Enjoy family fun while helping others
By Bonny Osterhage
Beautiful scenic routes past some of San Antonio’s oldest and most historic landmarks are just part of the reason why people from all across the state will flock to San Antonio on Saturday, December 6, for the Mission to Mission Bike Tour. Now in its eleventh year, the Mission Trail Rotary Club hosts the tour with proceeds benefiting such charitable organizations as the Seton Home, Los Compadres, Meals on Wheels, the Rape Crisis Center and more.
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with the first ride starting at 9 a.m. sharp. This performance/extended ride is 34/58 miles in length and stretches beyond the Mission Trails along city and county roads toward Braunig Lake and further on to Elmendorf.
The 12 to 15 mile Family Ride begins at 10 a.m. and takes place along the scenic San Antonio River on the historic Mission Trails from Mission Concepcion to Mission Espada. The 15-mile stretch meets a badge requirement for the Boy Scouts of America.
Along both trails are plenty of volunteer-manned break stops with refreshments. There will also be tools and other equipment available in case of emergencies, but riders are encouraged to bring their own spare tubes if necessary. Both on- and off-road bikes are permitted; however, since 85-95 percent of the trails are dedicated bike routes, there will not be many opportunities to go off-road.
The most important thing to bring is enthusiasm.
“This is a fun ride, not a race,” points out Richard Contreras, Mission to Mission Ride Director. For more information and online registration, visit www.teamcure.org. Here you will also find a place to sign up for the Rotary Clubs Polio Plus Community Challenge walk which is also part of the day’s events.