Seeing the San Antonio Missions via the Hike and Bike Trail










A graduate of Penn State with a degree in accounting, Reid Hackney has decades of executive experience with companies such as A’gaci, LLC, and Ascena Retail Group. Now residing in San Antonio, Reid Hackney enjoys biking to the area’s local missions.

Built in the late 18th century by Spanish priests, San Antonio’s missions invite visitors on bicycle via the Hike & Bike Trail. The five missions of the Alamo, Concepcion, San Jose, San Juan, and Espada lie approximately 2.5 miles apart along the trail and the San Antonio River, and offer insight into the state’s history.

The mission park also includes a visitor center, located at Mission San Jose, where visitors can learn more about the history of the missions and the local area. Open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. except for holidays, the visitor center features an ongoing showing of a historical film.

For those planning on visiting the missions via the Hike & Bike Trail, San Antonio’s B-Cycle program offers a bicycle rental system with a dock station at each site. Other stations lie scattered across the city for further explorations.

What Size Bike Do I Need?

Senior finance executive Reid Hackney worked in the retail industry for more than four decades. Now retired, the Penn State graduate focuses much of his time on the outdoors. Reid Hackney enjoys hiking and biking around San Antonio, Texas.

Choosing a bicycle that is the correct height is key to enjoying an efficient and comfortable ride. There are several methods of finding the bike size you need, but the easiest is to consult a size chart. These simple charts tell you how long the bike’s seat tube should be for your height.

While simple, a size chart is not the most accurate method. Many riders prefer calculating bike size according to their inside leg measurement.

To obtain your inseam measurement, stand upright in bare feet, and measure the distance between the ground and the spot where your leg joins your torso. Once you have your inseam measurement, you can look for a bike that fits you.

Pay attention to the bike’s stand-over height, the distance between the ground and the top tube. Ideally, your inseam will be at least two centimeters greater than the bike’s stand-over height.

Historic and Natural Cycling Courses in San Antonio

San Antonio River Walk

Reid Hackney is a Penn State graduate with a leadership background in San Antonio that includes a past position with AGACI as chief financial officer. An outdoors enthusiast, Reid Hackney enjoys exploring the region’s cycling trails in his free time.

Many areas residents don’t realize that the Alamo City offers 75 miles of multi-use cycling routes, with the Mission Reach at San Antonio River Walk being an ideal starting point. Traversing 10 miles, the route takes in a diverse watershed ecosystem, as well as many of the area’s historic missions. A highlight is the Mission San José, which offers guided tours. Missions San José and Concepción also offer abundant eateries.

For those seeking more natural environs, the Leon Creek Greenway offers 20 miles of natural and paved trails that take in rolling and moderately steep terrain. Cycling up to Military Drive provides excellent views of fields blanketed with wildflowers in season, as well as limestone bluffs.

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Ensuring a Proper Boot Fit When Hiking


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Hiking Boots

With a background as a retail executive, Reid Hackney oversaw a full range of accounting and financial functions spanning distribution, logistics, and imports while working with a major retail brand. Also an outdoors enthusiast, Reid Hackney enjoys activities such as hiking and cycling in his free time.

When taking a hiking or backpacking excursion that extends more than a couple hours, one of major factor that comes into play is the fit of the footwear. As a rule, hiking shoes require a certain amount of breaking in, given that they will be traversing often-rugged and -uneven terrain. Even a slightly off fit will be noticeable as the miles progress in the form of tender feet and blisters.

To break in a new pair of hiking shoes, wear them around the house and in everyday activities as much as possible. Wearing the same socks as you plan to hike in, take them on extended walks and test them out. In cases of “hot spots” forming, apply moleskin liberally to protect the feet from blisters.

After a period of time, a twofold process will occur of the feet adapting to the boot and the footwear adapting to the contours of the foot. In cases where a good fit simply does not develop, swap them for a better-fitting pair before a major hike.

Eight Penn State Players Invited to NFL Combine


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Penn State

Reid Hackney is a retired financial executive who most recently served as vice president and chief financial officer of San Antonio, Texas’ AGACI. An accounting alumnus of Penn State University, Reid Hackney remains a passionate fan of the school’s football team.

The 2018 National Football League (NFL) Draft takes place from April 26 to April 28 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, and as many as eight former Nittany Lions are hoping to be selected in the seven-round draft. Running back Saquon Barkley headlines a class of eight Penn State players who were invited to the NFL Combine. The others are tight end Mike Gesicki, wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton, linebacker Jason Cabinda, cornerbacks Christian Cambell and Grant Haley, and safeties Troy Apke and Marcus Allen.

Through three seasons with Penn State, Barkley compiled 3,843 rushing yards as well as 1,195 receiving yards. He also had a combined 51 touchdowns. Barkley is expected to be taken early in the draft, but others, including Campbell and Apke, need a strong showing at the combine to solidify their chances of being drafted. Only one Penn State alumnus was selected in the 2017 NFL Draft, while four others signed as undrafted free agents.

