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Old 11-20-16, 08:30 PM   #51
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16th St Loop

Couldn't do a longer ride today. And according to the weather gurus rain was coming. The weather was great. Overcast, 70ish, occasionally sprinkling. Since this was a short ride I decided to take a look at some of the murals along 16th St. I can't post all the pix here. So if you want to see more check out the album.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/res1du...57674686671015

I managed to record the map today as well.

https://www.endomondo.com/users/1891...outs/837840362

I started out east on Campbell Ave. At 7th Ave I got on the Grand Canal. I continued east. Stopping between Longview and Indian School to take a pic.

[IMG]Lost & Found by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Just before I stopped to take the shot I noticed a couple of motor bikes half hidden in the oleanders not 20 ft from the elephant. There were some blankets and sheets draped carefully nearby. While I was shooting I heard some rustling but nobody came out to say hi.

At Thomas Rd I stopped at QT to use the facilities and get a bottle of tea. Then continued east on the canal path. Today I stopped just after the path crossed the 202 freeway.

[IMG]just S. of the 202 by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

From here I got on Roosevelt St and headed west. There is a bicycle lane on Roosevelt from 32nd St to 16th St. After 16th St I continued west to 10th St, where I turned north. It is a short 2 blocks from Roosevelt to I10 where there is a pedestrian bridge. I continued north to McDowell where I stopped to take some shots of the Lois Grunow Memorial Clinic.

[IMG]Lois Grunow Memorial Clinic by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]Lois Grunow Memorial Clinic - Lister by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]Lois Grunow Memorial Clinic - Pasteur by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

I was a patient there in the 70s. I remember the art work. Always liked it.

From here I went north on 10th St to Palm Ln. Then east to 16th St. Now I turned north and rode slowly along the sidewalk looking for interesting art work. This part of 16th St is known for the murals and I haven't shot even half of them over the years. I'm often dissatisfied with my shots and was hoping the overcast lighting would help. Well it was different anyway.

[IMG]El Generalito by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]The Bees Knees Boutique by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]Behind the Barrio Cafe by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Fortunately 16th St wasn't as busy as it could have been on an afternoon. I was able to cross the street several times as the mood struck me. Without causing traffic problems. Eventually I came back to the Grand Canal just south of Indian School Rd. From there I headed home.

On the way home I decided to check out a part of the Grand Canal I haven't ridden before. So I continued west on the Grand Canal past 7th Ave. It was the longer way home but it satisfied my curiosity. FYI the 23rd Ave bike lane north bound between Indian School Rd is not in good shape. Too many bumps and cracks.

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1 hr 30something min riding time.
Just over 2 hours total time.
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Westside Loop

Rode my bike to Avondale and back yesterday. Cloudy afternoon with temps in the low 50s. Wunderground predicted the wind to shift to a westerly wind. So I rode westerly. The shift never happened. The album is here.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/res1du...57674686671015

Started south on 23rd Ave. At Indian School Rd I turned west. There is a bicycle lane to I17 where it ends. I continued to 27th Ave and turned south. Stopped at the Grand Canal to take a shot.

[IMG]Grand Canal by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Instead of following the Grand Canal Trail I rode the the next street south and went over to Osborn. The reason is traffic. Afternoon traffic is too heavy to cross major streets without some kind of help, traffic lights, stop signs, etc. For the most part these are absent on the Grand Canal Trail. Hence riding west on Osborn.

At 55th Ave I turned south, then east at Earl, then south at 59th Ave. The reason for this was to stop near Thomas Rd to take a few shots.

[IMG]Street Mural by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]Street Mural by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]Street Mural by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

From here I rode west to 63rd Ave, south to Desert West Park. Cut through the park to Encanto & 67th AVe. Then west on Encanto until Encanto turns into 95th Ave. Then west again at McDowell Rd. Between the 101 freeway and 99th Ave there is no bike lane nor a sidewalk. Traffic was pretty heavy in the afternoon. So be prepared if you ride that way.

At 107th Ave I turned north. Shortly there is a sign telling you to stay right to keep on 107th Ave or left to get on Crystal Gardens Pkwy. I got onto Crystal Gardens Pkwy. The next couple or three miles was riding in a nice neighborhood with lakes. Plenty of waterfowl, geese, ducks and some I don't know. My shots were "blah".

Basically I followed various roads to Camelback & 111th Ave. North from there. About a half mile up I was able to ride over to the New River Trail. At Bethany Home Rd I hit Grand Canal again. They've improved it. A lot. Used to be you just rode on a rutty gravel Bethany Home Rd between the New River Trail and about 105th Ave. Now there is a nice concrete path. Very smooth.

[IMG]New Trail by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

From here it is an easy 12 or 13 miles home. At 83rd Ave I used the facilities at Heroes Park. Then cut north across a dirt lot to Discovery Park. Then followed Maryland to 23rd Ave. Then 23rd Ave home.

32.3 mi
1 hr 55 min riding time.
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Park of the Canals

This morning I rode to the Park of the Canals in Mesa. The temp was 40 F in my area and I overdressed, thermal undershirt, T-shirt, hoodie, windbreaker, light gloves and knit cap. If you're more interested in pix the album is here.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/res1du...57677329099796

I left home shortly before 5:30 AM and went east on Campbell. At 7th Ave I got on the Grand Canal and continued east. At 7th St I went south to Indian School Rd then east to McDs at around 9th St. I arrived around 10 to 6 and they don't open til 6 AM. So I waited a few minutes. Actually I checked out nearby Jack in the Box and they didn't open til 6 either. I prefer McDs coffee so go back and wait.

After breakfast I went east on Indian School to the Grand Canal. Then continued easterly on the Canal. Believe it or not I was still comfortable wearing 4 layers.

I turned east on Washington following a light rail train that said "Not in Service". Kinda weird since he was stopped at a station. But eventually he turned off the main rail to head to their yards.

By the time I arrived at Priest Dr the sky was lightening up pretty good. And I was warming up. So I stopped and took off the windbreaker and knit cap.

At Mill Ave I turned south. My original plan was to follow Mill south then around a corner onto Apache Blvd. But Tempe is having an Arts Festival this weekend. So I followed the detour to Ash, then south of University I cut back to Mill and back to the plan. Took the following shot on my detour.

[IMG]Not all murals are on walls by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Going east on Apache I could tell the sun was up but I was riding in the shade of the buildings on the south side. Stopped at Elm to take a couple of shots.

[IMG]Murals by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

There was a light wind out of the east that kept my speed down around 12 mph. Also kept it cold. Even though the sun came up the hoodie stayed on. At Alma School Rd I stopped at another McDs for another senior coffee. Advantage of getting old. Leaving McDs I took a shot of a nearby light rail station.

[IMG]Light Rail Station by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

East of Country Club Dr Apache becomes one lane each way. There were signs saying bikes could take the full lane. So I did. When traffic came up behind me I would move over to the right. But it was early enough there was little traffic.

At Horne I turned north. It was a couple miles north of there I got to the Park of the Canals. I stopped at the park to wonder the trails. I was a little disappointed. The trails didn't cover even half of the grounds. I thought there were some ruins at the park. But I didn't see any. There was a decent map of the ancient Hohokam canal system. And a small botanical garden.

[IMG]Golden Barrels by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Leaving the park I got on the adjacent South Canal and proceeded south. About a half mile further it connects with the Tempe Canal. Here I turned west. I followed the trail on the canal past Country Club Dr where it ended at Mesa Country Club.

[IMG]End of the trail by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

There wasn't the usual bicycle escape routes around. I had to turn around and ride a half mile back to Country Club. Then south to Rio Salado Pkwy and head west again. Rio Salado had a nice bike lane but about 1.5 mi further I saw a lot of construction going on ahead. Looking at my map I took the Tempe Canal SW to University Dr. Then west.

I had planned to cut north around Evergreen. When I looked north at Evergreen it looked like there was still construction on Rio Salado. Just as well. There was a Quik Trip just past Price where I stopped for a donut and some tea.

While munching I looked at the map again. It looked like the next street west would take me back to Rio Salado. So I took S River Dr. Google Maps calls it Rockford River Dr but the sign said S River Dr. Doesn't matter it got me there. Almost to Rio Salado I saw something and turned around to shoot.

[IMG]Bollinger Atelier by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]Bollinger Atelier by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Back on Rio Salado I continued west. North at McClintock along the west side. The Tempe Town Lake Path starts here. Across from the Tempe Marketplace. West on the lake path shooting as I went. Here are a couple of the shots. There's a few more in the album.

