I decided to do a little climbing in the hills of southwest Austin on Southwest Parkway. It was a great ride with beautiful vistas – I can’t believe I didn’t take any pictures! I will next time.
Another beautiful winter day (72 degrees) in Austin. It was a nice cruise down to Lady Bird Lake and the Colorado River (the wind was at my back). I drove by the famous Stevie Ray Vaughan statue and then went by the Texas State Capitol, the biggest in the United States. On the trip back, I stopped off at Guero’s for a taco. This should be everyone’s Sunday morning tradition. The final leg home was uphill and into the wind. The ride was about 24 miles with 1,000 feet of climbing. Now I’m set for the rest of my Super Bowl Sunday!
It was a gorgeous day in Austin, so I thought I would put a few miles on the Gary Fisher. The Weather Channel sais the wind was 8 mph, but that was the strongest 8 I have ever felt! A lot of people were out running and biking.
In all it was a 17-mile ride, and I needed to get back to do a little GIS work.
We had a beautiful day for biking in Austin, I decided to cruise around through Circle C in southwest Austin. This are is good for biking because it has wide, smooth street with relatively little traffic. I spent a little time in the wind on Highway 45 and Loop 1. One interesting note is that I spent a lot of time on fairly new streets that didn’t show up on my City Navigator 2008 map running on my Garmin 60CSx. Look closely at my Google Map and there is a street or two that doesn’t show up as well.
I finished up with a quick lap around the Veloway before I went home. There were lots of families out, riding bikes and roller blades. The trip came in just below 21 miles.
After a few days of camping at South Llano River State Park, I’m trying to get back into the swing of everyday life. I got in about a 30-minute bike ride in south Austin before I had to do fun stuff like taking down all of the Christmas decorations. The wind was blowing about 20 miles per hour from the north and it seemed like it was in my face no matter what direction I rode in.
I wanted to do a loop around the property to see what I was dealing with. It was a heck of a ride. I only came off the bike twice. After the first “crash” I realized that I had left the zipper open on my saddle bag, which was carrying my BlackJack II and some other items. About a mile after I crashed, I realized it and had to go back to find my cell phone. It was lying there among the rocks.
The second time I “crashed” I broke the saddle on my Gary Fisher 29er. There was no way to fix it on the trail, and riding back 8 miles or whatever with a broken seat was brutal. Back at my camp I took a hammer, knife, and vice grips to the saddle and got it back together. I almost gave up 5 times but I wanted to ride again tomorrow. That saddle was tough! It was so tough I wonder how it broke in the first place!