Austin to Bastrop
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MLK Street in Austin turns into 969 (a meandering country road), and this one road takes you 30 of the 32 miles or so to Bastrop from the center of Austin (MLK & Congress). After 30 miles you hit Highway 71, then ride another two miles on the shoulder of 71 to Bastrop. Bastrop has a number of motels, and you can camp in Bastrop State Park.
Though 969 is a country road, there's often a fair amount of traffic, including big trucks, and there's no shoulder. Your best bet for avoiding traffic is to ride during on a weekday during working hours (8-5) while most folks (and their vehicles) are at work, or to ride at night (after 10pm, Sunday through Thursday), lit up like a Christmas tree. I've ridden this route several times, day and night, and I've actually felt safer at night, since the vehicle traffic is dramatically reduced, and with proper lighting I feel MORE visible -- during the day it's very easy to blend in with the scenery. Just don't ride on Friday or Saturday night, when the drunks are out.
Some riders may prefer Highway 71 instead, because it has a very wide paved shoulder (see below). There's lots more traffic, of course, but they don't have to dodge you since you have your own lane, so you may feel safer.
If you choose MLK/969, here's what to expect
Has anyone any experience on these roads? I imagine there are even fewer serviced than FM 969, but perhaps very little traffic. There a few oil fields out near Texas 21 (according to this very detailed Texas map), but I don't know how much truck traffic results from it.
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