[IMG]Too Blue? by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]Flowers at the lake by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Instead of crossing at Mill Ave I rode to the west end of the lake. Crossed at the pedestrian bridge and went east to Lakeshore Dr. Then up the hill to Washington.

From there my ride home is the same as my ride out. Took another shot on the way.

[IMG]Shopping Cart Art by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

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3 hrs 45 min riding time
around 7 hrs total
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Happy Valley Ride

I traversed Happy Valley Rd this morning. Well most of it. From 23rd Ave to Lake Pleasant Rd. Happy Valley Rd has bike lanes over most of what I rode today. The weather was nice, 48F when I started. Warm enough to only need a T-shirt by the finish. If you're more interested in pix the album is here.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/res1du...57677329099796

And a map of the loop from 25th Ave & the Arizona Canal is here.

https://www.endomondo.com/users/1891...outs/845719330

The start of this ride is the same as my ride on Oct 30. Stopping at McDs on Northern to get some coffee. Continuing up 23rd Ave or something close with some zig zags to Happy Valley Rd. Then turning west.

Crossing I17 was a little scary. There is a round about on both sides with 2 lanes. But the actual bridge over the freeway looks like the old one from the 60s or 70s. Two narrow lanes with a 12" shoulder. Fortunately traffic was light. But I would recommend Union Hills Rd or maybe Jomax instead.

Riding west from I17 I tried to dredge up old memories. In the 70s as a teen I used to hunt and target practice in the area. It's a totally different area now. Lots of subdivisions, shopping, etc. The desert's still here. But it is all inside city limits nowadays.

At first I wasn't seeing much to shoot as these were pretty clean neighborhoods. But if you keep looking you can always find something.

[IMG]Pink Desert Globemallow by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

I know that's not the best shot of a desert globemallow. Thing is most are a red orange color. But there are a few pink, even some white ones. So I stopped. It is also too early in the day. They open up more as the day warms up. A little further I found this bush on the roadside. Don't know what it is.

[IMG]Unknown flower by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Less than a half mile west was a worn out structure. Had to walk a little to get to it.

[IMG]Not sure what this is by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

At first I thought it might be part of an old mine. But I don't think so. There is an old jeep trail or road going by it. Looks like it should support something but there's no sign of what it supported if it did. Continuing west I came to a couple of murals.

[IMG]Coalescence Mural by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]People of the Sun Mural by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]People of the Sun Mural by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

From here I continued to Lake Pleasant Rd. Where I stopped for an apple fritter and coffee. That really hit the spot. 27 mi so far.

After my break I went south on Lake Pleasant Rd. Mostly Lake Pleasant Rd has bike lanes or a shoulder wide enough. There was a spot where I got onto a paved path next to the road because the shoulder was too narrow. Between Deer Valley and Beardsley the road curves to the east. Then back to the south at 83rd Ave.

I got onto the New River Trail at Union Hills Rd. I rode the other way on this part of the trail on Oct 10. Nothing much new but I stopped from time to time to shoot stuff.

[IMG]Used Truck? by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

It is only a couple of miles from Union Hills Rd to Rio Vista Community Park. I crossed the river, took a break, then headed north on the east side following Skunk Creek to the Arizona Canal.

But at 75th Ave I decided to explore the south side. That meant crossing 75th Ave instead of going under. About a third of a mile SE I come to what I'm looking for.

[IMG]Overflow channel? by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]Where the Arizona Canal splits by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

I've seen these on Google Earth before and wondered about them. This is where most of the water is diverted and the canal splits from the flood channel. But that's still a lot of water. Where does it go? There is a small produce farm to the west, and a school. But I don't think they can use that much water. No sabe.

Well from here I managed to get back to the main trail on the N side of the flood channel. Then followed the Arizona Canal Trail towards home. I did stop at a burger joint on Bethany Home for lunch.

52.3 mi
3 hrs 54 min riding time
Almost 7 hrs total time. But that included breakfast, 2 convenience stores, donut stop, several stops for photos and other business and lunch. My legs were pretty tired and my rear end hurt. Part of me is thinking about a century before the hot season starts around April. But I suspect I will have to just knuckle down and suffer if I really want to do it.
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Afternoon Ride

Went for a ride yesterday afternoon, 12/27/2016. Temps were in the high 60s to low 70s. Rode thru Dreamy Draw to 36th St, then north following trails along the 51 freeway to Union Hills Rd. Then home following Union Hills and around 23rd Ave. If you're more interested in pix the album is here.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/res1du...57677329099796

Started out north on 23rd Ave around 1:30 PM. Then east on Citrus Way, north on 21st Ave, east on Maryland Ave. I continued east on Maryland until I got to the 51. Staying on the west side of 51 I followed a path/sidewalk north towards the Arizona Canal. Found this rest stop just before getting to the Canal path.

[IMG]Teapot Rest Area by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Using the Arizona Canal Trail I went northwest under Glendale Ave. Then turned north on 16th St to Myrtle Ave. Then east to Dreamy Draw Dr where I turned north again. Follow Dreamy Draw Dr until it makes a sharp left. There is a trail leading to a pedestrian bridge there. Get on it.

This is the beginning of the Dreamy Draw Bikeway. Continue on the bikeway until you get to 32nd St. Cross 32nd St and continue east on Mountain View Rd to 36th St. Turn north and continue to Sweetwater Ave. On the NW corner is the Shadow Mountain Senior Center. Get on the sidewalk just to the left of the center and continue in a northwesterly direction. The sidewalk quickly widens into a MUP following Indian Bend Wash. Just north of there I stopped at Indian Bend Wash Park.

[IMG]Phoenix Indian Bend Wash Park by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Just a little north of there the path crosses Thunderbird.

[IMG]Under Thunderbird Rd by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Had to stay to the right under there. Even then the mud was a couple of inches deep. Next you cross under the 51 freeway and come out by the Venturoso Park. The path splits here, stay on the path following the freeway. At Nisbet Rd almost to Greenway there is a pedestrian bridge crossing the 51. I climbed up there but didn't cross. At Greenway the path goes over a bridge to the other side.

About a half mile north I passed a place called the Boojum Tree. It looked interesting but I couldn't see the boojum tree. Assuming there is one. Turns out the place is for events. Their website seems to cater to weddings.

Another block and I came to Paradise ln. If you want to continue on the path you have to cross the freeway here. The bridge pattern was different. I liked it enough to try several shots.

[IMG]Crossing the 51 by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Now on the east side continue north. Crossing Bell Rd on another bridge. There was a big homeless camp, several tents and what not hidden in a corner just north of Bell. A little further I came to Paradise Valley Park. Stopped here to shoot this tree.

[IMG]Unknown Tree by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Here's a shot of the red berries.

[IMG]The Berries by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Another half mile up I came to Union Hills Rd.

[IMG]Over Union Hills Rd by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Cross the bridge, make a U-turn, back track to Union Hills Rd, turn right onto the road. There is a pretty good bike path on Union Hills Rd. I followed this west to 19th Ave where I took a break.

[IMG]Break Time by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

It may seem weird to drink hot coffee when the temp is almost 70F. But I'm used to hotter weather. Even tho I'm sweating it is nice and cool to me. Plus coffee and donut make a good combo.

A quarter mile west at 21st Ave I turn south. Following 21st to Bell Rd. Then another block west to 23rd Ave crossing at the light. South again to Grandview Rd. The road dead ends here. But there is a narrow sidewalk that continues south to Paradise ln where you can get on 23rd Ave again. The next shot is looking back from Paradise ln at the shortcut.

[IMG]shortcut by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

From here follow 23rd Ave south. Past Greenway it turns into 26th Ave then 24th Dr at Thunderbird. There I swung east on the sidewalk to the Cave Creek Trail. From here it is 8 mi home. It is after 4 PM and traffic is heavier but not too bad.

The only incident worth mentioning was another rider on the Cave Creek Trail. He kept looking back at me talking loudly all the while. My mistake. I thought he had seen me. When I started to slowly pass him on his left he swerved left.

I immediately stopped passing and he saw me at the same time. He said some words to which my response was "Sorry, I thought you saw me."

He was right though. I should have said something out loud before attempting to pass him.

All in all a fun ride.

34.5 mi
2 hrs 28 min riding time
3 hrs and about 30 min total time
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Thanks for your photo diaries. I'll be arriving in PHX this weekend and an looking forward to re-riding many of your photo sites!
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Thanks for your photo diaries. I'll be arriving in PHX this weekend and an looking forward to re-riding many of your photo sites!
Thanks. The weather is great this time of year. Tho they are predicting a little rain this weekend. Have fun.
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Another Westside Loop

Yesterday 1/1/2017 I went for a ride. If you're more interested in the pix the album is here.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/res1du...57674918985513

Started north on 23rd Ave. Rode to Maryland and turned west. Shortly you come to a pedestrian bridge over I17.

