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Lost Pines Cruise Professional Review and Guide
"The centerpiece of this ride is the secluded road through the pine forests of both Bastrop and Buescher State Parks. The work of the Civilian Conservation Corps here resulted in a special spot for campers, hikers and cyclists to enjoy. The thick stands of loblolly pines preserved in these parks are located in the middle of otherwise flat to open farmland and ranch country. Somehow an isolated pocket of pine trees, now very rare in Texas, remain here in central Texas near Bastrop. A feel for the times of the Republic of Texas remains in the restored homes, buildings, and churches that blanket Bastrop, more than 100 of which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Many of the rural Texas roads that provide such pleasant cycling today began as simple cattle paths and wagon trails, these roads are no exception. Terrain: very hilly through the state parks; otherwise fairly flat through open farmland and ranch land. Roads: narrow park roads are extremely isolated. FM roads are lightly traveled. Higher-speed traffic on Texas 95 (1.9 miles) and Texas 71 (1.7 miles). There is a left turn across busy traffic at a stoplight intersection on Texas 71."
--Andy White, Best Bike Rides in Texas (The Globe Pequot Press).
Great ride, especially if you want hill work. Be warned, it will cost you $4.00/person to get access into the State Park. Bring money, or no ride.
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