Parker County Today July 2017 - Page 15

8. PEDDLE THE BLUES AWAY — Cycling is a consistent feature of dry land recreation in and around Parker County. Weatherford’s newest park and new biker’s wonderland is Quannah Hill. “At Quannah Hill we have 5.5 miles of trail and we have a great kid-friendly trail called The Lost Boy Trail (a tribute to Mary Martin). The trail is open from dawn to dusk. It’s a unique trail. We will have the trail finished by November,” said Larry Colvin, president of the Weatherford Mountain Bike Club, the organiza- tion that designed and constructed the trails at Quannah Hill at no cost to Weatherford’s taxpayers. “You can also go hiking or bird-watching. Just remember that the mountian bikers have the right- away.” For casual cruis- ing and day trips, there’s also Rails to Trails between Mineral Wells and Weatherford. It provides a nice, even ride because the path is crushed lime- stone. More, the path is 10 feet wide and about 20 miles long. Rails to Trails is there every day, whereas one of the biggest Weatherford events is the Peach Pedal bike ride held in conjunction with the Peach Festival, Saturday, July 8. Festivities begin at 8:00 in the morning. There are routes of 61-miles, 39-miles, 28-miles and 8-miles. Start Times: • 61-mile route: 7:30 am • 39-mile route: 7:45 am • 28 and 8-mile routes: 8:00 am Bring your camera. There are some beautiful views along the route. We’re not going to lie to you--this course has some tough hills. The routes include periodic rest stops with drinks, snacks and rest rooms, as well as the fun folks of Parker County. Routes and rest stops close no later than 1:30 pm. The start and finish are located at Weatherford High School, 2121 Bethel Road. Registration will take place in “The Outback,” a separate building located to the east of the main build- ing. The Finish After the ride, take a shower at the high school. They’ll have plenty of snacks and drinks to help you cool down after an awesome ride. The ride organizers have first aid planned at every rest stop, with sag vehicles patrolling between the stops. The course will be well-marked, espe- cially looking out for the very few rough spots on our new and improved routes. Helmets are required for all riders, and area law enforcement will assist with traffic crossings. All chil- dren 12 and under must be accompa- nied by an adult over the entire ride. White’s Funeral Home Our family serving your family since 1908 Full Service Funeral Home • Cremation Services • Pre-Need Plans Azle • Springtown • Mineral Wells • Weatherford • 817-596-4811 • Kari Drake, Andy Browning, Anita White, Ken Corzine, Bob White, Richard Woodman, Jillian Johnston, Bruce Duncan, Robert Sheffield 13