[IMG]Crossing I17 by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

From here I continued west. At 47th Ave there is a park that is part of the flood control for the area. Normally it is a grassy park. Yesterday it was a small pond. Probably not more than 2 ft deep. Deep enough for some ducks. I shared a little bread with them to get them closer for the camera.

[IMG]and more ducks by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

After playing with the ducks I continued west on Maryland. Instead of an intersection at Grand Ave, Maryland goes over. I stopped to shoot some pix but I don't like them. I continued west to 71st Ave where I turned south. Between Camelback and Indian School you cross the Grand Canal.

[IMG]Crossing the Grand Canal by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

From here I continued south to Encanto. At Encanto I headed east. Somewhere along Encanto a medium dog came out to chase me for half a block. He wasn't too aggressive. I only had to yell once when he got too close.

At 31st Ave I turned north. 31st Ave and Encanto is a weird intersection. The industrial area between Virginia and Encanto, 31st Ave & 35th Ave used to be a farm. Just east of the farm was undeveloped land with a huge quarry pit being used as an unofficial dump. For whatever reason when they developed the area they didn't connect the two sides. So if you're driving south on 31st Ave you find yourself going east on Encanto. In my case I'm riding east on Encanto which turns south into 31st Ave. But there is a small sidewalk connecting the two sides. Which I used to get across.

I followed 31st Ave all the way north to the Grand Canal. Just after Osborn and before getting to the canal a small dog decided to chase me. This dog wasn't very intelligent. Ran right in front of my tires twice almost getting run over. But he didn't seem worth stopping to chase home so I kept going until he got tired and stopped. I did stop along the Grand Canal for one more pic.

[IMG]Abandoned Shop by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

After that it is up 27th to Indian School to 23rd Ave then home.

20.4 mi
93 min riding time
around 2 hrs total time including playing with the ducks and various stops for pix etc.
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Sonoran Desert Drive

I wanted to do a longer ride this morning. My basic plan was to ride north along 23rd and 19th Aves to Dove Valley Parkway which turns into the Sonoran Desert Drive further east. Proceed to Cave Creek Rd and head home. However the wind direction made me decide to go up Cave Creek, west on the Sonoran Desert Dr, then home via 19th to 23rd Aves. If you are more interested in pix the album is here.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/res1du...57674918985513

I rode East on Campbell Ave to 15th Ave and turned north. Stayed on 15th all the way to the Arizona Canal. Then east to 7th Ave, north to Hatcher and east to Cave Creek Rd. At Cave Creek I headed NE and settled in for a long shallow climb. That's the reason the original plan was to go the other way. Just past the 101 I stopped for brunch.

[IMG]mmmmm good by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

After eating I continued up Cave Creek. Stopping at Cave Butte Dam for a couple of shots.

[IMG]Stopped at the Cave Buttes Dam by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]Need a hat? by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Shortly I come to the Sonoran Desert Dr and turn west. I've never been on this road before so it was interesting. The desert on both sides of the road is pristine. Saguaros, chollas, mesquites and palo verdi abound. Because of the recent rains everything looks nice and green, especially the roadside plants.

[IMG]The Saguaro by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]Cholla Thicket by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

One thing that puzzles me is sidewalks going nowhere alongside the road. When I crossed a wash there would be a sidewalk going down to the wash and ending. I stopped to look.

[IMG]Had to look by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Okay. I understand the large culvert. Both for flood waters and wildlife to safely cross the road. But why the sidewalks?

Anyway I continued to North Valley Parkway and turned south. A couple of sections of the parkway were closed. One section for construction and the other for flooding I think. But I noticed other cyclists continuing on the road so I followed them. North Valley Parkway turns into 19th Ave. I stopped at Deer Valley Rd for lunch. I made sure I locked my bike up better after losing my 3700 a few weeks ago.

[IMG]How to lock your bike by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

I'm so paranoid I made sure I sat where I could see the bike the whole lunch. After lunch I followed 19th south to just past the 101. I turned into the neighborhood and followed various streets south from there. After Union Hills Rd this is basically similar to my ride home last week. Except Cave Creek had water in it.

[IMG]Cave Creek by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]Cave Creek meets the Arizona Canal by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Stats
50.1 mi
3 hrs 42 min riding time
about 5 1/2 hrs total time
My left achilles tendon was hurting again the last few miles. It is still stiff as I write. Yes I did stretch. Gonna have to ride slower and maybe less miles. Stretch more? Don't want to have to see the Doc.
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Roosevelt Loop

Did a short loop yesterday. My plan was to ride to Roosevelt & 31st Ave then west to 63rd Ave, then north to Maryland and back home. It didn't quite work out. But I had a good time anyway. The album is here.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/res1du...57674918985513

The map is here.

https://www.endomondo.com/users/1891...outs/859294042

Started out on 23rd Ave south from Campbell Ave. Turned west at Indian School Rd. Then south at 27th Ave. I stopped at the Grand Canal to take a pic of my new bike.

[IMG]just W. of 27th Ave by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

This is a Trek Marlin 5. It is a 29er. I have been surprised at how easy it is to ride. I left the tire pressure at 40 psi. That seems to be making it smoother than my old 3700 mountain bike. Certainly smoother on the bumps than my hybrid.

From here I rode to the west side of that abandoned works and turned south. At Osborn I rode to Grand Ave, then to 31st Ave. At 31st Ave I rode south to Roosevelt St. Shooting this pic as I crossed I10.

[IMG]Crossing I10 by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

I did have a minor incident while shooting this pic. A woman riding north with a dog on a leash yelled at me for taking a pic of her. Since she didn't stop I just yelled TRAFFIC to let her know I wasn't shooting her. Then left after taking a couple of pix.

Roosevelt is just a couple of blocks south. Turned west there. At 35th Ave is my old High School, Carl Hayden. It sure looks different. The neighborhood looks mostly the same. West of 51st Ave was a harvested cotton field that allowed me to see the tank farm.

[IMG]Tank Farm by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

That tank farm has been there since I can remember. At the west side of the cotton field I stopped to shoot a couple more pix.

[IMG]Irrigation Ditch by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]The picker missed thisone. by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Continuing west I soon come to 63rd Ave. Turning north I ride across a dirt lot to a bridge over I10.

[IMG]63rd Ave just S. of I10 by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

There are tracks bike and foot leading right up to the bridge. I guess I could push my bike thru the hole in the fence but decide not to. Instead I go back to Roosevelt then west to 67th Ave and turn north. At the first street north of McDowell Rd I turn east and work thru the neighborhood to 63rd Ave and continue north. When I get to Osborn I realize 63rd doesn't cross the Grand Canal either. At this point I decide to head home along Osborn.
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McCormick Stillman Railroad Park

I rode to McCormick Stillman Railroad Park in Scottsdale this morning. The album is here.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/res1du...57674918985513

It was about 50 F when I left home around 7:15. I started east on Campbell. At 7th Ave I got on the Grand Canal Path. Following that to 12th St where I got back on Campbell and rode to the 51. On the bridge I took a shot of my bike.

[IMG]Crossing the 51 by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

From here I continued east to 44th St. At every stop my glasses fog up. I should have checked the humidity as well as the temp and wind. But that's life.

Normally you should take the Arizona Canal from here to 64th St. But I wanted to check out something different. So I rode up to Lafayette Blvd a little north of the canal. The houses along Lafayette are more mansions than houses. Very swanky neighborhood. Riding along Lafayette you can see clouds around the top of Camelback Mountain.

[IMG]Camelback Mountain by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

This is pretty cool. The clouds don't get this low normally. Going north on 64th St I pass the tail of Camelback Mountain. At McDonald Dr I turn east again. Then north again at 68th St to Indian Bend Rd. At Indian Bend I turn east and ride to Scottsdale Rd. The park is on the SE corner of Scottsdale and Indian Bend Rds.

I got there around 8:40. Way too early. Nothing opens up until 10:00. So I wonder around taking shots. Maybe I'll come back some day.

[IMG]Engine by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]Kiddie RR? by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

While I was in the park the clouds have thinned out a little. The sun is starting to peek out. Instead of heading directly home I ride east along Indian Bend Rd to Indian Bend Wash. To shoot these.

[IMG]Steel Horses by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]Steel Horse by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Then I head west stopping at Scottsdale Rd to take a shot of this fountain.

[IMG]Fountain by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

I reverse my ride to McDonald Dr and head west. This time along the north side of Camelback Mountain.

