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Venture Briefs: Morning horseback ride is a welcome adventure; Some Bike Month events you don't want to miss

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Austin 360

Morning horseback ride is a welcome adventure

A lightning storm outshone the supermoon last weekend, disrupting plans for a moonlight trail ride at Rock'n S Ranch in Lampasas, but no matter.

My running buddy Marcy Stellfox and I stayed up watching the sky flicker between black and yellow, hoisted the rain fly on our tent and postponed our ride until the next morning.

Marcy recently bought a horse, a Missouri Fox Trotter she dubbed Lilybug. Lilybug lives in Lampasas at Rock'n S Ranch, a facility that offers horse training, seminars and the occasional trail ride to folks who keep their animals there.

Lilybug and Dusty, my designated four-hooved partner, didn't seem to mind the storms. But we didn't trust the conditions and bagged the ride until the next morning.

The storm blew down a few trees but left the air fresh and sweet. We meandered past a spring-fed pond, through fields of Indian blankets and into thickets of trees. I took horseback riding lessons as a kid, but it's been about 30 years since I've done much riding.

I love sharing an adventure with another animal, relying on it to carry you through the landscape and trying not to get in its way as it picks its footing. It's so real, in the way that cars and computers and pavement and iPhones just aren't.

— Pam LeBlanc

Some Bike Month events you don't want to miss

It turns out some people can ride a bike while wearing stilettos. Also, some actors can pedal a bicycle across a stage while performing their lines.

You can witness both of these amazing feats for yourself, as Austin celebrates Bike Month. All kinds of cool and wacky bicycle-themed events are popping up.

Here are a few you shouldn't miss:

Bicycle theater. Former Austinite Tammy Melody Gomez, a playwright, bicyclist and Texan without a car, presents "She: Bike/Spoke/Love," a two-hour play featuring onstage bicycling, choreographed bicycle dances, spoken word poetry and a disc jockey spinning a live musical score. The play relates the story of a young Latina's love affair with her bicycle and how it comes to revolutionize all of her relationships.

Free performances are scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday on the outdoor plaza at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River St. Bicycle parking corral courtesy of Bike Texas. Excerpts from the play also will be presented May 20 at Viva Streets Austin, the car-free festival along Sixth Street.

Bike Drive. REI-Downtown will partner with Austin's Yellow Bike Project for a bike drive from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. May 26. Drop bicycles or bike parts in any state of completeness or disrepair at the store, 601 N. Lamar Blvd. Yellow Bike volunteers will fix them up, learning while they work, and put them back into action on Austin streets.

— P.L.