A new post, recounting the Octber Tour de Longneques is in the works. Should be up on the blog late today. (don)
The Tour de Longneques October Edition is this Saturday.
Rumors abound that there will be a good turnout. As a reminder, it is not an “organized ride”. Just a bunch of cyclists get together and go for a very nice/fun/relaxed ride ending up with a soak in the Llano river, a couple of Lone Star Longnecks, and some BBQ.
This time we are doing something a little different. Rather than everyone starting out in Llano, riding to Castell and doing the Llano/Longnecks/BBQ drill and some then riding back to Llano on a full stomach while others load up and head on in cars with the bikes/trikes/unicycles/whatever dangling behind, we are having two routes (over the same road).
1- The faster/long-ride capable folks will start at Castell at 9am and ride to Llano and back (36 mile round trip). Those taking this route should be capable of averaging 14-15 mph to be able to finish around the time the folks on the shorter route get to Castell.
2- The not yet faster/long-ride capable (or inclined) will start from Llano at 9:30 and ride to Castell (18 miles) with the two groups hopefully overlapping by the time they both get to Castell.
Then we have a soak in the Llano River’s gentle rapids, lubricate our innards with a Long Neck or two, and have some serious Texan nourishment in the form of BBQ brisket. Last time I checked, the general store was charging $2 for Lonestars, somewhat more for other beers and $5/pound for brisket. They supply a plate, some pickles, bread and sauce to go with the brisket. We will have a couple of pickups cruising the route in case anyone breaks down and can give riders who just do the Llano to Castell route a ride back to Llano after the doin’s to get their car and come back to get their bike/trike/unicycle or whatever they rode. We have done this in July (Hotter than The Blistering Hinges of Hell ), August (even hotter), September (A little hot) and now in October (forecast to be low 80’s, not much chance of rain). We will most likely not do it again until sometime in the Spring, so this is the time to come join us this year. In September we had, in addition to a bunch of 2-wheelers (one of which was a recumbent), three Catrikes.
The road is chip and seal but not a bother and in good condition. There are no hills of even “one-puke” rating, much less any of what we, in the Hill Country consider to be actual hills, so flat-landers should survive the ride easily. At age 66, and at 215 pounds, I do on my Catrike Road, so it is a not difficult ride if you do the one way and it is just longer if you do the round trip route. Family members/friends/whatevers who do not cycle can sit in the shade at the Castell General Store, explore the historic Llano courthouse square, soak in the Llano at Castell, rent a kayak at Castell and go splash around, or wander around exploring the beautiful western half of Llano County while we do our peddling thing. Sometimes, somebody even turns up with delicious Bloody Marys at the Castell Store, while others are cycling, or so I am told.
If you want to join us but need to drive into the area Friday night and need a place to stay there are a wide range of choices available from cheap to chique. Let me know if you need some guidance on that.
I have had a few more Tour de Longneques T-shirts made up and will have them available for $12 (my cost, I just do this because several people have requested a shirt like the ones I had made up for the original group back in August) after the ride.
Links to posts on previous Tours de Longneques:
My first ride of the route and introduction to the uniquely Texan adventure that is Castell these days (just me)
July (just 2 riders)
August ( 6 riders)
September ( 12 Riders)