As an historic railroad hub, Palestine has hosted travelers for decades. It has a really cool old downtown district, beautiful historic homes, fun antique stores and a few choice spots to get a cold draught and a bite to eat before or after a long day in the saddle. Below are some suggestions for cyclists visiting the area for the first time.
Food (the Stuff that Makes the Pedals Go ‘Round)
We are using local catering companies to provide riders and friends the highest quality pre- and post-ride meals. Tasty, healthy food made with high-quality ingredients can make a good event memorable. Everyone on our team loves good food, and we are striving to provide the best possible experience for riders and their friends and family. Also, all praise and thanks to Ben E. Keith Company for generously providing libations for everyone to enjoy.
Palestine has a variety of great restaurants whether you want to eat on the run or relax and recount the day’s activities while planning tomorrow’s adventures. From down home cooking to Chinese to Italian, Palestine has it all.
Check out the Palestine’s city website for more local restaurants.
Places to Stay
La Quinta Inn Palestine is the official race hotel. They are offering a special rate for September 23 & 24. Learn more about La Quinta Inn Palestine.
Palestine’s city website also has great suggestions for local hotels and accommodations.
Camping is another excellent option. There are plenty of local campgrounds.
Things to Do (After your Ride)
Palestine is home of the Texas State Railroad, started in 1881 with prison labor to haul ore to an iron foundry. The idea was to help prisoners iron out their ‘issues’ (or create heavy metal music: ‘I’ve been workin’ on the railroad…’ ). The restored train will be operating the first weekend of October. Great fun for kids of all ages.
With burgeoning popularity, websites such as Gravel Grinder News list events for almost every weekend of the year somewhere in the 48 states. We encourage cyclists of all persuasions to share the love – Guitar Ted at GGN is a great friend of cycling and all-round cool guy.
If something goes wrong on your ride, Palestine Regional Medical Center is conveniently located, and there are numerous doctors and medical professionals in the area to assist.