The bike ride from the old Emo’s location on Red River and Sixth Street downtown and the new Emo’s on East Riverside Drive is about 2.3 miles. The fastest route is to ride down Red River just past Caesar Chavez then scoot over to Rainey Street and keep going until you get to the walking trail along Lady Bird Lake. There’s a public restroom shaped like a modernist sculpture here if you need it. Next follow the gravel trail towards the I-35, weave through the parking lot beneath the 12-lane bridge, and turn up the pedestrian switchback that shoots you out along the highway feeder lane. As you ride across the bridge there’s a nice view of Lady Bird Lake to your left where you can make out the Longhorn Dam in the distance.
Read the rest of the essay at Full Stop: http://www.full-stop.net/2013/03/20/blog/ari-phillips/while-everyone-was-at-south-by-southwest-i-was-at-emos-east/