Sub 24 Sunset Chasing Apr 8, 2015

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Lauren and I have done plenty of camping and she’s done her share of cycling around town, but we’ve never gone on a bicycle camping trip together. Yesterday morning, I was surprised to hear her ask if I wanted to get in some tent time before I headed out on the road again on Friday.

So last night, I packed up some bags, a tent, my trusty Lodge cast iron skillet and food for two meals. We headed out to the closest state park in the area: McKinney Falls. The route there is pretty easy, even loaded down with a bunch of gourmet food, wine, a hatchet and a skillet. I took it slow and coached Lauren through the climbs, we stopped for photos and tried our best to ignore the impatient rush-hour traffic zipping past. The weather looked nice, with bright blue sunny skies. It didn’t rain this go-round, but it was still quite enjoyable…

I didn’t think this mandated a whole gallery, so check out a scrolling story below.


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It’s Blue Bonnet season here.

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The Geekhouse loaded down with food and accommodations for two.

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We dropped off our bags and headed out to the falls.

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Chasing the #lightbro

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With all the rain we’ve been having, the falls were full.

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#teamdreamsunsetchasingteam

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Heading back to camp as the sun was setting…

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… just in time for dinner. Hill Country apple and pork sausage, asparagus and cauliflower with garlic.

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What we didn’t finish, got tossed in with the bacon and eggs the next morning.

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Up with the sun and back on the road.

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We were back in our neighborhood by 10am… Taking trips like this with your partner really help build a sense of accomplishment and trust. Making sure you’re operating within your comfort zone is key, so don’t try to overdo it. Remember, taking your time and shooting photos is a must while bicycle camping.

If you’re interested in this route, I’ve posted one at my Strava.

  • bongofruit

    Great photos. Grant would be proud.

    • http://theradavist.com/ John Watson

      But I front-load! ;-)

  • http://sklarbikes.com Adam Sklar

    Annnnnd I’m moving to Austin. Looks like a fun ride.

  • Kyle Kelley

    Killed it!

  • mywynne

    Sharing this with my lady. Out of the blue yesterday she said she wants to start riding again (no bike, currently), so that we can start doing some touring/adventuring. Perfect timing on this post.

  • Chrue

    thnx for the inspiration! one should do short escapes like this more often…

  • C.Silver

    A 10 mile ride to a gorgeous state park… #LASucksForCycling indeed!

  • evilgordon

    Lovely.

  • adanpinto

    nice

  • Matt Long

    yes!

  • John Gorham

    You packed in that skillet?

    • http://theradavist.com/ John Watson

      yeah and a hatchet. I almost always do on camping trips. Two things that make trips more enjoyable.

  • Frank

    Fully gourmet.

  • kermitonwheels

    nice one!

  • http://pntmagazine.com/ PNT

    no matter what kind of bikes you are into now, at a certain stage of life you will find out that this is the best ride!