Today my family wanted to rent and ride bikes around Austin, so naturally I agreed to join! We started out by stopping in Mellow Johnny’s – Lance Armstrong’s bike shop. I got some souvenirs there and some shirts for the guys at Swim Bike Run.
We went from there to a local farmer’s market which served various types of produce, coffees, kolaches, and homemade trinkets. Afterwards, we rode along the river and listened to some music coming from the auditorium- there was a Reggae festival going on for the “4/20” weekend.
We had lunch and then continued to ride as we watched the thousands of people out for what I was told the “first hot day”. People were kayaking, stand up paddleboarding, rowing, running, walking, cycling, playing Frisbee and musical instruments all around. I couldn’t believe how active a town Austin is!
My family went back to their hotel while I went on to explore more. I went down to “Deep Eddy,” a community pool and then followed it up with “Barton Springs,” a natural spring with water at a cool 68 degrees. It felt refreshing to jump in and I was happy to be around some water as I had not seen any in a while.
That night I had been asked to speak at a meeting downtown. I went and told my story in front of a small crowd including my family and Beverly and Tommy. I was glad they got a chance to be a part of this trip and see what I am doing. After that we went out for ice cream and then to bed- I was tired from another day of riding although it was very enjoyable to travel around Austin on bicycle – it had lived up to it’s reputation as being one of the most bicycle friendly cities in the world.