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Old 04-23-17, 10:01 PM   #76
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Gila Valley Lookout

I finally rode to the top of South Mountain. Actually I pooped out and walked my bike up the last quarter mile or so. Pix are here. https://www.flickr.com/photos/res1du...57679157725583

The map is here https://www.endomondo.com/users/1891...outs/910434098

I left home around 5:30 AM riding east on Campbell Ave to 15th Ave. Then south to Glenrosa Ave. From there I worked my way thru the neighborhood to 9th Ave & Indian School Rd where I had breakfast. After breakfast I turned Endomondo on. Then rode to 3rd Ave, turned south and road to Thomas Rd. At Thomas I moved over to 5th Ave and continued south. At Van Buren St. I stopped to take this shot.

[IMG]Fresh Flower Warehouse by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

After working my way thru downtown I continued south on Central Ave. At Rio Salado I stopped to use the restroom. Noticed some artwork and shot them.

[IMG]Art at Rio Salado by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Continuing south on Central Ave all the way to South Mountain Park. This being the fourth Sunday of the month it is Silent Sunday. So no motor vehicles inside the park. They open part of it so people can access the parking lots but after that it is closed off to motor vehicles. There were quite a few cyclists today.

At first the road is minor ups and downs, crossing washes and gradually climbing. But soon you come to a 3 way intersection. Once you turn towards the summit there the road gets steep. At least for me. I soon found myself in my lowest gear crawling up at 5-6 mph. One of the road warriors passing me laughed and said you have a LOW gear. My laughing reply was, "Sure do!"

I stopped at telegraph pass again.

[IMG]View south from Telegraph Pass by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Fortunately it is level at the pass so it is easy to start up again. Soon I was climbing again. The TV towers that mark the top of the mountain looked they were directly above me. The roadies zooming back down the hill were having fun. Around the bend from the pass you drop a little into a valley, then climb back out. You work your way east of the towers then the road turns back west. This time aiming south of the towers.

There were several steep sections. For the most part I've been panting since the 3 way. But I don't have a lower gear to drop into so I grin and bear it. Until climbing a steep section even with the middle of the towers. Then I just pooped out. So I got off and started walking my bike. It was only about a quarter mile or so to the Gila Valley Lookout.

Gila Valley Lookout is as close as you can get to the top on the road. Public access is blocked to the towers at the very top. I wish they had put a place to park up there somewhere. Back in the 60s my Dad took us for a Sunday drive to the top one evening. I seem to remember parking next to the towers that night. Anyways there was a fair size group at the top catching their breath. I did the same.

[IMG]TV Towers by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]Looking West by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Now the fun, and for me, scary part. Going down. I managed to keep my speed under 30. An arbitrary number I picked. OTOH over 30 on my 29er just feels scary. I probably just need to spend more time on her. I turned off at the Dobbins Point Lookout. In my pickup the uphill quarter mile drive was nothing. It was steeper today. But Dobbins Point is a favorite of mine. I hike here from time to time.

[IMG]Dobbins Lookout by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Heading back to the main road I stopped for this shot.

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

I stopped again to get a shot of Telegraph Pass from a distance.

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

Going down I had to keep reminding myself to stay right. I was going slower than the roadies. But the right side is a drop off. So my sub conscious kept pushing me left a little. At one point a lady yelled, "I'm passing you on the left!". I yelled back, "Ok, I'll stay right." All I can say is sorry about that. Try to do better next time.

Leaving the park I stopped at Scorpion Gulch.

[IMG]Scorpion Gulch by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

I also stopped at the Circle K at Dobbins and Central for a bottle of tea. By this time they were pretty busy. And just one clerk. Since I was thirsty I waited in line anyway. Then onward. From Dobbins Rd to the Salt River is downhill. Then a very slight uphill after that. I stopped downtown for a donut. And took some pix.

[IMG]Renaissance Square by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

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41.2 mi
3 hrs 22 min riding time
Legs are a little tired. Maybe I pushed too hard?
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To the CAP Canal

Rode to the CAP canal and back this morning. Temps were in the mid 50s when I started. Pix are here:

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

The map is here.

https://www.endomondo.com/users/1891...outs/914275023

Started around 5:30 AM riding north on 23rd Ave. At Glendale Ave I rode east and worked my way thru the neighborhood to 21st Ave. Then north to Northern Ave, east to McDs where I had breakfast. After breakfast I stopped at the convenience store nearby and bought a gatorade. Then turned on Endomondo. Then back to 23rd Ave and north to 25th Ave & the Arizona Canal. I stopped by the Phoenix Water Treatment plant for a couple of shots.

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

At 35th Ave I got off the canal path and worked my way thru the neighborhood to 39th Ave. Then turned north again. At Grovers Ave I rode west to 51st Ave. Then north. I stopped at a service station at the 101 to use the facilities. Then back north.

North of the 101 the road is climbing slightly. The neighborhood is one of those with a small lake and I stopped for a shot.

[IMG]Arrowhead Lakes Dr by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

The road swung west to 59th Ave and I turned north again. Now it is climbing pretty good. At the top of the pass just before the bridge I stopped for this shot.

[IMG]Top of the pass by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

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

Now I'm going down the other side. At 55th Ave I turned north. After Happy Valley Rd 55th curves gently back and forth. Eventually I end up at Stetson Valley Pkwy and the CAP.

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

After taking a few shots here I looked for the CAP trail continuing west. It isn't the road along the canal. It is slightly south of that. Almost immediately you find yourself riding between two fences. Not as much fun as riding on a regular trail. At first there was a neighborhood to the south. Then you come to a water treatment plant.

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

I rode only a little further to a pumping station I think. Looking down the trail I can't tell how far it is until you can get off the trail.

[IMG]Where are we going? by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

So I turned around and found an alley leading into the neighborhood. Then worked my way over to Pyramid Peak Pkwy and turned south. At Happy Valley Rd I turned west and rode to 72nd Ave. Then south until 72nd hits a gated community. Then over to 71st Ave and south again. 71st Ave has some jogs and I ended up at 67th Ave & Hillcrest Blvd. I decided to head to the donut shop at 67th Ave & the 101. But they were super busy. Started to go into McDs in the same parking lot but they had literally no parking place for bikes nor a place where I could lock the bike and watch it. Starbucks was busy too. Que sera.

So I rode to 63rd Ave and headed south. At Union Hills Rd you have to cross Skunk Creek first then work your way thru the neighborhood to get back on 63rd Ave. Eventually I found myself at 63rd Ave and the Arizona Canal. From there I found a donut shop at 59th Ave and Thunderbird Rd. Then got back on the Arizona Canal and headed home. Stopping at Bethany Home Rd & I17 for lunch.

The weather was nice today. There was a slight breeze. Sometimes helpful sometimes not. The temp was never over 90 during my ride.

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3 hrs 43 min riding time. About 6 hrs total.
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Goatheads

Forgot to mention. Riding around yesterday lots of goatheads were visible. They seem to like sandy areas next to the road or path.

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

Looking closer the seeds aren't mature yet.

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

Maybe you know them by another name.

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Laveen Area Conveyance Channel

I rode to Laveen this morning. I wanted to see the Laveen Area Conveyance Channel Path. The channel is a flood control channel that was designed to handle 100 yr flood. If you're wondering about the 100 yr flood.. Way back in the 70s we had several years of extra rain and the floods that go with them. After a particularly bad year it was announced that the particular flood was one in a hundred years. Then the next two years it was repeated. So now many years later we have what we hope is a good flood control system.

