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At LBJ 100, pedal the roads a president once traveled

Pam LeBlanc

Like wildflowers and a little presidential history when you’re out riding a bike?

All three are on tap March 24 at the 11th annual LBJ 100 Bicycle Ride at the LBJ Ranch near Stonewall.

Cyclists can choose from routes of 10, 30, 42 and 62 miles. The ride begins on the airstrip at the historic ranch and continues along quiet, gently rolling country roads.

Riders will pass the historic Texas White House, Lyndon B. Johnson’s birthplace and the family cemetery where President and Mrs. Johnson are buried. They’ll also see descendants of the president’s Hereford cattle. At 2 p.m., Luci Johnson will lead a bicyle tour of the ranch and share some of her family’s history.

The ride starts at 9 a.m.; ranch gates open at 7 a.m. Registration is $50 per person (family rates available). To sign up, go here.

The LBJ 100 has grown from 400 riders in 2008 to more than 1,200 riders in recent years. The ride will be capped at 1,500 people this year. Proceeds support park educational programs, recreational opportunities and historic preservation projects.

The Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For more information about park activities call 830-868-7128, ext. 231 or 244.