[IMG]Camelback Mountain by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Right past the Camel's "head" McDonald makes a jog. I stayed on McDonald Dr and continue to 40th St. Then south to Stanford Dr. Then west to 32nd St. Just before 32nd St I can get on the Arizona Canal Path so I do. At 32nd St there is a water gate. It was gathering quite a collection of junk.

[IMG]Feeling like something's watching you? by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

That's all floating on the water. I follow the Arizona Canal to Maryland and turn west. Instead of going under the 51 I follow the bike lane south to Bethany Home Road and ride to 16th St where I stop for coffee and a donut. Then work my way to 12th St and ride south to the Grand Canal. From here I head home. Stopping near 3rd Ave to take this shot.

[IMG]Sunken Treasure. by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

32.3 mi
2 hrs 31 min riding time
About 3 1/2 hrs real time.

So far the new bike is working out. No problems with fit yet. But today is the longest ride. Out of about 140 mi total on the bike.
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Telegraph Pass in South Mountain Park

[IMG]Telegraph Pass by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Rode to South Mountain Park this morning. Today is "Silent Sunday". Every 4th Sunday they close a large part of the park to motorized vehicles. Letting hikers, walkers, joggers and cyclists have a field day. I am still getting used to my 29er. No problems today. For those interested in pix the album is here.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/res1du...57674918985513

the map is here

https://www.endomondo.com/users/1891...outs/862281659

Starting out around 7:30 AM I got on Campbell Ave east from 23rd Ave. I missed the light at 19th Ave and turned right rather than wait another traffic cycle. That's the advantage of early Sunday morn. Then left at Roma to 15th Ave, then south. At Grand Ave I turned SE and rode to 7th Ave. There I worked my way thru downtown to 1st Ave south of the RR tracks. 1st Ave merges with Central not long after. Then it is straight south to South Mountain Park.

I'm not sure why I didn't take many pix on my way south this morning. Nothing really caught my eye. Usually I see stuff and think "what if?" This morning I rode all the way to the ranger station where there is a public restroom before stopping.

[IMG]Ranger Station by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

At about 13.6 mi on Endomondo you come to a three way intersection.

[IMG]Interesection by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

At this point I wasn't sure what I wanted to do. Starting out I had no intention of climbing the hill. Especially after having a tight achilles tendon last week. Also it was chilly and the wind was blowing against the ride up. Also I make up a lot of excuses. I decided to ride up 1 mile then turn around and see how the bike performed going downhill.

After going 1 mile it looked like I was close to Telegraph Pass. Telegraph Pass is the saddle between the east and west ranges of South Mountain. According to the trail marker it is 2008 ft elevation. From there you can see to the south of South Mountain. I decided to ride to the pass.

[IMG]Telegraph Pass by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

One thing to note. This bike is slower than my old 3700. When I climbed partway up this slope a few months ago on the 3700 I crawled up in a low slow gear at 6 or 7 mph. On the Marlin I crawled up in my lowest gear at 5-6 mph. Only two people passed me. But that was because they were the only two going up at the time.

From up here I could see Firebird Lake, Ahwatukee and the Gila River Indian Reservation. I shot some pix but I was shooting into the sun. They looked like you would expect.

After shooting the pix I turned back down the hill. The Marlin performed well on the down slope. Being chicken I didn't let myself get over 25 mph. The brakes were good. The road bikes were doing 30+. I think. Here are a couple of shots taken on the way down.

[IMG]Going back downhill. by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]Lookout on the roadside by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Almost to the ranger station I turned off on a small road that led to "Little Ramada" and "Big Ramada".

[IMG]The Big Ramada by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Mainly I was curious because you could hear the police firing range. I wondered if you could see it from one of these ramadas. You can from the one in the background of the pic.

After this I reversed my route heading from home. Taking a detour to stop for a donut and coffee. At the donut shop I stopped the Endomondo.

32.8 mi
2 hrs 41 min riding time
About 3 hrs real time

No physical problems at all this morning. Amazing! Maybe next time I come here I will ride to the top of the mountain. My confidence is getting better. My bike can certainly handle it.
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Freestone Park in Bilbert

Rode to Gilbert this morning. Wanted to ride part of the Consolidated Canal. So I rode to Freestone Park via Guadalupe Rd. For those more interested in the pix the album is here.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/res1du...57674918985513

Started out riding east on Campbell Ave. It was 38 F when I left. Got on the Grand Canal at 7th Ave. At 7th St I banged my knuckles on a metal gate. It is there to keep cars from driving up the path. The way between the swinging gate and metal poles is less than 3 ft. Plenty of room. I have ridden it many times. This morning I hit the gate with my left (front) brake lever. It banged my knuckles. That smarts! Only bruised tho.

I followed the Grand Canal to Osborn Rd. Got on Osborn and went east to 24th St. Then had breakfast at McDs. I picked this particular McDs because their bike parking is close to the window seats. And I sat in the window seat where I could watch people and my bike.

After breakfast I rode south on 24th St to the Grand Canal. Then turned east again. Remembered to turn on Endomondo when I got on the canal. The map is here.

https://www.endomondo.com/users/1891...outs/865491473

As I get on the canal there is a faint glow in the east. It is still pretty dark. Some of the cracks in the pavement have gotten wider. If you ride this path you need to watch for them. In places they are a foot across.

At Washington St I turn off the canal to follow Washington east. I followed Washington to Mill Ave in Tempe and turn south. I follow Mill to Apache and swing east again. Then follow Apache Blvd to McClintock Dr. And turn south.

Google maps and my Metro Bike Map show discontinuities in the bike lane along McClintock. But the lane stayed with me all the way to Guadalupe Rd where I turned east again. I followed Guadalupe 8 mi east to Lindsay Rd. Stopping at an independent donut shop at Alma School Rd. Mmmm Donuts!

At Lindsay Rd I turned south. Freestone Park is about 1/4 mi south of Guadalupe. When I got to the park I turned Endomondo off because I planned on just walking around to shoot. Here are some of the shots.

[IMG]Resting the bike by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]Freestone Park by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

There is a kiddie RR here. But it was closed.

[IMG]Riding the Rails by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

After about a half hour I left to find the Consolidated Canal. About a quarter mile from the park I stared Endomondo again. That map is here.

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There's not as much interesting stuff to shoot along the Consolidated. The usual gates, bridges, etc. A few people walking their dogs and even fewer cyclists. A few miles north and I came to University Dr.

[IMG]University Dr by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

I followed University west from here. All the way to Mill Ave. If you look at the map I did make a pit stop at a fast food joint to use the facilities. Was going to buy a small coffee there as a courtesy but after using the facilities couldn't get the cashier's attention. That's alright. Saved a buck. I did stop along ASU to shoot this pedestrian bridge.

[IMG]Bridge over University Dr by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

That bridge is not wheelchair friendly. Not even bike friendly. Although I could see where students have ridden over it. Not me. I pushed my bike to the top and took some shots. But they turned out kind of blah.

At Mill Ave I am basically reversing my path out. Washington west to the Grand Canal. Then NW. There was some interesting stuff in the Grand Canal.

[IMG]Terns by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]Detritus by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]Under the 202 by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

If you wonder why I shoot shopping carts so much, part of it is trying to make an interesting shot of the carts. Part of it is because they are there. Every where I go around town there are abandoned shopping carts in various states of discombobulation. So I shoot them.

On my way home I stopped at Carl's Jr at 24th St and Thomas for lunch. I turned off Endomondo there. My ride the rest of the way home is fairly uneventful.

Stats
54.6 mi
4 hrs 2 min riding time
Definitely slow today. No serious problems physically today. The Marlin 5 has me stretched out more than the 3700. Felt that in my lower back towards the end. Also my seat started to chafe near the end. Figured out my undies were bunching up. Tried to straighten them out as best as possible. That seemed to help.
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Tempe Town Lake

Rode to Tempe Town Lake this morning. The ride out followed the Grand Canal. I came back thru downtown Phoenix. Starting out the temp was 48 F but warmed up quickly with the sun. If you are more interested in the pix the album is here.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/res1du...57679902440156

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Started out a couple of minutes after 7:00 AM east on Campbell Ave. Got on the Grand Canal at 7th Ave. Stopped near 12th St to shoot a few pix.

[IMG]Kidz will be Kidz? by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

The above reminds me of my childhood. I can remember setting up weird settings for different reasons as a kid. Not in the canals but in alleys and empty dirt lots. I suppose it is possible an adult set the table there. Not likely.

