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    Quote Originally Posted by AtariAge View Post
    Why did they only build one of the two bridges for 183? I think it's been that way since I moved to Austin over 15 years ago. You can see the supports for the second bridge. Are they actually planning on completing this someday?

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    Most likely funding.
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    They were going to finish the bridge, but they spent the money on a concrete bike path, lol, i kiid, i kiid

    I may head up to the school and park and ride the path south this weekend to check it out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chardog View Post
    Most likely funding.
    In the near future they will be removed to make way for the Bergstrom Expressway


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    According to the maps y'all have posted, it looks like the trail will be having minimal disruption into Walnut. The original plans were going straight through the log loops. Good job to whoever got them to amend their plans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kerryp View Post
    They were going to finish the bridge, but they spent the money on a concrete bike path, lol, i kiid, i kiid

    I may head up to the school and park and ride the path south this weekend to check it out.
    The school/tennis center on Johnny Morris Rd. is the highest point on the trail system. If you want to get the climbing in earlier in the ride, you may want to start at Govalle Park.

    I just rode it again today from my place east on 51st street to the YMCA and then down to the Montopolis Bridge, town lake trail and Shoal Creek Trial home.
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    I just did that same loop. Started in Windsor Park. That south wind was nice heading north on WC pike path to 51st!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigwheel Bart View Post
    I just did that same loop. Started in Windsor Park. That south wind was nice heading north on WC pike path to 51st!
    Did a 30-mile r#!d ride today starting at Old Settler's Park in Round Rock. Heading north, we were zipping along at about 18 mph. The wind was like a giant hand at our backs. Coming back on roads that ALL headed either south or west, so heading into the wind and averaging maybe 5-8 mph; one gust almost stopped me cold. I'm guessing gusts up to 30 or 35 mph. No protection from the wind out there; it is almost all open farm country with no trees.
    Looks like the cold front will arrive in the early morning with winds gusting out of the north ~ 20 mph.
    Good weather for watching football on the big screen TV.

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    Thanks. Good advice. My only problem is that i went to school at Johnston back in 80 during bussing and we hung out at that park at lunch and some "questionable" things went on there and I am not sure I want to leave my jeep there since its so easy to slice a soft top. But mmaybe things have changed and its not as bad. Guess I could always split the distance and park somewhere midway.

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    I stopped along the trail just below the YMCA next to the giant bridge over Walnut Creek to add some oil to my chain. I had the bike resting on the seat and handlebars on the firm, level concrete surface. A gust of wind knocked it over.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kerryp View Post
    Thanks. Good advice. My only problem is that i went to school at Johnston back in 80 during bussing and we hung out at that park at lunch and some "questionable" things went on there and I am not sure I want to leave my jeep there since its so easy to slice a soft top. But mmaybe things have changed and its not as bad. Guess I could always split the distance and park somewhere midway.
    Roy G. Guerrero Colorado River Park or Govalle Park or any place near downtown would well for a starting point.
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    Well. Parked at the Y on 183 today and rode north first.

    I got about 2 5 miles in; some of which included dirt road where the path giant complete. The dirt was muddy from the rain, so was a little messy.

    I got as far as the construction for the bridge north of the apartment complex.


    Turned around and then went south all the way back to the park. Overall, the total ride was about 12.4 miles. Pretty much drizzled on me the rest of the ride, but What the hey, was gonna be wet from sweat anyway.

    The park is about 4 miles south of the Y to give you an idea of distances....I thought it was uphill when I was riding south, but then it was uphill coming back north, lol. Not bad uphill, but keeps you pedaling.

    The bad uphill is going back up to the Y to finish up, but good way to finish...

    I saw about 8-10 other cyclists, including a tandem, and a couple walkers. So the path is starting to get some use.

    Here is a strava link from the ride, but remember, it started in the middle of the trail...

    http://app.strava.com/activities/105909086
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    That spot in your photo is the only spot that is not rideable. All the rest of the trail to the tennis center is passable, although muddy if it rained. Also would avoid if active construction is going on.
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    I was going to keep going, but I wasnt sure if the trail picked back up and that clay mud was packing on my tires, so I decided to go back south.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kerryp View Post
    I was going to keep going, but I wasnt sure if the trail picked back up and that clay mud was packing on my tires, so I decided to go back south.
    If it was muddy, you made the right choice.
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    I also rode this trail today, starting from the 360 BCGB trailhead. Will post a report and photos later. I stopped where the cement trail ended, as it was raining on and off and I didn't know how far the "dirt" trail continued (apparently for a bit!!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by kerryp View Post
    Well. Parked at the Y on 183 today and rode north first.

    I got about 2 5 miles in; some of which included dirt road where the path giant complete. The dirt was muddy from the rain, so was a little messy.

    I got as far as the construction for the bridge north of the apartment complex.


    Turned around and then went south all the way back to the park. Overall, the total ride was about 12.4 miles. Pretty much drizzled on me the rest of the ride, but What the hey, was gonna be wet from sweat anyway.

    The park is about 4 miles south of the Y to give you an idea of distances....I thought it was uphill when I was riding south, but then it was uphill coming back north, lol. Not bad uphill, but keeps you pedaling.

    The bad uphill is going back up to the Y to finish up, but good way to finish...

    I saw about 8-10 other cyclists, including a tandem, and a couple walkers. So the path is starting to get some use.

    Here is a strava link from the ride, but remember, it started in the middle of the trail...

    Mountain Bike Ride Profile | Lunch Ride near Austin | Times and Records | Strava
    Where is this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kerryp View Post
    The photo is in the section north of Loyola Ln in the dark green shaded area (dense woods)
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    Oh, the pic. sorry, lol. If you look at the strava link, it is where my ride ends at the northern section...

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    Looking at your Strava map, I am realizing that when I did a loop riding 51st Street, South Walnut H&B, Town Lake H&B and Shoal Creek H&B, the loop was much longer in the east-west direction than I thought.
    "Bicycling is a big part of the future. It has to be. There is something wrong with a society that drives a car to work out in a gym."
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