March 29, 2016
Johnson City, TX to Austin, TX
Day: 48.8 miles; Total: 1,712.1 miles
Elevation Gain: 3,557′
Map Link: https://ridewithgps.com/trips/8315338
This morning brought new weather for us, cool, foggy and even a bit drizzly. We pretty quickly got onto a narrow ranch road where construction was going on for about 9 miles. That seemed to discourage a lot of traffic so that was nice. After the first hour, the main road turned off and we passed the sign for Perdernales Falls State park and we were on a very quiet road in the park boundary.
We’d been passing rangeland and then it began to look more like we were in semi rural residential outskirts of Austin. The road was narrow and got busy as we passed housing developments and then subdivisions. Finally one turn put….
Oddly, our photos ignored the cursor and just appeared here, oh, well
…us on a residential road with some shoulder, which then evolved into some very extensive subdivisions with huge houses, golf courses and wide streets. All along, the hilly ridges rose and fell as we rode across them. Close to Austin itself, we did a pretty significant climb that we think is the last really big hill, at least in this area. Then it was a rolling ride mostly down on an actual bike route heading to the downtown.
The Colorado River runs through the downtown and we found a road with an actual bike lane that led to the area with our hotel. As we rode along, we began to get the flavor of the city, with numerous BBQ places, music venues and all sorts of food trucks along the road.
After we got cleaned up, we took my bike to Mellow Johnies, Lance Armstrong ‘s bike shop ( which also has an espresso bar in it!), because I’d ordered replacement tires because my rear one was losing its tread. I think that one had been put on more than 4,000 miles ago and loaded touring is particularly hard on the rear tire. While the work was being done, I walked to do some more errands, including a visit to the original Whole Foods!
We’ re here til Friday the 1st, when we will head east out of Austin. Still a ways to reach the next state, Louisiana. See you in a few days!