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2012 Real Ale Ride | Don Bynum’s Blog

2012 Real Ale Ride | Don Bynum’s Blog.

2012 Real Ale Ride

The 2012 Real Ale Ride is now in the history books (recorded with gallons of muscle burning lactic acid!) and as the pain fades it is becoming a legend that my grandchildren will tell their children around the campfire (providing heat from a ball of solar and wind powered magic plasma on the cold, still, nights on the plains).

Read the full post here: Don Bynum’s Blog – Cycling, Sailing and Surviving in the Texas Hill Country


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Luckenbach Loop again

Yesterday I was busy driving a SAG vehicle on the Hill Country roads at the 4th Annual LBJ 100 Bicycle Tour for too long to be able to get in a ride of my own, but today I had the time and did the Luckenbach Loop again. The weather was nearly perfect: some sun, some clouds, and only a light breeze. The temperature was excellent: just a tad on the cool side when there were clouds, and definitely not too warm in the sunshine. It was an absolutely enjoyable ride. And the new “Hill Country” gears on the Dancelli [front 52/36 and 14-32 rear] proved an excellent combination. None of the hills here was too much with that.

Check out my previous Luckenbach Loop here: Ride with GPS

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Upcoming Bike Rides [1]

4th Annual LBJ 100 Bicycle Tour: A Ride to Preserve History

Come join us on Saturday, March 26, 2011, for one of the premier rides in the gorgeous Hill Country of Texas!

As President Johnson often told visitors to his beloved Hill Country ranch – All the World is Welcome Here“! We want riders in the 4th Annual LBJ 100 Bicycle Tour to feel the same warm welcome and sense of Presidential history as those who came before them.

Starting and ending on the famed LBJ Ranch, the routes take riders under majestic live oaks, past historical landmarks that figured prominently not only in the Johnson family history, but also in U.S. presidential history. See the descendants of President Johnson’s famed Hereford cattle herd as you exit the Ranch. Thereafter, it’s on to spectacular Hill Country cycling – on smooth-surfaced ranch-market roads and quiet country lanes that will take you back in time. Visit rural, historic Gillespie County schools that do duty as rest stops on this scenic tour. This is truly a “Ride to Preserve History”.

After a 9:00 AM staggered start for the 10, 30, 42, and 62-mile routes, enjoy a post-ride meal, and hang with friends and fellow cyclists in the expansive food tent. Visit some of the adjacent vendor booths we’ll have located next to the food area.

Then, you’ll not want to miss the Luci Baines Johnson-led tour of the historical landmarks on the LBJ Ranch at 2:30 PM. This look at the Johnson family legacy is included in the main rider registration fee – or, you can register for this tour only. Cost is the same.  Hear presidential history from someone who lived it! Be sure to take a Ranger-led tour of the restored rooms in the Texas White House – also included for registered riders.

Our 36th President loved his ranch. He often conducted presidential business under the spreading oak trees, and he sought solace here from the rigors of the presidency.


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11th Annual Fredericksburg Fall Foliage Frolic

Again, as in the years before, it was a great event, well organized by the Hill Country Bicycle Touring Club, from registration onsite and the SAG-support to the great meal, cooked as usual by the Mendozas. Especially the meal gave a great opportunity to sit outside the Tatsch House in the sun and relax and chat with other riders.

Well, we were lucky with the weather. Although it was quite chilly early in the morning – as can be expected in the Texas Hill Country at this time of the year – it warmed up pretty nicely later. And even with the chill in the air, around 160 riders turned out. I, though, was really happy that I had decided to drive a SAG-car so that I could sit in there, nicely protected from the chilly morning temps, with the heating on. But I must admit, I missed the camaraderie on the roads, when I did the short route later, after the official rides had been closed. On TX 16 I had the wind in my face, but as most of it was downhill, even if just a tad, it wasn’t too hard going. After turning right onto Morris Ranch Road it felt much better, with the wind not quite on my back, but certainly helping from the thrid quadrant. That allowed for some good speedy runs, especially when it was downhill. At the 1st rest stop, at that time of the day unmanned, of course, I was happy to discover that the porta-potties were still there! The stretch on White Oak Road to FM 2093 was short, just about one mile. And then came that part of the route I don’t like too much: FM 2093. It’s a great up-and-down route, but what I don’t like is that it is a shoulderless two-lane road. Sure, the drivers were very considerate, always left enough room between them and me when overtaking and even refrained from overtaking and stayed behind me when they couldn’t see beyond a hill. I never felt afraid, but I always felt uneasy as I was blocking their progress. But I thoroughly enjoyed the ride. I didn’t go back to the Tatsch House, though, but turned left on Kerr Road and rode my bike to the Metzger Sunday House where we – my wife and me – were staying for the weekend.

The routes were the same as last year, 29, 50 and 62 miles of lovely rolling hills – and sometimes not so “lovely rolling” but quite steep – of the Texas Hill Country. Especially the stretches on Morris Ranch Road, White Oak Road and Friedrich Road were great riding with beutiful vistas opening everywhere. Well, sometimes the ascents could be a tad steep, but mercifully they were never long. Check out my ride on Ride with GPS.

Here’s a collage of some of the pics I took. Clockwise, from top left:

  • Early morning before the start at the Tatsch House in Ladybird Johnson Municipal Park
  • Riders chatting, warming themselves up in the sunshine and having refreshments at the 1st rest stop
  • Mando Campos directing the traffic at the 1st rest stop
  • Yvonne, Diana and an unknown rider chatting
  • The helpful guy from Rideaway Bicycles tuning up a participant’s bicycle

2010 Fredericksburg Fall Foliage Frolic

For a nice account of the Frolic and more and better pictures than mine, check out the Pedal Pushers blog.

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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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armchair bicyclist

Well, I hate to admit it, but I’m not quite into my old stride of last year again. I keep finding reasons why I don’t want to ride my bike. So far, it’s only been 124 miles this year – far from my goal of 10 kilometers per day average. Ok, true, the weather hasn’t always been good for bicycling – like just now. But then, far too often I have just told myself it wasn’t good enough to be outside on the bike.

Nevertheless, I have been doing something re bicycling: editing the LBJ100bicycletour’s website. And that’s fun, too. As is writing this blog. Re the website: today added a page with our sponsors’ logos. And also update the information about the jerseys: there still are jerseys. Just send an e-mail to George Culp of the Friends of LBJ National Park and let him know you want one and he’ll come back with the order information.

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