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https://www.flickr.com/photos/res1du...57680351151754

The map is here.

https://www.endomondo.com/users/1891...outs/918853480

When I started this morning around 5:30 AM the temp was in the low 60s. I rode east on Campbell Ave to 19th Ave. At 19th I went one block south to Roma then east to 15th Ave. From there I worked my way to 7th Ave & Indian School where I had breakfast. After breakfast I rode to 3rd Ave and turned south. At Thomas Rd I rode to 5th Ave. Then I followed 5th Ave to downtown Phoenix. Working thru downtown I stopped to shoot the Orpheum Theater.

[IMG]The Orpheum Theater by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

I left downtown on Central Ave. Stopping at Rio Salado for a pit stop.

[IMG]Rio Salado by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Then riding along the paved trail to 7th Ave and turning south again. 7th Ave has a bike lane south of Broadway Rd. At Southern Ave I turned west. Southern has a bike lane along most of the stretch I rode, from 7th Ave to 43rd Ave. At 43rd I turned south. The Laveen Area Conveyance Channel starts about a quarter mile south of Southern.

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

[IMG]Artwork at the start by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

The path is a nice wide multi user path. At first there were few people on the path. There was actually water running the length of the channel. The path wonders west, then south then west again. The channel goes under roads. The path does not.

[IMG]Crossing 63rd Ave by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

In the pic above you can see some interesting clouds. The wind has shifted and is now coming from the west.
And the sun is hiding behind some thin clouds. Shortly before you get to Baseline Rd you come to an abandoned house.

[IMG]Sachs-Webster House by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Apparently it was built by one of the early settlers in Laveen. About a half mile NW of Baseline the concrete ends. Google maps shows the "Maricopa Trail going on. But it also goes thru the Hayfield site of Tres Rios which I thought was closed. Not being sure if I can get thru I turned around here and worked thru the neighborhood to Trailside Point Park at 71st Ave & Vineyard Rd.

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

I stopped here to pump up my rear tire and look at Google maps again. Read look for a donut shop on the way home. In the end I stuck to my original plan and rode north on 67th Ave. Google maps showed no bike path but a wide shoulder except crossing the Salt River. This was true. Traffic was heavy and zooming by at 50+mph. So I crossed the river bed on a rough and rocky shoulder. Eventually I found myself at the donut shop just south of I10 and had coffee and a donut.

The wind speed has picked up. It is also cooler. I think it is in the mid 60s now. From here I rode to McDowell Rd and turned east. At 63rd Ave I turned south. A few months ago I stopped at a bridge over I10 on the south side. I just wanted to see it from the north. There is a warning about Trespassing and fines but I'm wondering, Why build a bridge and not let people use it?

Anyways, back to the north. At Encanto Blvd I crossed Desert West Park and continued to Thomas Rd. I followed the residential road just north of Thomas Rd proper to 59th Ave then turned north to the Grand Canal. Then east towards home. With a strong west wind my ride along here is fun. Speeds in excess of 17mph! Watch for pedestrians though. I stopped here and there for pics.

[IMG]Grand Ave RR Tracks by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

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

At 27th Ave I turned north to Indian School Rd. Then west to I17. Then worked my way home.

Stats
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2 hrs 56 min riding time
about 5 hrs real time.
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Papago Park

I decided to try a little trail riding this morning. So I rode to Papago Park. The pix are here.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/res1du...57680351151754

There are 3 maps. The first riding to the park, is here

https://www.endomondo.com/users/1891...outs/923187263

As usual I started out around 5:30 near 23rd Ave & Campbell St. I rode to McDs at 7th Ave & Indian School Rd. After breakfast I rode to the convenience store at 3rd Ave to get a cold bottle of tea. Then headed north on 3rd Ave towards the Grand Canal. I started Endomondo when I got on 3rd Ave just north of Indian School Rd.

[IMG]3rd Ave Bridge by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

At the Grand Canal I turned east. At 12th St I went north to Campbell St, then east again. At 44th St I turned north, then east onto the Arizona Canal Path. Just east of 48th St. is OHSO eatery. I stopped to shoot their patio decor.

[IMG]OHSO Eatery by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Continuing east I stopped for a break at Arizona Falls near 56th St. then at 64th St where the Crosscut Canal starts I turned south following the Crosscut Canal path. There are a lot of power lines going and coming along the Crosscut Canal.

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

I continued south along the Crosscut Canal to McDowell Rd. Just south of McDowell a path diverges from the canal. There I stopped Endomondo and started the second mapping, riding in the park. Setting the ride to mountain biking.

https://www.endomondo.com/users/1891...outs/923251916

However the first half mile was sidewalk riding. At least it's mapped. From the SE corner of the Desert Botanical Gardens I followed tracks towards a big rock called Hole in the Rock. But I was sidetracked by a low ridge just SE of the Rock. So I parked the bike and climbed the ridge to take some shots.

[IMG]Hole in the Rock by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Then I tried to ride to the saddle on the north side of the Rock. Had to push the bike up the last 50 ft or so. Then took more shots.

[IMG]from the saddle by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]Looking Northish by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

And of course the actual Hole in the Rock.

[IMG]Hole in the Rock by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

From the saddle I followed a trail west until I arrived at another sidewalk trail. I followed it to a road, and found a way across to the west side of the park. Then started following a trail north. I was soon approaching the south Papago Butte.

[IMG]South Butte by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Before I got there I found myself on a smooth hard pan much improved trail. Since it appeared to be going towards the butte I stayed on it. The north butte is across McDowell and is on a military base. So no point in crossing McDowell.

[IMG]North Butte by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

The nice smooth trail turned back to the west at McDowell then south again. Pretty soon it was heading around a golf course. I didn't want that so turned onto a dirt trail on the east side of the course. BTW I still have to stop and walk out of a wash occasionally. But this trail is pretty smooth, so not too much.

At the main parking lot I decide it is time find a snack. There is a donut shop at Scottsdale Rd & McKellips St. To get there I need to cross the park. In retrospect, my path probably wasn't the shortest nor the easiest. But it was fun. This ride will be continued in the next post.
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Papago Park Ride part 2

When I got to the Crosscut Canal I followed it south. Since Endomondo is still calling this mountain biking I rode on the gravel part of the path. Does that count? Pretty soon I came to a water gate letting the canal onto an aqueduct.

[IMG]Gates on the Crosscut Canal by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

The nice smooth gravel path ended at the aqueduct. There was a dirt track going under the aqueduct. I actually made it down without having to get off! The aqueduct carries the canal over a road going into the Phoenix Zoo.

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

From the road I got onto the paved Crosscut Canal path climbed back up and followed it to a pond. At the pond there is a path heading easterly and I took it. Kinda got lost. So I climbed up on a ridge to get my bearings. From there I shot the pond.

[IMG]Dam & Pond on the Crosscut Canal by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

The east side of the park was just below me on the east side of the ridge. Following the trails was going to be closer to a half mile. I ended up doing some more walking to get there. When I got out of the park I stopped Endomondo and restarted it again as normal cycling.

https://www.endomondo.com/users/1891...outs/923328354

From here it was only a few minutes to the donut shop. After having coffee and donut I followed McKellips to College Ave. Pretty soon I was where I got out of the park. There was one more path I wanted to look at this morning. There is a canal between Curry Rd and the 202 (Red Mountain Fwy). Well, I missed it. I got on the Lizard Trail and crossed under Curry Rd.

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

Then went looking for my trail. Found myself in a corner with only some cacti to talk to.

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

Looking at the maps later I see you need to stay on College Ave south of Curry Rd to get on the Canal Trail. But the Lizard Trail does lead to a pedestrian bridge. Finally! Here's my canal trail.

