Ride start 8 AM.
NOTE: The Govalle parking lot might be closed for swimming pool construction. If so, we can park in the baseball field parking lot that is just a hundred yards east (three houses away) of the park parking lot entrance on Bolm Road, and ride a short ped/bike bridge over Boggy Creek that connects to the SWCT.
A moderate C-pace ride (roughly 11 to 14 mph) on The Southern Walnut Creek Trail from the trailhead at Govalle Park to the Abrupt End and return. Round trip is about 20 miles. The trail is paved for the entire distance, with a 1/2 mile hill on the outbound. We'll regroup at the top of the hill on the outbound and at the Abrupt End. The return is mostly downhill. The trail is two-way and narrows down in spots, with a couple of blind corners. Single-file riding and moderate speed on the corners is strongly recommended!
There are two significant road intersections that require caution to cross.
A map of Govalle Park's location is at http://austinparks.org/parks/govalle-park/
Bring water, a snack, a spare bicycle tire tube, and tools to fix a flat. Riders will sign a liability waiver at the ride start and must wear a helmet. There are no restrooms on the trail itself. There are restrooms at the Austin Tennis Center, about 1/3 mile off the trail at the top of the hill.
• What to bring
helmet, water/sports drink, tools to fix a flat, spare inner tube, snack(optional)
Optional coffee afterword at Sa-Ten, 916 Springdale Rd in the Canopy arts complex.
This ride is cross-posted to the Austin Cycling group on Meetup.com.