As usual the Grand Canal is quiet early Sunday mornings. There were a few people walking their dogs, a couple of joggers. The Canal itself varied in depth. At times it appeared 2 to 3 ft, in other places it was only a couple of inches deep. There was a Port-O-John at Thomas Rd. Maybe the canal was being used for an athletic event? IDK.

The easy way to get to Tempe Town Lake is to get on Washington from the Canal. Since I was coming back via Washington I stayed on the canal path this morning. After 44th St it is hard pan and gravel. The Marlin's 29 in tires ate it up smoothly. I stopped near an irrigation gate for a pic.

[IMG]Grand Canal east of the Airport by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

I am trying out a bag instead of the tube to hold my U-lock. The cable lock went in there too. I was in Goodwill yesterday saw the bag and wondered, "Maybe this would work as a small pannier?" It performed well. I need to remove the PVC tube and fasten it down better.

Just a little further under Priest Dr there is a sign that implied you could travel from Priest east along the Grand Canal. I wasn't sure so I went up 56th St to Washington and rode east on Washington. On Washington half a block east of Priest the construction site to the south wasn't fenced off. I rode in. It is almost complete. I think I could have ridden in from Priest. Next time. I was able to ride east from here on the canal path. There were several pretty bridges over the canal along here.

[IMG]Grand Canal east of Priest by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

From here it was a short trip to Tempe Town Lake.

[IMG]Tempe Town Lake by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

After wondering around the north side of the lake I hopped on my bike to ride around the lake. It made a weird popping noise. When I stopped to look this is what I saw.

[IMG]Well this is a fine mess by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Somehow it got tangled up on both sides of the wheel. In the derailleur and the disk brake mechanism. Took a few minutes and my blade to clear it.

Continuing I rode around the west side of the lake got on Mill Ave and crossed the lake again. Then west on Washington. Washington has a bike lane all the way to 7th St. At 24th St the bike lane shifts to the left side of the light rail. At this point the traffic signals are specific to the left side and right side of the rail. It is a little weird. Here is a shot of the lights at 18th St.

[IMG]Cruising Washington by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

At 5th St I saw some interesting statues on the walk.

[IMG]Weird but cool by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]Centipede with shoes by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]Are they playing? by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

From downtown Phoenix I rode to 15th Ave and rode north. At Encanto I turned west and worked my way to the donut shop near 23rd Ave and Thomas Rd.

Stats
28.8 mi
2 hrs 14 min riding time.
3 hrs 30 min total time.
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Adobe Dam Regional Park

Rode to Adobe Dam Regional Park this morning. I waited until a little after 8 because it was sprinkling earlier. Temps were in the 60s F with a light NW breeze the whole morning. If you're more interested in the pix the album is here.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/res1du...57679902440156

Mapped part of the ride. The map is here.

https://www.endomondo.com/users/1891...outs/871852364

When I started out the streets were still damp from the sprinkling. I rode north on 23rd Ave. At Mission Ln north of Dunlap I circled thru the neighborhood to the Arizona Canal then onto the Cave Creek Wash Trail. It is only a couple of miles from there to the pedestrian bridge over the creek near Sweetwater Ave.

[IMG]Cave Creek Wash Trail by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

I continued riding north on the east side of the creek today. Several flowers were blooming and I stopped to shoot some Desert Globemallows. Somehow between me and the camera we managed to get a lot of bad photos. Well, it was windy.

At Thunderbird you have to get on 26th Ave to continue north on 23rd Ave. Further north you can work your way back east to 23rd again. North of Greenway Rd at Paradise Ln the road ends. But there is a sidewalk that takes you north to continue the ride on 23rd Ave. The ground cover was blooming this morning. I have no idea what it is.

[IMG]Small Blue Flowers by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

A half mile up I stop to shoot Burger Mania's store front.

[IMG]Cool Sign by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

It looks like a converted Wendy's. I've never been in there. Maybe someday.

From here you need to go east to 21st Ave and turn north. At Union Hills Rd I turn west. Then north again at 35th Ave. After the 101 I see a big berm rising maybe 30 ft above the desert floor and wonder what it is. It was Adobe Dam.

[IMG]Adobe Dam by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

From here I had a pretty good view of the park. It looks like a flat shallow bowl. Some low hills to the left keep flood waters in check on that side. The dam goes all the way to the hills.

I continue riding north to Pinnacle Peak Rd where I stopped at a convenience store to get something to drink. Didn't buy it though. The bike was parked and locked where I couldn't see it. The guy in front of me was exchanging lottery tickets. It was taking too long. And even tho there were more employees none of them wanted to run the cash register even though the line was getting long. After 5 min I gave up and left.

The park itself was anticlimactic today. The main park entrance is at 43rd Ave. I rode into the park and wondered around. There is a lot of different parks here. Wet and Wild Phoenix, Adobe Mountain Museum/Desert Railroad, a model pilot place, an ultralight aircraft place, a Go-Kart Raceway, and a sports complex. The only action was at the sports complex and Go-Kart raceway.

I looked for an alternate way out of the park. But it is one way in one way out, 43rd Ave. Everything else was fenced off and marked No Trespassing.

So back to Pinnacle Peak Rd I go turning west. At 55th Ave Pinnacle Peak Rd turns into 59th Ave and turns SW climbing to a saddle with a pedestrian bridge.

[IMG]The other side of the bridge by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Then down the other side. At Deer Valley Rd I turn west again. Then left at Arrowhead Loop Rd intending to turn south at 63rd Ave. I missed it. But I did get a nice shot of an unknown bush.

[IMG]Nice ground cover by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

After backtracking a half mi I turned south to the 101 where there is a pedestrian bridge. This is the bridge with all the locks. There were some new ones. Well, new to me.

[IMG]Lock by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

From here I continued south on 63rd Ave. About a half mi south there is a confusing, to me, intersection. The road curves to the west and becomes Utopia Rd. If you want to stay on 63rd Ave turn left, east, and continue. Have no fear 63rd swings back south and takes you to Union Hills Rd. At Union Hills Rd I rode east to 59th Ave and stopped for a burger at a Sonic. I paused Endomondo and forgot to restart it after. Oops!

From there I rode back north a little to get on the Skunk Creek Trail. Then turned west. Skunk Creek empties into New River but the trail turns south before that and takes you to the Arizona Canal, near 75th Ave. Here I turned easterly. Now for the rest of the ride the NW wind is behind me. I made pretty good time stopping only occasionally for pix.

[IMG]near the water treatment plant by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

I finished the bottle of tea I started with here. But it is less than 6 mi home and it is not hot.

Stats:
43.5 mi
3 hrs 18 min riding time
about 4.5 hrs total time including lunch
No major physical problems today
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Loop to the North

Went for a loop this morning. Rode west on Maryland to 47th Ave, north to Sweetwater, east to 31st Ave. Then north to Greenway, then east again. At 19th Ave I got on the Cave Creek Wash Path, then the Cave Creek Tributary Trail, (name from the Rails to Trails website). At Cave Creek Rd I turned back towards home. The album is here.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/res1du...57679902440156

The map is here.

https://www.endomondo.com/users/1891...outs/875667603

I started out a little after 7 AM riding north on 23rd Ave. At Bethany Home Rd I turned the mapping on. At Maryland Ave I turned west. The sun was just lighting the pedestrian bridge when I got there.

[IMG]Crossing I17 by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Going west from here I meant to turn north at 47th Ave. Instead I turned at 45th Ave. No big deal, just cut over a couple of blocks up. Almost to Glendale Ave I saw an old abandoned factory to the west. I've always meant to try to shoot it but never remember when the lighting is good. Well it was good this morning. So I took a short detour.

[IMG]Old Beet Factory by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Apparently it started out as a sugar beet processing factory. Later it became a bottling factory. It's been abandoned as long as I can remember being here in the valley. Since '66.

From here I worked my way north and west until I got back to 47th Ave. Then continued north. Crossing the Arizona Canal when I got to it.

[IMG]Crossing the Arizona Canal by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

It's been raining here. There was water in the flood channel. Even the bridge has an inch of water on it as you can see. I'm hoping with all this rain we will get a good wildflower season this spring. We'll see.

Anyway north on 47th Ave to Sweetwater Ave. Then east. At 31st Ave I turned north and proceeded to Greenway Rd. It's not a straight shot but follow the Bike Route signs and you should get there. Then east to 19th Ave, south to the Cave Creek wash Trail. Then east. Just a little ways east the trail splits. I took the right hand trail which follows a tributary of Cave Creek. There isn't a constant flow but trickles here and there.