[IMG]Indian Bend Canal Trail by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

I followed this trail west to Lake View Dr. Then rode up to the Grand Canal beginning just north of Tempe Town Lake. From here it is a pretty normal ride home. Partly because I was tired and partly because I didn't see much to shoot I didn't stop for pix along the way home. I did stop at Culver's for a burger on the way.
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36.3 mi
3 hrs 20 min riding time
Since my trail riding was mixed up with normal riding and vice versa no point in separating the mileage. My bad making 3 maps where 1 would do. Of course some of the riding on my bike computer is actually me pushing the bike up or down. Probably less than 1/2 mi.
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Desert Breeze Park in Chandler

I rode to Desert Breeze Park in Chandler this morning. The weather was a nice 63 F when I left home and about 90 F when I got back. The pix are here.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/res1du...57680351151754

The map is here.

https://www.endomondo.com/users/1891...outs/927953625

I left the house about 5:20 AM. From my home near 23rd Ave & Campbell St I went to McDs at 7th Ave & Indian School Rd for breakfast. I like this McDs because I can park my bike where it is in sight while I am eating. After breakfast I rode to QT near 3rd Ave to buy a bottle of tea. I turned on Endomondo as I left QT. Following 3rd & then 5th Ave I made my way downtown. I stopped to take some pix.

[IMG]Downtown Phoenix by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

I left downtown via 1st Ave which merges with Central Ave. Then stopped at Rio Salado for a short break. My plan was to ride east on the paved path at Rio Salado to 7th St then go south on 7th St to Baseline Rd. There wasn't a good way to get onto 7th St. Instead I ended up at 16th St. Que sera! South on 16th St, east on Roeser, south on 40th St to Baseline. Here is a shot of the Highline Canal at Baseline Rd.

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

East on Baseline, then on the Highline Canal when it recrosses Baseline. I followed the Highline Canal east to 48th St. Then south. 48th St takes you around the eastern shoulder of South Mountain. There is a little climb but not too much. At Guadalupe I turned east.

This takes you into the town of Guadalupe. I think this is a small Indian Reservation. It used to be a stand alone village along the freeway when I was a kid. It looks more modern now.

At Kyrene Rd. I turned south. Then 3 mi south to Ray Rd. Then east. At Rural Rd I stopped at a place called the Fractured Prune Doughnuts. The menu says you can watch them make your custom donut. Don't need that but it turns out they don't sale hot coffee. Only iced coffee. So I skipped the donut too.

East to Desert Breeze Blvd. Then south maybe a half mi to Desert Breeze Park.

[IMG]Desert Breeze Park by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

The park has a large pond, various sports facilities, children's playground and a kiddie RR. I wandered around the park for a half hour or more taking shots.

[IMG]Boxelder Bug by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

There's more in the album. After getting home I realized I had forgotten something. Google maps shows a hummingbird habitat in the SW corner. I forgot it! I guess I'm going to have to start taking notes with me!

Leaving the park I rode back to Rural & Ray Rds. Where I stopped at Jack in the Box for a small coffee. They didn't have much in the way of deserts I wanted so just the coffee. Then back to Kyrene Rd and north. About a half mi north of Ray Rd you hit the Kyrene Branch Canal. There is a trail alongside the canal. At first it is hardpan but soon there is a concrete path. After you cross Elliot Rd you are cycling along the Ken McDonald Golf course.

[IMG]Path near Ken McDonald Golf Course by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

There is also a power plant across the canal.

[IMG]Kyrene Power Plant by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

North of Guadalupe Rd you pass Kiwanis Park and lake. As you near Baseline Rd you can choose to cross the RR Tracks.

[IMG]RR Tracks by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

I chose to follow the path east to Mill Ave and followed it north to cross Tempe Town Lake. From there I got on the Grand Canal Trail and continued west. Stopping between Center Pkwy and Priest Dr for some shots.

[IMG]Barrel Cacti by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]Barrel Cactus Flower by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

The Grand Canal is not paved from Priest Dr to 44th St. Then it is paved again. At 24th St & Thomas Rd I stopped for lunch. Then headed home. Here is one last shot.

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

Makes me sad. Wonder what the story is.

Stats
47.4 mi
3 hrs 44 min riding time
almost 7 hrs real time
Rear end sore, should have applied sunscreen a second time. Still a fun day.
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Crossing the Agua Fria

I haven't ridden across the Agua Fria since some of us did an overniter at Lake Pleasant back in HS. So yesterday one of my goals was to cross and ride on the west side of the river. Yesterday was pleasant for this time of year. 65 F or so when I left around 5:30 AM. I followed the Arizona Canal to Skunk Creek Trail. Circled around to the New River Trail. Got off at Northern and worked my way across the Agua Fria turning south at Dysart Rd. Then circled back to where New River Trail and the Grand Canal Trail meet. Then home.

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https://www.flickr.com/photos/res1du...57680351151754

The map is here

https://www.endomondo.com/users/1891...outs/932634746

I started out north on 23rd Ave. From Glendale I worked my way to the McDs at 19th Ave & Northern where I had breakfast. After breakfast I stopped for a bottle of tea at the convenience store across the street and proceeded to the Arizona Canal at 25th Ave. From here I turned west. Stopping by the Phoenix Water Treatment Plant for some shots.

[IMG]near the Water Treatment Plant by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Continuing west I stopped at Cortez Park near 35th Ave. None of my shots there came out very good. So some other time at Cortez Park. Riding further on the Arizona Canal Trail the lighting was good for some of the weeds growing trailside.

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

[IMG]Trailside Flowers by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Continuing on I stopped at the Thunderbird Paseo Park between 59th Ave & Thunderbird Rd and again at 75th Ave.

[IMG]75th Ave crossing by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

At this point I'm on the Skunk Creek Trail. It quickly swings onto New River and becomes the New River Trail. I detoured at Thunderbird Rd to get coffee and a donut at a donut shop. Back on the New River Trail I soon come to Grand Ave and the RR tracks. I'd really like to be here to shoot a train crossing here.

[IMG]Grand Ave & the RR Tracks by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

There's no water in the river here. But a mile or so downstream there's a pretty good trickle.

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

Is it just under the surface upstream? Or is this effluent from somewhere else? Just as I'm approaching Northern where I'll get off New River I see actual Longhorns.

[IMG]Longhorns! by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

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

Look at those horns! The pix don't really do them justice. I've seen them before. But this is the closest I've been to them. Even so my lens is at full zoom and the pix are cropped to get these.

At Northern I get off and head west. South at Glen Harbor Blvd. This is an industrial area. There are several ponds with ramadas for local employees I guess. They're very picturesque.

[IMG]Closer shot of the globemallow by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]Bird of Paradise by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

At Glendale Ave I turn west and head for Dysart Rd. There is a bike lane on this section of Glendale Ave. But it is full of pressure ridges. The road itself is free of ridges. It looks like the bike lane is leftovers. There wasn't much to see crossing the Agua Fria along Glendale. Over the cement plant's road next to the main channel there were a bunch of swallows zooming around. At Dysart I turned south.

The first half mile south between Glendale Ave & Maryland Ave there is no bike lane. After that Dysart has a nice bike lane. Smooth and mostly wide enough. The neighborhoods here are upscale. We are near then in Litchfield Park as we proceed south. At McDowell Rd I turn east. To be continued in the next post.
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Crossing the Agua Fria continued

McDowell Rd crosses the Agua Fria Rd about a half mile east of Dysart Rd. I had already looked this over on Google Maps. Their traffic lanes don't have a lot of space and there is no sidewalk on the south side. So I had already decided to salmon across on the north side sidewalk.

There are a lot of power lines across here. With big towers to carry them. Getting to the west side levee(?) I see somebody has cut a hole in the fence in order to get onto the levee. The Strava heat map doesn't show a lot of activity on this side.

