Saturday, February 18, 2012

Two Texas Mountain Road Rides Starting in Marathon!

This lovely little store carries simple cycling supplies, camping supplies, great snacks and food for your adventure! (photo by Marci Roberts)
The Gage Hotel in Marathon is the starting point for two cycling routes!
Bicyclists can start a couple of adventures from the lovely little town of Marathon, either a 10 mile, easy family-friendly route, or a two night adventure around the Texas Mountains.

Our Texas Mountain Trail heritage bike ride called, Ride to the Post, takes you on the route taken by the Comanche to their desert oasis and watering hole, now a county park.  You go near the site of a Buffalo Soldier encampment, by the formal Gage Gardens and Marathon's historic cemetery.  This is a relatively flat, easy, scenic 10 mile route.  That's 5 miles out, and 5 miles in.  Check it out!

The Texas Mountain Ride! route is longer, taking you to Alpine, Fort Davis and Marathon--a two night journey.  Day 1 is 54 miles to Fort Davis, via Alpine.  Day 2 allows plenty of time to explore Fort Davis and Marfa--just 21 miles.  Day 3 takes you back through Alpine to Marathon--57 miles. There are lots of beautiful sights along the way, and for lodging, consider staying at any of our Texas Mountain Trail cycle-friendly hotel properties! 

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