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    Oh yeah, it was unsettling to ride by the Capitol Trap and Skeet range while they were busy! Especially since I didn't know it was there. Sounded like the were aiming for my tires tho.

    The short bridge in Govalle Park was open- sorta, I had to ride around the orange fence to get to it.

    They are mowing along the trail in some areas which was nice since I didn't eat as many bugs as usual.

    At the end of the trail I got on the road and rode along Blue Bluff rd which got me next to the 130 toll rd. but I saw no bike trail along it except for construction equip parking trail. Hopefully that is the equipment that will build more of the trail.

    I did get about 40 miles in my ride from Barton Creek Mall to just short of Manor - mostly on hike and bike trails.
    I have gotten a couple people from work interested in riding just because of interest in that safe trail. Good stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chardog View Post
    Please indulge me on the semantics that were drilled into my head in Civil Engineering School. It's not "pouring cement", it's "placing concrete" and most of the trucks we call "cement trucks" (the ones that mix cement) are "concrete trucks". Cement trucks are the longer semi-tractor trailers hauling the bulk dry product.

    What Is the Difference Between Concrete and Cement?
    I'm pretty sure this is not the first time I have seen you post this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Endo-err View Post
    Oh yeah, it was unsettling to ride by the Capitol Trap and Skeet range while they were busy! Especially since I didn't know it was there. Sounded like the were aiming for my tires tho.
    I did get about 40 miles in my ride from Barton Creek Mall to just short of Manor - mostly on hike and bike trails.
    I have gotten a couple people from work interested in riding just because of interest in that safe trail. Good stuff.
    Yes, always disconcerting to hear gun fire!
    Good stuff, indeed! This is really what it is about: a safe place away from traffic is a refuge for cyclists, runners and walkers and encourages people to ride their bikes, especially people with children.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Endo-err View Post
    Oh yeah, it was unsettling to ride by the Capitol Trap and Skeet range while they were busy! Especially since I didn't know it was there. Sounded like the were aiming for my tires tho.

    The short bridge in Govalle Park was open- sorta, I had to ride around the orange fence to get to it.

    They are mowing along the trail in some areas which was nice since I didn't eat as many bugs as usual.

    At the end of the trail I got on the road and rode along Blue Bluff rd which got me next to the 130 toll rd. but I saw no bike trail along it except for construction equip parking trail. Hopefully that is the equipment that will build more of the trail.

    I did get about 40 miles in my ride from Barton Creek Mall to just short of Manor - mostly on hike and bike trails.
    I have gotten a couple people from work interested in riding just because of interest in that safe trail. Good stuff.
    I'm a long time active member at Capitol City. Myself and another member actually went out on the path and used a rangefinder to get an idea how far away the trail was to the range. The closest point we could find was well over 500yds. Well out of the shortfall range of the legal shot required at the club. The day we did this, we talked to quite a few bicyclists using the trail. Several asked what the gunfire was about but nobody seemed too concerned.
    We take safety very serious at the club. If anyone has any issues, feel free to stop by sometime and talk to the management. They are good people and we want to help maintain everyone's safety and provide a safe environment for everyone including the trail users.

    David Bishop
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    Quote Originally Posted by berettadave View Post
    I'm a long time active member at Capitol City. Myself and another member actually went out on the path and used a rangefinder to get an idea how far away the trail was to the range. The closest point we could find was well over 500yds. Well out of the shortfall range of the legal shot required at the club. The day we did this, we talked to quite a few bicyclists using the trail. Several asked what the gunfire was about but nobody seemed too concerned.
    We take safety very serious at the club. If anyone has any issues, feel free to stop by sometime and talk to the management. They are good people and we want to help maintain everyone's safety and provide a safe environment for everyone including the trail users.
    David Bishop
    Maybe some signage on the trail letting people know there is a skeet range in the vicinity? When we were there, someone in our group knew about the skeet range so we were not concerned when we heard gunfire.
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    For those wondering about the plan to connect north & south. Dotted lines on a maps in this draft plan: http://www.austintexas.gov/sites/def...aft_report.pdf
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chardog View Post
    For those wondering about the plan to connect north & south. Dotted lines on a maps in this draft plan: http://www.austintexas.gov/sites/def...aft_report.pdf
    thanks for posting this, chardog.
    After experiencing the paved Pittsburgh and Washington, DC multi-use trail systems, I know Austin can do so much more. Pittsburgh was absolutely awesome in what they have done with their multi-use trail system. And people use them, a lot, both for transportation and recreation. And because they receive a lot of use, they are safe. The bike/pedestrian accommodations on all of the major bridges (particularly in Pittsburgh) were simply fantastic. Pittsburgh also had the friendliest people, which made everything even more fun. It might have been that we were there at the beginning of June, which coincided with the first weekend with pleasant weather in about 9 months, so everyone was a bit giddy.