[IMG]Crossing the Agua Fria by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

In the middle they've built an island to support one of the power line towers. Gotta come back when the river's running.

[IMG]An island by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

As on the west side there is a hole in the fence on the east side. This path looks more used judging by the tire tracks.

[IMG]East side of the Agua Fria by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Just on the other side is Friendship Park in Avondale. Another of my goals was to stop here and shoot the murals at the pumping station.

[IMG]Mural at Friendship Park by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]Mural at Friendship Park by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

The nearby pond has a Japanese artistic theme as well. At this time I'm thinking about lunch. Deciding on Habit Burger about 2 miles east. Some of the east bound traffic lanes were closed and sidewalks non existent in places but I got to Habit Burger about 11. The burger and side caesar salad were good. It felt good to sit in a cool place for a little while. My bike was parked less than 20 ft from my table thru the window.

After lunch I went north on 103rd Ave. Turning west at Encanto Blvd. I worked my way to where the Grand Canal and New River Trails meet. Then turned east on the Grand Canal. At 75th Ave & Camelback I stop at the convenience store for a bottle of cold water. By now the temps are getting warm. I stop at 71st Ave to pour a little on my head. It's not really hot but that water really tastes and feels good.

[IMG]Bethany Home Outflow Channel by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Just south of Indian School Rd I stop for this shot.

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

Traffic is getting a little heavier. But it's still not too hard to cross the major arteries. At 35th Ave just 5 or 6 miles east of the convenience store at 75th Ave I'm almost out of water. I stop to replenish. Another half mile east at Grand Ave I actually catch a train.

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

[IMG]Train crossing by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]Train crossing by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

He must have crossed New River after I passed there a few hours ago. From here I'm about 2 mi from home. My 3rd goal for today's ride was to get in about 60 mi. I was feeling fine if a little heated and maybe just a little dehydrated. If you look at the map you'll see I did some frivolous wondering to put in the miles. Wondering south, then back north, then even a little further east and back at one point. I arrive home a little before 2 PM.

There was one more goal for the day which didn't come off. It seems to me that if the weather gods allow and the weather predictors are good you should be able to plan a day loop with a tail wind the whole day. But not yesterday. LOL.

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61.1 mi
4 hrs 50 min riding time
about 8 1/2 hrs real time.
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Salt River Ride

This morning I rode to Roosevelt Row to shoot some of the murals there. Then to Rio Salado. Finished by riding along the Salt River to 40th St, University Dr to Priest Dr then home via the Grand Canal. The pix are here.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/res1du...57681735028882

I screwed up Endomondo but created a route.

https://www.endomondo.com/routes/937523547

I started out by riding to McDs at 7th Ave & Indian School for breakfast. Then to the QT at 3rd Ave for some tea. Then I realized I had forgot my phone. I rode the 2 mi home and started over. The route I created starts at 19th Ave & Campbell Ave. From there I rode to 15th Ave and turned south. I turned east at Culver between McDowell Rd & the I10 freeway. I crossed the freeway at 11th Ave.

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

From here it is only a couple of blocks to Roosevelt. Roosevelt Row is famous for the murals in the area.

[IMG]UFO Sombreros by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]Across the street by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]Murals at the Filmbar by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

There are more in the album. After wondering around I headed south on 1st Ave. 1st Ave merges with Central Ave. Another cyclist and I played leapfrog for a while. Then he went salmon for some reason and blew past me. I caught up with him at the Rio Salado rest area. We didn't talk in the restroom and he was heading south again when I came out. Here our paths diverged.

Rio Salado has a network of trails on both sides of the river. I got on the north band trail going west. The area is landfills, junkyards and quarry pits.

[IMG]Quarry Pit by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

At 19th Ave I was going to ride east along the south bank trail. But I couldn't figure out how to get on it. So I rode east on Broadway a couple blocks south to 7th Ave, north to Rio Salado then rode west on the south bank trail. I wanted a closer look at this.

[IMG]Leak? Or Deliberate? by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

I'm still not sure if they're dumping water in the river or have a leaky pipe. Probably pumping out one of those quarries. From here I turned east and stay on the south bank for a long while. Crossing under 7th Ave a girl asked me if you could wade in the pool under the bridge. I told her I thought some of the water came from the sewer system. Not sure about that but sometimes it smells like it.

Between 7th & 16th Sts I saw a burrowing owl. They have built habitats for them along the trail. The owl was saying something to me along the lines of "Get off my lawn!" I took a couple of shots but they didn't turn out well at all.

I expected the trail to end at 16th St. But it continued. Near 24th St there was a pretty pool of water.

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

Less than a mile and you cross under I10!

[IMG]I10 Crossing the Salt River by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

From here you are directly across the river from Sky Harbor Airport.

[IMG]Taking off by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

The road also becomes gravel from here. I rode east past 40th St almost to 44th St. Where there was a gate almost but not quite closed. The sign on the gate said "No Dumping". Since it didn't say no trespassing I debated going into the enclosed area. But decided against it. Instead I rode back to 40th St and road to Magnolia just north of University Dr. At 44th St I got onto University Dr and continued east. At Priest Dr I stopped at Dunkin Donuts for a break.

From there I rode north on Priest Dr to Washington St. Then east to the Grand Canal Trail. At Thomas Rd & 24th St I stopped for a burrito. And to cool off. Even tho the temp was only in the 90s I was hot. The cold drink with the burrito was good. From 24th St & Thomas it is about 5 mi home. I got home around noon.
Stats
41.8 mi
3 hrs 34 min riding time
total time was around 6.5 hrs
Of course if I hadn't forgot my phone there would be 4 less miles. It's heck getting old.
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Afternoon Ride

Knowing I couldn't ride my bike today I went for a ride yesterday afternoon. The weather here is mild for this time of year. It was 101-102 F at 4 PM with a west wind varying from 5-12 mph. Because of the wind I chose to ride west, crossing the Agua Fria River at McDowell Rd, recrossing at Indian School Rd. Pix are here.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/res1du...57681735028882

The map is here.

https://www.endomondo.com/users/1891...outs/941323153

I started out on 23rd Ave going south from Campbell Ave. West at Indian School Rd, south on 27th Ave to the Grand Canal.

[IMG]Pretty Flowers by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

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

West along the canal from here. Surprisingly traffic wasn't as bad as I suspected. I was able to cross the major arteries without waiting more than 2 or 3 min. The canal is different in the afternoon. Along with birds there were turtles, and the fish were actually jumping here and there. Why do fish jump?

At 51st Ave I got onto Osborn Rd. From there to 55th Ave, then to Encanto Blvd, then west again. Eventually Encanto turns into 95th Ave which runs south into McDowell Rd. The Roosevelt Canal runs along McDowell here. There was a pipe pushing water into the canal here.

[IMG]95th Ave Leaky pipe by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

The pipe appears to be wearing out where it connects to the concrete wall. Made an interesting fountain. Even so that's a lot of water. From here it was west to the Agua Fria River.

[IMG]Crossing the Agua Fria by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]Crossing the Agua Fria by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Currently the Agua Fria is dry. I'm going to have to come back when it is running. Just west of the river I turned north on Rancho Santa Fe Blvd. Then north to Thomas Rd. I wanted to ride east on Thomas Rd to see if it might be possible to cross here. But Thomas Rd was closed east of Rancho Santa Fe. But the sidewalk was not. So I followed it to the edge of the river. There I ran into a berm with a fence, locked gates and signs warning of steep fines for trespassing. So the short answer is no you can't cross here.

From here I rode west to the Santa Fe Trail (not the real Santa Fe Trail of fame) about a quarter mi east of Dysart Rd. and turned north. About a half mi north you come to the Roosevelt Canal again. Here I turned east.

