Self-Contained Touring 101, May 17th-21st 2012
Ever wonder what goes on when you're doing a self-supported ride? This ride will be 4 days of riding and 4 nights of camping. And yes, you will need to bring everything on your own bike. So you will need panniers or trailer, tent, and all the stuff to make yourself comfortable and you are willing to carry, and a bike sturdy enough to make the 4 days and the 200+ miles loop.
The ride will start near Walsenburg, go out to La Junta, back to Trinidad, around to Stonewall, over the top of Cucharras Pass and back to Walsenburg. Expect some climbing and long distances, but fantastic scenery as we travel from plains to mountains. Look for in town practice rides which will show packing techniques and setting up camp examples. No charge for the tour, but you will have to pay for your own camping sites. This will be a very small group.
Don & Marilyn Swett will be guiding this ride. Obviously this is not for everyone, email Don for details or lack of them: firstname.lastname@example.org. A DBTC waiver will be required for all participants.-40 miles in length (with longer options). Expect some hills!! Fredericksburg offers unique German cuisine as well as local Tex-Mex, local wineries and brewpub. Shoppers will find over 150 boutiques, art galleries and antique emporiums, not to mention an herb farm, wildflower farm, and National Museum of the Pacific War. Rides will be loop types with different start/stop locations, and will highlight the local history, scenery, LBJ Ranch, Stonehenge II, wineries and more.
You must set up your own reservations for RVs, Motels, and B&Bs. Tenters do not need to make reservations at the Lady Bird Park.
Marilyn & Don Swett will be your hosts on this ride. If interested, contact Don at email@example.com . We will need to have payment and signed waivers by March 1st, 2012. You must be current member of DBTC to participate in out - of - town rides.