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    GHORBA Out-of-Town Ride, BLORA & Dana Peak, September 11th & 12th

    Belton Lake Outdoor Recreation Area is one of my favorite places to visit. Not only does it have a great mountain bike trail but thereís also one of the cleanest beaches in all of Texas with a fantastic swimming area complete with lifeguards. A couple of large waterslides, paddleboats, two hiking trails, plus covered picnic areas are all included in the $8.00 per car admission fee. For an extra $20 you can go on a nice, one hour horseback ride around Sparta Ridge. Itís a whole day of fun for next to nothing! BLORA is located near Killeen, TX on Ft. Hood property and is designed as a free recreation area for military personnel. Fortunately for us itís also open to civilians so long as we pay the entrance fee.

    The BLORA mountain bike trail is an 8 to 10 mile intermediate/advanced trail that starts on the top of Sparta Mountain, gradually takes you to the bottom, and then abruptly brings you back to the top. There are plenty of advanced sections that offshoot from the main 8.5 mile intermediate trail but only strong climbers should attempt them. The intermediate trail can be rode by beginners so long as they are careful and walk sections that they donít feel comfortable with. A good majority of the trail is embedded rock with small, loose rocks littered about. Large sections of cactus scattered around the trail really add to the scenery.

    Dana Peak located in Harker Heights, TX is a rocks throw from BLORA so thereís no reason to skip it. We will ride an 11 mile loop that is similar to the BLORA trail but has much less climbing and is easier overall. The plan is to ride BLORA on Saturday morning and Dana Peak on Sunday morning. Both rides will start at 9:00 am and we will have group rides for both trails. My good friend Pete Kutheis, also known as ArmySlowRdr on MTBR.com, will lead the intermediate/faster riders while I will lead the slower or less experienced riders.

    This is a great opportunity to bring the family and have a weekend adventure. BLORA alone is with the drive as there is so much to do for so little money. I am working on obtaining discount motel rates at the Super 8 located in Harker Heights which is located between BLORA and Dana Peak. I will post more information as I receive it.

    A map to BLORA can be found here: http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?hl=en...11126&t=h&z=17

    A map to Dana Peak is here: http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?hl=en...9ad97cfa7e94b3

    Trail reviews of BLORA: http://trails.mtbr.com/cat/united-st...1_4579crx.aspx

    Trail reviews of Dana Peak: http://trails.mtbr.com/cat/united-st...9_4579crx.aspx

    BLORA GPS track: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/44474613

    Dana Peak GPS track: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/15077355

    BLORA official website: http://www.hoodmwr.com/lake_activities.htm

    Before you ask I will tell you that you need a military ID to rent the cottages or motorboats that are available at BLORA. If you have a friend with a military ID they can rent these for you but they must be present when you check in. They can also get you free admission to the recreation area.

    Check back here for weather updates or to post questions.

    This ride is open to all bikers and not just GHORBA members. Invite all your friends and bring your family!

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    I've made arrangements for discount rooms at the Super 8 Motel located in Harker Heights, TX. Harker Heights is located between BLORA and Dana Peak about 15 minutes from each trail. Go to the GHORBA website for more information: http://www.ghorba.org/forum/viewtopic.php?p=6672#6672

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    Don't forget you have until 4:00 pm this Friday to reserve a room at the Super 8 Harker Heights. Don't miss out on a fun weekend!

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    Most of the trails in our area received lots of rain as well but I'm hoping we can get a group ride to Bluff Creek Ranch this weekend. Six inches fell in Warda but hopefully they will be dry this Saturday. Unless otherwise noted plan on meeting at 9:00 am in front of the ranch house with wheels down at 9:30 am.

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    The Belton Lake/Dana Peak ride has been rescheduled to September 18th and 19th due to 15 inches of rain on the trails. Bummer as I was ready to go!

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    So far the weather is holding out and the sun is drying the Belton Lake Trail. Not good news for Dana Peak though. The lake is covering some of the trail so Dana Peak is a no-go. We will still ride Belton Lake on Saturday at 9:00 am with wheels down at 9:30 am. Afterwards you can take a dip in the lake at Sierra Beach; ride the waterslides, hike the nature trails or hike Sparta Mountain; ride horses; or ride paddleboats. There's enough fun for the whole day!

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    Belton Lake Ride ** CANCELLED **

    As mentioned Belton Lake and Dana Peak are flooded and therefore all lake and water activity (plus the trails) are closed. So, Iíve decided to take a trip to Austin and ride at Reimerís Ranch then take a dip at Krause Springs. Both are located west of Austin in Spicewood, Texas. The ranch has miles and miles of trails for everyone of every skill level plus the Pedernales river runs thru it so you can take a dip. Rock climbing is also available.

    Krause Springs is without a doubt the most scenic swimming area in all of Texas! My wife Lorey and I went earlier this year and loved it.

    Cost is $5.00 per person for Krause Springs and $5.00 per person for Reimerís Ranch. The distance to Spicewood, Tx is the same as going to Belton Lake. We will arrive at 9:00 am and start riding about 9:30 am. Will ride the trails for a few hours then go to Krause Springs.

    Iíve attached links to websites for both Krause Springs and Reimerís Ranch:

    Krause Springs: http://krausesprings.net/index.html

    Reimerís Ranch: http://www.austinbike.com/mtb/reimersranch/index.asp

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