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User: Lloyd - 8/15/2004

Location: Ann and Roy Butler Hike & Bike Trail

Difficulty: 1star  Solitude: halfstar
Miles Hiked: 4.00 Miles  Elapsed Time: N/A

Comments: What's the deal with quiet and solitude? Way overrated IMHO. I like people and this trail's got 'em. But it's not really so much of a hiking trail as it is a "fitness" trail. I like seeing the out of shape folks (young & old) attempting to regain their former vigor. And it doesn't hurt to get a little inspiration from the beautiful people that make up about 75% of the walker/runners. But both types mix nicely here. I do wish that EVERY dog walker would pick up the 'gifts' left behind by their pets, and, let's face it, this is a 'biking' trail in name only. With so many people, serious biking is out of the question, and most true bikers know that. Besides which, the dust they stir up often ends up under my contact lens. Ouch! Generally speaking however, most of the bikers are pretty good about giving way to the peds. Mile markers every 1/4 mi on the 4 mile circle from Mopac to the S. 1st St bridge. Very handy. So, looking for a quiet hike where you can commune with nature in solitude? Not here. Want to people watch while firming up and trimming down. This is the place!

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