This meets all categories: fun, hobbies and serious. A group is escorting the bicycle ride which is a fundraiser for the HCCAC. See http://hccac.org/howhelp/pedalpower/ for details. Jennifer and I, together with Ralph Mann and Mike Atkinson left Atwoods about 7:45AM after a delicious breakfast and had a “breezily fresh” morning ride to the starting point — the pavilion in the LBJ State Park near Stonewall, Texas.
We ended up riding a total of 178 miles portal to portal , a little over 100 of that being on the bicycles routes themselves. In addition to Mike and Ralph and ourselves, we had extra help from some San Antonio riders: John Long, Jerry Squier and Rob Naylor. Everyone pitched in and did a great job. We’re told the riders had lots of kudos for the SAG/support sweeps we made and we were able to call in help for a number of riders.
and here are some riders leaving the Willow City Loop to enter Texas 16 going North after which they will re-enter the Loop, headed for The Hill which is quite a surprise for the flatlanders who don’t realize where the Hill Country got its moniker. After THE Hill, then they know.
Much of the route goes through some honest-to-goodness ranching country complete with livestock. One section in particular can be quite treacherous in wet weather due to what I think to be an odd habit for sheep and goats to poop in the pathway, as it were. Did you know that stuff is really slippery when wet?
Today the weather was great and we did not have to contend with the “stuff.” The goats were out though, and Jen got a shot of a couple of especially cute ones (her term).
We were especially touched by the fact that HCCAC dedicated the first mile of the ride to our friend Vogey who passed away recently, and to a rider who was killed recently in a traffic accident. Vogey — Robert Voglino — had assisted us in the escorting for many years and in 2007 organized the escorts when I was elsewhere. I’ve written about Vogey elsewhere on this blog. There was a photo of each of these men in that first mile and a bulletin board presentation as well.