B-cycling San Antonio’s Mission Trail


Blue Star Arts District B-cycle Station

Blue Star Arts District B-cycle Station

During our recent Texas adventure, Kathy and I each rented a B-cycle (link to a brochure) through San Antonio’s Bike Share Program and spent a beautiful Sunday afternoon pedaling San Antonio’s magnificent River Walk/Mission Trail through San Antonio Missions National Park. Our trip started at the B-cycle station at the Blue Star Arts District in Southtown and we rode to Mission Concepcion, then to Mission San Jose, Mission San Juan, and approximately 9 miles later to Mission Espada.

Source: texasbeyondhistory.net

Source: texasbeyondhistory.net

Each of these historic missions is a national and international treasure and well worth a stop and tour. On our return trip we stopped at the Espada Aqueduct and wound up our historic tour after a total of 20 miles at Liberty Bar Station in Southtown. Mission Valero (a.k.a. The Alamo) was visited the next day in downtown San Antonio.

MIssion Espada - my personal favorite of the missions

MIssion Espada – my personal favorite of the missions

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Crossing the San Antonio River

The spacing of the stations along the way was just right for arriving before each 30 minute ride expired and re-checking out our bikes.  While a somewhat cumbersome process, the $10 price was hard to beat and B-cycling allowed us more time than renting from a nearby bike shop would have, as it closed at 3:00 p.m. that day.

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Espada Aqueduct

While my photos may not indicate it, the trail was quite busy with cyclists, walkers, and joggers, as the trail connects a number of city parks as well as the segments of the national park. There were also a number of kayakers paddling in the navigable sections of the San Antonio River. If we lived in San Antonio, both of us would choose to live near this superb trail so we could commute to work along it whenever possible and ride it just for fun and recreation at other times.

All in all we had a wonderful time and would highly recommend embarking on such an adventure. One word of caution, if you start at the north end of the River Walk/Mission trail system, the return trip is upstream (a.k.a. uphill). With only three gears, B-cycle bikes can be tiring when pedaling uphill after a long ride. Salud!

One of two suspension bridges

One of two suspension bridges

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Modern bridge

 

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Approaching I-410

Services are available along the route

Services are available along the route

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Along side the river

 

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A crushed limestone segment of the trail on the east side of the river. You can ride concrete the entire length too.

Returning to Southtown

Returning to Southtown

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