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    The rainy weekend pushed me onto my cross bike so I explored this trail again. They've completed quite a bit more since I was last on it and I made it all the way to the RC airfield over by Walter E. Long lake before it dead ended. I could see 290 from the trail ass (I guess you would call it that) but Decker road was under construction and a death trap for anything not capable of going 60 mph. I rode around the lake and then used Johnny Morris road and Howard to get back to North Austin. Google maps with the bicycle option was very cool. All told, 61 miles of riding in the rain but it beat the alternative.

    It's really a fun ride for those that haven't tried it. The 10 miles or so of concrete path winds around in the trees and across open fields to the point it seems like some 8 year old just drew it on a map made it happen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tree magnet View Post
    The rainy weekend pushed me onto my cross bike so I explored this trail again. They've completed quite a bit more since I was last on it and I made it all the way to the RC airfield over by Walter E. Long lake before it dead ended. I could see 290 from the trail ass (I guess you would call it that) but Decker road was under construction and a death trap for anything not capable of going 60 mph. I rode around the lake and then used Johnny Morris road and Howard to get back to North Austin. Google maps with the bicycle option was very cool. All told, 61 miles of riding in the rain but it beat the alternative.
    I was out there yesterday and used those trails as part of a 50 mile loop around Austin starting at Walnut Creek:

    Bike Ride Profile | Loop near Austin | Times and Records | Strava

    You can get to 290 quite easily without having to ride in the traffic on Decker. At the end of the trail where it intersects Lindell Lane, take a left, cross Decker and cross the train tracks (heading north). Go through the white/orange barriers on the left (facing north) side of the cement barriers. Carefully walk/ride your bike across the lip of the big-ass hole they dug in the road, and then you can take the new Decker Lane reroute they are currently working on. It's now paved, so you can take that all the way to 290 without any issues.

    If you don't want to do that, you can also sit on the left side of the barriers all the way until the barrels end, and then cross back to the right side of Decker and stay on the right side of the barrels on that side. You don't really need to worry about the traffic if you do either of these.

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    Someone (the person who took over Chardog's old job at TXDOT, I think) in our group on Sunday told us that there is a bike trail that parallels the 290 toll road all the way to Manor. Al's description of getting to 290 should get very close to it. I'd like to find it and ride it coming off the Southern Walnut Creek path and ride out to Manor.

    "The Manor Expressway project triples the previous capacity of US 290 East between US 183 and SH 130. It is a 6.2-mile limited-access road, including three tolled lanes in each direction and three non-tolled frontage lanes in each direction, plus a 10-foot-wide, 6-mile shared use path for pedestrians and bicycle travel and recreation."
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    Quote Originally Posted by June Bug View Post
    Someone (the person who took over Chardog's old job at TXDOT, I think) in our group on Sunday told us that there is a bike trail that parallels the 290 toll road all the way to Elgin. Al's description of getting to 290 should get very close to it. I'd like to find it and ride out to Elgin.
    I'd very much like to learn about that, as Manor and Elgin are separated by about twelve miles. I've ridden the entire length of the "Manor Expressway" trail, and it promptly ends as soon as you enter the City of Manor.

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    Al, I just edited my post. Yes, I'm guessing it only goes to Manor, rather than Elgin. How did you connect from the end of the multi use path to the Manor Expressway path?

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    Quote Originally Posted by June Bug View Post
    Al, I just edited my post. Yes, I'm guessing it only goes to Manor, rather than Elgin. How did you connect from the end of the multi use path to the Manor Expressway path?
    Please read my response to Tree Magnet above. You just need to ride up Decker to 290. The trail runs along the southern side of the highway.

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    actually you could go left on Johnny Morris instead of Decker. Safer shorter route to 290 path.
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    Al, i'm inspired by your long loop rides. I've been doing a summer ride that starts at my casa near Walnut, down Parkfield, under 183, through a neighborhood, across Anderson Lane, down Shoal Creek to Lady Bird Lake, then west on LAB, under MoPac, east on south side of Lake to enjoy boardwalk, then back on northside of the lake to a Royal Blue Grocery to rehydrate with an Izzie or a Topo Chico, then take the commuter rail home from the downtown station, since by then it was brain-fry hot. With this break in the heat, I may try to incorporate the multi use path and check out the Manor extension and then ride home to complete a loop.
    What bike are you riding on your long loop rides? I've been riding my hardtail now set up with narrow tires, a rear rack, and flat pedals; panniers can be added in a minute or two to do errands if needed. The next step may be to ditch the Reba and put on a light carbon fork.

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    Quote Originally Posted by June Bug View Post
    What bike are you riding on your long loop rides? I've been riding my hardtail now set up with narrow tires, a rear rack, and flat pedals; panniers can be added in a minute or two to do errands if needed. The next step may be to ditch the Reba and put on a light carbon fork.
    Mostly I've been riding them on a Specialized Crosstrail, but yesterday's ride was on a much lighter Crux cross bike. Sometimes I'll do these loops on my Epic if I plan on incorporating some mountain bike trails into the mix, which is also light but has big knobby tires, so that added rolling resistance really adds up on long rides!

