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    Austin area Rainfall Totals | KXAN.com

    Entire austin area got around a quarter inch of rain.

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    that's not enough to muddy up walnut creek, is it? should be able to ride it tomorrow?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CBaron View Post
    Al- Tell me more about Road B going thru JJ Pickle campus? I've not seen that option before? I normally (when heading north) cut over using Steck to Mesa, Mesa to Old Jollyville, then Jollyville North to my Destination near Duval/183. Your route seems like it could be pretty direct. Could it be done on a road bike?

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    I gotta know this route too. From Steck to train-tracks/Duval would be direct. I think your GPS interval is spaced far apart, or you used a chopper. Destination would be 183/Duval for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AtariAge View Post
    There is no actual loop yet, there's a big section missing from the Walnut Creek parking lot, east under I-35, and then south to connect to the Southern Walnut Creek Trail. The next section to be built will be from the Walnut Creek parking lot to I-35. Once the Northern and Southern trails are connected, the only remaining puzzle will be to get from where the trail intersects with Walnut Creek down to Shoal Creek. Some of the new trail being built along Mopac right now should help with that segment. Once you're on Shoal Creek, you can take that (and the Shoal Creek Greenbelt) all the way downtown.

    It'll be great once the missing segments are completed.

    Quote from City of Austin,

    "The Walnut Creek Trail System consists of the Southern Walnut Creek Trail, a section of the Mokan Rail Corridor and the Northern Walnut Creek Trail. When complete, this system will create a 19 mile corridor connecting Balcones Park in North Austin to Govalle Park in Central East Austin. The Southern Walnut Creek Trail is open to the public and follows the Walnut Creek watershed for 7.3 miles, starting at Govalle Park and winding northeast where it stops at Daffan Lane and Johnny Morris Road. The Northern Walnut Creek Trail is in the design and construction phase"

    From this page,

    Current Urban Trails Projects | Public Works | AustinTexas.gov - The Official Website of the City of Austin

    Here's my Strava from the ride:

    https://www.strava.com/activities/583259172

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    Thanks for the response Al. This will be pretty great once they get the trails all connected.

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    Anyone know what condition the trail's in? I was pondering a ride tomorrow night but I don't want to tear up the trails.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CBaron View Post
    Al- Tell me more about Road B going thru JJ Pickle campus? I've not seen that option before? I normally (when heading north) cut over using Steck to Mesa, Mesa to Old Jollyville, then Jollyville North to my Destination near Duval/183. Your route seems like it could be pretty direct. Could it be done on a road bike?

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    The section starting at 183 going north to Nells Thompson Drive (which then leads straight into JJ Pickle) is a short section of dirt singletrack. If it's rained recently, some of this could be muddy. It wasn't bad when I rode it, even though it had rained just a few days before. However, once you get past 183, the weeds are tall and very much encroach upon the trail. Still easily rideable, though. It'd definitely ride it on my cross bike.

    I don't know if you can always get through the JJ Pickle campus, if the gates are closed you'd have to go around. I did have a security guard behind me on a golf cart for a bit after I went through an intersection and they didn't say anything. After JJ Pickle, I just went through the western edge of The Domain parking lot, and then onto a "closed" road that goes under Mopac to the entrance of National Instruments. You can cut through the National Instruments drive straight north to Duval on weekdays. The new bike path along the Mopac frontage road in front of National Instruments was still under construction when I did this loop, which is why I cut through National Instruments (no way in hell I was going to ride in the wrong direction on the frontage road itself).

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    Quote Originally Posted by swisson View Post
    Anyone know what condition the trail's in? I was pondering a ride tomorrow night but I don't want to tear up the trails.
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    Quote Originally Posted by swisson View Post
    Anyone know what condition the trail's in? I was pondering a ride tomorrow night but I don't want to tear up the trails.
    Wet but rideable. Check the R&I thread.

