Trip Log – Day 225 – Austin, TX

To AustinFebruary 8, 2016 – Sunny, 60 degrees

Miles Today: 22

Miles to Date: 11,513

States to Date: 28

There are times when even cyclists need an admin day. I spent the morning in McDonald’s, America’s Living Room, catching up on my posts, chatting with homeless folks and a trio of cross-country backpackers. I spent the afternoon at a public library, America’s other Living Room, scheduling my hosts and conversations in Houston amidst pairs of elementary students and after-school tutors struggling through the task of formal learning.

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In between I enjoyed a Texas-size lunch at Whataburger. The regional chain has a great system and distinctive food, which explains why it was packed while McDonald’s was near empty.

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I also rode through a variety of Austin neighborhoods. The city is a patchwork of classic Southern bungalows, wood frame cottages, and basic houses exploding with contemporary additions; modest homes being demolished for monster replacements, stately old mansions, and less elegant new ones. There is residential construction on every other street.

In late afternoon I pedaled north and west to spend the night with a high school friend, Austin. We had a superb time catching up on forty years of our (mostly) satisfying lives.

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About paulefallon

Greetings reader. I am a writer, architect, cyclist and father from Cambridge, MA. My primary blog, theawkwardpose.com is an archive of all my published writing. The title refers to a sequence of three yoga positions that increase focus and build strength by shifting the body’s center of gravity. The objective is balance without stability. My writing addresses opposing tension in our world, and my attempt to find balance through understanding that opposition. During 2015-2106 I am cycling through all 48 mainland United States and asking the question "How will we live tomorrow?" That journey is chronicled in a dedicated blog, www.howwillwelivetomorrw.com, that includes personal writing related to my adventure as well as others' responses to my question. Thank you for visiting.
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