    Anyway, looking forward to riding the new Lady Bird Lake boardwalk soon and making some big loops from my house. I do want to sort out continuing north from the current terminus of the Southern Walnut Creek Trail, which I'm guessing will connect to Springdale north of 290.
    Also want to ride the route to Manor.

    And a word about the northern terminus of the Johnson Creek Trail, which ends at a major intersection/access for MoPac, without any great options for crossing the street safely. I always turn right, stay on the sidewalk and follow Windsor (I think it is Windsor) under the MoPac overpass, but it is almost always nasty with broken glass and then you are dealing with the MoPac access road on east side. However, the stop light there is doable, but you really must stay heads up in that area to stay safe.

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    decker lake loop, 2222 from mopac to 620. east colorado river trail. waller creek to braker. these are high aspirations. might be like waiting for the browns to win a superbowl. shoal creek through pease not even shown. It is fun to dream though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chardog View Post
    For those wondering about the plan to connect north & south. Dotted lines on a maps in this draft plan: http://www.austintexas.gov/sites/def...aft_report.pdf
    Thanks for posting this, nice to see how they plan on connecting the Southern and Northern Walnut Creek Trail systems. Wonder how long it'll actually take to get these two segments built. Especially the one north of 290, which is the longer of the two and the more needed.

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    Had an unexpected road epic on this yesterday. I've been trying to hit 1000 miles on the six13 for a while now so I rode out past Decker Lake for the first time logging 30 miles in the process. A block away from the house someone called out "Hey Handsome" as I rode by and thought this was a sign for a good ride. Trail was easy to follow all the way out. Hit some roadie gnar left from the heavy rains the other night. There was a gravel washout across part of the trail followed by a 50' 2"deep pond crossing followed by 2"mud under 969. Super cool. Got to the end of the line then continued out under 130 and up to Manor Elks Club or something. Scary thing that I had to pass a loose bull twice while I tried to not get charged or emit fear. Coming back I got a chuckle as a roadie turned around at the little bit of mud under 969 bridge. Temps were awesomely cool Saturday so that was as awesome as the view of the Austin skyline from the east.

    In some field between ymca and delwau my bike comp hit 1000 and I rung my bell and whooped and hollered. A minute later I saw a feather in the path and went back to pick it up thinking thats the 1000 mile feather in my cap. I picked it up, stabbed it into my stem and turned around to find an even bigger feather that wasn't even there a second ago. Must be the Great Spirit I thought as I grabbed that one too and added it to my stem. Almost back, I recrossed the "two inch pond" and then saw a tarantula. Man this ride keeps getting better and better. What a way to celebrate 1000 miles of white line munching. Anyways with 28 miles and two solid hours of pedaling under my belt, I hit Jain Lane. Instead of taking a right I decide to check out the last just laid segment of path into Go Valle Park.

    I hit the park then dump out onto the parking lot. Instead of just rolling out, a sexy young lifeguard in a red Baywatch one piece catches my eye as she is closing down the pool so guess what I decide to do a little lap around the pool and playground as I've never checked out that park. Well my pervy paid off in a crazy way. I notice a little 2 year old toddler all be herself by the water fountain. Looking around i see two Mexican ladies with a kid on each arm 50 ft away heading to their cars. I yelled "Hey, are you forgetting someone?" to them both. They turned around to see the little girl way across the playground and said I think that is so and so's, she must still be in the bathroom. While they stop and figure out the little girls name and start calling her, the girl is booking it right up the path and towards the pool. Lady #2 starts running with daughter in one hand and grabs the toddler at pools edge. It was sunset and nobody was in the pool that would have noticed the girl fall in, the lifeguards were in their shack closing down. The lady proceeded to thank me and say God bless you. Damn I may have saved a life just by that little detour through the park. "Mom" still did not materialize from bathroom. Anyways, headed back east on Bolm across Airport right on Springdale and left on GoValle heading west right into the huge red sunset framed by the the huge trees a block away from my house. SUPER AWESOME ending to a crazy, almost bonking, unbelievable adventure ride. As I pulled in the driveway I looked down to see 32.1 on the computer. Who would have thought road rides could be so fun? And yes, I still have those feathers stuffed in my stem. Thanks, COA
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    sounds like an awesome ride.


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    You must have ridden through a cloud of cosmic awesome dust as you left your house. A cool day in July, appreciative women, raging bulls, magical feathers, furry spiders, and saving a tiny life. Dude!
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    Did you buy a lottery ticket that night?