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    If NI is closed or you don't want to ride through there, you can hop into the Balcones neighborhood. There's a small hole in the fence fairly close to the NI entrance (probably 50 ft?), cross railroad tracks, and that'll put you on the corner of Balcones Woods/Calle Verde Dr.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AtariAge View Post
    The section starting at 183 going north to Nells Thompson Drive (which then leads straight into JJ Pickle) is a short section of dirt singletrack. If it's rained recently, some of this could be muddy. It wasn't bad when I rode it, even though it had rained just a few days before. However, once you get past 183, the weeds are tall and very much encroach upon the trail. Still easily rideable, though. It'd definitely ride it on my cross bike.

    I don't know if you can always get through the JJ Pickle campus, if the gates are closed you'd have to go around. I did have a security guard behind me on a golf cart for a bit after I went through an intersection and they didn't say anything. After JJ Pickle, I just went through the western edge of The Domain parking lot, and then onto a "closed" road that goes under Mopac to the entrance of National Instruments. You can cut through the National Instruments drive straight north to Duval on weekdays. The new bike path along the Mopac frontage road in front of National Instruments was still under construction when I did this loop, which is why I cut through National Instruments (no way in hell I was going to ride in the wrong direction on the frontage road itself).

    ..Al
    "The section starting at 183 going north to Nells Thompson Drive (which then leads straight into JJ Pickle) is a short section of dirt singletrack" called Narnia.
    The Pickle Campus is closed on weekends, and they shut the gate at the back entrance on weekdays around 5:30 or 6:00 pm. If you ride it, be ready to pick some "Beggars Lice" seeds out of your socks and shoe laces. It was dry yesterday (Monday).

    The security guys in golf carts do seem to ignore cyclists. Should we ever have another big terrorist attack and go to status red, likely security on the Pickle Campus will tighten right up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AtariAge View Post
    The section starting at 183 going north to Nells Thompson Drive (which then leads straight into JJ Pickle) is a short section of dirt singletrack. If it's rained recently, some of this could be muddy. It wasn't bad when I rode it, even though it had rained just a few days before. However, once you get past 183, the weeds are tall and very much encroach upon the trail. Still easily rideable, though. It'd definitely ride it on my cross bike.

    I don't know if you can always get through the JJ Pickle campus, if the gates are closed you'd have to go around. I did have a security guard behind me on a golf cart for a bit after I went through an intersection and they didn't say anything. After JJ Pickle, I just went through the western edge of The Domain parking lot, and then onto a "closed" road that goes under Mopac to the entrance of National Instruments. You can cut through the National Instruments drive straight north to Duval on weekdays. The new bike path along the Mopac frontage road in front of National Instruments was still under construction when I did this loop, which is why I cut through National Instruments (no way in hell I was going to ride in the wrong direction on the frontage road itself).

    ..Al

    Thanks for following back up with this info Al. I should probably go scout it first on my CX bike sometime. Honestly I don't really mind taking the longer way around via jollyville-mesa-steck, but when I noticed your route I was surprised by that option. Additionally, as noted just below, you can easily hop across the RR tracks just after you go under the overpass (going E to W) and end up in Balcones Woods hood. Thats my neighborhood so its all relatively convenient for me.

    Quote Originally Posted by fontarin View Post
    If NI is closed or you don't want to ride through there, you can hop into the Balcones neighborhood. There's a small hole in the fence fairly close to the NI entrance (probably 50 ft?), cross railroad tracks, and that'll put you on the corner of Balcones Woods/Calle Verde Dr.


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    Quote Originally Posted by fontarin View Post
    If NI is closed or you don't want to ride through there, you can hop into the Balcones neighborhood. There's a small hole in the fence fairly close to the NI entrance (probably 50 ft?), cross railroad tracks, and that'll put you on the corner of Balcones Woods/Calle Verde Dr.
    Quote Originally Posted by CBaron View Post
    Thanks for following back up with this info Al. I should probably go scout it first on my CX bike sometime. Honestly I don't really mind taking the longer way around via jollyville-mesa-steck, but when I noticed your route I was surprised by that option. Additionally, as noted just below, you can easily hop across the RR tracks just after you go under the overpass (going E to W) and end up in Balcones Woods hood. Thats my neighborhood so its all relatively convenient for me.
    Good to know, thanks!

