Divine Culinary Experiences, Saturday Brunch at the Ranch

Down-Home Luxurious-Leisure: Brunch The Best Meal of the Week

Brunch is the best meal of the week. Mimosas, brunch, and a beautiful open air cattle ranch? Sounds like heaven! You can enjoy brunch with friends and family catered by local gourmet food producers at our authentic cattle ranch on select Saturdays from 11am to 2pm south of Cisco, Texas. This mini-series of culinary experiences are curated to make all of your senses tingle. Come early for a cycling experience prior to the brunch. We take care of all of the food prep, cooking and cleaning so you don’t have to worry about anything but enjoying this great time with your favorite people.

It is a brunch like no other. Fresh air and great food along with beer and wine is the perfect way to enjoy some leisure on a Saturday afternoon. Relax with your favorite people, indulge in gourmet meal as you watch our heard of cattle graze the land around you while enjoying the company of those you love most. 

This mini-series of culinary experiences  will feature a variety of award winning local food producers serving in a picture perfect pasture. Presenting a delectable seasonally inspired menu each month. We will artfully pair local musicians, wine and beer with a prix fix menu each month. This series of culinary experiences is limited to just 3 monthly events with a limited number of seats available.

On site Flying Cow Ranch has created 7 miles of winding mountain bike trails. Wandering through pastures, around tanks and through forests at a pace that suits you. The trails are all levels and have with skill building obstacles that can be ridden or bypassed. Alternatively the folks at Flying Cow Ranch have mapped out gravel ride routs that highlight the best views in Eastland County. If there is interest a group ride will be organized. Its not necessary but Flying Cow Ranch has a bath house if you would like to wash up before your meal. 

Cycling, gourmet food, perfectly matched drinks and music. An afternoon of down-home luxurious-leisure. Do those things mix? They do now!

Gravel Riding – accessible to all level riders

Gravel cycling has exploded in recent years with an influx of new items about gravel bike riding all over the place. While there are certainly many new things regarding gravel bike riding as of now, the basic concept of riding on trails and dirt roads is not entirely novel. So it’s no wonder that companies have begun making road bikes out of gravel which feature the same cross-country wheels and bike set-up that you would find on a mountain bike. This makes gravel bike riding a great option for cyclists looking for a lighter, simpler way to ride a bike.

Central Texas is the perfect place to pack on the miles and appreciate the rolling hills. Flying Cow Ranch offers guided rides with a sag wagon for half and full day excursion or simple rout planning to be sure you get the most out of your adventure here in central texas.  Within just a few miles of the ranch there are fossil covered hilltops and lush valleys. The best way to experience the beauty of this land is on bike. Bicycles offer the perfect pace, you can cover many miles and terrain in one day while moving at a pace that you can observe your environment.

Gravel riding is something of a cinch, too. Unlike road biking or mountain biking, gravel biking is a sport which can be enjoyed by individuals of almost any age. And while most gravel bike trails are not exactly short distances, they can still be long enough that you won’t have to deal with traffic and other variables that you would on a longer bike trail. Instead of dealing with steep hills, smooth climbs and other elements that might overwhelm you as you bike on standard bikes, you’ll simply pedal over rugged terrain that’s carved just for cycling.

But that’s not the only advantage to gravel cycling. In fact, many people who’d never consider taking up mountain biking or even long distance (LMD) cycling before have now started considering doing so. Why? Because gravel biking offers an all-around bike workout. It’s far more challenging than traditional bike exercises because you’re working out different muscle groups on each stroke. This means that you get a more complete workout and can enjoy a more fun cycling experience.

This isn’t to say that you should ignore wearing road bikes with tires made from rubber, though. If you’re in reasonably good shape already, then by all means, keep your regular bike running, but add on a gravel bike exercise program. You’ll be surprised at how quickly you lose the ability to pedal as you tire yourself out on these rough terrain vehicle tires. On the other hand, if you’re a beginner in gravel riding, don’t worry; you can start on road bike tires and slowly work your way into gravel riding.

Speaking of handlebars, when you’re going on a gravel ride, you want something that allows you to feel comfortable and is easy to get used to. This is where your choice in bike tires comes into play. When you compare these two items side-by-side, it becomes obvious that the difference between regular (meaning, ‘standard’) handlebars and gravel handlebars is fairly minimal. If you’re new to cycling, then you can just stick with regular handlebars until you get more familiar with the varying grips available. As you gain experience, you can replace your regular handlebar with one of the more aerodynamic handlebars on the market – those with drop bars and wide bars.

Finally, remember that one of the most important differences between a mountain bike and gravel bike riding is the suspension system that you’ll be riding on. Regular mountain bike suspensions are perfect for smooth rides, but gravel bikes (and any other kind of bike for that matter) need to have their suspension set up differently. Because gravel bikes typically involve a much shorter distance for suspension travel, you’ll need to look at what kind of suspension you need for your ride. Among the options you have are hardtail and softball suspensions, which vary in terms of how they set up the bike and how they work in relation to the terrain you’ll be riding on.