West Texas Cycling Adventure
West Texas Cycling Adventure
- 4 Nights Lodging at Hotel Limpia
- Picnic Lunch on Wednesday
- Park Entrance Fee at Balmorhea State Park
- Entrance Fee at Fort Davis Historical Site
- Dinner Friday at Blue Mountain Bistro
- Entrance Fee at MacDonald Observatory
- Dinner Saturday at Cochinea
Trip Dates: September 18 - 22, 2019
We’ll spend 5 days and 4 nights exploring the rugged areas of southwest Texas around Fort Davis, Marfa & Alpine. The main activity will be cycling but with an opportunity to swim, hike, go to the McDonald Observatory and check out some of the local cuisine as well.
The grand finale of the trip is an epic bike rally ... Cyclefest!
LODGING - The Hotel Limpia, Fort Davis
The Hotel Limpia, a historic property built in 1912, is located in mile-high Fort Davis, nestled in the scenic Davis Mountains of southwest Texas. The hotel has 31 rooms that have been fully restored with private baths & period furnishings. We are in the Orchards Suites and all our rooms have cable TV, free wi-fi and efficiency kitchens w/fridge & coffee maker.
The courtyard garden, fragrant with roses and herbs, the glassed-in veranda with its flourishing plants, and the porches with their rocking chairs are favorite places for guests to relax and enjoy the tranquility of a by-gone era of Texas.
The price below includes 4 nights at the Hotel Limpia, 1 picnic lunch, dinner Friday and Saturday, park entry fees for Balmorhea, Fort Davis and MacDonald Observatory and one F4A Guide.
Your final trip price will be based on the room type you choose and how many roommates you have. (It's best to bring your own friends to share the room instead of having us to match you with someone you don't know.)
Everyone will drive themselves there (or carpool).
This price does not include: Meals not mentioned, Cyclefest Registration, Guide Tips.
A $250 deposit is needed to reserve your spot. The remaining amount will be due 30 days before the trip.
There will be a $100 cancellation fee. After the final payment is made, it is non-refundable.
Click the Itinerary tab above for each day's activities.
Wednesday, September 18
It’s a long drive to Fort Davis so let’s plan to hit the road early! To break up the drive, there will be a couple of stops along the way -- Sweetwater for a picnic lunch (3 hrs/40 min from Dallas) and Balmorhea State Park (3 hrs/30 min from Sweetwater) for a swim. Then the final leg to Fort Davis is only 40 minutes. We can be there in time for happy hour!
Balmorhea has the world's largest spring-fed swimmingn pool. More than 15 million gallons of water flow through the pool each day, gushing from the San Solomon Springs. The pool is up to 25 feet deep, covers 1.3 acres, and holds 3.5 million gallons of water. The water temperature stays at 72 to 76 degrees year-round.
Thursday - September 19
There are a few riding options today. These are self-supported (no sag vehicle).
· Ride Fort Davis-Alpine-Fort Davis (48 miles) – this is more difficult (hilly) than the Marfa route
· Ride Fort Davis - Marfa-Fort Davis (42 miles)
· Ride Fort Davis - Alpine - Marfa - FortDavis (71.4 miles)
For lunch in Alpine, try Reata, 203 N. 5thStreet, Alpine (432) 837-9232
For lunch in Marfa, try Capri Kitchen, 603 W San AntonioStreet (432) 729-1984
If you need a coffee break, stop at this this funky place. We love it!
Note: They also have awesome pastries and quiche!)
Friday, September 20
Morning: After breakfast we'll drive to the Fort Davis National Historic Site for a look around. Then, we'll head to the State Park to hike for a couple of hours. (exact trail TBD later)
Afternoon: McDonald Observatory Tour
Evening: Dinner at Blue Mountain Bistro (http://blue-mountain-bistro.com/), Fort Davis.
Saturday, September 21
Cyclefest– 27, 55, or 75-mile routes (http://www.pbbatx.com/cyclefest/)
Cyclefest is the best and most scenic bike tour in the state of Texas, with beautiful vistas , easy novice routes and challenging hills. Cyclefest is a “must do” for every cyclist.
Dinner Saturday: Cochinea (http://cochinealmarfa.com/), Marfa
A thirty-seat dining room, a forty-odd-seat courtyard, an open kitchen, and a vegetable garden supplying the freshest baby greens and vegetables – all came into being by 2008. Later the facility was expanded to include an intimate cocktail bar and nearly year-round outdoor seating.
Sunday, September 22
Spend the morning however you like. Rid the infamous Mt Locke Hill Climb to MacDonald Observatory, enjoy a leisurely breakfast or stroll into Fort Davis for a souvenir. We'll check out then drive to Marfa for an early lunch, at the famous Food Shark, before driving back home.
We'll plan the trip!