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La Bahia Challenge Professional Review and Guide
"Travelers through south Texas know Goliad as a main crossroad on the way to Gulf Coast beaches, the Rio Grande Valley, and Mexico. Goliad has been a main Texas crossroad for hundreds of years. The town is filled with significant historic sites and friendly people and merits a special visit. The routes north of town ride through countryside where the Spanish first introduced cattle ranching to North America. Cattle ranching, farming, and hunting remain the principal activities in the small communities these roads pass through.A Spanish mission called Espiritu Santo and a Spanish military fort known as Presidio La Bahia were the first outposts established in Goliad some 300 years ago. The mission is preserved today as a unique state park. The fort, one of the most fought-over in Texas history, is a National Historic Landmark. Presidio La Bahia was involved in six separate independence wars and is the focal point of the area’s long and colorful military history. Presidio La Bahia is also the site of one of the pivotal events in the fight for Texas’s independence from Mexico. The fort and the mission are not passed on this bike route, but they can be found just 1 or 2 miles south of the town square starting point on US 183. Also near the fort and mission on US 183 is the La Bahia Restaurant, a favorite place to eat before or after a ride."
--Andy White, Best Bike Rides in Texas (The Globe Pequot Press).
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