Instead of taking a much needed long nap this afternoon, we took the kids for a 16 mile bike ride on the San Antonio River Walk Trail. I know, I know …. That is the complete opposite of taking a nap. Trust me, I know. But to our credit, the rain had stopped, the sun was still tucked behind the clouds, and the temperature was amazing for San Antonio. It was perfect weather for an adventure.
The 30 mile San Antonio River Walk Trail starts at Brackenridge Park. It continues downtown by the most famous mission, the Alamo which is the furthest north mission. The trail then runs along the San Antonio River south. The most popular points of this trail go by all 5 missions: Alamo, Mission Conception, San Jose Mission, San Juan Mission, and Mission Espada.
Our San Antonio Biking Adventure
We started our adventure at Mission Conception. This mission is the 2nd furthest north mission. The trail itself is paved on both sides of the river. We enjoyed the rolling hills and beautiful weather. It has been rainy consistently this fall, which made the river higher than normal with a few rapids. The kids loved having stick races on the bridges, watching the wildlife, and enjoying the nice weather.
About 10 miles in, heading back, our littlest one just couldn’t go any further. No matter how much encouragement we gave her, she just couldn’t go any further. Luckily, there are plenty of places to stop along the trail. Everything from parks, benches with scenic views, pavilions with picnic tables, and of course the Missions. We stopped at a park and took a much needed break. We re-evaluated the route and discovered we were almost back to the beginning. This was the only motivation she needed. Now that the end was in sight, she was ready to bike and finish.
I absolutely love the Missions. There is so much history there. It amazes me how the early settlers of San Antonio lived and thrived here. They are definitely something that should be on your bucket list if you come to San Antonio. One should note, though, that although there are places to stop, you will want to bring your own water.
Tips for Biking with Kids
Two things that I was reminded of on our bike ride: 1. The road can be tough, but the end result is worth the struggle when it is done for the right reasons. 2. My kids are rock stars for riding their bikes such a long distance.
Spending time adventuring together total trumps taking a long nap.
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