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My Upcoming Roadtrip To Austin, Texas

Thu Apr 26, 2007 10:02 am

On May 2nd, I'll hit the road to make the 1200 mile drive to Austin. I'll be helping my sister move to a different house and plan to be there for a month. So far I have a side trip planned to visit FlyingTexan in Houston.

What's fun to do around AUS? Which a.netters are from AUS?
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RE: My Upcoming Roadtrip To Austin, Texas

Thu Apr 26, 2007 10:12 am

If you're a drinker, 6th St. in downtown ATX has some awesome bars and killer drink specials.
 
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RE: My Upcoming Roadtrip To Austin, Texas

Thu Apr 26, 2007 10:15 am

Quoting FutureSDPDcop (Reply 1):
If you're a drinker

Not anymore.
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RE: My Upcoming Roadtrip To Austin, Texas

Thu Apr 26, 2007 10:20 am

Ah, nevermind then. When I went to Austin, I was 21 and my buddy was a DJ for some of the bars so I spent a majority of my time downtown. I think they have Lake Travis, which is huge and great for boating/jet skiing. Also, Austin is big on music as you are probably aware of. I'm sure you could find a concert of some type happening during your stay.

I guess you could also spot at AUS.
 
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RE: My Upcoming Roadtrip To Austin, Texas

Thu Apr 26, 2007 10:24 am

Quoting FutureSDPDcop (Reply 3):
I guess you could also spot at AUS

I plan to do some railfanning, too.
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RE: My Upcoming Roadtrip To Austin, Texas

Thu Apr 26, 2007 10:28 am

Quoting AsstChiefMark (Reply 4):
I plan to do some railfanning, too.

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RE: My Upcoming Roadtrip To Austin, Texas

Thu Apr 26, 2007 10:39 am

The Bob Bullock Museum of Texas History was very cool. The LBJ Library was interesting, as well, if you're a policitcal history geek. Peep the bats at dusk next to the Radisson and roll out to Brownwood (?) for BBQ at Salt Lick.
 
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RE: My Upcoming Roadtrip To Austin, Texas

Thu Apr 26, 2007 10:57 am

Quoting AsstChiefMark (Thread starter):
What's fun to do around AUS?

Drive an hour south and hit up San Antonio. A few things to see and do there.
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RE: My Upcoming Roadtrip To Austin, Texas

Thu Apr 26, 2007 10:59 am

1. Avoid the Indian casinos coming thru OK on I-35.

2. At Denton, TX, I-35 splits into I-35E (DAL) and I-35W (FTW), and they come back together at Hillsboro, south of the Metroplex. I don't travel I-35E that far north, or I-35W at all, but you might check the TXDOT for any construction and/or delays.

3, If you opt for I-35W, don't do so on any day when there's anything going at the Texas Motor Speedway (Near Alliance Airport, north of FTW). Traffic on I-35W is a genuine NIGHTMARE when there's an event going on..

4. Watch out for the Texas DPS troopers--their radar traps can be sneaky. You'll see them on the interstate, as well as US290 that you'll be using to get to Houston. They also tend to poach on either side of smaller towns along the way, i.e. Denton, Waco, etc.

5, If you're going to do any serious driving while in Houston, take your bazooka along--many of the drivers there are certifiably nuts!

Say hello to Flying Texan for me...

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RE: My Upcoming Roadtrip To Austin, Texas

Thu Apr 26, 2007 11:11 am

I used to go to University of Texas there (albeit over 20 years ago). I'm sure 6th street is still there, and there were always a dozen or more live bands, plus lots of bars. If you like Blues, look up Antone's - a classic place. Town Lake runs right by Austin, and there are plenty of water sports to be had there, and the larger Lake Travis is just a 20-30 minute drive. As a university town, there is always plenty to do.
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RE: My Upcoming Roadtrip To Austin, Texas

Thu Apr 26, 2007 11:13 am

I've had aunts and uncles in Texas since before I was born and have been there at least a dozen times.

I've driven to Austin twice before, but never solo. It's always been with family members, so there were relief drivers. I plan to spend the first night in Emporia, KS. That's our family's traditional layover point at the end of the first day's driving. It's exactly halfway between home and Austin.

Quoting FlyDeltaJets87 (Reply 7):
Drive an hour south and hit up San Antonio. A few things to see and do there.

I love SAT. There's always a shitload of fun things there.

Quoting OPNLguy (Reply 8):
At Denton, TX, I-35 splits into I-35E (DAL) and I-35W (FTW), and they come back together at Hillsboro, south of the Metroplex. I don't travel I-35E that far north, or I-35W at all, but you might check the TXDOT for any construction and/or delays.

To hell with 35W. My dad and I have always taken 35E.

