Sunday, January 29, 2006

Texas Winter Trip - 2 Days in Austin

January 22-23, 2006.
We drove from Dallas to Austin on Sunday the 22nd. Our accomodations are at the Brava House, a B&B that is walking distance to 6th and Lamar, where Whole Foods corporate offices and flagship store are located. The Whole Foods store is awesome, with several eat-in options within the store. The Bruschetta was great, as was everything else we had.

Our accomodations were very nice, and we'll return the the Brava House. The only room available was the Fitzgerald Suite, which is a two room suite. The sofa pulls out to a bed and the suite could accomodate 4 people, if close proximity isn't an issue.

Monday, January 22 is our first day of riding. First we had to deal with some car trouble that we encountered on this trip. The truck would miss at low idle speeds. We made it to Austin and went to Maxwell Ford. The coil failed, and evidently took out a spark plug as well. The plug wires were also due to be replaced. $722 later we are as good as new. We needed a car, so we rented a minivan for the day.

The ride started in Bastrop, which is about 25 miles east of Austin. The ride is a 46 mile loop that we had done once before. The weather was great, ~60 degrees and partly sunny. A good ride, although FM304 can be a bit busy with traffic. The route goes through Bastrop and Beuscher State Parks, both of which are scenic and hilly. Post ride lunch was at the Green Chai, a vegetarian restaurant in Bastrop. Great food and coffee, we'll return there again.


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