Pink Primrose & Texas Heroes -- overnight bicycle tour to Seguin, Texas

“We shall never surrender or retreat.”

That was part of the famous message Juan Seguin took with him when he was ordered by Colonel William B. Travis to leave the Alamo to seek reinforcements. When Juan Seguin returned, the Alamo and its defenders had fallen.

Juan Sequin statue in Sequin, TX
Statue of Juan Seguin in downtown Seguin, Texas

My destination, Seguin, TX –- named after Juan Seguin in honor of his many contributions to the state -- lies about 30 miles east of my home in San Antonio. From my home, my planned route would be about 92 miles roundtrip (43.29 miles there and 48.52 miles back). When I plan the route for a bicycle tour, I consider multiple sources to aid me in choosing a route –- from personal experiences of other cyclists to using the “Street View” in Google Maps to inspect different roads. When I find a route I like, I create the route in Garmin’s MapSource program and download it to my Garmin Edge 705 bicycle computer. The Edge 705 is a great touring partner –- providing turn-by-turn directions as it helps me navigate my selected route.

The weather was perfect for my departure with an overcast sky and temperatures in the upper 70’s. It didn’t take long for me to leave behind the roar of traffic in San Antonio to find myself on low-traffic country roads. It’s amazing when a big interstate highway gets built and all these other roads are quickly abandoned -– much to cyclists’ benefit! Stagecoach Road, Santa Clara Road, and Lower Seguin Road were just some of the peaceful roads I used for my journey.


About 15 miles west of Seguin, TX –- farm fields and windmills give way to peace and quiet.

Lunchtime found me in the small town of Cibolo at Harmon’s BBQ where I consumed a “combination sandwich” which consisted of a delicious mix of brisket, sausage, onions, and pickles swimming in a sweet BBQ sauce.

Back on the road, I passed farm fields that stretched into the distance as far as the eye. Then I started encountering field after field of Pink Primrose. Spring bicycle touring in Texas is hard to beat!

Bike with Pink Primrose
My Trek Valencia touring bike in a glamour shot with Pink Primrose!

Before long, I rolled into Seguin, Texas, and made my way to the Mosheim Mansion, a historic landmark built in the late 1890’s that is now a bicycle-friendly bed & breakfast. Owner Carol Hirschi welcomes bicycle tourists and let me keep my bicycle in the main foyer just down the stairs from my room.

Most of my overnight bicycle tours provide an excuse for family members to come out and spend the evening with me exploring my destination. My parents, wife and daughter joined me for some great home cookin’ at the Dixie Grille. Definitely ask for some of their award-winning banana pudding, you won’t regret it!

Author with his daughter
Justin Moore (left) and his daughter Sara (right) in downtown Seguin, TX home of the World’s Largest Pecan!

The next morning, Carol cooked an amazing breakfast and I departed the Mosheim Mansion for home. I followed a slightly different route home and encountered a few loose dogs but fortunately they were just interested in getting a little exercise (I swear they were grinning as they looked up at me!). I benefited from a tailwind on my journey back and in no time I was rolling into my driveway marking the successful completion of my 5th overnight bicycle tour.

I’m already thinking about bike overnight #6!

Mosheim Mansion
About to depart the Mosheim Mansion the next morning after a peaceful night

Photos by Justin Moore

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10 responses so far ↓

Nolan Kuehn - Apr 7, 2011 at 8:09 AM

Justin,

We need to get together and talk about my "Texas Festival Frolic", which incorporates festivals on consecutive weekends (Kolache Fest in Hallettsville, last weekend in Sept.; Come and Take It, first weekend in Oct.). If you make it a continuous 10-day tour, it takes you to the coast (Palacios, and the old Luther Hotel), through Victoria to Goliad, and back through Cuero to Gonzales for the second festival. Great routes, picturesques scenery, relaxed traffic-free roads, and a lot of history.

Regards...Nolan

Steve - Apr 15, 2011 at 11:54 AM

Justin,
Great story. Makes me want to hop on my bike and ride down to Seguin.

Nolan,
That sounds like an awesome tour. If you guys ever do that, keep me posted!

Steve

John - Apr 22, 2011 at 1:04 PM

Nice story Justin, makes me want to try a overnight. I am in Sugar Land and always thought about heading southeast and staying overnight somewhere along the coast and coming back. You have inspired me to try it!

John

S C - Dec 14, 2011 at 3:29 AM

Thank you so much. I can't afford to travel much, and biking here is very difficult because of cagers and bad dogs. Nice to see someone having a fun time on their cycles, and thanks for the photos.

pete ruiz - Jan 18, 2012 at 7:31 AM

love to do a trip to seguin from san antonio new at this traveling

E55 - Mar 22, 2012 at 7:58 AM

Nolan: your Texas Frolic Festival sounds really great. I live in Houston and would love to learn more about it. Thanks, Randy

ddw - Aug 15, 2012 at 8:05 PM

Seguin Overnight & Texas Frolic very inspiring. I'm a 6th generation Texan, now living in California. Distant relatives lived in Goliad and were active in Texas War for Independence. Thanks for the ideas-- can't wait to start planning a cycling trip.

Michael McCoy - Aug 16, 2012 at 8:32 AM

ddw, thanks for the note. And stay tuned, cuz there'll be plenty more to explore where this came from!

Justin Moore - Aug 18, 2012 at 5:12 AM

Pete / DDW,

Glad you enjoyed my write-up. Please contact me if you have questions about building a bicycle route involving South Texas - I can help!

Nolan Kuehn - Aug 18, 2012 at 5:56 AM

DDW,
The last time I did my Texas Festival Frolic was in 2007. Wow, that was 5 years ago! At that time the traffic and roads were great. Now, i understand that things have gone topsy-turvy in South Texas with the Eagle Ford Shale Project - roads being torn up, heavy vehicular traffic, and motel unavailability. An oil/gas boom at its best! Check out things befire you depart. For some photos and a discussion of my route, to to www.CrazyGuyOnABike.com.

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