Bike training, February 16: Exploring east Austin

For week 2 of my Bike MS training, I planned a 40 mile route out into east Austin from my house. I wanted to go east / south at the beginning of the ride and then come back north because of the wind pattern. And boy was it windy by the time I was finished! It was a dreary and humid day.

 

The route started by going due east. I soon went by what I thought was a reservoir, but turned out to be the city landfill. I had know idea where the landfill was, apparently.

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Of course, out in the countryside, near the landfill, a bunch of really close together houses were being built.

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I rode down to Loyola Lane, near the Expo center, a place I hadn’t ridden in quite a while:

 

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The view down the hill from near the Expo center:

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Wait, what? Smoke or fog ahead (I saw neither)

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Old Manor Road, and the old bridge:

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Old water tower in Manor:

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Old town Manor:

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Random bar and grill in the country side:

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Riding next to 130, the toll road, with an abandoned toll plaza in the center. Why did we build so many unused toll booths?

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Horse stable – there were riders, but I didn’t get the camera out in time.

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New bike facilities in north Austin!

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Eventually, I rode through a neighborhood adjacent to mine. It was pretty cool. Can you see the black and white kitty?

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Best mailbox ever. A T-rex holding up the mailbox with its mouth, with three T-rex babies in front.

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New feature: what jersey did I wear? This weekend it was my Texas 4000 jersey from 2009 (acquired in a silent auction) along with my yellow visibility vest.

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