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Wine, Wildflowers, and Cycling: CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER!!
April 21, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm UTC+6
Okay — I found this photo on the web and … surely someone messed with the colors, but you get the idea! And, after the winter we have had, I am expecting an excellent year for wildflower-viewing.
A long-time friend of Easy Street’s, Don Bynum, has organized a ride for us at a time of year when we should be seeing lots of wildflowers, it should not be too hot, and we start and end at Fall Creek Winery … who could ask for more?!
Some details about the ride: The total route is 29.86 miles. Don mapped the route for us, so take a look, click on this link: https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/2524551597#.WpV-uYOS6I4.gmail. He suggests looking at it on your computer before relying on your smart phone. He also suggests pulling down the menu on the left just below the map and selecting “Over Distance” rather than the default “Over Time.” Yes, there are a couple of short but steep climbs at 2.8 and 3.1 miles. The restroom access is at 7 and 22 miles into the ride as shown. He also identifies two shorter turnaround points as well as a way to add on a couple of miles. 🙂 You will see that the estimated time for the actual ride is 2.4 hrs. And, Don assures me he tried to ride it in a way that took into account we are not all in the kind of shape he is. Thank goodness.
10:00 a.m. is when we hit the road. So, get there early enough to be ready to go.
Click here, Fall Creek Vineyards, or on the photo to go to the Fall Creek website and learn all about this award-winning winery located in Tow, Tx, at the northwest end of Lake Buchanan; it is one of the first Texas wineries. Wine-tasting is available afterwards for those who wish. Some of us will be headed back to work, but it sounds like a great way to celebrate what should be a beautiful ride.
All are welcome as long as they know what they are getting into; they just need to have something to ride, does not need to be a recumbent. Everyone is responsible for their own gear; a helmet, WATER, sun screen, whatever you need to keep you going. We don’t usually make a point of mentioning helmets, but in this case, we highly encourage you to wear a helmet. We will be on country roads. There should be very little traffic, but for safety’s sake, wear a helmet.
This should be an especially suitable ride for those of you with motors and, for the rest of us, it will be a good workout and you can be happy I didn’t let Don talk me into one of the longer rides he does and would have been happy to arrange for us! We might see if there is interest in taking him up on one of his more challenging routes if it turns out there are folks who are looking for longer, more challenging rides. One of them involves sitting in the Llano River afterwards which sounds good to me. Of course, this idyllic picture is combined with phrases like “soul withering climbs” and “rip snortin descents.” I’ll stop here … one ride at a time!
As usual, if there are last-minute changes, I will post them here and on Facebook.
Here are some photos from 2016 to whet your appetite for wildflower-viewing.