HUTTO - DONKEYS - ELGIN (58) or HUTTO - DONKEYS LIGHT (46) --- (Both CW)

Type
Road, Social, No Drop
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
46 - 58
 miles
Average Speed
14 - 16
 mph
Terrain
Flat to rolling
Date
Saturday, 19 May, 2018
Time
7:30 AM
Tom V
Response rate: 
21%
Response time:
1 hour
Status:
NOTE the early 7:30 AM Start time. BRING SOME DONKEY TREATS !!!
Description
These are good Hutto South wind rides!  We are in "Beat-the-Heat" mode for the warmer weather:  thus the early (7:30 AM) starting time.

We'll visit "Dud the Donkey", her new baby, & their friends at 23 miles into the ride:  so bring some good donkey treats (carrots)!

There will be a choice of 46 or 58 mile routes.  Both routes will stay together until after we have our brief visit with "Dud", the new babies, & friends.  William H. will lead the Hutto - Donkeys  Light route.

Then join us for onr of these new/old routes in the relatively flat expanses of Central Texas. This is a good south wind ride.  We'll ride through the quiet farm/ranch lands of southeast Williamson County and northeast Travis county.. We'll travel on some quiet country roads (some are "vintage" chip seal and a little bumpy---air up your ties accordingly!) doing a steady "B" paced (15-16 mph) no-drop ride, with re-grouping as needed at the next turn.
We'll go east out of Hutto, then south by the donkey farm before wandering into Elgin, then turning west & north to go thru Carlson on our way back into Hutto.  With the expected warming weather, we'll have our store stop: a) on the southwest side of Elgin at 33 miles, for the 58 mile route and  b) in Coupland at 28 miles, for the 46 mile route.   Total climbing is under 1500 ft. (58 miles) & 1280 ft. (46 mile route), per RIDEwithGPS for these routes.

NOTE I: I do not have maps; but Q-sheets will be available for both routes, and the RIDEwithGPS links are provided here for downloading.

NOTE II: Helmets are required on ALL Bike Austin rides.

Come with your equipment ready to ride 46 or 58 miles, in time to get signed-in and participate in the starter's meeting at 7:20 AM, for a prompt roll-out at 7:30 AM. Let's all hope for nice early winter weather!

If you are not familiar with our ride catagories; please see the following 2 sights to insure you are matched for this ride:

http://www.austincycling.org/self_paced_and_hosted
http://www.austincycling.org/hosted_ride_descriptors

For all those interested (all are invited), we'll have coffee, conversation, and/or lunch (or just some delicious fresh homemade pie) afterwards at Hutto's "Notorious" Texan Cafe. Try one of their blue plate specials.

Meet at Hutto's Fritz Park on the NE side of Hutto. From Hwy 79 in Hutto go north 0.25 miles on FM 1660 and turn right onto E. Live Oak St. Drive 0.2 miles and turn left into the parking lot (ride start map location attached). Rest Rooms are open/available at Fritz Park.  

Check this posting ride day morning in case of a weather cancellation.

Tom Via 512-913-4920
 
Sponsored By
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
Route
Hutto - Donkeys - Elgin - Manda Pedal -- (CW)
Description
A 58 mile version staying off Cameron Rd. & going thru Manda (but not Carlson)
 
Donkey-Less Super Lite -- (CW)
Description
A 41 mile version w/o visiting the Donkey Farm
 
Hutto - Donkeys Light -- (CW)
Description
46 mile version of a Donkeys ride from Hutto!  Good south wind ride.
 
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