578 FM 153, Smithville, TX
Described as 16 to 25 miles of trails. Rocky Hill Ranch in Smithville. Bring water (about 3 liters), a helmet, some food, sunscreen, tire tube and other repair essentials. I have never been there. Bring some cash to pay your entry fee.
Daily Fees: $8/person
Look for the dark green mountain bike. I will probably be wearing black shorts and a blue shirt. I have never been there so I can't say exactly. There must be a visitor center so we will be close that location. I will e-mail my cell# a day before the meetup.
Directions:The ranch is located in Smithville, Texas. Take I-35 North to Hwy 71. Go east on 71 towards Bastrop. Continue through Bastrop to Smithville Texas. Take the loop 230 exit and then turn left under 71, at this point you'll be on FM 153. Go 2.3 miles on FM153 and you'll see the gate on the left.
Rain Cancels this event.
The Usual Stuff:
As with any park we mountain bike there are smooth parts and rocky parts and any part that makes you uncomfortable you can walk though it. Make sure you have water, sun block, and wear a helmet. When we ride we will have some rest stops along the way to let everyone catch their breath. I will only be there if there are people who RSVP "YES" by the RSVP deadline.
Enrique, what we should probably do regarding Rocky Hill Ranch, since I know it is a worthwhile trip that we would all enjoy, is to wait and schedule a ride there on short notice when the weather looks promising. We can actively try to recruit members to make the trip, and if we get enough on short notice, we are good to go. Think about it for early 2014 after we are all done with the holidays, etc., but don't schedule it months in advance.
0 · October 31
Buescher State Park is actually a little closer to Rock Hill Ranch and has weather reporting to www.weather.com. They have had a little rain in the last 12 hours and a 100% chance of thunderstorms predicted for tonight. I have been sick this week and feeling pretty awful still. May not make it regardless of the weather. I am playing it by ear. May call the ranch on Friday to get a trail report, but I am sure they will say "Come on out" regardless of trail conditions. Cynical me!!
0 · October 30
Been there plenty of times. Great riding. We should ride all the way to the back, to the "Tunnel of Pines". They are my favorite trails. It's about 27 miles round trip. Ill be packing a lunch. There are plenty of water stations. There is also a Restaurant in the same building that we go into pay and sign a release form.
0 · October 20