A quick trip to Austin, TX on our way back from a wedding proved to be more farmstand than kickstand. The flagship Whole Food Store in downtown Austin is a vacation destination in itself for this small town girl who grew up grocery shopping at places like Piggly Wiggly and Jitney Jungle.
After leaving Whole Foods with a supply of chia seeds and lentil chips but still feeling like country bumpkins, we checked out the downtown farmers market on Guadalupe, where you can buy hibiscus tea and support humanitarian work in Africa, get juice from Drink Daily Greens and help those battling breast cancer or buy some purple artichoke flowers, which seemed to be everywhere.
After enough munching to sustain us to the next meal, my husband and I stopped in a bike shop and were directed to the Austin Veloway for the best in local cycling.
Located in southwest Austin adjacent to Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, the veloway is far from downtown Austin culture and seemed to attract a mix of suburban families with bikes and rollerblades and semi-pro cyclists perfecting their speed on the 3.1-mile loop. No pedestrians or joggers are allowed on the veloway.
The asphalt path is 23-feet wide so there is enough room for everybody but after riding the loop again and again, we quickly became bored and moved on. The wildflowers were lovely but there is little shade. It’s mostly flat with a steep hill in the last mile called Mt. Everest. It comes suddenly after a sharp turn but there is a warning sign to help you build up speed. There’s also a “Caution: Rattlesnake Crossing” sign. I appreciated the warning but fortunately we saw no snakes.
Austin is a great city to revisit & next time we’ll explore more bicycling options.