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Wildflower Ride of San Antonio

As the Texas landscape is covered with wildflowers in April where better to ride then the trails of San Antonio? For the second year in a row we packed up and headed to San Antonio to ride the Salado Creek and Mission Trails. Each is described below.

Everything is better with Bluebonnets on it!

Salado Creek Trail on the east side of San Antonio runs adjacent to the KOA on Grembler Road and weather was tent-camping perfect. The trail runs north to south about 11 miles mostly through forested areas with junctions at several city parks. After arriving in San Antonio and setting up camp we took to the trail in the late afternoon. Its a lovely trail with smooth pavement that runs along Salado Creek with a few hills and turns along the way. A few pedestrians and bikes made it feel like we had the trail to ourselves.

Well groomed trail with some steep slopes to the side
8 miles south of the KOA is the Lion's Park Lake - add a few miles for a lap around

Coming into Comanche Park old forgotten memories of 40+ years past were suddenly revived......

I raced Quarter Midgets as a child, and in 1969 we journeyed from Toledo Ohio to San Antonio to race at this very same track!

Campsite at the KOA

Mission Trail ride was recorded on Google My Tracks with the following details:

Start/End: Blue Star
Total distance: 32.94 km (20.5 mi)
Total time: 2:46:16
Moving time: 2:24:24
Average speed: 11.89 km/h (7.4 mi/h)
Average moving speed: 13.69 km/h (8.5 mi/h)
Max speed: 45.17 km/h (28.1 mi/h)
Average pace: 5:03 min/km (8:07 min/mi)
Average moving pace: 4:23 min/km (7:03 min/mi)
Fastest pace: 1:20 min/km (2:08 min/mi)
Max elevation: 213 m (699 ft)
Min elevation: 123 m (402 ft)
Elevation gain: 1117 m (3666 ft)
Max grade: 144 %
Min grade: -32 %
Recorded: 4/19/2014 10:28AM

Blue Star Parking Lot - Bill with his fabulous Steintrike
Colorful bridge complements Texas Wildflowers
Flagstone pavement in some areas
This Mission was built prior to the Revolutionary War!
Time for fatboy to go on a diet!
Un-hitching the steeds at the National Park Office
Ride over to Aquaduct
Bill & I on the return trail
Artistic Dam
Many bridges along the way
Circuit of Americas on top of the Tower
Our 2014 seats for the F1 race are in the grandstands below