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    Quote Originally Posted by Bamwa View Post
    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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    Grand opening / bike fest out there at Govalle Park tomorrow starting at 8am I think. Going around noon with the kid to check it out. Doubt she can do the full thing but may go to the Y and back.


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    I needed some saddle time so I finally rode the Southern Walnut Creek Hike and Bike trail. I just reread this very confusing (at the first of it) thread. Why does everything in this town have to be named "Walnut Creek" something?!

    What a pleasant surprise the trail was. Amazing to be in such a "wilderness" environment in the middle of a big town. About the only signs of civilization you see between Govalle Park and the tennis center turn-off are a few power lines, an occasional airplane overhead, and the concrete ribbon under your tires. It's not trail riding of course, but it certainly is a nature ride. It probably is as lush and green as it could get now. Maybe I would not be so enamored with it during the winter.

    It is designed well. Here it was only 15 hours after the deluge had stopped, and it was very ride-able. There were a few shallow muddy spots and lots of very shallow water flowing over the concrete spots. After the ride I looked like one of those jockeys after a muddy horse race. But it was very acceptable considering the rain amounts.

    I did feel a little guilty riding such an expensively built thing. I kept thinking of all the poor kids in Africa and India that probably don't even... have any good single track to ride. I keed of course, but I really did keep thinking, "boy, this thing cost a lot."

    I rode every inch of the paved route including the spurs up to the YMCA (85' climb) and tennis center (30' of climb). Govalle Park parking lot to Lindell Lane. 23 miles round trip for those that are wondering. I did not try and get to Manor. There was nothing obvious to do at the end there so I just turned around.

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    Don't worry about the cost. It was one of those "shovel ready" projects. I heard it came out of Obama's stash.


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    What time were you out there?
    I was out there from about 845-1030. I've been using it as a rehab ride for my broken tib/fib. It is a good ride to observe wildlife, although today was comparatively really muddy in my opinion, and some of that water smelled like treated wastewater to me.
    Did you see that big catfish on the trail? Felt kinda bad for that big boy.

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    where do you guys start? Up north it is kind of deserted and I worry about my car getting broken into. I was thinking the YMCA would be a good place to start. I really hope we can get a loop like

    shoal creek trail to north walnut to south walnut to hike and bike to shoal creek.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dimitrin View Post
    What time were you out there?
    I was out there from about 845-1030.
    10:30 - 12:30
    I only saw one other biker. A no helmet guy.
    I saw one runner.
    I saw one couple pushing a stroller.
    I saw some kids on the Daffan Lane part.
    I saw one gal walking her dog.
    That was it.
    I'm sure it's usually busier. But I bet people were likely scared off thinking it might be flooded.

    I smelled the sewer smell by the bridge up by the YMCA junction. Maybe that water(?) gushing out, (and I mean like a geyser gushing out) of what looked like a sewer cap, had something to do with that.

    Yes, I could tell that the mud was a new thing, that was not normally there. The mud sucked because I had to be cautious on the downhills where normally I could see they would be more fun.

    I live by the library on Convict Hill way in south Austin. I could get to the Govalle trail head riding only trail and only crossing three roads and then the little bit of road from the 183 river crossing up Shady Lane. That's pretty cool to think that I could get from my house to Manor on 95% single track and/or paved bike trail.

    Didn't see the catfish. I thought as I rode across the bridges that I bet there have not been any times yet when there was water under all of them like there was today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crazyt View Post
    where do you guys start? Up north it is kind of deserted and I worry about my car getting broken into. I was thinking the YMCA would be a good place to start.
    I parked on Jain Lane next to East Austin Academia. There were a lot of cars there so I was thinking safety in numbers. Since I live south I didn't want to drive north to park to ride south. But the safest places to park to me would be the YMCA and the tennis center if it was open.

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    I start at Govalle park. We probably need to ask pad to scrape it off, although I know they are swamped with other mud soaked areas like Barton springs and the bike/skate park.

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    I ride it from my house in central Austin. Down shoal creek around the lake, over the boardwalk to Guerrero park, up over the river, to shady lane, then to govalle park. It's a great route, 45-50 miles round trip. Going to try to put 2 decker lake laps in at the end to get to 100 miles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Tip View Post
    Yes, I could tell that the mud was a new thing, that was not normally there. The mud sucked because I had to be cautious on the downhills where normally I could see they would be more fun.
    Unfortunately, the mud washes into the trail with each major rain event. IMO, the city was remiss in not catching this problem during the final inspections, or else the original engineering contract did not adequately address it. Really hoping that they can do better so this isn't a problem on the North Walnut Creek segment.

    When the trail first opened, CharDog rallied Social Cycling on Dirt (through MeetUp?) and got a large group out there with shovels to scrape off the mud. Not sure who to contact in City Parks and Rec to address this issue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Tip View Post




    then the little bit of road from the 183 river crossing up Shady Lane.
    I usually ride (from zilker on butler) to pleasant valley to 2nd to tilley to lyons to bohms to govalle but the south side of the river to 183 looks like a better option to avoid traffic at CC and Springdale, thanks

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    is it possible to do govalle park to airport to levander? Is there trail on the north side of the river or do you have to cross to the south side to pick up trails?

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    I didn't see any trail the time that I rode over to the dog slaughter house (jk).
    But I didnt do a whole loop around it either.

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    I've ridden from my house (Brentwood) to 51st street to the YMCA and back home.
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    Rode it again today. There was more water flow, but some of the mud had been scrapped off. Still some though. I was being careful on the mud but still almost slid out.

    Saw five riders. A single, a couple, and three gals.

    I parked at Auditorium Shores this time. The bike bridge just east of the Krieg ball fields was closed and fenced off due to flood damage. That forced me to go up to Riverside then back down to Guerrero park to take the 183 bridge over to Shady Lane. On the return trip when I was heading back to Town Lake I saw a guy easily go around the barrier fencing of the bridge. The little bridge is collapsed but still could be ridden across.

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    I made it all the way around the lake with no issues this morning, which bike bridge were you talking about?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Austin Bike View Post
    I made it all the way around the lake with no issues this morning, which bike bridge were you talking about?
    It is not on the Town Lake loop. I got off that loop to go through the little tunnel under Pleasant Valley to work my way to the Southern Walnut Creek trail. The trail east is labeled as a spur to the Roy and Ann Butler hike and bike trail, the same name of the loop around Town Lake.

    The bridge I am talking about is just 500 yards east of Pleasant Valley right on the east edge of the ball fields. On the bike trail to Guerrero park.

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    Tip, this may be the bridge you are talking about.

    From the Austin Chronicle -- this is the current status of the bridge over Country Club Creek in Roy Guerrero Park, damaged during the Memorial Day weekend flood.

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    From the accompanying article

    ...Less noticed was flooding on the Eastside, including sections of Northeast Austin and also Montopolis, where resident Stefan Wray sent along a photo of the wrecked bridge over Country Club Creek, east of the Krieg softball fields. He's alerted city management about the wreckage, which now blocks pedestrian and bike passage from Montopolis toward Downtown: "More and more people have been using this trail to travel all the way to the Montopolis Bridge," Wray writes, "to make a long loop around the river and lake." He's hoping the city will make repairing the bridge a priority.
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