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Riding during wildflower season(17 posts)

Riding during wildflower seasonTig
Apr 22, 2002 4:53 PM
A picture is worth a thousand words, but I'll add just a few more. The last few weeks the wildflowers have been in full bloom, making each ride a feast for the eyes and nose. This is the best time of year to ride in Texas, unless you have bad pollen allergies!
Apr 22, 2002 5:07 PM
Where are you in Texas? I just moved (last August) to North Texas. I was transplanted from Georgia for Grad school. I am always amazed at new and different landscapes, but Texas seemed a bit barren at first. This time of year I want to start a new ride right after I get home from the last one! Beautiful! Unfortunately, ditto on the pollen allergies, though! I'd never seen blue bonnets before except in those horrible paintings by whats-his-name. Sometimes I'm reminded of that famous cycling poster of the peleton in the field of wildflowers and feel like a pro. That is, until the headwind knocks me on my butt.
Apr 22, 2002 6:28 PM
I live in the Houston area. A great place to ride is the Chappell Hill (near Brenham, this year's state road race championships will be held there) ride to Washington on the Brazos and back. The hills are a good challenge and the flowers are even better!
Apr 22, 2002 6:58 PM
I live just North of Dallas...Denton, precisely. I hear that Houston is more like Georgia...Hot and Humid. Here it is pretty flat, but the wind, like I said, gives me a "hill" every now and then. One thing that is much better here than Georgia is the shoulders. In Georgia even the main roads don't have shoulders. They are plentiful and wide here. That makes me feel quite a bit more secure. And, people here seem to not let dogs run free. I have yet to have a bad time with dogs here, whereas in Georgia it was every ride on every route.

I understand that Houston is beautiful. I have to get down once school is out.
How was Fry Street on Saturday?MJ
Apr 23, 2002 1:16 AM
I still miss Fry Street Fair every year
Sounded great....JBurton
Apr 23, 2002 6:04 AM
but I didn't actually go. My studio is in Oak Street hall, and I was painting all day to prepare for Graduate Review. I could hear most of the music and exitement and could smell the alchohol. We occasionally got a drunk freshmen or two wandering around in the parking lot looking for somewhere to relieve themselves or puke... I'll try to actually GO next year! But, the Jazz festival is still ahead....
Sounded great....MJ
Apr 23, 2002 6:14 AM
Oak Street Hall - art postgrad?

have you ridden up to/around Lake Ray Roberts yet? nice countryside

Fry Street Fair is one of the great things about Denton along with the square and Recycled Books and Records
Sounded great....JBurton
Apr 23, 2002 6:47 AM
Yes, I am in in the MFA program. Painting/Drawing major. Do you know the program?

I have ridden singletrack at Ray Roberts (Johnson Branch), not road yet. On the drive up it did look nice and relatively traffic free. Johnson Branch was my first ride when I got to Denton from Georgia. Except for the rocks, the trail is very similar to South Georgia/North Florida trails. Made me a bit homesick!

Ditto on the Recycled Records!

Are you not in Denton anymore?
Sounded great....MJ
Apr 23, 2002 8:00 AM
my Bridgestone MB0 resides in Denton but I don't anymore - I graudated (BA) in Dec. 1993 and have been all over doing alot of (work/school/travel) things since then - currently in London - but my brother and a number of friends are still there (I was back at Thanksgiving - will be back at Christmas this year - if you're around then maybe we could mtb.)

if you're doing offroad you gotta get over to Grapevine Lake - great singletrack - one end is fast one end is technical

there's some great rides with varying road conditions (some dirt/gravel) west of the airport - I've not done the Ray Roberts offroad stuff - it's all 'new' stuff (to me)

I had a few friends in the art programme (very well respected) but personally couldn't draw a stick figure to save my life...

the last piece of 'Texas' advice I'll give you (other than go to Austin for a weekend every now and then) is that you must go to Big Bend National Park and hike to the South Rim in the Chisos Mountains - it's pretty strenuous but not at all technical - it's life changing - (SW4) is the campsite you wanna book
Sounded great....JBurton
Apr 23, 2002 1:38 PM
I've been to Grapevine. In fact, that is where I go most of the time. My girlfriend hates two way trails, though, as people coming in the opposite direction freak her out. So I'm always on my own on that one. I love Cedar Hill State park, but it closes if it even smells like its going to rain, which seems to be every other day right now. The climbs at Cedar Hill are nice and long. I have tried most of the other trails in the area and they are all maintained very nicely.

The Art Deptartment here is very strong. So strong in fact, that I was intimidated by even the undergraduates when I first arrived. It really is a "sleeper" program. Not many outside the art field have heard of it, but it is very competitive with the rest of the art world. Good for me in the long run, but my first crits were brutal!

Thanks for all of the great info about Texas outdoors. While graduate school doesn't allow much time for travel, the summer is coming up. Maybe I can get down to Houston and Austin for a few adventures.

Feel free to email me when you come into town. I will be glad to go riding with you.

Jim Burton at:
My wife said, "They really smell nice!"Slipstream
Apr 22, 2002 5:37 PM
Simply beautiful. I had no idea Texas was like that.

A place we like is the high alpine meadows around Rabbit Ears pass in Colorado.
Gorgeous!Me Dot Org
Apr 22, 2002 5:54 PM
Next weekend I'm doing the Chico Wildflower Century (Chico California). Hope to have some pictures to post.
No pictures butgrandemamou
Apr 22, 2002 5:55 PM
we had an 80 mile slug-fest this weekend and we turned down a country road and the smell from the honeysuckles was amazing. Every one slowed down for a few miles to take in the sweet smell.

This afternoon was supposed to be interval day. Instead I stopped by the roadside and had wild black berries. The intervals can wait until Thurs.

I still enjoy the hammering but sometimes it's nice to just pick your head up and enjoy the view. Thanks for the pics.
Apr 23, 2002 7:58 AM
From those of us in MN...mmquest
Apr 23, 2002 9:45 AM
we give you a collective raspberry! We had 4" of snow yesterday and more predicted this weekend.
let me rub it in with another picture!Tig
Apr 23, 2002 10:53 AM
I don't have a digital camera yet, so I'll post a picture I found that was taken near Fredericksburg. Feel free to flame me for being so cruel. You'll get your revenge on me when I have to ride in hot, humid 99 degree days this summer!
Apr 24, 2002 9:41 AM
At this point, I would take 99° over 40°!