[IMG]Tributary of Cave Creek by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]Cave Creek Tributary by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Still it's nice to see water here in the valley. The tributary trail had plenty of senior citizens walking their dogs. Their were no problems but this isn't a place to speed on the bike. The trail is too narrow. And the dogs get nervous sometimes. At 7th St I stopped to shoot this.

[IMG]Lost Camp by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Is the owner coming back? Or did he/she abandon their gear? Continuing on at Cave Creek Rd I turned south and headed for Nisbet Rd. I decided to "dive" into the neighborhood and work my way there. Eventually I came out at Acoma and 32nd St where I turned south. Stopping at Cactus Rd for coffee and a pastry. This elephant intrigued me. No other reason for the shot.

[IMG]The Elephant by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Just south of Shea 32nd St crosses the 51 freeway. The two rightmost lanes are dedicated to the 51. And the 3rd didn't look very inviting to bicycles. Just as I was getting ready to cross the 2 lanes I saw a sign that said "Bike Route to SR51 Crossing. Whew! I meandered thru the neighborhood but did take me to the pedestrian bridge across from the Dreamy Draw Trail.

[IMG]Lot of 180s by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

I thought it was going to be hard to make all those u-turns. But with the bike in the lowest gear I found the turns were plenty wide.

From here I took the Dreamy Draw Trail southish coming out of the park at Dreamy Draw Dr. Then followed that to Glendale where I got on the Arizona Canal Trail.

[IMG]Arizona Canal by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

I rode up to that bridge, crossed and came back the other side to go under Glendale. At the next opportunity I got off the Arizona Canal on the west side and worked my way to Maryland Ave. Then west to 21st Ave, south to Citrus Way, then west. In front of the Adult Center I saw this tree loaded with white flowers. Very pretty.

[IMG]Is it Spring? by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Wonder what it is? The photo doesn't do it justice.

From here it is a short ride to Bethany Home Rd and 23rd Ave. I had a burger near there and turned off the mapping.

Stats:
38.0 mi
2 hrs 58 min riding time
Total time around 5 hrs
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The Grand Canal

My plan was to ride the Grand Canal from beginning to end. I was going to record the ride on Endomondo so it was mapped. But I hit stop instead of pause, forgot to unpause, etc. The net result was a couple of segments rather than the whole thing. I figured this out half way thru. Continuing the ride I intended to ride to where the canal empties into New River. But there was construction going on west of 99th Ave. Que sera. Some other day.

For those interested in pix the album is here.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/res1du...57679902440156

When I left the house around 5:20 A.M. this morning the temp was 50ish F. Rode east on Campbell to 7th where I got on the Grand Canal Trail. At Osborn I rode east to 24th St. I had breakfast at McDs there. From McDs I rode east to 28th St, then south back to the Grand Canal. Be careful if you do this in the dark. There was a small ditch between the end of 28th St and the canal. From there I went easterly on the canal to Washington. Then east to Tempe Town Lake.

After fooling around the lake a few minutes I rode back up to the beginning of the Grand Canal Trail.

[IMG]The beginning of the Grand Canal Trail by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

I started out OK. Wrote down the mileage on my bike computer, started Endomondo, etc. There was a light breeze out of the east. Stopped to take pix when the mood struck.

[IMG]Conveyor Co. by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]Grass or Weed? by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

At Thomas I detoured to the donut shop for coffee and a fritter.

[IMG]Mmmmmm by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

This was the perfect morning to sit outside sipping coffee and eating something sweet. After my break I continued. The sun was coming out from behind the clouds.

[IMG]Central Ave by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Normally at 7th Ave I would get on Campbell to continue west. As a matter of fact if you are planning on riding west that is my advice. But I wanted to ride the whole canal. So onwards. At I17 you must detour. I rode north to Indian School, crossed I17, then back south to the canal. Then west again. As usual there is interesting flotsam in the canal.

[IMG]Flotsam in the canal by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

At 67th Ave I got on the Bethany Outflow Channel Trail. Coming up on 75th Ave there was a burned out car in the bottom of the flood channel. Crossing 75th & Camelback I get on the Grand Canal Linear Park and continue. There was a small closed section where I had to ride on the canal path but no problems. This dead agave intrigued me.

[IMG]Dead Agave by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

After crossing the 101 I came to 99th Ave. There was construction going on the canal west of 99th Ave. Lots of trucks on the trail. Decided this was a good place to turn around.

[IMG]Construction on the Grand Canal by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

On the way back I stopped to shoot some dandelions.

[IMG]Dandelions by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]Dandelions by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

After shooting the dandelions I noticed the wind was out of the west. So yeah, tailwind both ways! At 83rd Ave I got off the Grand Canal Trail and worked my way over to Maryland. From there it is a straight shot to 23rd Ave where I head for home. Stopped at a burger joint at Bethany Home Rd.

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3 hrs 48 min riding time
a little more than 6 hrs total time.
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Balloon Festival

Rode my bike to a balloon festival this morning. Didn't actually go in. Watched them take off from across the street. If you are more interested in the pix the album is here.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/res1du...57679427086720

Started out about 5:20 this morning south on 23rd Ave. Turned west at Indian School Rd and went to McDs at about 33rd Ave and Indian School. After breakfast I rode to 35th Ave and turned south. At the Grand Canal I turned west again. AT 51st Ave I went a block south to ride west on Osborn Rd. Then continued to 89th Ave. Just before 75th Ave there is a park to cross. Took off my outer layer there and shot this.

[IMG]El Oso Park by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

At 89th Ave I rode south to Thomas Rd. Then west to 99th Ave. For some reason there was no left turn at 99th Ave so I rode past made a u-turn, then a right turn.

About a quarter mile south of Thomas is an entrance to "Fear Farm" where the balloon festival was. I got there too early. The balloon crews were just getting the balloons out of their trailers. Some people were parked alongside the road near Encanto. I rode on down to McDowell to a convenience store then looked for a good place to shoot from. But the best place was where the cars were parked alongside the road. That's where I went. By the time I got there some of the balloons were almost ready.

[IMG]The Balloon Festival by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

For the next half hour or so they were pretty busy. Taking off, judging altitude, etc.

[IMG]Light'er up by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

They had to hurdle a power line very quickly.

[IMG]Crossing the Canal by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

As I watched they were traveling WNW. One balloon gained some altitude over the others and headed NE. But it looked like several were having trouble staying up just a couple of miles westnorthwest. I decided to chase after them.

It was pretty cool. I actually rode under a couple. A few of their crews drove by turning up this street or the other. But I think the wind backed. All but two of them were suddenly east of me by a quarter mile or more. And it looked like they were spreading out quite a bit.

[IMG]Balloons over Avondale by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

I thought the wind might be veering northerly. So I rode that way. At the next clear spot I could only see two balloons of the previous bunch. Way south and a little east of me. Of the two I mentioned still going west before they were way west of me now.

At this point I was at 111th Ave near Indian School Rd. So I followed 111th north towards the Grand Canal. North of Camelback Rd 111th becomes Ball Park Blvd. There was something going on there so lots of cars.

When you get close to the stadium entrance if you look over to the west there is the New River Trail. There's not really a path to it but you can see where others have cut across. That's what I did too. The ground was muddy so I picked up my bike and carried it across. Very quickly after you come to where the Grand Canal empties into New River.

[IMG]The end of the Grand Canal by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

There were actually people parking on the bridge here and riding or walking north on the New River Trail. I turn west and head home. Stopping again to shoot some dandelions near the University of Phoenix stadium.

[IMG]Dandelion by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

This is the same way I went home last week. But I stopped for some more pix.

[IMG]Guarding the Henhouse by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

The rooster above while not fearless was bolder and placed himself between me and the rest of his brood.

[IMG]Train along Grand Ave by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Details
35.9 mi
2 hrs 48 min riding time
5 hrs total time

Notes: The weather is getting warmer. I was overdressed to start. Tried a new sports brief today. Was totally skeptical about it. Looked like a bikini! But there were no problems riding with it. It wicked sweat away fairly well and no chafing. Of course 35 mi isn't the best test for the chafing. A 50 miler is needed to really test new underwear.
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Arizona Falls Loop

Rode to Arizona Falls this morning. Then looped around thru Scottsdale and Paradise Valley, then back home. The pix are here.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/res1du...57679427086720

Started out on Campbell Ave east to 7th Ave. Then onto the Grand Canal Trail to 12th St. Where I got onto Campbell again. At 32nd St. I detoured to McDs for breakfast. After breakfast it was back on Campbell east to 44th St. Then east on the Arizona Canal to Arizona Falls about 56th St.

Arizona Falls is a power generating station. Very small. But artistically designed.

