I live in the southwest Austin metro area so my day rides into the Texas hill country start and end in Austin. If you are in the Austin or San Antonio area looking for a fun day ride, here are some that I recommend:
Crossing the Colorado River: This 260 mile route begins at TJ’s KTM in Austin and travels northwest to a low water crossing of the Colorado River at Shaw’s Bend. Once across the river the route heads south via some of the better dirt roads in the area. After a bite to eat in Llano the route heads southeast back to Austin.
Enchanted Rock – Salt Branch – Luckenbach: This route begins west of Austin and travels past Enchanted Rock State Natural Area. Beyond that you will continue west on some fun hill country dirt roads with a few low water crossings. The route then loops south and east to Luckenbach, Texas. After a relaxing visit at Luckenbach it’s pavement all the way back to Austin.
Inks Lake – Llano – Sandy Creek: This route begins at TJ’s KTM store in Austin and travels west on some of the most popular twisty roads in the area, including Lime Creek Road and Park Road 4. Once you arrive in Llano I suggest having lunch at the world famous Cooper’s BBQ, located on Hwy 71 on the west side of Llano. The route to Llano is all pavement – the dirt shows up shortly after leaving Coopers. After some fun dirt roads you will head east on the superb CR 315 and multiple crossings of Sandy Creek.
The routes are .gpx files for use with a GPS and/or gps software on your computer. I don’t know of a way you can view these files without a GPS or GPS software on your computer. Routes are created in basecamp using City Navigator North America. To download the routes:
1. Hover your mouse over the title of the route (the highlighted text)
2. Right click on the route and save it to your computer. Note where you are saving the file to.
3. Open the route as you normally open routes using your gps software and/or export the file to your gps as you normally do.