LBJ 100 Bike Ride: Wheels, wildflowers and some presidential history

Luci Johnson guides a bike tour of the LBJ Ranch. Photo by Diane Kirkendall

 

Like wildflowers and a little presidential history when you’re out riding a bike?

All three are on tap Saturday at the 10th annual LBJ 100 Bicycle Ride at the LBJ Ranch near Stonewall.

Cyclists can choose from routes of 10, 30, 42 and 62 miles. The ride begins at the historic ranch and continues along quiet country roads.

Riders will pass the historic Texas White House, Lyndon B. Johnson’s birthplace, and the family cemetery where President and Mrs. Johnson are buried. They’ll also see descendants of the president’s Hereford cattle. At 1 p.m., Luci Johnson will lead a bicyle tour of the ranch and share some of her family’s history.

The ride will take place rain or shine, unless severe weather looks imminent. If in doubt, call the ride’s special weather hotline at (830) 868-7128, ext. 224. Updates will also be posted here.

The ride starts at 9 a.m.; ranch gates open at 7 a.m. Registration is $50 per person (family rates available). To sign up, go here.

The LBJ 100 has grown from 400 riders in 2008 to more than 1,200 riders in recent years. Proceeds support park educational programs, recreational opportunities and historic preservation projects.

And there’s more!

Historic Gillespie County schools – including the one-room Junction School at the entrance to the LBJ Ranch – will open April 1 for tours. Other schools open that day? Cave Creek, Nebgen, Rheingold and Willow City. For more information, go here.

The Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For more information about park activities call 830-868-7128, ext. 231 or 244, or go here.

Author: Pam LeBlanc

Pam LeBlanc writes about fitness and travel for the Austin American-Statesman. She has worked for the Statesman since 1998 and written her weekly fitness column, Fit City, since 2004.

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