Monday, September 20, 2010

The Austin Tour

My husband and I spent some time on Saturday seeing the town we live in by bike.  I bought us a groupon that entitled us to a half price, two hour bike tour of Austin.  The company we toured with was Barton Springs Bike Rental.  We were the only two on the tour that afternoon so we really got to have an intimate tour of the town. 

The bikes we rode were electric assist bikes, meaning they had a battery that gave the bike some get up and go when you pulled back on the right hand grip.  It was cool not to have to huff and puff up a big hill, but yet still get to peddle our way over Town Lake. 

Here are a few things we saw:
local neighborhoods
south congress shopping and dining including food trailers like Hey Cupcake
the capital
the Driskill Hotel as well as other parts of 6th street
O Henry's house
Austin's 2nd Street posh shopping district
The Paramount Theater
Texas Walk of Fame
Town Lake
Buford Bell Tower
Moonlight Tower
UT campus
A parking garage where we got out of the rain for a few minutes!

We had a lot of fun and would do it again.  Have you ever toured your own city?  What new things did you learn? 

I did not know that O Henry, author of The Gift of the Magi, had lived in Austin and that O Henry is a pen name because his real name was tarnished by his illegal activities. 


Kristen said...

how cool!! jeff and i will have to try that sometime.
about the ergo:
we used it hiking in colorado last summer when annie was about 20 months old. it was perfectly comfortable for me, annie wasn't that into it, but that is just annie for you. she doesn't like to be contained in any way, but i think she was plenty comfortable in it.
i def. recommend the ergo.

mrsdlanemoore said...

Thanks! We have a gift card so I think I could get it for free, so that is ALL the better!