Adventure Location: Lake Amistad Bottom, Texas
If the OFM would do a good bit more bike riding he probably would have to carry a lot less weight as in body fat. Today he decided to get SightSeer (SS) out and do some riding. Near the campground is Spur 454. It used to go somewhere that is under the lake now.
The lake has dropped so far that a long stretch of old 454 us above the water. This was an excellent short ride on SS that worked out to be only 8.5 miles. It was interesting to be riding most of the way over the old lake bottom.
We stopped just after crossing the barricade to take this picture of the road in front of us. We had no idea about what was over the hill, so this became a nice adventure. Most of what you see in this picture is part of the Lake Amistad lake bottom.
After crossing the first hill this gully of water was at the bottom of the next valley. We scared up hunnerts of ducks and other birds. The sun was looking nice so the OFM just had to take a picture.
Up and over a couple of more small hills the Team rolled. Then what turned out to be the last hill came up in front of us. The old road cut through the rock and gave us a neat scene looking over to the main highway and railroad bridge.
Around and down we rolled to a neat surprise. There was an old ranching building area. Here you can see the foundation and perimeter of a house of some sort.
To the right are the remnants of an old cistern we think.
Now for a really neat part. On Google Earth the cistern can be seen. We copied the link so you can see where we were “under the lake”.http://goo.gl/maps/McBhi
That round structure is the cistern. This is neat to the OFM.
Past here about two hundred meters was the end of the road. The road goes into the lake and you can see the white shadow of the road continuing on into the lake.
From here we headed back to the Castle. What was not so nice was the very strong wind directly into our face. It made the OFM very glad he had modified the SS so that he had very low gearing just for this sort of circumstances. Of course it seemed all uphill going back.
Make no mistake; riding across a lake bottom is a very good way of trying to have tooooo much fun. TheOFM.