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Dave and I, in an homage to our pal Phil, have given names to the segments of the 3-mile loop we’ve been running on the hike & bike trail.
This is our path through MelanDaverLand, starting at the north side of the the Mopac bridge, running east:
Big Dog Woods
the nice woodsy start to the loop. Cool, flat, inviting.
the boat ramp that always messes up the rhythm of my feet
the un-shaded, straight stretch to the Pfleuger bridge that’s too monotonous and hot (but, happily, leads to the bathroom which I almost always have to use)
the winding ramp near Lamar that leads to the pedestrian bridge
another unshaded — and therefore, dreaded, spot. The pedestrian bridge over the river; my least favorite segment.
The Other Side
the shady, much-loved segment that parallels Riverside – and provides a potential mini side-trip into Bamboo Forest (a tiny footpath under bamboo fronds)
The Magic Bridge
the wooden bridge that provides the cross-over to the Zilker side of the Lake
the enchanted spot where turtles sun themselves amid fish, swans, ducks, and the occasional swimming dog
the first uphill after The Magic Bridge
climb, climb, climb up to the mini railroad tracks
the home stretch that borders Zilker and provides glimpses of the Mopac bridge through the trees
aaaah… water and stretching are just seconds away