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

Another half mi the neighborhood to the south ends and you are north of a huge landfill. A little further along I came to the end of the trail.

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

Just even with the bridge you can see the river bed. It looks like it is mostly used as a quarry for construction materials along here. There are also more no trespassing signs warning you to go no further. The fences and gates were inadequate here and you could see where others have ridden further but I turned around here and found my way onto El Mirage Rd to ride north. At Indian School Rd I turned east and crossed the Agua Fria River again.

I worked my way to 99th Ave & Camelback Rd. Following either bike lanes or shoulders, sometimes riding in the lane. Traffic was a little heavy to ride in the lane on the majors here. On a side note Dust Devil Park at 107th Ave & Camelback Rd looked like it had a BMX/Skateboard place for the locals. I saw kids on both doing some jumps. At 99th & Camelback I ate supper, a burger, and replenished my cold drink at the convenience store.

Here I turned on my running lights. Then north along 99th to the Grand Canal. Along the way the sun set behind the White Tanks. I took a pic but it was blah. At the Grand Canal I turned east to head for home. Stopping west of the 101 freeway for this shot.

[IMG]Heading Home by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Most of my riding along the Grand Canal has been early mornings. Some early afternoons. But pedestrian and bike traffic has been light. Last night there were more people out. You had to watch for them. They would stop to chat blocking the path. Most were very polite when you said excuse me. But just be on the lookout if you're going to ride just after sunset. Here's one more shot.

[IMG]75th Ave & Camelback by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

I used the crosswalks to cross that intersection. It was a zoo of drivers in a hurry to get where they were going. It's about 7 mi home from here.

Overall I liked riding in the afternoon. Traffic was heavier but not impossible to deal with. The heat was bearable and actually felt nice after the sun set. The lighting was good for shooting. But I didn't take as many photos as I would in the morning. Just something to think about.

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36.3 mi
2 hrs 54 min riding time
Almost 4 1/2 hrs real time
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Pioneer Community Park

Yesterday afternoon I rode to Pioneer Community Park in Peoria. Hot weather is here. It was 111 F when I left home around 4 PM. Pix are here.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/res1du...57681735028882

The map is here.

https://www.endomondo.com/users/1891...outs/946495627

The wind was out of the west. In order to have a tailwind on the way home I started out west. First south on 23rd Ave to Indian School rd, west to 27th Ave, south to the Grand Canal, then I followed the canal to 71st Ave. Along the way I stopped to take a few shots.

[IMG]Have a seat? by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]Bees drinking by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

At 71st Ave I turned north following 71st to Northern. There are some problems with 71st Ave between the canal and Northern. At Camelback, Bethany Home and Glendale Rds there are no lights. These streets were moderately busy. I ended up traveling west on the south side walk a little, waiting for east bound traffic to clear, then getting into the left turn lane and continuing north at each of those. Northern wasn't as busy and I was able to make a left turn after waiting less than a minute.

Riding west on Northern you pass the Agua Fria Generating Station on your right. Between 75th & 83rd Aves it is agricultural, farms, tree farm, dairy and feed lot. At 83rd turn north. About a quarter mile north of Northern I crossed the power lines.

[IMG]Powerlines crossing 83rd Ave by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

From there I went to Olive Ave to buy a cold bottle of tea. Pioneer Community Park is between Olive Ave and Butler Dr. There was a pretty pond or lake with some art work along 83rd Ave. Believe it or not there were people at the park. Fishing, barbecuing, kids playing at the playground.

[IMG]Pioneer Community Park by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]Pioneer Community Park by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

After wondering around the park for a half hour or so I headed east on Olive. Crossing Grand Ave was a challenge. I rode east on Olive to Sunnyslope Park.

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

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

[IMG]Closer look at the Cactus by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

North on 71st Ave again. Then east on Mountain View Rd. At 43rd I had to turn right, get into a left turn lane to get on the east side. I managed to find an alley that took me to the Arizona Canal. I stopped by the water treatment plant for some more shots.

[IMG]Water Treatment Plant by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

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

It was getting close to 7 PM and I was getting hungry. So I cut thru Metro Center, an older mall, to Culver's for a burger. Culver's had only one booth where you could see the bike rack. It was occupied. So I ate outside. My phone said it was 110 F at the time. The concrete table and bench felt warmer. But the sun was behind buildings and there was a breeze, so it was bearable.

After supper I cut thru the parking lot back to the Arizona Canal. East to 25th Ave, then headed for 23rd Ave and Dunlap. Then I followed 23rd Ave home.

29.1 mi
2 hrs 22 min riding time
about 4 hrs total time
Note: This was a hot ride. I wasn't able to ride either Sat or Sun morning so it had to be an afternoon ride. At least it gets cooler as you go. I drank quite a bit during the ride. The bottle of tea I bought at 83rd & Olive was lukewarm less than an hour later.

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Yesterday afternoon I rode around Camelback Mountain. Starting out a little after 4 PM the temp was around 112F. Hot! Instead of starting out against the prevailing west wind I thought I would try going with it hoping it would abate by the time I started back west. Pix are here.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/res1du...57681735028882

The map is here.

https://www.endomondo.com/users/1891...outs/950054013

Starting east on Campbell Ave I rode to 7th Ave. Then onto the Grand Canal Trail heading east. I was able to get a pretty good speed with the tailwind.

[IMG]3rd Ave Pedestrian Bridge by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

At 12th St turn north and proceed to Highland Ave. East to 16th St, then north to Camelback Rd. I ate early at Jimmy John's on the NE corner. It seemed there was less "stuff" in the sandwich. Maybe it's just me.

After eating I went to QuikTrip at 16th St & Highland to buy a bottle of cold tea. Then east on Highland to 20th St. Just before 20th St I stopped for a few shots.

[IMG]Closer Look by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]Agave(?) Flower by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

At 20th St ride south to Campbell Ave. Then go east to 44th St. At 44th St go north a block to the Arizona Canal and head east again. This is fun riding with the wind! Just east of Arcadia Dr (48th St south of Indian School) I stopped for this shot.

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

Stopping again at Arizona Falls. Arizona Falls is a good place to experiment with the camera. All kinds of angles and moving water.

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

From here get on the north side of the canal and proceed east. At 64th St you can see the Crosscut Canal gate on the south side and a little foot bridge on the north side.

[IMG]64th St going north by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Ride down that foot bridge and go north on 64th St. A mile and a half or so north turn west at MacDonald Dr. The sun is lower and maybe the wind has abated. Maybe. But I am riding uphill and upwind. Neither the slope nor the wind is horrible. But my speed slows to under 12 mph. However the view is scenic and I stop several times for shots. By this time my tea is lukewarm or warmer. But if you can handle hot tea on a hot day it ain't bad.

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

At the intersection of MacDonald Dr. and Tatum Blvd there is a small Cactus garden.

[IMG]Prickly Pear New Growth by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]Camelback's Head by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

From here MacDonald meanders south then turns into 44th St. To stay on MacDonald Dr. watch for the intersection and make a sharp right turn. I followed MacDonald to 40th St. Then rode south to Camelback Rd. Where I got a cold bottle of water. That tasted good. The sun is getting low now. Back onto the Arizona Canal and head west. Stopped almost immediately for this shot.

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

Within a mile west of this weed the sun went behind a thin cloud. The shade felt good. I figured it would only last 5 min. But as the sun was setting the cloud seemed to grow to the west so that there was thin shade over me until sunset. That was pretty cool.

At Maryland Ave I turned east and rode to 21st Ave. Then work your way thru the neighborhood to Whataburger. My intention was to get a small milkshake. But they were busy. Who'd a thought that on a Saturday night. Instead I got another bottle of water at a less busy fast food place and headed home.

