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Friday, April 30, 2010

Same Scene... Different Bike!

Well... I'm back at Sumner Lake State Park.... 4 months later and I drove up here but I couldn't resist a ride around the lake with the Blue Streak... or Miss America if you prefer... this has been a business trip but I've tried to work in a short ride at the end of each day... I'll be heading to Glorieta tomorrow... will stop at the Fisherman's Hideaway after my ride to eat... I got the same campsite as January... number's really getting that deja vu feeling...oh yeah... that's right, I really have been here before....Peace out...V

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Hoover Valley Cafe - Great Country Cooking in the Texas Hill Country - Burnet Texas

The Hoover Valley Cafe is located at 7203 Park Road 4 West in HooveAdd Imager Valley Texas a mile south of Inks Lake State Park.

Their phone number is 512-715-9574.

They’re open Mon – Sat 11 am – 9 pm and Sun 11 am – 4 pm.

Come enjoy the friendly family environment and great food of the Hoover Valley Café.

Here's a link to the YouTube Video for the Hoover Valley Cafe.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Rising Phoenix Adventures Bastrop Tx - Regearing my Trek 1500 with Climbing Gears

This is the 4th in a series of videos covering the conversion of my Trek 1500 Road Bike to a Touring Application.

In this segment, I brought my Trek 1500 to Rising Phoenix Adventures at 306 Industrial Blvd in Bastrop Tx - (512) 677 2305 - and had the 11-26 cassette changed to an 11-34 cassette to increase the climbing ability.

Rising Phoenix Adventures made all the necessary adjustments to the chain and derailleur to accommodate the bigger gears.

Here's the YouTube video I did on the regear of my Trek 1500 from 11-26 road gears to 11-34 climbing gears.

A View from Park Road 1C between Bastrop and Buescher State Parks - Bastrop Tx

Man... I think I could do this for a living!

Morning Ride!

Been working hard the last couple of days so I'm gonna take a ride this morning on Park Road 1A and 1C on a beautiful scenic up and down road between Bastrop and Buescher State Parks... then back on the road to Marble Falls!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Roadhouse - One of the 50 Best Burgers in Texas - 2804 Highway 21 East in Bastrop Texas

Welcome to the Roadhouse in Bastrop Texas where Good Friends and Family meet for Great Food.

The Roadhouse is home of the Best Burger in Bastrop County of Texas 6 years in a row and named One of the 50 Best Burgers in Texas by Texas Monthly Magazine in August 2009.

The Roadhouse is located at 2804 Highway 21 East in Bastrop Texas right across from the entrance to Bastrop State Park.

The menu includes:
  • Award Winning Big and Juicy Burgers with a Mound of Fries
  • Wholesome Vegetarian Selections
  • Big and Tasty Specialty Salads
  • a Great Kid's Menu
  • Handmade Shakes
  • Ice Cold Beer
Fridays are special - that's when the Roadhouse serves their Shiner Bock Beer Battered Cod with French Fries -it's the Roadhouse version of Fish & Chips.

The phone number is 512-321-1803 and they’re open Sunday – Thursday from 10:30am – 9:00pm and Friday and Saturday from 10:30am – 10:00pm.

Their website is

Here's a link to the YouTube video for the Roadhouse -

Some things just never change!

History repeats itself... nearly 6 months after I started Discovering America on 2 Wheels I'm back at my first campsite of that journey... #33 at Bastrop State Park... it's 30 degrees warmer but the birds are singing, the sun is beginning to brighten the world, the fire is popping and the coffee is hot... I kinda like this kind of History!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Rising Phoenix Adventures - 306 Industrial Blvd Bastrop Tx - (512) 677-2305

Rising Phoenix Adventures is your One Stop Shop for Outdoor Adventures in the Austin / Bastrop Tx area.

They offer Sales, Rentals and Service of Kayaks, Canoes and Bicycles. RPA has an on-line store and a comprehensive website full of information on what to do for your next visit to the Austin / Bastrop Tx area.

Check out their website at or go by their store at 306 Industrial Blvd in Bastrop Tx.

Here's a link to the YouTube Video for Rising Phoenix Adventures.

Rising Phoenix Adventures YouTube Video


Sunday, April 25, 2010

Road Trip to Santa Fe New Mexico

I'm heading to Santa Fe NM today to go pick up my Trek 3700 Mountain Bike, Backpack and Gear. I'll be working w/ a few businesses along the way on business advertising videos... we'll see how it goes!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Brazosport Tire 441 East Plantation Clute Texas - Video on YouTube

I've lived in the Brazosport Area for 25 years and have bought several sets of tires from a local business - Brazosport Tire at 441 East Plantation in Clute Texas.

I consider them one of my Discovering America on 2 Wheels Winners because they consistently offer a superior product and service to their customers.

If you need a new set of tires for almost anything that rolls or need suspension work or front end alignment, give Brazosport Tire a call at 979-265-7434 or go by their shop at 441 East Plantation in Clute Tx.

