Bumming Around with Daisy 2011 travel blog

Downtown from Hike and Bike Trail

Downtown from Hike and Bike Trail

Downtown from Hike and Bike Trail

Downtown from Congress Avenue Bridge

Downtown from Congress Avenue Bridge - Building with Water Running Down

Downtown from Congress Avenue Bridge - State Capitol in Background

Rotating Bat Sculpture at Congress Avenue and Barton Springs Road

UGC (User Generated Cow) by Eric Schwartz at Texas State History Museum


This morning Nancy Riley and I went on a quest for painted cow sculptures downtown. They will be auctioned off by Jay Leno on November 13 at Austin City Limits.

Our first stop was the parking lot at the Austin American-Statesman to gain access to the hike and bike trail. That was the closest place to park to see the Batcow hanging from the South Congress Bridge. However, we didn't photograph the cow because we both found it rather disturbing. I had expected to see the Batcow standing on a platform hanging from the bridge -- not dangling from the bridge like a butchered animal!

We took a few photos of downtown Austin from the trail and then went up onto the Congress Avenue Bridge. It was built in 1910. It was designed for pedestrian, streetcar and vehicular traffic. Its barrel-arched, open-spandrel construction carried 80 tons and reflected the newest technology of the time. It was widened in 1955 and again in 1978. One of the largest bat colonies in the country lives under this bridge.

From the bridge we noticed a building across the river that had water gushing off its roof like a waterfall and another stream coming from the next-to-the-top floor. We didn't know what that was about.

We drove up Congress Avenue and found a parking space in front of Capital Metro. We decided to get Capital Metro ID cards which entitle us to 50-cent bus fare. Neither of us rides the bus much but it is often better to use the bus to go downtown because it usually is so difficult to find a place to park.

We walked quite a distance up Congress Avenue but didn't see any cow sculptures. We stopped at the Mexic-Arte Museum to ask about the cow sculptures. The lady told us that they had been taken away already. We didn't know that they would be taken away so soon; the auction is ten days off. We were disappointed.

The only other painted cow we saw was inside the Texas State History Museum, the UGC (User Generated Cow) by Eric Schwartz. It had lights on it that changed colors from blue, to green, to red and to multicolored. We had lunch at the Story of Texas Cafe at the museum.

Then we went to REI for Nancy to look for some exercise clothes. She didn't find anything she wanted so we tried Whole Earth Provision. No luck there either for her, but I found a pair of freshwater pearl earrings.

We had a good time in spite of our disappointment over the cow sculptures.

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