Stats
28.2 mi based on Endomondo
I forgot to put the bike computer back on after one of the stops. Have no idea how many miles I missed. So don't really know the riding time. Don't really trust Endomondo's record keeping too much. Total time was around 4 hrs.
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Cesar Chavez Park

I rode to Cesar Chavez Park this morning. Temps were from high 70s to mid 90s F. Pix are here.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/res1du...57683002765063

Map is here. I am trying out Strava. Haven't figured out how to post the map yet. But if you click on the map in the new tab the activitiy with the map will open up. I think. I'll try to figure it out.

https://www.strava.com/activities/10...0c3d8735fef86c

I started out around 5:30 AM east on Campbell Ave to 15th Ave. South to Glenrosa Ave, then work thru the neighborhood to the McDs at 7th Ave & Indian School Rd. After breakfast I went to Quik Trip at 3rd Ave & Indian School Rd to buy a bottle of tea. Then south on 3rd Ave, then 5th Ave to downtown. Worked my way thru downtown to Rio Salado at Central on the north side of the Salt River. Stopped there for a bio break, use sunscreen and drink some tea. From there I took the north side path west towards 7th Ave. Stopping for some pix.

[IMG]Prickly Pear Fruit by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

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

From here it's south on 7th Ave to Baseline Rd. Then west to 35th Ave. Cesar Chavez Park is on the SW corner of Baseline Rd & 35th Ave. I spent some time riding around the park looking for pix.

[IMG]Big Cows by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

There was a nice lake with an island in the middle. A paved path encircled the lake. So I rode around the lake.

[IMG]With Benches by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]More nice brickwork by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]Statue of Cesar Chavez by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

There was also a skate park.

[IMG]Skate Park Obstacles by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]There is a cost to learning by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Afterwards I crossed 35th to the Quik Trip there and bought another bottle of tea. The cold tea is tasting good at this point. Then ride north on 35th Ave. There is a bike lane to Lower Buckeye Rd.

Some of the scenery along here reminded me of high school. I went to Carl Hayden H.S. in the 70s. Kids along 35th as far south as Baseline Rd went to Carl Hayden as well. There weren't any closer high schools. When the Salt River had water in it they would be late because there were only 3 bridges or so that could be relied on. Sometimes the bus didn't make it at all. The trailer park where one of my best friends lived was gone. Otherwise the neighborhood looked the same.

About a half mile north of Lower Buckeye Rd turn right (east) on Durango St. Then north again at 31st Ave. I followed 31st Ave all the way to Grand Ave. Between Buckeye Rd & Van Buren St. you cross the RR Trax.

[IMG]RR Trax looking east by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

When you get to Encanto Blvd get on the sidewalk and go around this.

[IMG]Negotiating 31st Ave & Encanto Blvd by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

At Grand Ave I rode NW to the Costco parking lot. Cut thru to Krispy Kreme for an apple fritter. Then headed home.

Strava has been recording more miles than my bike computer says. Some of the extra is me walking around taking shots. I'm sticking with my bike computer for now.

Stats
29.2 mi
2 hrs 16 min riding time
about 4.5 hrs total time
Notes: Temps are cooler and the wind is lighter. But it gets hotter as you go. And the lighting isn't as good in the late morning. I'll probably stick with morning rides when I can. Just depends. I'm waiting for the Monsoons with anticipation. Hoping there will be some photo opportunities then.
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Central Ave Ride

This morning I took a ride along Central Ave from Washington St. to the Grand Canal. Temps were in the mid 80s at the start. The pix are here.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/res1du...57683002765063

You can find a map here.

https://www.strava.com/activities/1067287489

Started riding east on Campbell Ave to 15th Ave. Then worked my way thru the neighborhood to the McDs at 7th Ave & Indian School Rd. After breakfast I headed to Quik Trip to buy a bottle of tea. They were out of my favorite lemon. Had to settle for peach flavored. Then downtown via 3rd & 5th Aves. Riding by St. Joe's Hospital I noticed this night bloomer.

[IMG]Night Bloomer by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

I've been trying to get a shot of one of these in bloom but usually by this time they are closing shop. Just lucked out this morning.

I decided to start my ride from Washington St. because it is 0 north and south. While it's not the center of Phoenix think of it as the origin. One North is on the NE corner.

[IMG]One North Central by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

I wanted to wait for the light rail to come along right there. But patience is not one of my virtues. So I rode around the area figuring I would hear the train toot when it got to 3rd Ave. Doing so I found this alley.

[IMG]Found this alley by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

The alley being behind several night clubs and restaurants smelled as bad as you can expect. So turn off your nose and enjoy the sights. There are several more pix in the album.

[IMG]Land of LLorona by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]Monarch Theatre by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Going north on Central Ave I opted to ride the sidewalk mostly. It is a nice wide sidewalk and I rode slowly, stopping a lot. There were quite a few cyclists riding up Central this morning. Most were in the lane. There is no bike lane along Central where I rode this morning. Here are a few shots taken along Central.

[IMG]Succulent Flowers by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]Tribute to Navajo Code Talkers by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]Coffee House? by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Just north of Indian School Rd I entered Steele Indian School Park. Workers were preparing for tonight's festivities. Not too many actual visitors there this early. Can't go tonight. Gotta a dinner party.

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

Leaving the park I got on the Grand Canal. Rode a quick quarter mile to 3rd Ave, then north. 3rd Ave is a bike route. But don't take it if Camelback Rd & Bethany Home Rd are going to be busy. This being a holiday morning they weren't and were easy to cross. The neighborhood between Missouri & Maryland Aves is very fancy. I used to work at a grocery store at 7th Ave & Bethany Home Rd and remember the neighborhood well. At Rose Ln stay on the Phoenix Sonoran Bike Path and continue to Maryland. From there I rode to the donut shop at I17 & Bethany Home Rd for a small coffee and donut. Then headed home.

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18.7 mi
1 hr 45 min riding time
almost 4 hrs real time. Kinda went overboard with the pix today.
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Grand Canal to Arizona Canal Loop

This morning I rode my bike west on the Grand Canal. Turned north onto the New River Trail. Then curved back around to the Arizona Canal and back home. Temps went from mid 80s to high 90s. Pix are here.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/res1du...57683002765063

The map is here.

https://www.strava.com/activities/1075715001

Started out south on 23rd Ave to Indian School Rd. West to the McDs at 33rd Ave. After breakfast I cut south thru the Costco parking lot to Grand Ave. Then SE to the Grand Canal.

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

From here it is west until the Grand Canal runs into New River. Stopping along the way to take shots.

[IMG]Under 95th Ave by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

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

There was a mild west wind blowing thru much of this. Mostly under 5 mph, sometimes maybe as much as 10 mph.

At New River I turned north. About 1/4 mi north of Glendale Ave I found some long rows of concrete. They were maybe 2 ft wide. Between each row was 2 ft of dirt. It doesn't look like an old building. There were several of these concrete lanes in the area.

[IMG]These are weird by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

I stopped several times to take pix. There's not room in the post for all of them. New River was running. For those not familiar with some of our rivers, running means maybe a foot deep and 4 ft wide, other places maybe 100 ft wide but only a couple of inches deep. Here's a couple of shots from Grand Ave.

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

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

After Grand Ave is Thunderbird Rd. I got off there and rode east to Dunkin Donuts just east of the 101 Fwy. They have a nice shady spot to sit outside while I sipped my coffee and worked on an apple fritter. Afterwards I rode back to the New River Trail and continued north. Just north of Thunderbird Rd is Rio Vista Community Park. It was fairly quite this morning. Too hot for the kiddie's to be playing I suppose.

