcbtc.org]:

      – the Fredericksburg Fall Foliage Frolic [http://www.hcbtc.org/Frolic/index.html], Oct. 30, 2010
      – the 4th Annual LBJ 100 Bicycle Tour [http://www.lbj100bicycletour.org/], March 26, 2011

      Both are not competitive, but make for great bicycling.

      Regards,

      Pit

  2. Hi Pit, Hope you do make it to Alamo Springs Cafe, although it’s a ways from F’burg. If you have that night free, you might also arrive before sunset and check to see if the bats are still around at Old Tunnel (see http://hillcountrymysteries.blogspot.com/2010/09/old-tunnel-bat-emergence.html). The emergence of 3,000,000 bats in a 45 minutes feels looks-sounds-feels like another world.

    And if you can make it toward Comfort, Singing Water Vineyards unveils a special new wine on October 30th, named Freedom. Here’s more about Singing Water:
    (http://hillcountrymysteries.blogspot.com/2010/10/singing-water-vineyards-comfort-texas.html)

    WArmly,
    Kathleen

  3. Hier schreiben zwar alle englisch, aber ich bleib bei deutsch. Sonst lachst Du Dich vielleicht noch kaputt.🙂

    Auf den Bildern sieht man recht gut, wie es hier immer wieder ordentlich auf und ab geht. Little Switzerland passt da ja wirklich recht gut.🙂

    lg Gabi

    • Pit

      Hallo Gabi,
      danke für’s Vorbeischauen und den Kommentar. Dass hier alle nur auf englisch schreiben, liegt daran, dass kaum jemand im deutschsprachigen Raum dieses Blog kennt. Und ich habe es ja auch im Wesentlichen, um meine amerikanischen Radlerfreunde zu erreichen. Umso schöner finde ich, dass Du Dir die Mühe gemacht hast, reinzuschauen.
      Zum Auf und Ab: es ist eben “Hill Country”, und die Gegend trägt den Namen zu Recht.
      Wir waren übrigens gerade am Sonntag und Montag wieder da – in der Gegend von Fredericksburg. Einen neuen Artikel dazu habe ich gerade gepostet [http://tinyurl.com/82lzjjf]. Es war einfach absolut wunderbar. Und wie in dem Posting schon gesagt, wir tragen uns wirklich mit dem Gedanken, dahin [Fredericksburg und Umgebung oder Lake LBJ] umzuziehen, weil es hier doch immer ungemütlicher wird. Und weil Karnes City nun einmal nicht gerade ein schönes Städtchen ist.
      Liebe Grüße aus dem südlichen Texas,
      Pit
      P.S.: Mehr zu Fredericksburg etc. findest Du, wie Du weißt, ja auch bei der Fotocommunity und in meinem “normalen” Blog. Kannst ja per “Kategorien” oder “tags” mal suchen.

      • Ist mir schon klar, dass Du mit englisch mehr Freunde und Leser erreichst. Und im Grunde genommen würde es mir ja auch gar nicht schaden, mal hie und da ein bisserl was auf englisch zu lesen, damit ich es nicht ganz verlerne.🙂
        Scheint ja eine wirklich schöne Gegend zu sein und kann verstehen, dass Ihr hier gerne wohnen würdet. Wie schon mal erwähnt, bin neugierig, wie Ihr Euch entscheidet.
        lg Gabi

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