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    Here's my Strava track from today:

    Mountain Bike Ride Profile | BCGB 360 to Zilker to Souther Walnut Creek Trail near Austin | Times and Records | Strava

    Haven't had a chance yet to go through the photos I took.

    ..Al

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    Nice.
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    Damn, you guys are beasts. 35 miles is a bit out of my range, lol. Nice.

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    My report:

    Started yesterday from the 360 entrance on the Barton Creek Greenbelt. Figured I should add a small bit of technical riding to what would mostly be a concrete and crushed gravel journey. Ride out to Zilker was uneventful, and then I connected to the Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail. Took the southern route to Roy G. Guerrero Park, which is in better shape than last time I went out there when it was obviously incomplete. There's a nice paved trail you can take that intersects with the entrance to the sidewalk going over the Montopolis bridge. I took that, stayed left on the paved path, took a left onto 5th Street, right onto Shady Lane, crossed Airport, and then a quick right onto Bolm Rd, where you can enter Govalle Park on the left.

    Inside Govalle Park you want to stay on the left (west) side of the canal--don't go over the bridge inside the park. This will dump you out onto Jain Lane, and the entrance to the Southern Walnut Creek Trail is directly opposite where you exit. I then followed the trail to where the pavement ends, which is a bit under five miles at present. It was quite windy and started raining on me before I got to Roy G. Guerrero Park, so I busted out the arm warmers and another jersey, which I'm very thankful I brought. However, because of the rain, I decided not to continue beyond the end of the pavement. I'll do that on another day when it's dry. I turned around, then examined some forks off the trail, one leading up to the YMCA (with a nice climb, but a fast downhill!), and the other leading to an additional access point.

    The trail is nice, as far as concrete paths go. Nature is encroaching on the trail already, and hopefully the trail is maintained or it will get considerably narrower in spots. There's also a poorly designed mud pit in one area--not sure what they were thinking there. If they plant grass seed on the bank that slopes towards the trail that will help. The elevated portions of the trail near 183 and shortly after make sense when you see them from your bike. Those sections of trail will probably never get overrun with debris.

    I saw about 20 cyclists while I was on the trail, so people are using it already, which is nice. To my surprise, much of the trail feels fairly isolated, and it will feel even more so once spring arrives and vegetation becomes fuller. Also, some of the trail is directly under the airport flight path, so you'll definitely see and hear some planes overhead (sometimes directly) while on this trail.

    On my way back I was going to hit Shoal Creek Greenbelt for additional mileage, but aborted due to the light rain. Enough rain had fallen that the section of Barton Creek Greenbelt from Zilker to 360 was treacherous, as the rocks were extremely slick. This made the various rock gardens along the way very tricky to maneuver, and I actually had to dismount a few times.

    Here are some photos!

    Entrance to the Montopolis Bridge pedestrian crossing:



    Trail along the canal inside Govalle Park:



    Entrance to the Southern Walnut Creek Trail from Jain Lane:



    Of course, the bridge at the beginning of the trail has already been tagged:



    Typical section of trail:



    Many bridges along the way:



    Start of the long, elevated section that goes under 183:

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    continued...

    Another view:



    And, going under 183:



    Another elevated section that goes along a road:



    You're sitting a fair bit above the traffic:



    Under some train tracks:



    I passed at least ten cyclists huddled under this bridge when it was raining out as I passed. This photo is from the way back:



    Big intersection--left goes up to the YMCA, right continues along the trail (and that is a big honkin' bridge they built right there).


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    continued...

    You will see many of these along the way:



    The mud pit I described above:



    One of the trail access points:



    Shiny new trail, runs right along a golf course:



    End of the line!



    Access from the YMCA entrance:



    That's it!

    ..Al
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    Quote Originally Posted by AtariAge View Post
    continued...



    ..Al
    Where is the actual end and how long is it? I want to bring the family but heading across town want to make sure it's long enough to enjoy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by texaskdog View Post
    Where is the actual end and how long is it? I want to bring the family but heading across town want to make sure it's long enough to enjoy.
    From the start of the trail at Jain, it's almost five miles until the end. If you do the extra bit that goes up to the YMCA, that would probably give you an even five miles. So, and out and back of ten miles.

    ..Al

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    Thanks, Al. That section where mud is washing onto the trail from the small embankment is definitely a problem. Wonder if the city can force the contractor to fix that? It creates a nasty mess on the path, and the dirt directly adjacent to the path is higher than the tread, so a built in problem.

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    So Al, what color bike were you riding? Was it white? I passed someone when I was coming into Govalle park, then turned around and caught back up to them and briefly passed them because they were stopped (maybe taking pics?). I stopped after the RR underpass to get a drink and they passed me back up. Was that you? I was on a lime green SC.

    And yes, north of the Y there was alot of dirt encroachment on the path. They def need to take care of that after spending this much money on a nice concrete path, lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kerryp View Post
    So Al, what color bike were you riding? Was it white? I passed someone when I was coming into Govalle park, then turned around and caught back up to them and briefly passed them because they were stopped (maybe taking pics?). I stopped after the RR underpass to get a drink and they passed me back up. Was that you? I was on a lime green SC.
    Yep, that was me. I was stopping fairly often to take photos. I took more than I posted here.

    ..Al
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    Quote Originally Posted by AtariAge View Post
    From the start of the trail at Jain, it's almost five miles until the end. If you do the extra bit that goes up to the YMCA, that would probably give you an even five miles. So, and out and back of ten miles.

    ..Al
    Nice! Thank you!

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    I think the mud section will be fixed before long. That is a newer part of the path and they will probably spend more time grading/planting as the project progresses and is built out to Manor.

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    Al, thanks for taking the time to post these pictures and your ride report. I always see that elevated section under 183 and wonder where it goes. You made it look interesting enough to ride out there from North Austin and see what it's all about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tree magnet View Post
    Al, thanks for taking the time to post these pictures and your ride report. I always see that elevated section under 183 and wonder where it goes. You made it look interesting enough to ride out there from North Austin and see what it's all about.
    Me too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AtariAge View Post

    Access from the YMCA entrance:



    That's it!

    ..Al
    Do you think there would be any problems parking at the Y and riding the trail from there?

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    Thats where I parked and rode from and there were a couple other cars with bike racks in there that appeared to be doing the same thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by texaskdog View Post
    Me too!
    Me, too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kerryp View Post
    Thats where I parked and rode from and there were a couple other cars with bike racks in there that appeared to be doing the same thing.
    Thank you very much!
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    You know, it's winter, the trees are bare and Al took photos on an overcast day. But, there's a bit of magic on that ribbon of concrete. It's just for us and not cars or motorcycles. Just a sweet time where you can relax on the bike, cover some miles and enjoy yourself.
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