[IMG]Main Falls by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]Arizona Falls by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

I left Arizona Falls going east on the Arizona Canal. At 68th St I got onto Indian School Rd. Followed Indian School to Indian Bend Wash Trail. Stopped to take some pix.

[IMG]Weird playground by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]Golf Lake by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Indian Bend Wash Trail parallels Hayden Rd. I stopped at Chaparral Park to use the facilities then took some pix.

[IMG]I liked the flowers by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

When the trail crossed the Arizona Canal Trail I turned off to Hayden Rd and continued north. Then turned off at McCormick Rd. A little west there was a lake with a trail. Followed that to East Via de Ventura.

[IMG]East Via de Ventura by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

East Via de Ventura turns into Doubletree Ranch Rd. I followed that to 52nd St. Then north to Shea. At Shea I got on a path following Indian Bend Wash (I think) to Tatum. At Tatum I had an urge for a donut and coffee. So headed to Paradise Valley Mall. However the nearest actual donut store along my route was Rainbow Donuts at 40th St and Thunderbird. So I headed that way.

The coffee was decent. The apple fritter was excellent. After my break I headed down Thunderbird to 36th St. Then north to Nisbet Rd. I crossed the 51 freeway on Nisbet.

[IMG]Crossing the 51 by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

From here I worked my way to the Greenway Pkwy Trail at 24th St & Greenway Pkwy. Really the MUT is just a extra wide sidewalk on the south side. So I feel like i'm salmoning. But the other side was worse the last time I tried it. Just keep it in mind when salmoning autos turning right don't always look for you.

At 7th St the trail goes into the creek you are following. It pops back out to the sidewalk occasionally. Finally around 3rd Ave it dives back into the bush. Except this time there was a sign blocking the trail, "Bridge Out". They meant it literally. Guess they needed a crane to move that.

[IMG]Bridge is Out by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

I followed this trail to the Cave Creek Wash Trail. Stopping here and there to take pix.

[IMG]Desert Globemallow by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]Desert Globemallow by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

I followed Cave Creek Wash Trail to the Arizona Canal. Then worked over to Dunlap & 23rd Ave. Then headed home. Stopped at Bethany Home Rd for lunch.

Stats
46.6 mi
3 hrs 41 min riding time.
about 7 hrs total time
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Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch in Gilbert

Rode to the Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch in Gilbert yesterday morning. I have heard of it mainly from "birders". Thought it would have some interesting "critters" in the flowers. It is the flowering season now.

It was not to be. The brittlebush had few aphids. So there were no ladybugs or their larvae, nor the other usual predators associated with brittlebush and aphids. There were fruit flies but I didn't see any lacewing larvae. That's not unusual given how small lacewing larvae are.

The pix are here.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/res1du...57679427086720

The map is here.

http://www.endomondo.com/embed/routes?id=890441027

Started around 5:30 east on Campbell Ave. At 7th Ave I got onto the Grand Canal to Osborn. Then over to McDs at 24th St & Osborn for breakfast. After breakfast it was south to the Grand Canal then east to Washington St. Then east to Mill Ave. At Mill Ave I rode south thru the University district making the big curve around Grady Gammage Auditorium. Very quickly you come to College Ave. Turn south. I am heading for Guadalupe Rd. Crossing the 101 freeway I took a shot of my bike.

[IMG]Quick Parking Space by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Between Baseline and Guadalupe you have to take a detour. Go either left or right then cut back. Either way you should find yourself riding south on College Ave shortly. At Guadalupe turn east. The preserve is about 11.5 mi east from here. I stopped at a hole in the wall donut shop just north of Guadalupe on Gilbert Rd. Good coffee and apple fritter. Then rode the 2-3 remaining miles to the preserve.

[IMG]Riparian Preserve by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

I arrived just a little before 9. My first surprise was the number of people there. The parking lot was near full. There were play areas for children, fishing was allowed, trails crisscrossed the area along several large ponds, some full, some empty and some just muddy flats. I wandered about taking shots.

[IMG]Big Pond or small lake. by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Broke out the Minolta lens with the screw on close ups but focusing was difficult. There was only a slight breeze but to get close to the bugs I had to hand shoot reaching over other flowers.. The following was my best "macro" shot.

[IMG]Fruit Fly on Brittlebush by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

The eastern border of the preserve is the Eastern Canal. Leaving the preserve I got onto the Eastern Canal and headed north. Usually about half way between the major east-west traffic arteries there would be a pedestrian bridge. At the major streets you just had to wait for your chance to cross. Except the 101.

[IMG]US 60 by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

By the time I got to Main St in Mesa my tea bottle was running out. Fortunately there was a Quik Trip there. Riding to the store from the canal I found this place.

[IMG]Metal Horse by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Back on the Eastern Canal heading northish. About a quarter mile north of University Dr is a long stretch of green. Google maps lists it as several parks. Getting there I see it is a major power line. What intrigued me was these rocks.

[IMG]Los Alamos Park by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

A sign said they were for doing freestyle exercises. Sounds cool.

Another quarter mile north I turned west at Adobe Rd. At Gilbert Rd it turns into 8th St. At Center St it doesn't go thru. 8th St is at the latitude of Rio Salado Pkwy which I want to continue on. No problem just work your way across the neighborhood to Country Club Dr then go north or south appropriately to get onto Rio Salado Pkwy. Now it's west again.

By this point the temps are in the high 70s low 80s. Not hot but my second tea bottle is already tepid. I'm feeling the heat even if it is only warm. At the Tempe Canal it is nearing 11 AM and I am thinking "Lunch". So I look at the map on my phone. What a dork I am. There are buildings just north of me. I can see their backs. It doesn't occur to me that there is a huge shopping center there until my map shows it to me. Definitely time for lunch.

After lunch I feel better. Coming south on Dobson I see this variation on the old jungle gyms we used to play on as kids.

[IMG]Cool Jungle Gym by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

That one looks really cool. If I wasn't so tired I would have climbed up that myself. Assuming they let "old kids" play. The park is called Riverview Park and is next to some kind of Chicago Cubs training facility.

From here it is west to Rural, then follow the Tempe Town Lake trail to Mill Ave. Follow it to Washington St, then onto the Grand Canal and home again. Got home a little after 1.

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60.2 mi
4 hrs 39 min riding time.
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Around the HIlls

This morning I rode thru Dreamy Draw, around Piestewa Peak & Camelback Mtn, down Indian Bend Wash to Tempe Town Lake. Returned home via the Grand Canal. Pix are here.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/res1du...57679427086720

A map of most of it is here.

https://www.endomondo.com/users/1891...outs/893736888

Started around 5:30 north on 23rd Ave to Citrus Way. Then east to 21st Ave, north to Maryland Ave, east to 14th St. Then thru the neighborhood to the McDs at 16th St & Glendale Rd where I had breakfast.

After breakfast I turned on the mapping. Then north up 17th St which becomes Dreamy Draw Dr. Until you get to the Beginning of the Dreamy Draw Trail. I continued up the Dreamy Draw Trail to the pedestrian bridge that crosses the 51 freeway.

[IMG]Pedestrian Bridge at Dreamy Draw by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

The Dreamy Draw Trail drops you off on Mountain View Rd at 32nd St. There are a couple of ways to get from here to Tatum Blvd & Doubletree Ranch Rd. You can turn north at 36th St and ride to Shea and over to Tatum then back south. Or you can ride thru the neighborhood which is convoluted. Rather than describe all the turns just look at the map.

I followed Doubletree Ranch Rd to Scottsdale Rd. Then south to McCormick Pkwy. Then east to Hayden Rd. South on the trail along Hayden to just south of Indian Bend Rd where I got on the Indian Bend Wash Trail. Indian Bend Wash parallels Hayden Rd. A lot of the trail is a glorified sidewalk along Hayden. Other parts follow the wash around city parks and golf courses. There were a lot of pedestrians walking on the trail this morning. Had to ride slow. At Thomas Rd I stopped at a donut shop for a break.

After the break I got back on the trail. The Scottsdale Bike Stop was just south of Thomas.

[IMG]Scottsdale Bike Stop by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

The bridge at Thomas was tricked out.

[IMG]Thomas Rd by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

I stopped near McDowell Rd to take a few shots.

[IMG]El Dorado Park Water Monument by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

After Curry Rd there was a rest area with benches over looking a marshy area. There were lots of flowers blooming. I was going to wander thru them looking for shots til I saw the sign saying "Stay on the Path". Darn! So I shot the Palo Verde flowers in the rest area.

[IMG]Palo Verde Flower by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

From here Tempe Town Lake was surprisingly close. Less than a quarter mile.

