Bicycle Tourist Club 2014 Texas Hill Country Tour April 25 – May 03

Are you ready to do a ride and camping trip in the Texas Hill Country during wildflower season?

Announcement – drum roll please…

Tour the Texas Hill Country with us (at your own risk) on a self – supported bicycle tour.  If we get 30 or more interested parties we will plan a sag or maybe even entertainment.  So far there is no charge, as in free as a bird!    See the full 405 mile route here or scroll down for segments.  Google Maps would not give a short URL for the complete route.  So I will update and add the segments below.

- Route has been pre-verified.  Simply pay your costs for campground entrance fee (about $5 per night or so) and be ready to roll at 8:00 a.m. daily.  We may change a couple of overnight locations adding a B&B or motel in kerrville / Ingram and Comfort so please bookmark this page, follow for updates.  Entertainment options will be listed as well.

- Contact and signup form to be linked here.

See proposed route and campgrounds below…

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ROUTE

Day One:  Starts at  Avery Ranch Golf Club 10500 Avery Club Drive, Austin TX 78717  to 

Inks Lake State Park just West of the town of Burnet, TX.  approximately 55 miles.  No big climbs.

See map:  http://goo.gl/maps/gFF1E

Day Two:  Inks Lake State Park to Enchanted Rock State Park, approximately 51 miles.

See map:  http://goo.gl/maps/HJvA6

Day 3:  Enchanted Rock to Kerrville-Shreiner Park – Kerrville, TX – approximately 50.4 miles

Day 4: Kerrville-Schreiner Park to Lost Maples State Park  approximately 50.3 miles

Day 5: Lost Maples State Park to Flat Rock Ranch near Comfort, TX approximately 56 miles

Day 6: Comfort, TX to Blanco State Park – approximately 38 miles

Day 7:  Blanco State Park to Avery Ranch, NW Austin approximately  78 miles   OR;

Day 7 option: Blanco State Park to Austin’s downtown rail station (takes riders to Lakeline Station near Avery Ranch)

What to bring:

  Your happy self with a touring bicycle,  bright smile and outer layers up top (ok layers optional), camping gear as light as possible (they don’t call it Texas Hill Country for nothing).  We can pick you up at the airport in Austin or you can take public transportation most hours during the week to the Lakeline Transit Station nearby (see http://www.capmetro.org).

  There’s lots to do in Austin too!   More links to come so watch for updates.  Please feel free to contact me or share this blog.

  Randall (512) 796-5339

  Ride happy :)

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20 comments
  1. Robin said:

    I am an aspiring cycle tourist living in Austin. I would like to talk to you about your trip. I know I’m a bit late in contacting you about it, but I have just started my research into the “culture.” If you would contact me I have a few questions about your Surly, racks, gps etc, etc. I know you’re prolly a busy guy so any ttime you have to spare with info (moral support) is greatly appreciated. Sincerely, Robin 422-9293

  2. Sharon said:

    I don’t have a touring bike, but thought maybe I could ride the first leg with you all on my road bike and get a pick up at Inks Lake. Not sure if you want others to join your group for day rides. I live in Georgetown so Avery Ranch is closeby.

    • Thank you for contacting me. I missed it earlier but would be happy to ride with you soon.
      We could definitely meet up locally for a Sat. ride and talk about the tours to come.
      Lake Georgetown has a great remote campsite on the North Shore, accessible from Tejas Camp.
      There is a great single-track and former dirt road along the North side to that camp but you
      have to pack in and pack out everything. No toilets or running water. Nearest water is at
      Tejas Camp near the camp host, about 3+ miles.

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    • Thank you Charli!
      Come see us sometime. You may find Austin a very good place to ride. Best time is Spring or Autumn.
      We welcome our friends from around the globe in Austin, Texas :)

  6. Theda said:

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    • Thank you! You are quite welcome. Come to Austin and ride with my friends and I anytime.
      -Randall

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    us in Austin for a Texas Hill Country ride, wine tastings, camping or just enjoy the
    local food and music.

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    Sincerely,

    Randall Stephens

    The Bicycle Tourist Ph. +1 (512) 796-5339

    http://www.BicycleTouristClub.org

    http://www.facebook.com/BicycleTouristClub

    “Ride Happy”! Cool

  9. Thank you for letting me know about this. I will look into it and correct ASAP.
    Let’s ride in the nearest possible future. Come see
    us in Austin for a Texas Hill Country ride, wine tastings, camping or just enjoy the
    local food and music.

    And have some of my home cooked free online classified advertising wherever you live.

    Sincerely,

    Randall Stephens

    The Bicycle Tourist Ph. +1 (512) 796-5339

    http://www.BicycleTouristClub.org

    http://www.facebook.com/BicycleTouristClub

    “Ride Happy”! Cool

  10. Thank you for letting me know about this matter. I will try to get it fixed ASAP.
    Let’s ride in the nearest possible future. Come see
    us in Austin for a Texas Hill Country ride, wine tastings, camping or just enjoy the
    local food and music.

    And have some of my home cooked free online classified advertising wherever you live.

    Sincerely,

    Randall Stephens

    The Bicycle Tourist Ph. +1 (512) 796-5339

    http://www.BicycleTouristClub.org

    http://www.facebook.com/BicycleTouristClub

    “Ride Happy”! Cool

  11. James said:

    Suggested itinerary:
    Texas Hill Country Tour, April 25 through May 1, or more…
    10500 Avery Club Dr. Austin TX, Start Day 1
    1. Inks Lake SP, 50.6 mi.
    3360 Park Road 4W, Burnet, TX 78611 (512)793.2223

    2. Enchanted Rock State Natural Area 48.7 mi.
    16710 Ranch Road 965, Fredericksburg, TX 78624 (830)685.3636

    3. Pedermales Falls SP, 54.2 mi.
    2585 Park Road 6026, Johnson City, TX (512)389.8900

    4. Guadalupe River SP, 54.0 mi.
    3550 Park Road 31, Spring Branch, TX (830)438.2656

    5. Kerrville-Schreiner State Park 50.3 mi.
    2385 Bandera Hwy. Kerrville, TX 78028 (830)257.7300

    6. LBJ State Park 44.5 mi.
    199 Park Road 52, Stonewall, TX 78671 (830)866.7128

    7. 10500 Avery Club Dr. Austin, TX 81.6 mi.
    Or end in downtown Austin at a convenient water hole
    Or add a few more days…

    Total miles 384 mi.

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