Penn State Remains Undefeated in the Fiesta Bowl

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Penn State

Reid Hackney is a retired financial executive who spent the past 20 years in the retail sector and most recently served as vice president and chief financial officer for A’GACI. The recipient of a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Penn State University, Reid Hackney remains a passionate fan of the school’s football team.

The Penn State Nittany Lions finished the 2017 season with a win-loss record of 11-2, which earned the team a trip to the Fiesta Bowl for the seventh time in school history. The Nittany Lions had won its previous six Fiesta Bowl games and maintained its perfect record by defeating Washington 35-28 on December 30, 2017. The team had previously won the Fiesta Bowl in 1996, 1991, 1986, 1981, 1980, and 1977.

Quarterback Trace McSorley led the charge for Penn State with 342 passing yards and a pair of touchdown passes to wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton, both of which came on important third-down plays. The Nittany Lions jumped out to a 28-7 lead over Washington by the second quarter, but found themselves up by only seven points late in the fourth quarter. However, the team’s ability to convert on third down once again proved critical, as Penn State converted a trio of third-down attempts to run out the clock and secure its first bowl victory since 2014.

Pair of Penn State Players Released for Transfer

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Nittany Lions

A former chief financial officer who accrued over 17 years of experience between retail companies Ascena Retail Group and A’GACI, Reid Hackney retired in 2017. The recipient of a bachelor’s in accounting from Penn State University, Reid Hackney maintains an affiliation to the school through his support of its football team, the Nittany Lions.

The Nittany Lions are playing in this year’s Fiesta Bowl, but they will be without kicker Alex Barbir and running back Andre Robinson, as both players were granted their release from the team to pursue transfer options. A redshirt freshman from Georgia, Barbir played in two games this season, but didn’t attempt an extra kick or field goal. He was part of the team’s 2016 recruiting class. Robinson, meanwhile, was part of the 2015 recruiting class. He had 29 carries in 2016, but served as a backup to both Saquon Barkley and Miles Sanders this season. Through 17 games with the team, Robinson accumulated 243 yards from scrimmage and scored seven touchdowns.

Fortunately for Penn State, the team already has commitments from players at both positions as part of its 2018 recruiting class. Four-star running back Ricky Slade of Virginia has agreed to enroll in the school next year, as has three-star kicker Jake Pinegar of Iowa.

Preventing Common Cycling Injuries

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Now retired, Reid Hackney is the former CFO and vice president of A’GACI, LLC, and former senior vice president of finance for Ascena Retail Group. An avid outdoorsman, Reid Hackney enjoys cycling around San Antonio, Texas.

Knee injuries are among the most common injuries plaguing cyclists. Typically caused by overuse, these types of injuries include medial plica syndrome, cyclist’s knee, and patella tendinitis. The best way to prevent such injuries is to maintain good knee placement throughout the duration of a ride or use shoe implants beneath the shoes. These types of injuries can also be avoided by slowly building up strength to reduce knee strain and pedaling in lower gears every once in awhile.

Hand and toes injuries are also frequent problems and can result in the hand or toes feeling numb or tingling. Numbness in the toes is generally caused by the nerves being compressed due to tight shoes or road vibration. It can be easily avoided by adjusting the shoes, keeping feet straight when on the pedal, and removing irregular seams pressing on the foot. Meanwhile, hand injuries can be avoided by keeping the wrist straight when riding and having a firm, but relaxed grip on the handlebars.

Finally, pain in the lower back or on the shoulders may be experienced by regular cyclists. Shoulder pain is generally linked to longer rides and comes about by putting too much weight on the hands or keeping the elbows straight. Flexing the elbow and moving weight to the body resolves these issues. In terms of lower back pain, cyclists may experience this if they ride for too long without a break or have a lot of stress on the spine. Ideally, the back should be kept straight and relaxed.

Penn State Football’s “White Out”

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Penn State Football

Now retired, Reid Hackney was the CFO and VP for AGACI in San Antonio, Texas from 2012 to 2017. An alumnus of Pennsylvania State University, Reid Hackney is still a staunch supporter of the Nittany Lion football team.

Most Penn State football fans are familiar with the annual “white out” games each year, which are scheduled events where every Nittany Lion fan in attendance is expected to wear white. The tradition began with the student stadium section in 2004, and prior to that, there were “code blues,” where students attending the game were encouraged to wear blue.

The student “white outs” were so loud and enthusiastic that opposing teams found it hard to hear their own quarterback calls at the line of scrimmage. The excitement eventually spread to the rest of the fans. The first stadium-wide “white out” game was played in 2007, and they have occurred each year except for 2010.

While the team only has a .500 record in “white out” games, they are always played against top-notch opponents, and Penn State has notched big wins during the last two years against both Ohio State and the University of Michigan.