[IMG]The 202 crossing Tempe Town Lake by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

As I was following the trail along the north side of the lake there was a dragon boat festival or race going on. I stopped under Rural Rd to take some shots.

[IMG]Dragon Boats by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Still further along there was some decorations along the trail on the south side of the 202 freeway. I've seen them before but never noticed what they were.

[IMG]Ceramic Murals by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

It looks like hundreds of small ceramic pieces. Some of the pieces combine to make a larger picture. I think these may be from school projects.

After crossing under Mill Ave I climbed back up to Washington St and got on the Grand Canal Trail.

[IMG]Beginning of the Grand Canal by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

I followed the Grand Canal Trail to 24th St. There I turned north to Thomas Rd and had lunch at Carl's Jr. From here it is about 5 mi home via the Grand Canal and Campbell. I got home shortly before noon.

41.8 mi
3 hrs 24 min riding time
Note: I was wearing regular cotton briefs today. Not on purpose. Just forgot. No problems but I think another 10 miles and they would have been chafing.
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I didn't ride last weekend but coming home I noticed a new MUP. Google Map shows it along the south side of the Salt River from Riverview Park in Mesa to Priest Dr in Tempe. I decided to check it out this morning. The pix are here.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/res1du...57679157725583

The map is here.

https://www.endomondo.com/users/1891...outs/902539341

The temps were perfect this morning. At the start it was 61 F and still in the low 70s by the time I got home. Normal start east on Campbell Ave to 7th Ave. Instead of getting on the Grand Canal I rode south on 7th Ave to Indian School Rd. Had breakfast at McDs.

After breakfast I rode east on Indian School to 3rd Ave, then south. At Thomas Rd I switched to 5th Ave, 3rd Ave is one way south of Thomas. Downtown was having a special event so I ended up travelling south from 7th St & Jefferson St. Just south of the Salt River I stopped at a Rio Salado Park facility to use the restroom. Then south on 7th St to Roeser Rd. Just east of 7th St there were some murals on the south side.

[IMG]South Mountain HS by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]South Mountain HS by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

This is South Mountain HS. There was a long drive way leading to a guard shack. The murals were past the guard shack. I rode to the shack but nobody was there. So I stopped and spent a few minutes shooting the murals. Nobody even came out.

From here I went east on Roeser Rd to 48th St. Then north to Broadway and east again. Stopped here and there for shots. Stopped again at Beck Ave for coffee and a fritter. At Mill Ave in Tempe I turned north. East on 13th St which merges with Apache Blvd. North on McAllister Ave to Lemon St then east. Just east of Terrace Rd I saw this.

[IMG]The Mark Tempe by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Lemon St turned into Don Carlos Ave which ends at River Dr. North to University Dr and east again. Just before the 101 I stopped at the QT for a bottle of tea. At Evergreen Dr I turned north and rode past Rio Salado Pkwy to Cubs Way and turned east. There is a water or wastewater treatment plant just north of Cubs Way here. Go east to the parking lot east of the treatment plant. The entrance to the Salt River Walking Path is on the north side of the parking lot. Just ride under the 202 freeway and you're there.

[IMG]Salt River Walking Path by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

This path is pretty new. It doesn't show up in satellite view. Curiously the trail went both east and west. I rode east to see how far it went. But it ended at Dobson Rd. It looks like they have room to expand it to the east. Turning around I soon approached the junction of the 101 & 202 freeways.

[IMG]Approaching the junction of the 101 and the 202 by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

As you can see it is a wide, paved fairly clean MUP. There were quite a few other people out there. People walking their dogs, cyclists etc. The junction itself is necessarily huge. Lots of shade under there. Still plenty of water in the channel. At one point there is water entering the channel. Either from a canal or maybe the wastewater plant across the 202.

[IMG]Graffiti by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

I wonder if the artists suspected the water could be wastewater.

[IMG]Under the Junction by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Further along almost to Tempe Town Lake.

[IMG]McClintock & the 202 by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

I didn't shoot anything at Tempe Town Lake. Instead of crossing under Mill Ave then circling back around to the Mill Ave bridge I cut through a parking lot for one of the businesses along the south side of the lake to the Rio Salado Pkwy. That way I was able to turn directly onto the Mill Ave bridge when I got there.

At Washington St I went west to the Grand Canal. From here my ride home was almost a copy of all my other rides along the Grand Canal. Except at 12th St I rode north. I headed for a Culver's on Camelback for a burger. Just before Camelback Rd on 10th St there were some good murals.

[IMG]Just Blaze by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]Just Blaze by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

After lunch it was less then 3 mi to home.

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3 hrs 15 min riding time
Started around 5:20 AM got home about 11:30 AM
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Tempe Town Lake

This morning I rode to Tempe Town Lake and back. Relatively short ride. Pix are here.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/res1du...57679157725583

Somehow I screwed up the map. I started out around 5:20 AM east on Campbell Ave. The sky was already starting to lighten up. At 15th Ave I rode south to Glenrosa Ave. From Glenrosa & 15th I worked my way thru the neighborhood to 9th Ave & Indian School Rd. McDs where I had breakfast was across the street.

By the time I finished my coffee the sun was up. My LBS is across the street from this McDs. Next to them is a thrift store called Zinnia's. I have admired their murals and decided to get a few shots.

[IMG]Zinnia's by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]Zinnia's by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

My route from here is not the most efficient way to get to Tempe Town Lake but just to be different.. I headed west to 15th Ave and turned south. At Jefferson St I turned back east. Jefferson has a bike lane from I17 to 24th St except between 7th Ave & 7th St. Downtown Phoenix is between the 7s.

Being Easter Sunday traffic was light. Between 15th & 7th Ave there were a lot of homeless people standing at various places. More than on a weekday. Some of these are shelters. Don't know about the others. Not sure why so many were out this morning.

At 1st Ave the light rail eastbound joins Jefferson. My route is following the light rail almost to 44th St. At 7th St the bike lane starts again. But it is on the left side. You have to watch the signs if you want to ride in the bike lane. This has always seemed weird to me.

To start the lane is on left side of the left lane. The light rail is in the middle of east bound Jefferson. To the right of that is the rest of Jefferson. A little further up the rail line moves to the left. So there is only one traffic lane to the left of it. The bicycle lane is now on the right side of that lane.

At 24th St the bike lane moves to the right side of the rightmost lane. Shortly east of that Jefferson merges into Washington St. From here on you are on Washington St. Just before 44th St I get on the Grand Canal.

After passing the 143 freeway I start looking around. I was reading some Phoenix history on wikipedia and was interested in the "Joint Head Dam" built in 1884. Reading the article I realized I have ridden by here without realizing the history of the place.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o...Dam_and_canals

Well, it's fenced off. There were plenty of warnings that the area was under video surveillance. I'd love to see it but it is just an old ruined dam. A shot of the overflow release mentioned in the article is here.

[IMG]The Grand Canal by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Pretty soon you pass under Priest Dr. East of Priest to Washington St the path is paved. Very pretty manicured area. It looks like they are putting in offices, etc. here.

[IMG]Part of "The Grand" by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

From here it is a short ride to the lake. A few weeks ago there were some ceramic murals or mosaics produced by local schools. I stopped to sample some of the artwork.

[IMG]Ceramic Artwork by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]]

[IMG]Ceramic Artwork by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Going home I take Lakeview Rd east to Curry Rd and turn west. At Mill Ave Curry Rd becomes Washington St. I follow Washington back to the Grand Canal and get back on it. This time going west. Eventually I stop just south of Oak St to shoot a pretty weed. Hey, if you know what that weed is let me know.

[IMG]Weed by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

You can't see it in that pic but on one of the flowers is a larva. I think it is a lacewing larva. You can google them for pix.

[IMG]Lacewing Larva by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

From Oak it is a quick ride to 24th St, then Thomas where I stop for a coffee and fritter.

[IMG]Brunch by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

From here it is only 5 mi home. I stopped one more time to shoot this.

[IMG]Shopping? by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

I arrived home around 9:30 AM

Stats
27.9 mi
2 hrs 6 min riding time
The weather was super nice. 56 F to start felt like it was still in the 70s when I got home. Riding home there was a fair breeze, maybe 4-5 mph, pushing me. I don't think it was that tough riding out.
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Great reports as always. My wife and I purchased a townhouse on the bike trail along Silverado Golf Course at Hayden Rd/Indian Bend. Had to go back "north" for a month but will be back mid May for another month of painting etc. I love the biking in Phoenix!!!!
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That's a nice area. I really like those steel horses on Indian Bend Rd by the wash. Every time I go there I stop to shoot them.
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