Funny thing happened on the way into the Governor's Mansion. While touring with Texas Women for the Arts, we were welcomed by some hulky bike riders in uniform.

They were DPS Troopers...the mounted bike patrol. Who knew?

These Troopers, and they told me they are only 13 of them in Texas, are tasked with patrol of the state Capitol grounds and the Governor's Mansion.

That part of Austin is hilly and that's a physical workout all day for these Troopers carrying an extra 70 pounds or so of gear. 

I've posted a photo of my encounter. It was just one of several new experiences in a city I used to know very well.

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