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    Great story, thanks for writing that up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chardog View Post
    Please indulge me on the semantics that were drilled into my head in Civil Engineering School. It's not "pouring cement", it's "placing concrete" and most of the trucks we call "cement trucks" (the ones that mix cement) are "concrete trucks". Cement trucks are the longer semi-tractor trailers hauling the bulk dry product.
    Awesome! The other piece of semantics that most folks miss is that concrete does not "dry." It cures. Forever....
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    Thanks all, no lotto ticket, work is beyond steady so that's my luck there. I'm glad to write it up, it was like a roadie confession, and hopefully a reminder to all of us that any time on any bike can be enjoyable and childlike therapy. derf
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    Nice write up on the path today by Pam Le Blanc in the Austin American Statesman. She also continued 2.5 more miles on the Manor route.
    She mentioned seeing two snakes on her ride, but didn't say what kind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bamwa View Post
    Had an unexpected road epic on this yesterday. I've been trying to hit 1000 miles on the six13 for a while now so I rode out past Decker Lake for the first time logging 30 miles in the process. A block away from the house someone called out "Hey Handsome" as I rode by and thought this was a sign for a good ride. Trail was easy to follow all the way out. Hit some roadie gnar left from the heavy rains the other night. There was a gravel washout across part of the trail followed by a 50' 2"deep pond crossing followed by 2"mud under 969. Super cool. Got to the end of the line then continued out under 130 and up to Manor Elks Club or something. Scary thing that I had to pass a loose bull twice while I tried to not get charged or emit fear. Coming back I got a chuckle as a roadie turned around at the little bit of mud under 969 bridge. Temps were awesomely cool Saturday so that was as awesome as the view of the Austin skyline from the east.

    In some field between ymca and delwau my bike comp hit 1000 and I rung my bell and whooped and hollered. A minute later I saw a feather in the path and went back to pick it up thinking thats the 1000 mile feather in my cap. I picked it up, stabbed it into my stem and turned around to find an even bigger feather that wasn't even there a second ago. Must be the Great Spirit I thought as I grabbed that one too and added it to my stem. Almost back, I recrossed the "two inch pond" and then saw a tarantula. Man this ride keeps getting better and better. What a way to celebrate 1000 miles of white line munching. Anyways with 28 miles and two solid hours of pedaling under my belt, I hit Jain Lane. Instead of taking a right I decide to check out the last just laid segment of path into Go Valle Park.

    I hit the park then dump out onto the parking lot. Instead of just rolling out, a sexy young lifeguard in a red Baywatch one piece catches my eye as she is closing down the pool so guess what I decide to do a little lap around the pool and playground as I've never checked out that park. Well my pervy paid off in a crazy way. I notice a little 2 year old toddler all be herself by the water fountain. Looking around i see two Mexican ladies with a kid on each arm 50 ft away heading to their cars. I yelled "Hey, are you forgetting someone?" to them both. They turned around to see the little girl way across the playground and said I think that is so and so's, she must still be in the bathroom. While they stop and figure out the little girls name and start calling her, the girl is booking it right up the path and towards the pool. Lady #2 starts running with daughter in one hand and grabs the toddler at pools edge. It was sunset and nobody was in the pool that would have noticed the girl fall in, the lifeguards were in their shack closing down. The lady proceeded to thank me and say God bless you. Damn I may have saved a life just by that little detour through the park. "Mom" still did not materialize from bathroom. Anyways, headed back east on Bolm across Airport right on Springdale and left on GoValle heading west right into the huge red sunset framed by the the huge trees a block away from my house. SUPER AWESOME ending to a crazy, almost bonking, unbelievable adventure ride. As I pulled in the driveway I looked down to see 32.1 on the computer. Who would have thought road rides could be so fun? And yes, I still have those feathers stuffed in my stem. Thanks, COA
    ghae...did you stravahole your ride? "I got my thousand miles....I'm gonna celebrate by cracking open a can of nair..woohoo..gonna be a slick one tonight..." is what you shouldve wrote..



    just kiddin, nice work w the tot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bartman View Post
    ghae...did you stravahole your ride? "I got my thousand miles....I'm gonna celebrate by cracking open a can of nair..woohoo..gonna be a slick one tonight..." is what you shouldve wrote..
    It's cool, now that I know you are a crazy ass ball buster who will fight to the death to keep trails gnar it's no biggie. I was kind of expecting the "who's this fuggin hippy all into spirit feathers" bashdown though. I am kind of sad you didn't bring it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bamwa View Post
    It's cool, now that I know you are a crazy ass ball buster who will fight to the death to keep trails gnar it's no biggie. I was kind of expecting the "who's this fuggin hippy all into spirit feathers" bashdown though. I am kind of sad you didn't bring it.
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