Bikepacking trip to Lake Whitney

Type
Road, Social
Level
Novice
Rides suitable for cyclists who are new to the sport (or who have not been on a bike for some years), family-friendly rides or any riders that feel a need for some mentoring. Note: please note that minors under the age of 16 cannot participate in rides unless accompanied by a parent or guardian. Families with children should, in any event, confirm with the ride leader ahead of time that the ride will be suitable for their needs.

Intermediate
Targeted towards riders who have a few years in the saddle, who have developed some riding confidence and fitness and feel ready to move to the next level. Could attract more experienced riders who are looking for a relaxed or less aggressive ride.

Advanced
Limited to experienced riders with superior bike handling skills and who are comfortable with a fast pace (probably including single and/or double pace-line riding) and/or hilly terrain, and the possibility of heavily trafficked roads. Advanced rides are less likely to be "no-drop" unless identified as such.
Intermediate
Expected Turnout
Under 15 riders
Distance
110 - 120
 miles
Average Speed
11 - 13
 mph
Terrain
Flat to rolling
Date
Saturday, 24 Mar, 2018
Time
10:00 AM
Niles S
Response rate: 
50%
Response time:
33 minutes
Description
Join us for a 2-day, self-contained biking / camping trip from Mother Neff State Park (north of Ft. Hood) along country roads to Lake Whitney State Park (http://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/lake-whitney). Self-contained bike touring (https://www.adventurecycling.org/resources/how-to-department/bicycle-travel-basics/) uses a rack and panniers (or trailer) to haul everything you need for the journey on your bike. If we get a volunteer SAG driver (not organized by the club), you may be able to put some of your luggage in the vehicle; otherwise you will be carrying everything you need on your bike. If you have a rear rack but no panniers we may be able to lend you some.

We will ride about 55 miles each day, with a group pace averaging 12 mph. We plan to ride together, but route sheets will be provided for those who wish to ride faster or slower. Bring snacks and lunch food for Saturday. We'll stop for dinner in a cafe about 10 miles from Lake Whitney S.P., pick up food for breakfast, and ride on to the park. After a group breakfast we'll head back on Sunday. We can stop at a grocery to resupply Sunday morning.

Chip in $20 per person to cover camping and Sunday breakfast.  Funds collected which exceed expenses will be donated to charity.  Additional funds are needed to buy your dinner, as well as snacks and lunch along the route, park admission ($6), and to contribute to the SAG driver's expenses. To RSVP, send an email to trip organizer John Lacy lacy@astro.as.utexas.edu . He will interview each participant to make sure the trip is right for them.  Co-sponsored by Austin Sierra Club.
 
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Organization
We envision Central Texas as a place where everyone recognizes and embraces the benefits of cycling, whether they ride or not, and where cycling is a common aspect of daily life for ... moreeveryone. Central Texas has a comprehensive bicycle network enabling people in the region to comfortably, safely and efficiently use a bike for transportation and recreation. Bicycling supports the community as a whole by: increasing roadway capacity and user mobility; strengthening the economy and household affordability; improving the environment; and promoting an active, healthy lifestyle.

Our Mission
Bike Austin improves quality of life for all of Austin and Central Texas by growing bicycling as a form of transportation, exercise, and recreation.

Guiding Principles
We believe that…

Bicycling should be safe and accessible.
Bicycling positively transforms our community.
Bicycling benefits all people, whether they bicycle or not.
Bicycling is an integral part of a multi-modal transportation system. 

Through our work, we pledge to…

Respect each other and enjoy the activities we do together.
Partner and collaborate with public servants, government agencies, and members to accomplish our shared goals.
Strive to engage diverse populations, particularly across lines of gender, age, income, race, ethnicity, and capability.
Be conscious of social equity issues in transportation
Support all people who bicycle, whether new to bicycling or experienced.
Ensure tangible and measurable progress.
Be strategic with our political capital and challenge the status quo.
Type:
Advocacy Group, Education Group
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