Dripping Springs to Johnson City Training Ride

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Pedernales Falls, at Pedernales State Park

The training ride from Dripping Springs to Johnson City is one of my favorites of the Hill Country Ride.  This one is long.  53 miles.  And hilly.  Lots of hills.  But it's a beautiful ride, particularly in the spring when the wild flowers are blooming.

We start in Dripping Springs, which is about a 30 minute drive west of Austin in Hays County.  The ride takes you along Cypress Creek just south of Dripping Springs.  That part of the ride is very peaceful and quiet -- like a country lane with large oaks that provide a canopy of shade over the lane along a quiet creek with large cypress trees lining the banks.

With Katie, in Johnson City
  After that part of the ride, you head further west on Highway 290 until you reach the road to Pedernales Falls State Park.  The ride continues out north toward the Park, then back west to Johnson City, President Johnson's boyhood home.  That part of the ride has hill after hill after hill.  The hills are situated such that they fool you into thinking that with each hill you climb, that is the last one as you cannot see the next one until you climb another hill!

Once you reach Johnson City, you refill your water bottles, eat a Clif bar, and return the same way you came.  On this ride day, we had big head winds the entire way out to Johnson City.  I kept telling myself that it was ok, as that meant I would have a tail wind for the ride back.  Wrong.  Somehow the winds reversed on the way back, so we had to fight a headwind all the way back as well.  Headwinds can really add to the work you do riding and dehydrate you even faster.  We had lots of riders that did not finish the ride and had to be brought back by the sag and sweep crew.

I got to ride with one of my friends, Katie, most of the way.  We had met on my first Hill Country Ride and have been good friends since.  She's not able to do the ride this year, but came along with me on this one, as it is one of her favorites too! 

Fund raising update:  My total to date:  $1,100.  Team total to date: $22,000.

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