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Mostly Annual Farm to Ranch ReTREEt – Bastrop

Submitted by on January 17, 2012 – 10:22 pmNo Comment

Local cyclist, Grady McGahan, is organizing an effort to replant native trees and other growing things as they cycle the gorgeous area around Bastrop, Texas this Friday, January 20th.

Here is a huge copy and paste from their Facebook page:

Join us as we ride from Austin to Bastrop and Paige for a few days of roving reforestation. Our merry band of reTREEters will work with local nurseries to plant native trees on private property, where people are more likely to do what is needed to keep them going for the long haul.

RIDE MAP:
http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=207668634798951068605.0004b371b95cad7f1d57e&msa=0&ll=30.060774%2C-97.510529&spn=0.635882%2C1.18103

GARMIN MAPS WILL BE GENERATED AND PROVIDED.

reTREEt ITINERARY:
Arrive in Austin on January 20th (FRI);

Ride around Austin on January 21st (SAT) and go out that night;

Ride to Bastrop (32 miles) on January 22nd (SUN) and plant trees that day;

Ride a loop to/from Paige (39 or 51 miles) and plant trees there on January 23rd (MON);

Ride a loop to/from Red Rock (52 miles) and plant trees there on January 24th (TUES);

Ride to San Antonio (96 miles) on January 25th (WED);

Ride around San Antonio (Mission Ride – 45 miles) on January 26th (THURS) and go out that night;

Ride to Boerne (35 miles) on January 27th (FRI);

Ride an out-and-back in Boernie and plant trees on January 28th (SAT).

*If you know of a person or organization in the area that would like to be involved or would be interested in having a bunch of random cyclists plant a tree or ten on their property, please send me their information.

EMAIL:
briangrady@gmail.com

PASS THE WORD ON TO YOUR FRIENDS.

TO BRING CHECKLIST:
1) Bicycle lights
2) AOH Jersey, if you have one, for the 23rd
3) Pedals, if you are borrowing a bike
4) Sun screen
5) Warm cycling clothing

FLIGHTS:

The cheapest way for many of you may be to fly into Dallas and ride down to Austin, either with the core group or with people who will likely come down for only a couple days here and there. Please consider the itinerary and post your intended plans so that we may help you coordinate meeting up with the group. We will do everything we can to make sure you have a ride to and from your point of origin and departure. Support vehicles will be able to take people to the Austin airport during the week, if need be.

Throughout the event, we plan to facilitate changing individual itineraries. We know it is a lot of commitment for many of you to make, and we would like to help you be as much a part of it as you can be.

N.B. – If you are flying into or out of San Antonio, a shuttle can be arranged for you to or from the OMNI hotels in which we are staying. Contact me with your itinerary to set that up.

BUDGET:

LODGING
1) We have arranged special rates with the Omni Hotels in Austin and San Antonio = $100/per night for a double room. We will be in Austin for two nights and San Antonio for two nights.

http://www.omnihotels.com/FindAHotel/AustinSouthpark.aspx
and
http://www.omnihotels.com/findahotel/sanantonio.aspx

2) In Bastrop, we plan to rent out a few Bed & Breakfasts that are all within walking/cycling distance including:

http://www.pecanstreetinn.com/
http://www.elmstreetinn.com/
http://magnoliainnonmain.com/

The cost of rental is about $500 per night/per house. 5-15 people can stay in each house. We will be in Bastrop for three nights. Any overflow will be handled by the Hampton’s Inn in Bastrop.

3) Lodging in Boernie is still being determined.

FOOD
4) Aside from breakfast at the above-mentioned B&Bs, everyone will be responsible for their own food/beverages. $25-$75 per day?

TOTAL ESTIMATED BUDGET: $100/per day. 10 days = $1,000.

THE RIDE WILL BE SUPPORTED.

SHIPPING BICYCLES:
If you are planning to ship your bicycle to Texas, Hill Abell at Bicycle Sport Shop in Austin has offered to receive bikes and assemble them free of charge. Paying for re-boxing and shipping back home will be the owner’s responsibility.

Bicycle Sport Shop
517 South Lamar Boulevard, Austin, TX
(512) 477-3472

SPECIAL THANKS:

RICHARDSON BIKE MART
BICYCLE SPORTS SHOP
BASTROP TREE SERVICES
NATIVE TEXAS NURSERY
ORGANICS BY GOSH
BASTROP GARDENS
TEXAS PARKS & WILDLIFE DEPARTMENT
TEXAS FOREST SERVICE

*Last updated 1/17/2012

To learn more about the Bastrop Wildfire, click here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bastrop_County_Complex_fire