North of Rio Vista you are on the Skunk Creek Trail. Shortly it curves into the Arizona Canal. At the rest area near 67th Ave there were people racing model airplanes. I didn't stop but it looked like fun. Under 67th Ave I did stop.

[IMG]Nice Flower by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

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

Not sure what they are but they were pretty this morning. A little further somebody left their trike.

[IMG]Somebody lost a trike? by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

I hope they find it again. Along this stretch the flood retention area is full of dry grass. I noticed several black spots. Finally it dawned on me, Grass Fires. Then I saw a spent firework and figured it out.

[IMG]Fire Damage by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

The fire dept must have had several calls on the 4th. At least none of the damage looks permanent. From here I continued on the Arizona Canal to 25th Ave. Then worked thru the business district to 23rd Ave & Dunlap. From there it was only 4.5 mi home.

38.4 mi
3 hrs 9 min riding time
5.5 hrs total time
Note: The only physical problem I had was I woke up with a stiff neck. Had to turn my upper body to look behind me at first. But after 4 or 5 mi things loosened up. Must have slept on it wrong. Hate it when that happens.
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Mini Monsoon

Yesterday I rode my bike in the afternoon. When I left there were thunderheads from the north thru the south east. This is normal weather this time of year. They don't often make it into the metro area. But it looked like there might be an opportunity for some photos around Tempe Town Lake. Pix are here.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/res1du...57683002765063

The Strava log is here.

https://www.strava.com/activities/1085433638

When I left a little after 4 PM the temp was 107 F. There was a slight west wind. I started east on Campbell Ave to 7th Ave. There I got onto the Grand Canal. Stopped at 3rd Ave for a shot of the pedestrian bridge.

[IMG]3rd Ave Bridge by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

At 12th St I rode north to Highland. Then east to 16th St. Then rode up to Jimmy Johns at 16th St & Camelback Rd. It was quiet at 4:30 or so. After eating I went to Quik Trip at 16th St & Highland for a bottle of tea. Then east to 20th St, south to Campbell Ave and east again. As I rode east the clouds began to move into town.

At 44th St I rode up to the Arizona Canal and turned east. There was some interesting fruit in trees along path.

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

Whatever it was it wasn't ripe. Tasted about like you'd expect balsa wood to taste. Riding east the skies got darker. I could see drops hitting the canal. Not enough to get me wet. By the time I got to Arizona Falls it was starting to come down pretty good. There is a outdoor area with a roof there so I stopped to wait out the rain. So did a few other people.

[IMG]Waiting for the rain to end by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

The wind kept shifting around. I had to move the bike from there as it started getting wet. After a half hour or so the rain slowed down enough for me to leave. First stop was the 56th St Deli and Market. They gave me a small trash bag to put my electronic gear in. Then it was riding east on the Arizona Canal again. At the Crosscut Canal I turned south. The rain had completely stopped so I put the camera back in the handlebar bag.

[IMG]Looking back from near Thomas by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

The Crosscut Canal Trail takes you almost all the way to Tempe Town Lake. At Thomas Rd you have to use the lights to get across the intersection. But at McDowell Rd, the sign saying McDowell Rd points left. Follow the right path to this tunnel.

[IMG]Entering Papago Park by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

South of here the path borders the east side of Papago Park. To your right is the Desert Botanical Gardens, Papago Park, then the Phoenix Zoo. At the zoo the Desert Bighorn were out on the rocks. There's a shot in the album. But they were too far for my lens. After the zoo the canal crosses a small valley and road via an aqueduct.

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

The path goes thru the valley. Climbing back up you come to a reservoir. From there I could see a large dust storm rolling over South Mountain towards downtown Phoenix. I got one of those emergency notices on my phone about it.

[IMG]Dust Storm rolling towards Central Phoenix by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

From here it is a quick downhill ride to Mill Ave & Curry Rd. Then a short ride to Tempe Town Lake. Unfortunately the sun was completely behind clouds. It was almost like it had just set. I took a couple of shots anyway.

[IMG]Light Rail crossing the lake by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

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

I rode around the west side of the lake before deciding to head home. There were several other amateur photographers out there as well. Saturday evening at the park. Headed home via Washington St, then the Grand Canal. Fairly quiet. Had to ride around some trees blocking most of the Grand Canal Path. Wanted to stop somewhere for a snack but couldn't figure out where or what. So ended up at home without stopping. It was almost 8:30 by then.

Details
30.6 mi
2 hrs 25 min riding time.
Note to self bring a couple of small plastic bags in case of rain. The plain old grocery bags will do fine.
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Tolleson Loop

Yesterday I rode to Tolleson and back. It was hot and muggy, 105 F & around 30% when I left around 4. Pix are here.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/res1du...57683002765063

The map is here.

https://www.strava.com/activities/1096865982

I started out south on 23rd Ave to Indian School Rd. Then west to 27th Ave, south to the Grand Canal. Then west again. Right after crossing Grand Ave you cross the RR tracks.

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

Continue west about a mile to 39th Ave. Turn south here.

[IMG]39th Ave Turnoff by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

39th Ave is one of the few minor roads that crosses the I10 Fwy. At Roosevelt St just south of I10 turn right. But 1st I rode east to shoot some murals at Butler Elementary School. There's a couple more in the album.

[IMG]Murals at Butler School by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Now back to the west. From 43rd to 51st Aves Roosevelt makes a large curve. At 67th Ave you should go south to Garfield, then west to 71st Ave. Then you can get back on Roosevelt St. A big storm has been moving into the valley as the ride went on. The main part appears to be passing to my west. But I'm riding west towards it.

[IMG]Shady Spot by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]Storm over Tolleson by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

I turned south at the last photo, 79th Ave. Then west again at Van Buren Rd. At 83rd Ave you are in Tolleson. At 91st Ave you see the sign.

[IMG]Entering Tolleson by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Just west of here it started splattering drops on me. Not really rain but enough to get my glasses wet. It stopped within 5 min. At Cowden City Park next to the library I found this mural.

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

From here I rode west to 99th Ave then north. Though the sun was still up, the skies were dark. I could see local showers scattered around me. Wasn't sure if any were coming my way or not. At McDowell Rd I stopped at Firehouse Subs. The sub was good but pricey. There wasn't good bicycle parking but they had outside seating with umbrellas. So I locked my bike to one of their iron chairs and ate at the same table. The weather was warm and muggy but not as hot. While I ate the closest shower passed north to south to my west.

Now it's time to head home. Not the shortest route of course. East on McDowell Rd to 95th Ave. I used the crosswalk on the east side of the 101 to get to the north side of McDowell then salmoned to 95th. Decided to try some more shots of this leaky pipe.

[IMG]Leaky Pipe by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]Waiting patiently by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Now go north on 95th Ave. About a quarter mile or so make a left onto 93rd Ave. Keep going all the way to Pinchot Ave. Then go east to 91st Ave. From here work your way through the neighborhood to 87th Ave and ride north. Ride all the way to Missouri Ave.

[IMG]Sunset near Cardinals Stadium by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Turn east on Missouri. I crossed the Grand Canal near 79th Ave. It took a little doing because of construction along the bike path. At O'Neil Park near 64th Ave I stopped for a bio break. At 63rd Ave I turned north to Bethany Home Rd. Then east to 59th Ave. There are a couple of parks there but the lighting was pretty bad so I didn't stop to shoot anything. Some other day. From here I rode north to Maryland Ave. Then headed home.

