Pink Primrose & Texas Heroes -- overnight bicycle tour to Seguin, Texas
“We shall never surrender or retreat.”
That was part of the famous message Juan Seguin took with him when he was ordered by Colonel William B. Travis to leave the Alamo to seek reinforcements. When Juan Seguin returned, the Alamo and its defenders had fallen.
Statue of Juan Seguin in downtown Seguin, Texas
My destination, Seguin, TX –- named after Juan Seguin in honor of his many contributions to the state -- lies about 30 miles east of my home in San Antonio. From my home, my planned route would be about 92 miles roundtrip (43.29 miles there and 48.52 miles back). When I plan the route for a bicycle tour, I consider multiple sources to aid me in choosing a route –- from personal experiences of other cyclists to using the “Street View” in Google Maps to inspect different roads. When I find a route I like, I create the route in Garmin’s MapSource program and download it to my Garmin Edge 705 bicycle computer. The Edge 705 is a great touring partner –- providing turn-by-turn directions as it helps me navigate my selected route.
The weather was perfect for my departure with an overcast sky and temperatures in the upper 70’s. It didn’t take long for me to leave behind the roar of traffic in San Antonio to find myself on low-traffic country roads. It’s amazing when a big interstate highway gets built and all these other roads are quickly abandoned -– much to cyclists’ benefit! Stagecoach Road, Santa Clara Road, and Lower Seguin Road were just some of the peaceful roads I used for my journey.
About 15 miles west of Seguin, TX –- farm fields and windmills give way to peace and quiet.
Lunchtime found me in the small town of Cibolo at Harmon’s BBQ where I consumed a “combination sandwich” which consisted of a delicious mix of brisket, sausage, onions, and pickles swimming in a sweet BBQ sauce.
Back on the road, I passed farm fields that stretched into the distance as far as the eye. Then I started encountering field after field of Pink Primrose. Spring bicycle touring in Texas is hard to beat!
My Trek Valencia touring bike in a glamour shot with Pink Primrose!
Before long, I rolled into Seguin, Texas, and made my way to the Mosheim Mansion, a historic landmark built in the late 1890’s that is now a bicycle-friendly bed & breakfast. Owner Carol Hirschi welcomes bicycle tourists and let me keep my bicycle in the main foyer just down the stairs from my room.
Most of my overnight bicycle tours provide an excuse for family members to come out and spend the evening with me exploring my destination. My parents, wife and daughter joined me for some great home cookin’ at the Dixie Grille. Definitely ask for some of their award-winning banana pudding, you won’t regret it!
Justin Moore (left) and his daughter Sara (right) in downtown Seguin, TX home of the World’s Largest Pecan!
The next morning, Carol cooked an amazing breakfast and I departed the Mosheim Mansion for home. I followed a slightly different route home and encountered a few loose dogs but fortunately they were just interested in getting a little exercise (I swear they were grinning as they looked up at me!). I benefited from a tailwind on my journey back and in no time I was rolling into my driveway marking the successful completion of my 5th overnight bicycle tour.
I’m already thinking about bike overnight #6!
About to depart the Mosheim Mansion the next morning after a peaceful night
Photos by Justin Moore