Here's a link to their website -

And here's a link to the YouTube video on Brazosport Tire -

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Ad for Brazosport Bicycle Tour #1

I'm running an ad for the Brazosport Bicycle Tour #1 in the Source, a weekly advertising paper for the Brazosport area.

I thought Kay at the Source did an excellent job on the ad.  They've always done a great job for me for the last 25 years whether it was advertising for a rental property, a garage sale, a specific item for sale or advertising for Discovering America on 2 Wheels.

Give the Source a call at 979-285-9200 for any advertising need you have.

Check out the ad Kay did for me.... I thought it was really cool!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Brazosport Bicycle Tour #1 Virtual Tour Videos on YouTube

I've created a number of videos to provide information on the route that will be taken and the tour sites that will be visited as a part of the Brazosport Bicycle Tour #1. 

Most of this video was shot with the perspective of someone actually riding on the tour.  The videos also provide website links on the tour sites and the city of Lake Jackson Tx and the Brazosport Area.

This tour covers some of the best sites of Natural, Scenic, Historic and Cultural Interest in Lake Jackson Tx and Brazosport.

I've also shot a video for "Rules, Guidelines, Tips and Instructions" for the Bicycle Tours offered by Discovering America on 2 Wheels.  While it was shot along the route of the Brazosport Bicycle Tour #1, the information provided should be of help for any DA2W Bicycle Tour Participant on any tour offered by DA2W.

The following is the description and links to the videos.

"Rules, Guidelines, Tips and Instructions" for the Bicycle Tours offered by Discovering America on 2 Wheels
This video is a collage of video segments that show a variety of situations, conditions, signals, rules, guidelines and tips for potential participants of the Bicycle Tours offered by Discovering America on 2 Wheels. It is offered to inform and prepare Bicycle Tour Participants for any Bicycle Tour offered by Discovering America on 2 Wheels.

Brazosport Bicycle Tour #1 Part 1
This video begins with an introduction of the tour and a description of the first tour site, Sea Center Texas, the largest redfish hatchery in the world where we'll have a guided tour of the facility. This will be followed by a ride to AA MacLean Park where the tour will cycle down the Spc Monica Brown Trail which runs through the bottomlands adjacent to the Brazos River. The tour then proceeds down Lake Road to the next tour site, the Abner Jackson Plantation Site.

Brazosport Bicycle Tour #1 Part 2
This video begins with an approach to the alternate entry point for the Abner Jackson Plantation Site where a tour of the site along the shores of Lake Jackson is planned. The Enchanted Oak, the symbol for Lake Jackson Tx, is on this property. The tour continues with a cycle around the Lake Jackson Farms Loop which circles the lake of Lake Jackson and passes the Dow Plantation House before emerging on Highway 332W which leads us shortly to the Gulf Coast Bird Observatory - a 34 acre wooded oasis for birds and bird watchers nestled along the shores of Buffalo Camp Bayou. The GCBO has bird banding on the 3rd Saturday of each month. After a tour of the GCBO site, the tour will take a route through Dunbar Park and along Oyster Creek before emerging on That Way St which takes us by the beautiful Shy Pond Park and into downtown Lake Jackson from the north.

Brazosport Bicycle Tour #1 Part 3
This video begins with entry into the downtown area of Lake Jackson Tx for the next tour stop which is lunch at the Local. Following lunch, the tour goes by the intersection of This Way St and That Way St and on to the Lake Jackson Historical Museum and then to the Alden B Dow Office Museum where we learn about the origin of Lake Jackson Tx, its creator, Alden Dow and the reason for the interesting street names. The tour proceeds along the beautiful live oak-lined Hike and Bike Path along Oyster Creek Drive out to the Brazosport Center for the Arts and Sciences for a tour of the Art Gallery and the Natural History Museum. The tour cycles along the Brazosport College Jogging Trail which circles the beautiful campus of Brazosport College nestled in a big bend of Oyster Creek.

Brazosport Bicycle Tour #1 Part 4
This video is the 4th video giving a virtual tour of the Brazosport Bicycle Tour #1 offered by Discovering America on 2 Wheels. This tour takes place in Lake Jackson Tx part of the Brazosport Area. This video shows the route from Brazosport College westbound along Oyster Creek Drive turning south down Yaupon to South Yaupon and back to the beginning point of the tour - Sea Center Tx - on Medical Dr in Lake Jackson.  It concludes with a summary of the tour and the sites visited.

For more information on this tour, contact William Miller @ 979-285-7219 or E-mail at

Set up at the Migration Celebration at San Bernard NWR

I've got a table set up for the Bicycle Tours in the Exhibition Building at the Migration Celebration at the San Bernard Natl Wildlife Refuge.

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Friday, April 9, 2010

Lake Jackson Hike and Bike Committee Meeting

For those who live in the Brazosport area and would like to learn more about the planned Brazosport Bicycle Tour #1, I will be on the agenda for the next meeting of the Hike & Bike Committee of the City of Lake Jackson at 4:15 p.m. on MONDAY, APRIL 12, 2010 at the Lake Jackson City Hall Conference Room, 25 Oak Drive, Lake Jackson, Texas.