Pedal Power fundraiser for Hill Country Childrens Advocacy Center

This meets all categories: fun, hobbies and serious. A group is escorting the bicycle ride which is a fundraiser for the HCCAC. See for details. Jennifer and I, together with Ralph Mann and Mike Atkinson left Atwoods about 7:45AM after a delicious breakfast and had a “breezily fresh” morning ride to the starting point — the pavilion in the LBJ State Park near Stonewall, Texas.

We ended up riding a total of 178 miles portal to portal , a little over 100 of that being on the bicycles routes themselves. In addition to Mike and Ralph and ourselves, we had extra help from some San Antonio riders: John Long, Jerry Squier and Rob Naylor.  Everyone pitched in and did a great job.  We’re told the riders had lots of kudos for the SAG/support sweeps we made and we were able to call in help for a number of riders.

Here is the start pedalpowerstart

and here are some riders leaving the Willow City Loop to enter Texas 16 going North after which they will re-enter the Loop, headed for The Hill which is quite a surprise for the flatlanders who don’t realize where the Hill Country got its moniker. After THE Hill, then they know. Riders

Much of the route goes through some honest-to-goodness ranching country complete with livestock. One section in particular can be quite treacherous in wet weather due to what I think to be an odd habit for sheep and goats to poop in the pathway, as it were. Did you know that stuff is really slippery when wet?

Today the weather was great and we did not have to contend with the “stuff.” The goats were out though, and Jen got a shot of a couple of especially cute ones (her term).

Yield to goats

We were especially touched by the fact that HCCAC dedicated the first mile of the ride to our friend Vogey who passed away recently, and to a rider who was killed recently in a traffic accident.  Vogey — Robert Voglino — had assisted us in the escorting for many years and in 2007 organized the escorts when I was elsewhere.  I’ve written about Vogey elsewhere on this blog. There was a photo of each of these men in that first mile and a bulletin board presentation as well. Vogey

Pedal Power Wildflower Ride for Advocacy Center

The 10th annual Pedal Power Wildflower Ride — a fund-raiser for the Hill Country Childrens’ Advocacy Center — is on for April 4.  Looking for some more motorcycle SAG/support escorts. There are waypoint/route files available for your GPS if you wish to help.  Click for Garmin .gdb format or Garmin .mps format. Generic .gpx format here.  The details on what we do is as follows:

Here is the HCCAC website on the ride:
Directions and route maps:
Click on this link for a Google Maps display centered on the parking lot of the start area.

What we do:
We’ll divide up the routes (the bicycles ride 12/23/36/62 mile routes and patrol our assigned areas looking for anyone who is broken down, exhausted or injured. We have handheld repeater radios from the LCRA and have good contact to vehicles with repair tools and ability to haul someone and their bike back to the start area.

Most of us will be done around noon. I’ll need a couple to commit to about 2pm or so to make final sweeps of each route to make sure everyone is off the course.

There are breakfast goodies and spaghetti for lunch.

If you’ve ridden before and took your yellow “caution” overshirt home, bring it.

What you need to do upon arrival:

  • Arrive at the start area by 8:30 gassed and ready to go.
  • Bring your cell phone.
  • If you have a bicycle tube repair kit or valve stem or fork tools, bring those.
  • Check in at the volunteer tent.
  • Get a radio (they’ll be in a rack in the pavillion/dining hall)
  • Pick up paper maps in the dining hall
  • Pick up list of emergency numbers in the dining hall
  • Pick up a few bottles of water for yourself and riders who may need some
  • Rendezvous with me at 8:45 and we’ll divide up routes. I’ll be outside at my motorcycle.


International tennis in Marble Falls

Little ol’ Marble Falls, Texas and its surrounding communities have the chance to have a world-class international tennis center. Some of us last night played in or helped host an event for the Andy Roddick Foundation‘s First Annual Texas Hold ‘Em poker tournament.  The Daybreak Rotary Club of Marble Falls provided help for registration and refreshments while Rotarian John Arthur Martinez (himself a tennis star of years past) provided musical entertainment during the social hour prior to commencement of play by some very serious poker players.