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    Al,

    Thanks for the tip about the Decker bypass. I'll investigate that the next time I'm out there. I noticed your route had you going down Dessau for quite a while. Is there a decent path or bike lane there? The Johnny Morris, Giles, Harris Branch Parkway route was chill with very little traffic and I was able to keep off the road most of the way. I know the cars can really get moving on Dessau I'd rather ride by the city dump than take my chances with some of those drivers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tree magnet View Post
    Al,

    Thanks for the tip about the Decker bypass. I'll investigate that the next time I'm out there. I noticed your route had you going down Dessau for quite a while. Is there a decent path or bike lane there? The Johnny Morris, Giles, Harris Branch Parkway route was chill with very little traffic and I was able to keep off the road most of the way. I know the cars can really get moving on Dessau I'd rather ride by the city dump than take my chances with some of those drivers.
    The Decker bypass is great right now, since it's paved, but not open, so you don't have to worry about traffic at all. There's also no construction equipment on site, so I'm not sure when they're actually going to finish this. And once it's finished, I really hope they stripe some bike lanes on it, as they built no sidewalks.

    As for Dessau, the section I ride has sidewalks on both sides the entire length, but no bike lanes. I would not feel comfortable riding on that road without a bike lane or sidewalk, so I use the sidewalks. I take Dessau from Cross Park Drive up to the corner of Shropshire, where you can enter a greenbelt trail that starts near the corner (behind that new gas station, but you enter from Shropshire) and heads north, ultimately dumping out onto Yager Lane. Yager Lane isn't great either, but it does have bike lanes at least.

    ..Al

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    This afternoon I saw that the parking lot at the Austin Tennis Center has been doubled in size recently. This seems to be a trailhead according to the sign a short distance down the paved trail, so I'm guessing that the new space is to accommodate parking for the trail users. Is the trail paved all the way down to the YMCA now?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmiked View Post
    This afternoon I saw that the parking lot at the Austin Tennis Center has been doubled in size recently. This seems to be a trailhead according to the sign a short distance down the paved trail, so I'm guessing that the new space is to accommodate parking for the trail users. Is the trail paved all the way down to the YMCA now?
    Yes, if you follow the trail from the Austin Tennis Center, you'll eventually get to a T intersection. If you turn left, you'll head south towards the YMCA. After going over a rather large bridge, there's a Y intersection immediately after. If you turn right, that'll bring you up the hill to the YMCA parking lot. If you take the left, you'll continue down towards Govalle Park.

    If, instead, you take a right at the T intersections, you'll head north for a bit and then east until you run into Johnny Morris Lane. If you cross the street, you'll then be on the new Austin to Manor Trail (which currently does not actually go to Manor).

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    I found a little single track running along side this trail just past Govalle park. There seems to be some awesome spots along the trail to pull off a Brushy Creek type parallel trail. What are the odds this could happen??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tree magnet View Post
    I found a little single track running along side this trail just past Govalle park. There seems to be some awesome spots along the trail to pull off a Brushy Creek type parallel trail. What are the odds this could happen??
    I agree. Lets ask ARR. They work closely with Austin Parks Foundation. I live on the eastside now and driving to the nut seems nuts. Sniggletrack for the Eastsiiead!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bamwa View Post
    I agree. Lets ask ARR. They work closely with Austin Parks Foundation. I live on the eastside now and driving to the nut seems nuts. Sniggletrack for the Eastsiiead!
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    Thanks JB, on a side note watch for snakes on this trail (and other wildlife) people. I hucked off a diamondback's head tonight on my roadbike! I saw it at the last second and chose left and over the head vs. right and about 12 inches behind the head then unweighted and sort of freaked-out-hopped to the best of my unprepared self. I didn't hear a crunch and somehow didn't fling him back up on me or my gf and upon returning didn't see blood or the opportunity for snake steaks left behind so I hope he survived. Sorry TMW Also came up on a reared up skunk that I thought was a left behind teddy bear and a good 10 point buck that I thought might turn in self defense. Since I was wondering what else bad might happen I did get spooked about getting bike jacked. This might be alarmist or paranoid (please let me know) but I feel like it's just a matter of time before someone figures out people ride $1000 road bikes there. I kind of want to have some mace next time I'm riding there after dark, especially with the gf. It's not exactly Beverly Hills over there. Or a piece, or ninja brass knuckles attached under my seat,,or a shiv/bar end plug, or brass knuckles attached to a metal water bottle, or you get the picture.....
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    You need to adapt to your environment. Wrap the snake around your neck as a necklace and let the skunk spray you. No one will bother you. Problem solved.


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    Dang didn't think of that!
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