    Quote Originally Posted by June Bug View Post
    "The section starting at 183 going north to Nells Thompson Drive (which then leads straight into JJ Pickle) is a short section of dirt singletrack" called Narnia.
    The Pickle Campus is closed on weekends, and they shut the gate at the back entrance on weekdays around 5:30 or 6:00 pm. If you ride it, be ready to pick some "Beggars Lice" seeds out of your socks and shoe laces. It was dry yesterday (Monday).

    The security guys in golf carts do seem to ignore cyclists. Should we ever have another big terrorist attack and go to status red, likely security on the Pickle Campus will tighten right up.
    Yeah, I figure cyclists probably aren't supposed to be going through there, but I saw lots of tracks on Strava (including some recent), so I figured it was probably fine. That security didn't say anything to me seems to confirm it. But obviously not a useful cut through in the evenings or weekends. It is nice and peaceful, though, compared to all the roads around that campus!! I didn't know those seeds were called "beggars lice", and I've had to pick them from my socks many times!

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    I always take the single-track that goes along burnet. The awkward part is getting across 183 to shoal creek. I have bombed the turnaround going south, but Coming north from Shoal creek there isn't even a complete sidewalk and the dealerships are chained up on Sundays when I normally make the 30+ mile trek to walnut and back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FJsnoozer View Post
    ...on Sundays when I normally make the 30+ mile trek to walnut and back.
    The EB route to/from WC is my preferred way to go when traveling the N/S route.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CBaron View Post
    The EB route to/from WC is my preferred way to go when traveling the N/S route.
    Agree. I've done that route with my 8 year old peddaling his 16" BMX bike (that I bought from Cody by the way). We make a stop at the Mexican Bakery and there are plenty of opportunities to find a shady spot for a break. Shoal Creek is pretty chill and if things get hairy, there is a sidewalk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tree magnet View Post
    Agree. I've done that route with my 8 year old peddaling his 16" BMX bike (that I bought from Cody by the way). We make a stop at the Mexican Bakery and there are plenty of opportunities to find a shady spot for a break. Shoal Creek is pretty chill and if things get hairy, there is a sidewalk.

    Glad to hear he's enjoying it! I actually regretted the sale. My littlest which was too small to ride it at the time, turned into quite the shredder. That was such a cool bike!

    Mexican Bakery? I'm assuming your referencing La Pandaria (formerly Chuy's Bakery)? We LOVE that place. The pastries are awesome (and cheap), and my kids love watching the food get made while we eat at the bar area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CBaron View Post
    The EB route to/from WC is my preferred way to go when traveling the N/S route.

    -CJB
    I need to look this up, it's been a while.

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    If you can hop the RR track directly under 183 they now have the sidewalk on the N bound MOPAC access road complete up to braker. That should be a work around if Pickle is closed. Just gotta watch your ass at the entrance to arbor walk, then duck on the backside of the stores.


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    Even if the back gate is closed at the Pickle Research Center, just take the nearest road (Longhorn Blvd) and go east to Burnet. At the intersection with Burnet, you'll see a little dirt path heading north that winds along parallel to Burnet. You need not get on Burnet at all. You also have the option to cross Burnet at Rutland, to Metric and take Metric all the way to the intersection with the North Walnut Ck Multi-Use Path, then over to WC.

    Alternarely, if the back gate is closed and you want to continue north, pedal the dirt along the west side of Burnet and cut back into the Pickle at Read Granberry Trail, then right on Exploration Way and that will take you across Braker and into the Domain. Then, take the Domain Parkway outer loop around and connect to Kramer. Before Braker, I zip through a business park by using a little trail just before you get to Culvers at the corner of Kramer and Braker, then through the business park to Metric.

    I'm traffic averse and will do a lot to stay away from heavy traffic. That said, my most recent dangerous moments have been at the 4-way stop at Shoal Creek and 45th st. Traffic on 45th has two lanes each way. Twice now, a car heading west on 45th has started into the intersection while I'm crossing south to north. Both times same scenario: They were in the lane furthest from me.

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