Quoting OPNLguy (Reply 8):
Watch out for the Texas DPS troopers

I don't speed, so I could care less where the troopers are.  Big grin
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RE: My Upcoming Roadtrip To Austin, Texas

Thu Apr 26, 2007 11:28 am

Quoting FutureSDPDcop (Reply 1):
If you're a drinker, 6th St. in downtown ATX has some awesome bars and killer drink specials.

Yeah if he is 21. 6th street is a waste of time.

Head to the warehouse district if you want some nice meals and a drink.

Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum is awesome.
http://www.thestoryoftexas.com/

Salt Lick bbq is amazing if you like all you can eat style and BYOB.
http://www.saltlickbbq.com/

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is nice for an afternoon visit.
http://www.wildflower.org/

LBJ Library & Museum is nice and cool in the hot Central Texas Weather to relax in.
http://www.lbjlib.utexas.edu/

The bats of Austin are amazing to see 30,000+ bats in one area.
http://www.io.com/house/bats.html

Both Barton Springs and Hamilton Pool are nice area's to relax at for the afternoon.
http://www.texasoutside.com/bartonpool.htm
http://www.texasoutside.com/hamiltonpool.htm

Also if you like to walk or hike in the evening there is Barton Creek Greenbelt.
http://www.texasoutside.com/bartongreenbelt.htm

If you enjoy music which is what ATX is known for then check out Stubbs bbq or the Backyard.
http://www.stubbsaustin.com/music.php
http://www.thebackyard.net/

Not sure if you are a food or health nut but Whole Foods Austin HQ is very cool to checkout.
http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/lamar/

Just a few of the many things to do here in Austin, TX.

Let me know if you need any other info or directions.

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RE: My Upcoming Roadtrip To Austin, Texas

Thu Apr 26, 2007 11:59 am

Quoting Cfalk (Reply 9):
Town Lake runs right by Austin, and there are plenty of water sports to be had there, and the larger Lake Travis is just a 20-30 minute drive.

My sister and her family currently live a couple of miles below the Mansfield Dam right on Lake Austin. My brother-in-law is a retired champion waterskier. Now they're moving to Lakeway on Lake Travis.
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RE: My Upcoming Roadtrip To Austin, Texas

Thu Apr 26, 2007 12:06 pm

Quoting AsstChiefMark (Reply 12):
My sister and her family currently live a couple of miles below the Mansfield Dam right on Lake Austin. My brother-in-law is a retired champion waterskier. Now they're moving to Lakeway on Lake Travis.

Hey, I'd love to meet up with you! I live probably 15 minutes at the most from Lakeway. Perhaps we could head out to AUS and catch some of our (ever so exciting  sarcastic  ) traffic!  Smile I suppose it's better than a lot of places.

As for stuff to do, the basics look like they've been covered. Perhaps a Capital tour, as well. The Bob Bullock Museum really is neat, and certainly correspond with an IMAX showing.

Let me know!

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RE: My Upcoming Roadtrip To Austin, Texas

Thu Apr 26, 2007 1:16 pm

AUS checking in!

Quoting AsstChiefMark (Reply 12):
Lakeway

Haha, Flakeway, your won't miss much there. Rocco's and Mulligans are local eateries in Lakeway if your looking for quick food. Great golfing in Lakeway also. Went to Lake Travis High School and lived in Lakeway for a some years.

Quoting BoeingFever777 (Reply 11):
The bats of Austin are amazing to see 30,000+ bats in one area.
http://www.io.com/house/bats.html

April evenings are the best time to catch the mostly all female, 1.5 million + bats!

All the above suggestions are great! We are the live music capital of the world; 8 nights a week you can catch all sorts of different shows live.

Please don't hesitate to contact for information or if you wanna grab some local grub. I know all the great places from getting pizza, to breakfast tacos, to fried pickles, and bbq.

If you wanna check out some planes, let me know.

Enjoy your time in Austin, Texas!
 
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RE: My Upcoming Roadtrip To Austin, Texas

Thu Apr 26, 2007 1:31 pm

Quoting FXramper (Reply 14):
Rocco's and Mulligans are local eateries in Lakeway

I've eaten at both places. God damned kids playing arcade games at Mulligan's really get on my nerves.
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RE: My Upcoming Roadtrip To Austin, Texas

Thu Apr 26, 2007 1:35 pm

Quoting AsstChiefMark (Reply 15):
Mulligan's

The eatery area doesn't have machines anymore, just the pool on the leftside room and the games, darts, and foosball tables on the rightside room.

