Seek the wildflowers: Interactive map & online resources

March 6, 2014

 

Texas' most iconic wildflower, the bluebonnet has a short, but stunning peak blooming season along roadsides across the state.

Texas’ most iconic wildflower, the bluebonnet has a short, but stunning peak blooming season along roadsides across the state. Photograph by Valerie Asensio.

The search for the Holy Grail

One of the highlights of springtime in Texas is riding along back roads that are awash with brilliant colors from nature’s paintbrush, Texas wildflowers.  But fabulous wildflowers shows don’t happen ever year,  it depends on the preceding winter’s, and the spring’s, rainfall. And they don’t happen everywhere, but when you hit the right road, on the right day, in the right spring, it can be an epiphany–like riding to the Emerald City in Oz.

 

Bluebonnets line the roads inside Dinosaur Valley State Park in Glen Rose. Photograph by Valerie Asensio.

 

There are wildflower roads across the entire state, and to help to fund those roads and maximize the chances of having a spectacular wildflower ride, we’d like to direct you to a few wildflower resources.

 

Texas Wildflower Roads Resources


 

(1) TxDOT’s Interactive wildflower map

As you may have noticed, our friends at TxDOT are adding online tools and widgets to help motorists avoid traffic, know where traffic cameras are tucked away, etcetera. Well, now they have launched a nifty interactive widget that indicates where wildflowers are blooming. Good stuff.  Possibly the coolest thing, ever.  TxDOT’s interactive wildflower map helps you find what’s blooming where, now.

TxDOT's interactive wildflower locator.

TxDOT’s interactive wildflower locator.

 

 

(2) An excellent selection of East Texas wildflower road trips

Henderson Wildflower Loops

Downtown Henderson, Texas.

Downtown Henderson, Texas. Photo by Valerie Asensio.

 

(3) Lady Bird Johnson started the whole thing

General Wildflower Information from the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

 

(4) Texas State Parks & Wildlife Department holds wildflower-related events

Texas State Parks Events & Resources

 

(5) Wildflower sightings crowd-sourced page

 Flora & Fauna updates on wildflower sightings along particular roads

 

 

A caution about spring weather

Texas Panhandle sky along US 87 provides a visual warning that things are about to get interesting. Photograph by Valerie Asensio.

Texas Panhandle sky along US 87 provides a visual warning that things are about to get interesting. Photograph by Valerie Asensio.

 

Spring is the most volatile weather season in Texas–a beautiful day can turn into a hailstorm quicker than you can say “Yikes, what’s that?”  It’s important to keep abreast of weather forecasts

On the road, nothing beats a NOAA weather radio.  Just ask at your local sporting or hunting store, they’ll be able to help you out. Use your best judgment,  and survive to ride another day.

 


RT’s Wildflower Roads of Texas ride guide

Probably your best riding resource for wildflower rides. Carry it with you–maps and resources at your fingertips.

Wildflower Roads of Texas edition

Wildflower Roads of Texas edition

Events

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ALR #208 Bike Nite

February 23 @ 7:00 am - 11:00 am

American Legion Riders Post #208 will be hosting Bike Nite at Conroy’s Irish Pub. Come out and enjoy the fun, live music, door prizes and raffles!
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2019 Texas Motorcycle Safety Forum

February 23 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

This year’s Texas Statewide Motorcycle Safety Forum will provide important information to riders, instructors, and traffic safety professionals who are interested in improving rider safety. The Forum is FREE to attend and lunch will be provided (does not include nightly stays at the Y.O. Ranch). Topics will include: Identification of the extent of the rider safety problem. Activities that TxDOT, DPS, NHTSA, FHWA, and AMA are doing to improve rider safety. Legislative activities in Texas….
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$20.00

Gurene Country Ride

February 23 @ 12:00 pm

It’s Gruene in the Texas Hill Country! Time to check out the beautiful wildflowers on this ride! Please come join ALR 208 for some Wind Therapy! Registration begins: 12:00 pm Kick Stands Up: 1:00pm Donation: $20 per Rider – Includes Poker Hand Passenger – FREE $10 per Passenger for Poker Hand * Minimum of 15 paid riders to hole Poker Ride Ends at Conroy’s Irish Pub, 9190 Fair Oaks Parkway, Boerne, TX 78015 Proceeds benefit…
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2nd Annual Vintage Bike SMASH UP @ MotoLiberty – Dallas

February 24 @ 2:30 pm - 6:00 pm

  It’s a meeting of the Classic Motorcycles and the Contemporary Customs when the North Texas Norton Owner’s Association and their collection of Vintage Bike mingle with the Cafe Customs of the Denton Moto Collective at MotoLiberty’s 2nd Annual Vintage Bike Smash Up. The theme is “Young meet the Old”. This eclectic assortment of motorcyclists and their machines is a once a year affair jointly hosted by the NTNOA and the Denton Moto Collective at Dallas’ top gear shop, Moto…
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$175

Eurosport Cycle’s Spring Track Day

March 11

Eurosport Cycle’s track day is designed for street riders. It will be held at Motorsport Ranch in Cresson, TX. You use your own street bike and street riding gear (protective jacket, pants, and gloves, full face helmet, boots over ankles). No leathers or special set up needed for your bike. It’s pretty laid back with small groups and plenty of one on one instruction. If you’ve ever thought of doing a track day this is…
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