Daily Archives: April 23, 2013

DAY 52, 53 & 54, April 21-23 – A Short Holiday in Austin, Texas

April 21 Sunday – Comfort to Blanco – More twisting back roads, mostly with little traffic.  In Sisterdale, I passed by one of the old Texas dance halls.  If we had turned the other way at the end of yesterday’s ride, we could have been there for the Saturday night dance. Bummer. i also saw my first armadillo roadkill, but will spare the reader viewing  the picture.

When we stopped in a store in Wimberly, I took this picture of a big guy in a bigger chair.IMG_0007We met Katie and Terry in Kyle, just south of Austin. The fun started immediately with a Mexican dinner and  we had a great respite at the La Quinta motel,  THANK YOU Hamrics!

April 22 – Monday – Our Austin tourist day.  We packed a lot in during our wanderings.

First a trip to REI for cycling & camping needs (one of my favorite stores and usually very dangerous to enter). There are three stores in Austin, while Ohio just got its first one!

Next stop – The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. This arboretum is right up my alley & we enjoyed some walking and wildflower stalking. The former first lady was an inspiring woman. You can check it out the website at www.wildflower.org.

By then we were thirsty and hungry, so we went over to Rainey Street, a short block downtown near the Colorado River.  It’s all old wooden bungalows re-purposed as restaurants and bars with outdoor patios. Not yet “gentrified”, it was a real find.  Bangers is known for its creative sausages and 104 tap craft beer selection,  A very unusual place. We sat out on the patio and it exceeded expectations.  We ended the day with a walk along the river and a visit to 6th Street. A great time was had by all.

April 23 – Lastly, Happy Birthday to Dorothy Drnek.  My mother would have been 90 today! It’s  hard to believe she’s been gone 10 years.