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Texas Hill Country

Ride Details

Dates: March 16-22, 2018

Distance: 326mi. elevation 15,480 ft.

Cost: $2496

Rider Level: Recreational - Active

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Tour Details: March 16-22. 6 days, 6 nights (Fri-Thurs) Price $2496, Single room supplement is an additional $450, Bike Rental: $175

Travel Logistics: Our meeting place will be at our starting hotel in Austin, TX, if you are driving to this tour. If flying, schedule your flights in and out of Austin, TX. A shuttle van will pick you, your bike and luggage up at  at the Austin airport at 3PM on March 16. Drop off time will be at the Austin Airport on Thurs, March 22 at 4PM

Included: All lodging, transfers to and from the airport, all breakfasts, dinners and picnic lunches on riding days, cocktail social hours on the 1st evening of each tour, van support, maps, GPS mapping, mechanic, 2 or more experienced guides.

The enchanting Texas Hill Country is one of the finest places in the US for cycling. We doubt  Lyndon Johnson had any idea he’d be creating such road cycling bliss when he paved every little back road in his county while serving as Senator of the State of Texas. Many of our extraordinary cycling routes follow lightly traveled single and two lane roads that wind through sprawling ranchlands deep green valleys, along rivers, rolling hills, rushing creeks, large lakes, and rugged limestone cliffs. During the springtime, the wildflowers lining our routes are prolific and brilliant—including the famed Texas bluebonnets that blanket the rolling fields in purple hues.

We will visit Gruene, home of the oldest dancehall in TX.  Fredericksburg is one of the most popular destinations in the hill country. On weekends, there is usually something happening in Marketplatz, a plaza located in the center of the city. We will pass the LBJ Historical site and ranch. Hit the town of Luckenbach, best known for the song Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings coined about the town and it is a great place to hang your helmet and enjoy a cold beverage under one of the huge oak trees.

Most of our cycling routes in Texas are well off the beaten path but, this is one ride on every cyclist’s list when they visit the Hill Country. Our route begins in Fredericksburg and winds for miles along roads so lightly traveled you might feel as though you’re riding on a bike path. In years when winter rains have soaked the alkaline soil, the route is ablaze with the rich purple hues of Texas bluebonnets. In addition to bluebonnets, a variety of lupine, paintbrush, and other brightly colored wildflowers punctuate the landscape. Willow City Loop is a narrow and winding valley road that penetrates some of the densest concentrations of bluebonnets in the area. We will return to Fredricksburg for a second night.

As we begin our trek back to Austin, we will pass Highlands Lake and Lake Buchanan. The route from Burnet follows lightly traveled county and state roads to the suburbs of Austin. Many of the roads you will ride on upon reaching Austin will be on established bike routes through quiet residential neighborhoods. We will end our trip in the NW section of Austin, and shuttle to the airport.

 

Day 1- Austin- Wimberley- Gruene                                   61 miles

Day 2- Gruene- Canyon Lake- Blanco                               42 miles

Day 3- Blanco- LBJ Ranch- Luckenbach- Fredericksburg      59 miles

Day 4- Fredericksburg- Willow City Loop- Fredericksburg    57 miles

Day 5- Fredericksburg- Llano- Buchanan Lake- Kingsland   76 miles

Day 6- Kingsland lakes area tour-Shuttle to Austin             31miles

                                                              Total miles       326miles

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                                                        Total elevation- 15,480 ft