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Spring 2010 arrived on a cold rainy Saturday but there has to be better weather days ahead (I hope).

I've dusted off the bicycle saddle and gone on a couple of short rides of a few miles but more miles await me in the next few weeks. There are three sponsored bicycle rides scheduled for this area, one of which is right here in Victoria.

The second annual Riverside Ride begins at 8 a.m. Saturday, March 27 in Riverside Park, across from the Texas Zoo. Come early for a pancake breakfast served by ride hosts, the Kiwanis Club of Victoria. Pick your route of 10k, 20 miles, 40 miles, and 100k and take off. Rest stops are posted every 9 miles or so, offering water, juice, fruit and restroom facilities (OK, port-a-potties but I thought "facilities" sounds much nicer). Entry fee is $30 per rider the day of the ride.

On that same morning, Schulenburg will be hosting its annual Steeple Chase Bicycle Ride. Routes offered are a 20, 50 and 70 miles through the rolling hills of central Texas during the peak of the native wildflower season. Be sure and bring a camera along. Rest stops are located near the historic churches, which are open for visits (and prayers if you need divine assistance in helping you pedal those last few miles). Pack the bike in the car and take the one-hour drive north to Schulenburg. I did this ride in 2008 and recommend it.

Last, but not least, is Cuero's Wildflower Ride on Saturday, April 10. The ride begins at 8 a.m. in Cuero's Municipal Park across from Cuero High School and winds through wildflower-strewn country roads. Various routes are offered and rest stops are situated throughout the ride. I don't recall ever missing this ride in the past 13 years I've lived in Victoria. My ride buddy, John Rodriguez, drives up from his home in Corpus Christi, to take part in this ride. I hope to see him - and you - there this year.