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By Harold Darling:
We arrived at Lajitas Resort and Spa on Tuesday to beautiful sunshine and balmy temperatures, mid 70s.The Fest was setting up at the Rec building in the Maverick Ranch RV Park. The rides were scheduled to start Thursday morning with 6 rides including the EPIC 2-day ride. We toured the river with the truck looking at the beautiful blue bonnets and the river, getting mentally prepared for tomorrow. Texas Parks & Wildlife co-sponsored the Fest and Thursday morning had many leaders at the start for the 4 TP&W guided rides. I rode the Contrabando loop and we had 4 TP&W guides, we were well lead and guided with an interpretive stop at the abandoned ranch house. At the starting point we saw about 15 riders for each ride. There was a water stop at a central crossing point on the trails. For me personally the Loop was the toughest most exhilarating ride I’ve ever done ( I’ll be 70 in March).
Friday was a day of 9 guided rides. I chose to ride the Lajitas Trails (coordinated and maintained by the Resort) and found them to be great trails with plenty of technical as well as speed across the flats. Again these rides were well guided by TP&W along with the Desert Sports Crew.