Seen at el Tour de Taco – Bike Friendly Deep Ellum
Bike Friendly Deep Ellum put on a great show yesterday. Ok, it wasn’t a show really, it was a group bike ride. The el Tour de Taco adventure began at St Pete’s Dancing Marlin whose staff was very gracious. The excitement sizzled as what must have been between 50-75 cyclists slowly began congregating on the sidewalk and garden patio of St Pete’s. Alex Perez was chosen the official bike wrench as a small line of bikes in need of some sort of repair or adjustment began to take form as Alex would fix one and then move to the next. Thanks Alex.
We left St. Pete’s for a slow ride though Fair Park and then meandered our way for a short ride down scenic Swiss Ave (nice dog park). From there was rode through One Arts Plaza and then a quick jaunt through the Arts District. Then it was off to the Lily Pad at Main St Garden as we attempted to find out why they’re closed/closing (we think it has to do with planned demolition nearby, it would be great if someone could officially inform us).
A little ways down Harwood we turned up Young St to the corner of Akard at City Hall Plaza and took Akard up (our only hill) for a quick drive by of Lee Harvey’s dog day afternoon only to end up at Overground Project Skatepark on Corinth and Ervay for a picture on their 13′ tall skateboard ramp and a bathroom break.
Onward back up Ervay towards downtown, we passed Dallas Heritage Village and headed towards Farmers Market with a quick visit to 2814 Canton; the site for the January 29th Wheels that Heal Benefit for Liberty Kat. Then it was off to half-priced tacos at LaGrange. A word about LaGrange, this might be the most bike friendly business I’ve ever seen in Dallas. While there aren’t many bike parking/locking options in the immediate area so the didn’t hesitate to encourage us to bring all of our bicycles inside the restaurant/bar and park them along the northern wall. There were almost as many bicycles inside as there were people. I think the size of the group challenged them a bit but they just rolled their sleeves up and worked through it. Cheers to the great staff (and good food) at LaGrange.
I called it a night from there but Paul tells me the after ride ride took them to Strangeways, the SingleWide and finally The Goat for the most bizarre karaoke night he’d ever seen. I’m waiting for more details about that.
In closing this was a very enjoyable day on bicycles brought to you/us by Bike Friendly Deep Ellum, and a special thanks to Paul Adams for making it all happen. And thanks again to Paul for helping me reconstruct our activities for this post.
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