Friends’ Tour of Austin – Food, Art, and City Sights!
Self described “mature” ladies Wanda, Cindy, Debbie, Julie, and Rachel showed their fun and silly stripes enjoying a beautiful day of of exploring Austin’s culture, natural beauty, food, and drinks by bike. A couple of them requested specific bikes, and we made sure to reserve them with our friends at Bicycle Sport Shop. First, we custom fit each person to her bike, and then we set off to take in the welcoming, creative culture of Austin.
Along the tour, we visited iconic sights like the Austin postcard mural. Next door, we stopped in to La Pâtisserie for éclairs. The Bouldin Castle, one of the Bouldin Creek neighborhood’s many electic homes that we saw, has a unique style reminiscent of a medieval castle. The building, made from donated Texas Hill Country stone, served as a Franciscan missionary church in the 1920s, then operated as the San Jose Church until the 1970s. Most recently, the building was an Eastern Orthodox church until the current owners purchased it in 2007.
After the best tacos and doughnuts at South Austin food trucks we rode by murals and an artistic bridge in the Travis Heights neighborhood, making our way down to the beautiful boardwalk on Lady Bird Lake. We made sure to visit Ai Weiwei’s Forever Bicycles sculpture to strike a silly pose. As we passed the Palmer Events Center, Ms. Palmer had to stop for a photo op! Not to be missed, Zilker Park and Barton Springs were among our stops along the route.
We ended the day with a rewarding refreshment at Uncle Billy’s Brewery after an invigorating day of fun, good food, and exploration.