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With sunny skies and temperatures in the 60s, it was "Chamber of Commerce weather" Saturday for the 18th annual Missions Tour de Goliad bicycle ride.

Assembling on the Goliad courthouse square, bicyclists chatted excitedly among each another as instructions and brief speeches were given by ride officials. At a little after 8 a.m., we riders were sent off at intervals on various routes of 85, 50, 30 and 10 miles.

I had to go work later that day, so I chose the shorter 30-mile route. I didn't see my regular ride buddy, John Rodriguez of Corpus Christi, so I rode the first half of the route alone, passing or being passed by fellow cyclists.

Rest stops manned by 4-H members offered water, Gatorade, fruit and homemade cookies. One adorable little 4-H girl at the Weesatche rest stop greeted me with, "what can I do for you today?"

At the Weesatche stop, I met up with Eva and her friend, Nancy, both of Houston and I completed the ride with them, mostly chatting with Eva as Nancy rode ahead of us.

I kept a comfortable pace with Eva and finished the 30-mile route in 2 hours, 33 minutes (including rest stops). According to my handy-dandy cycling computer, I averaged a 13.3 mile an hour pace for the entire ride. I mention that in case Lance Armstrong is reading this and needs a new riding buddy.

It was a great ride and I look forward to doing it again next October. Many thanks to Goliad County law enforcement, Chamber of Commerce, 4-H club, volunteers and the good folks of Goliad County for letting us use your roads for a few hours Saturday.

Eric P.S. - In case anyone would like to ride the course, start at courthouse square, take a right on Commercial, then a left on Hwy. 59. Travel several miles then take a right on Farm-to-Market Road 1726. Go several miles then take a right on Post Oak Road. That should put you at the 10-mile mark. Continue north, then take a right on FM 884 until you reach Weesatche. Get on State Highway 119 briefly then take a right on Church Road. Veer right on Old Goliad Road. Follow that road for 2.7 miles until you reach U.S. Hwy. 182/77A. Take a right onto that highway and that will take you back to Goliad. Enjoy!