It’s been a great week in Austin. We rode 7 consecutive days, just shy of 400 miles including our first century of the season. We experienced tiny country roads with low bridges subject to flooding, and many massive highways. We spent more time on 6-lane roads than ever before. The drivers and the people have all been very friendly. We have a fuller understanding of the expression “southern hospitality”. Folks offered to help us find our way; gave us water; visited with us; and gave us space on the roads. For that we are thankful.

Spouts staff shirtIt’s been sunny, warm and windy all week with two brief but intense lightening storms. The winds do appear to be pretty omnipresent and INTENSE Our hotel location in the Arboretum area turned out to be perfect for us. We were close to good bike routes, REI and two natural foods stores as well as several suitable restaurants. There was often the fragrance of Star Jasmine wafting in the air as we rode through the neighborhoods to get to downtown where we visited Mellow Johnny’s and the Willie Nelson statue unveiling. The Frost Bank Tower’s distinctive architecture adds to the famous “Austin Weirdness”.

Each day has its own story and photos:

      1. Finding our Way in Austin
      2. Lost in Austin
      3. Long ride, short entry
      4. Hill country
      5. 102 miles! H, H, H
      6. Best laid plans

Krispy KremesSpecial thanks to Joe Cahill and Andi Snow-Weaver from TXCATS – Texas Capital Area Tandem Society. They were very welcoming and helpful in developing our routes. We wish we could’ve been here next weekend for their tandem rally, but alas, Spencer must return to teaching on Monday. Our week drew to a close today with a short City Park loop. It was 35 miles with 1948 feet of elevation gain! There were 4 Cat5 climbs, several over 15% and one at 19%!  Spencer has already packed the bike for our 4 am airport shuttle tomorrow. Pictured to the right…Krispy Kremes…the perfect end to the perfect week and payback for all of today’s hills!

Best laid plans