People cycle for many reasons! Some people like the social aspect, others train for races or PR's, some like to suffer, and a select few do it as an art form. For each unique person each pedal stroke, revolution, and gear shift is predicated on a single factor of those above, but for Allison, it's a conglomerate!
I took Allison's suggestion and dropped in early (pre-ride) at Red Horn Coffee House & Brewing Co for a single shot of espresso. She had mentioned their coffee was 'great,' but I would have to disagree-- it was ridiculously amazing! Fruity, acidic and full of body.
The route was well planned, and the pace was friendly and casual. Confession. I cycle where it's mostly flat, the Rio Grande Valley, so what native Austinites consider 'everyday' terrain can be challenging. So I saved my breath for the hills and had to apologize for being a bit short on the conversation. The (tour) ride was, of course, filled with long rolling hills, lush green scenery and plenty of local insider tidbits. Would you expect anything less? The ride unfolded in three parts; 1) a spin down a main artery freeway with a dedicated bike path, 2) some miles through the countryside, 3) and a return through fast rolling tree covered trails back to Red Horn.
I highly you book Allison whether you're a local and especially if you're coming from out of town! You won't be disappointed and don't expect anything less than the best.
Who would have thought the burbs outside of hipster Austin could be soooo cool! Met with Alison at Red Horn for coffee and then we set out on a super fun ride along quiet roads. Includes some short hard climbs and a picturesque lake at the turn. We finished with a delicious lunch and beer at Red Horn where they have more than 30 local beers on tap and a great selection of delicious fresh sandwiches and salads. I can't wait to get back! If you are staying in Austin, don't worry, Cedar Park is a 20 minute train or easy Uber ride.
Austin has some of the most beautiful scenery in all of Texas. From the green fields and cool water of Zilker Park to the scenic over looks and breath taking views of Lake Austin. Austin has something for everybody. Lastly, lets not forget about all the great food this town has to offer, From BBQ, Tex-Mex and award winning restaurants Austin has you covered.