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    A friend checkout out the northern end of the South Walnut Creek path today, and there is paving in some sections up to the Tennis Center. We are doing an in-town ride tomorrow that will include all of the South Walnut Creek path to the Tennis Center (paved or not, if dry) and then any sections of the path to Manor.

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    Thats the run I did a couple weeks back. If its dry its pretty smooth sailing since the dirt was well packed and smooth. Its a good little ride and a nice view att he top of the hill.


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    We're back! We began our ride near Airpoort/I-35, cut through Mueller and took 51st over to the East Communities YMCA on Ed Bluestein/183. This is one of the trailheads for the Southern Walnut Creek Multi-Use Path.

    Headed north on the path to the end of the paved (i.e., concrete) section and just kept going. Currently, pavement and dirt alternate; but the dirt segments in between are currently very well packed and rideable for the most part. The trail begins to climb a bit. We passed the paved turnoff to the Tennis Center on the right and just kept going.

    The easement continues beside a farm field, past a nice old farm house, and then on through the field. The easement through the last part of the field had a short segment with very loose dirt so we walked for a minute or two, and then continued to ride a little bit further to the end at a T intersection with Daffan Lane.

    We turned RIGHT on Daffan Lane and rode over to the intersection with Johnny Morris Road. Currently, it looks like an easement is being prepared on the side of Daffan Lane. Daffan Lane jogs at Johnny Morris; so you jog right (southwest) on Johnny Morris and then left back onto Daffan, heading southeast.

    The route is now heading to Manor, and the multi-use path is essentially the same width but more of a sidewalk on the south side of Daffan Lane. This continues on to the intersection with Decker Lane. (Once you pick up the multi use path along Daffan Lane, things are rough in the sense that the intersections with streets have not been completed, and several streets come in from housing developments, so just use extra caution there.) I suspect that the Daffan Lane section is easily within a month of full completion.

    Cross Decker Lane and the multi use path continues (yes it does!) and heads north/northeast around Lake Walter E. Long and eventually comes to an end at a T intersection with Lindell Lane. In this section, you are roughly parallel to Decker Lane, but very much away from traffic. There is a shooting range nearby (skeet and whatnot), so don't be alarmed by the sound of gun fire.

    When coming back, we turned left (southwest) on Johnny Morris and rode down to the Tennis Center, bought a candy bar, used the nice bathrooms and then headed down the paved connector to rejoin the multi-use path and retraced our steps back home.

    A good, though damned windy, ride. Winds were as high as 27 mph, and a few times it felt like we were pedaling into a wall.
    We had originally thought about going to the HONK! Brass Band Festival at 4th & Chicon (thanks, CharDog, for that tip), but didn't want to grind 35 blocks back to the car directly into a stiff north breeze.

    So 22.2 miles for the day, according to Map My Ride.

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    I was just looking at the section of our ride on Daffan Lane (spelling according to the Mapsco Austin Street Guide); on satellite view it is spelled Daffin and also refers to Daffin Lane/Daffin Gin Road.
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    This new bike path makes a nice loop for urban gravel grinders! My loop from nw austin was shoal creek h&b, ladybird h&b, roy guerrero trails\gravel, old river bridge, govalle park, south walnut h&b, YMCA, 51st back. keep your eyes peeled for singletrack!






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    Ron, that sounds like a great loop. As we get ready for our long ride on the Great Allegheny Passage/C&O Canal Towpath, we'll be upping our mileage to about 30 miles. I think we could get pretty close to that by riding from our house near Braker/Lamar and doing most of what you mentioned. I also noticed that a loop could be formed by using the Sprinkle Cut Off on the north side of 290.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron View Post
    This new bike path makes a nice loop for urban gravel grinders! My loop from nw austin was shoal creek h&b, ladybird h&b, roy guerrero trails\gravel, old river bridge, govalle park, south walnut h&b, YMCA, 51st back. keep your eyes peeled for singletrack!





    Did that loop clockwise a few weeks back. Good times.
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    Quote Originally Posted by June Bug View Post
    I also noticed that a loop could be formed by using the Sprinkle Cut Off on the north side of 290.
    Interesting you should mention that. After seeing you & Mr JB on the big sidewalk (& construction areas) we rode that exact route. Tied into Cameron Rd and crossed 35 on Runberg. To get there we did some bush whacking under the power lines north of 290. There were signs of construction to come but no path cut yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cxagent View Post
    Interesting you should mention that. After seeing you & Mr JB on the big sidewalk (& construction areas) we rode that exact route. Tied into Cameron Rd and crossed 35 on Rundberg. To get there we did some bush whacking under the power lines north of 290. There were signs of construction to come but no path cut yet.
    Yesterday, as you all were northbound & we were headed south? Awesome to know that is doable under 290!

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    So are y'all saying the bike path\trail goes all the way past 290 to sprinkle rd already?

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    Not exactly bike path.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ron View Post
    So are y'all saying the bike path\trail goes all the way past 290 to sprinkle rd already?
    I wouldn't say that it's "bike path", but there is a path all the way to that point.

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    Do you guys happen to have a gpx of the route you rode? Interested in checking it out soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pair0dimes View Post
    I wouldn't say that it's "bike path", but there is a path all the way to that point.
    just finished a bit of satellite map exploring and I think I see what you mean. Looks possible now to string together a route starting and ending at walnut albeit gravel grinder style. Hopefully no\not too much fence jumping.

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    Didn't jump a single fence. We did go around ONE fence where the power line entrance was gated but the fence was down next to the gate. I will post a map in a bit. I can send a GPX (or similar) if someone sends me an email address. (I need to 'clean up' first)

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    Quote Originally Posted by cxagent View Post
    Didn't jump a single fence. We did go around ONE fence where the power line entrance was gated but the fence was down next to the gate. I will post a map in a bit. I can send a GPX (or similar) if someone sends me an email address. (I need to 'clean up' first)
    Nice! I'm thinking this could be the being of an "Enchilada Grinder"

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    *beginning

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    Here is a link to the file - Austin Loop Gravel Grinder - Austin, TX I have left it public so anyone can see and down load the GPX file.

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    Just called Parks and Recreation and got directed to the park rangers re: dirt road crossing the Multi-Use Path to access Burr Field. They said they'd get some signage up "right away". I told them they needed to do it before this weekend, since traffic on the multi-use path is increasing. I stressed the "accident waiting to happen" angle, so hopefully there will be signage up soon. Don't know who gets the caution -- trail users or motorists -- but hopefully the situation will be rectified soon.

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    If you talk to them again you can mention we almost got hit by a motorcycle about there. The dirt bike was turning left across our path and laid it down right in front of us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cxagent View Post
    If you talk to them again you can mention we almost got hit by a motorcycle about there. The dirt bike was turning left across our path and laid it down right in front of us.
    They took my name and number and said they'd let me know what was done. Was the dirt bike actually riding on the path or just crossing to/from Burr Field? Burr Field belongs to Austin Rugby Club (I'll drop them an email or post to a forum, if they have one.) I think the back way in is from Johnny Morris Road.

    Also, this is somewhat germane....
    I was turning left onto Shoal Creek at a 4-way stop a few weeks ago. There was a guy on a bike at the stop sign to my left; technically he had the right of way, but he looked out of shape and slow, so I zipped out and almost had a close encounter. Turns out that electric bikes level the playing field....
    We'll be seeing more electric bikes in the future, including on the multi-use path.
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