The goal locally of the ARF is to build a super tennis center that will create a teaching and playing opportunity for area youth. There is a lot of tennis in the Highland Lakes as can be seen from the Highland Lakes Tennis site.  Some details follow below.

If you don’t follow tennis, you need to know that Roddick is ranked internationally (#6 at the moment) and is the leader of the U.S. Davis Cup team going into the first matches next week. The center envisioned for the Castlerock Texas area sandwiched between Cottonwood Shores and Horseshoe Bay will be a tremendous resource for underprivileged kids and all the youth playing tennis in the area, as well as providing an international destination for the area.

Andy’s parents and brother were present for the event last night and everyone appeared to be having a great time. Much work remains to be done but the goals are worth everyone’s efforts and contributions.

The fund-raiser and goals were talked about on the ARF page (note: original date of November as discussed in the article had to be changed):

Charity Texas Hold’Em Poker Tournament

September 29, 2008

The Andy Roddick Foundation announced that it will host the First Annual Charity Texas Hold’Em Poker Tournament on Saturday, November 1, 2008 at 6PM at the La Quinta Inn and Suites in Marble Falls, Texas (501 Highway 2147, Marble Falls, TX 78654) to help raise funds to build the Andy Roddick Foundation (ARF) International Tennis Center in CastleRock, Texas.

“Our goal is to raise significant funds to begin building the ARF International Tennis Center, said David Holder, Director of Fund Raising for the ARF International Tennis Center in CastleRock, Texas. We are really excited about the Texas Hold’Em tournament, and looking forward to a successful event,” added Holder.

The ARF International Tennis Center, which is planned to sport a retractable shading system as well as the greenest building practices, will serve as the hub training facility for the Andy Roddick Foundation Youth Tennis Programs from around the world. The ARF provides at risk youth the opportunity to learn the game of tennis and to compete on local, state and national levels. The programs will combine weekly tennis instruction, mentoring for college, and nutritional counseling to help eliminate the crisis of diabetes and obesity among the youth of America.

Top ranked American tennis star Andy Roddick, 26, founded his foundation at the young age of 17 when he realized that he was in a position to positively influence the lives of many children. On October 3, 2007, his foundation implemented his youth tennis program in San Antonio in cooperation with the Rene Lacoste Foundation, The USTA Tennis and Education Fund, Our Lady of the Lake University and The Boys and Girls Club of San Antonio. On June 2, 2008 the foundation launched the first tennis program in the Hill Country in cooperation with the Boys and Girls Club of the Highland Lakes.

A donation to the Andy Roddick Foundation of only $250.00 gets you a seat to play in the “First Annual Charity Texas Hold’Em Poker Tournament”, and Texas size bragging right for the winner!

Texas Hold’Em tournament first-place prize will be for two complimentary tickets to see Sir Elton John in a private concert in Austin, Texas with Andy Roddick and friends. The second-place winner will receive two tickets to the U.S. OPEN in New York, NY and the third-place winner receives a flat screen television.

Please help us continue our efforts to help Andy’s children by becoming a corporate sponsor of the “First Annual Charity Texas Hold’Em Poker Tournament”, donating a silent auction item or by playing in this exciting event. You may sign up in the proshop online or for further information or to sign up to play contact David Holder, Director of Fund Raising at (830) 832.2799 or You may also mail entry fee in the amount of $250.00 per player to David Holder, Andy Roddick Foundation, P.O. Box 8040 Horseshoe Bay, TX 78657. Please make check payable to the Andy Roddick Foundation.

Via (accessed 3/1/09)

and also Andy Roddick Foundation building tennis center

December 17, 2007

The Andy Roddick Foundation wants to help perfect the tennis moves of young people through a planned tennis center in the Texas Hill Country.

The Roddick foundation, along with CastleRock Texas, the city of Cottonwood Shores and the Marble Falls Community Tennis Association, are working on building an $8.2 million tennis complex on Ranch Road 2147 in Cottonwood Shores.

The building, named the Andy Roddick Foundation International Tennis Center, will serve as a training ground for the Andy Roddick Youth Tennis Program, which gives at-risk youth the opportunity to learn the game and compete.

Click here to read the full article at

Via (accessed 3/1/09)