Cyclists get a peek at restored Bahia Grande

LOS FRESNOS — Cyclists had the first peek of a restored portion of the Bahia Grande on a slow and relaxed 7.5 mile bike tour hosted by the Laguna Atascosa Wildlife Refuge yesterday afternoon.

Three guides led the cyclists on a caliche trail that passes through coastal prairies and salt water bays.

If the riders had brought along their binoculars, they might have even had the chance to see the rare and endangered aplomado falcons.

“We knew that normally people can’t go through this part of the park,” said Jim Skripka, a Winter Texan from Michigan. “It (was) great because we were on bikes and we got to see things and take it slow.”

Skripka and his wife Lynne have done bike trails, but this was their first time participating in a bike tour.

“We’ve gone down bike trails but bike tours are a first for us, and we’re in our seventies. I guess there’s a first time for everything,” Skripka said.

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