Their shrimp quesadillas are famous for Austin eating!  cloudnine 
 
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RE: My Upcoming Roadtrip To Austin, Texas

Thu Apr 26, 2007 1:47 pm

Quoting FlyDeltaJets87 (Reply 7):
5, If you're going to do any serious driving while in Houston, take your bazooka along--many of the drivers there are certifiably nuts!

Your lucky if you go more than 3 MPH b/c of all the dang traffic/construction everywhere!

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RE: My Upcoming Roadtrip To Austin, Texas

Thu Apr 26, 2007 11:41 pm

Go to Austin Land&Cattle to get your steak on.

You may not drink anymore, but you have to put some unhealthy and delicious into your body every once in a while.
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RE: My Upcoming Roadtrip To Austin, Texas

Fri Apr 27, 2007 1:18 am

Quoting EasternSon (Reply 18):
but you have to put some unhealthy and delicious into your body every once in a while.

I could post a certain photo as a response, but I'd get banned for a year if I did.
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RE: My Upcoming Roadtrip To Austin, Texas

Fri Apr 27, 2007 11:01 pm

Quoting EasternSon (Reply 18):
Go to Austin Land&Cattle to get your steak on.

I think I've been there. I could cut my steak with the edge of my fork. That's why I remember it.

Quoting FXramper (Reply 16):
Their shrimp quesadillas are famous for Austin eating!

I like their chicken quesadillas. I'm not a big fan of shrimp.
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RE: My Upcoming Roadtrip To Austin, Texas

Sat Apr 28, 2007 5:33 am

I'll be driving down to AUS next weekend from FTW to visit my friends down there. I'm planning on playing a couple of the kick ass golf courses in the area that my buddy is supposed to get my on for free. As for drinking, stay away from 6th street - uber expensive. A better place to drink and party is in San Marcos, about 30 mins south. Drinks are cheaper and the parties are better, I think.

Edit: If you want good BBQ, I highly recommed Rudy's. There are two locations that I know for sure of. One is off the Southern Loop (Ben White Blvd as I knew it) about 8 miles west of I-35. The other is on I-35 just south of Round Rock. Rudy's is probably the best BBQ that I've had down here.

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RE: My Upcoming Roadtrip To Austin, Texas

Sat Apr 28, 2007 6:07 am

Quoting AsstChiefMark (Reply 20):



Quoting HPLASOps (Reply 21):
Rudy's is probably the best BBQ

best bbq

best steak
 
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RE: My Upcoming Roadtrip To Austin, Texas

Sat Apr 28, 2007 1:11 pm

Quoting HPLASOps (Reply 21):
Rudy's is probably the best BBQ that I've had down here.

Not saying much for you having bbq down here then.
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RE: My Upcoming Roadtrip To Austin, Texas

Sun Apr 29, 2007 7:23 am

Quoting AsstChiefMark (Reply 10):
I don't speed, so I could care less where the troopers are.

Oh, that's immaterial. Any license plate other than Texas and Oklahoma is plenty reason to stop you. Big grin


Actually, the Texas DPS Troopers are some of the most professional LEOs around. I'm honored to have them serving.

Rudy's is excellent BBQ. IIRC, there original is in Boerne, west of San Antone.


County Line takes a -at best- a runner up to Rudy's.
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RE: My Upcoming Roadtrip To Austin, Texas

Mon Apr 30, 2007 10:48 pm

Quoting FlyingTexan (Reply 24):
Rudy's is excellent BBQ. IIRC

It used to be.. Lately it has gone absolutely to hell.

I second the earlier vote for The Salt Lick in Driftwood.. Its in the middle of nowhere but totally worth the drive.
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RE: My Upcoming Roadtrip To Austin, Texas

Mon Apr 30, 2007 11:41 pm

I'm thinking of taking a different route for the return trip.

I'd like to drive over the NOLA and see what the city is like. Then I'd take I-55 and I-39 to Wisconsin.
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RE: My Upcoming Roadtrip To Austin, Texas

Tue May 01, 2007 3:16 am

Quoting CaptOveur (Reply 25):
Lately it has gone absolutely to hell.

Agreed.

The owners of Rudy's, Blake and Paige Brown use to live in Lakeway. They ended up moving to New Mexico to open a new restaurant. Since they left Austin, Rudy's has gone downhill.

For BBQ.

1. County Line
2. Salt Lick (Driftwood store, not the crappy one on Capital of Texas Highway)
3. Green Mesquite
4. Pokey Joe's
5. Rudy's

Hope you don't get caught in the rain.
 
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RE: My Upcoming Roadtrip To Austin, Texas

Tue May 01, 2007 3:20 am

Quoting FXramper (Reply 27):
Hope you don't get caught in the rain.

I'm going to try to take my Skywarn advanced course in Bastrop while I'm there. Seeing a good ol' Texas tornado would be the icing on the cake.
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