32.1 mi
2 hrs 45 min riding time.
about 4.5 hrs total time
Note: I've been having neck problems. Really stiff and sore. Not generally riding. About half way thru the ride I realized that my normal forward position was a problem. I was holding my head up to see ahead and that was aggravating my neck muscles. After that I rode mostly in an upright position. Can't do that totally because in that position I can only get 4 fingertips on the handlebars. That seemed to fix the neck problem riding. But my rear end felt it. Can't win them all.
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South Phoenix Loop

This morning I looped thru South Phoenix. The pix are here.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/res1du...57683002765063

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https://www.strava.com/activities/1109355869

I started out east on Cambell Ave near 23rd Ave. I rode to the McDs at 7th Ave & Indian School Rd where I had breakfast. This morning started out in the 80s with cloud cover. While it was shady most of the morning it was also muggy (humid).

After breakfast it was QuikTrip at 3rd Ave for a bottle of tea. Then south to down town. A pleasant surprise was this bloom near St. Joseph's Hospital near Thomas Rd.

[IMG]Cactus Flower by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

All the other cacti of that species seem to be done blooming. This one is going full strength. Maybe I'll drop by on my way to work in a day or two.

Once downtown I wondered around taking shots. The reflections make some interesting shots. This morning the cloud cover was messing with me a little. But there were things to see regardless.

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

I decided to ride west to Wesley Bolin Park. It started sprinkling when I got there. Not enough to make me look for shelter. But I kept looking at the sky to see if I needed to. From there I rode south on 17th Ave to Grant St. Then east towards 1st Ave. Stopping at Grant Park for this shot.

[IMG]Mural at Grant Park by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

At 1st Ave it was south to Rio Salado. By the Buckeye Rd I was out of the light sprinkle. I stopped at Rio Salado for a quick break. These are on the south side of the river.

[IMG]More art by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

From here I followed the south side trail east. My intent was to ride to 24th St. Then cut through some neighborhoods. Half way between 16th & 24th Sts on the north side of the river was a waterfall! You don't see that often on Phoenix. The problem was how to get there. Carry the bike across the river? Possible, but no. I ended up riding back to 16th St, crossing the river and following the north side multiuser trail to about 20th St. I think this is water from last night's rain washing out flood drains. But not sure.

[IMG]Flood Drainage? by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

That runs right down to this.

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

Pretty isn't it. While it didn't smell like sewer water. There was some smell that wasn't normal. I don't think I would drink that water boiled or not.

To get out of there I had to ride north to University Dr. Then to 24th St. From there to 32nd St & Wood. Where I stopped for another cold bottle and a break. This QuikTrip had no place to lock a bicycle. Cable locked it to a lamp post, U-locked the tire and frame.

After my break it was east to 36th St on Wood. Then south to Esteban Park. It is possible to cut thru the park and get back on 36th St south of Roeser. Then to Southern Ave. Then east to 40th St. And south to Baseline Rd. There I got on the Highline Canal.

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

From here west the Highline Canal cuts west thru neighborhoods between Baseline and Dobbins. It's a paved path. But a little narrow. As is the canal. There are no under or over passes at the major arteries. But you don't really need them this far south. There was some interesting finds.

[IMG]24th St along the Highline Canal by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

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

[IMG]Circle K Park by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

At Central Ave I turned north and headed home. By the time I got to downtown again the sun was coming out. Now it's Hot and Muggy! I stopped at Arby's at Thomas Rd for lunch. Then rode home.

Stats:
37.4 mi
3 hrs 4 min riding time
around 6 hrs total time.
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Paradise Lane Loop

This morning I rode a loop traversing Paradise ln from 29th Ave to 71st Ave. Then working my way home via 79th Ave & Mountain View Rd. The weather was warm. Starting out in the mid 80s with about 38% humidity. Not much wind to start with a light east wind later. The pix are here.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/res1du...57684846733010

The map is here.

https://www.strava.com/activities/1120592344

Started out north on 23rd Ave around 5:30 AM. Approaching Bethany Home Rd the bike lane was closed and there was quite a bit of construction going on. So I cut over to 21st Ave and continued north. At Northern Ave I rode east to McDs for breakfast. After I stopped at the convenience store across the street for a cold bottle of tea.

Just past Dunlap Ave I turned west at Mission ln. Worked my way to the Arizona Canal at 25th Ave. From here there are two ways to get to Paradise ln at 29th Ave. First ride north on the Cave Creek trail, cut over to 26th Ave at Thunderbird Rd. Or ride west on the Arizona Canal to Metro Center, get on 31st Ave and head north. I rode north on Cave Creek Trail.

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

A couple of miles later I came to Cave Creek Park Cactus and crossed the creek. Then continued north on the east side. Crossing again here just before Thunderbird Rd.

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

The next stop was on 26th Ave just north of Thunderbird.

[IMG]Bird of Paradise by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

There are several ways to get to Greenway Rd from here. I chose Winchcomb to 23rd Ave. At Greenway I turned west and rode to 29th Ave. Then north to Conocido Park.

Conocido Park by res1due, on Flickr

Paradise ln doesn't actually go thru to 29th Ave. But Conocido Park is at the same latitude and has a path (sidewalk) that does. So I rode that to 35th Ave. There were a few people playing Frisbee golf this morning.

At 35th Ave it was easy to hop on Paradise ln and continue west. From 35th to 71st Dr is about 3.5 mi. Paradise ln is marked as a bicycle route with some bicycle lanes along this stretch. On a quiet Sunday morning it was easy riding. At 71 Ave or 71 Dr turn south (left) and go to Sherri Jean ln, then west. Sherri Jean ends right past 71st Dr for cars. But it is open enough for pedestrians and bicycles. Another block and you're at the Arizona Canal. You have to follow 73rd Ave NW a little to get on the Arizona Canal. Then head west. You drop right down to the 75th Ave bridge.

[IMG]75th Ave by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Cross under the bridge and you're on the Skunk Creek Trail. Following that in an arc to the west then southwest I found this sign.

[IMG]That's odd by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

That seemed weird to me. Why was the sign facing an empty lot? On the other side the sign warned "No Trespassing" with fines and prison times listed. WTH? I'm on a public path. Lots of other people here all the time. I don't get it. Continuing southwest you soon come to the Greenway exit.

[IMG]Greenway Exit by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

This takes you to Greenway Rd at about 81st Ave. For some reason I had thought you could get off a Tierra Buena ln. So I rode north to see. Although it had appeared to me from google maps you could get off at Tierra Buena you can't. Most definitely. Oh well. So head south on 79th Ave. We're going to ride it all the way to Mountain View Rd.

You may notice I detoured at Thunderbird. It was brunch time and I could just hear the donuts calling me. That explains the detour. Then back to 79th and south. 79th Ave actually comes close to Grand Ave before curving into Mountain View Rd. If you wanted to you could cross to Grand Ave on foot or bike. I headed east.

At 55th Ave I came to Sahuaro Ranch Park. Just ride across the park. The sidewalks are wide enough and the park is interesting. It is one of the historical farm/ranches around here. Google it if interested. There are peacocks living on the park. They have been here since at least the mid 90s when I took classes at GCC just south.

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

When I stopped to take pix that bird walked right up to me. I think he's waiting for me to hand out bread crumbs or something. When I just took pix he lost interest and wandered off.

There are several historic buildings and farm equipment at the park.

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

I didn't stay long but continued west to 59th Ave getting back on Mountain View Rd. At 43rd Ave you have to work thru the neighborhood. Either to the Arizona Canal via an alleyway or to 35th Ave. Since I've already been thru the alleyway I chose the neighborhood this morning. From 35th Ave I got on the Arizona Canal and headed west. Stopping for some final pix.

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

From here it is less than a mile to 25th Ave. Then 5 miles home.

37.0 mi
3 hrs 0 min riding time.
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To the Agua Fria River & Back

This morning I rode to the Agua Fria River & Grand Ave then back. For me this was a wet ride. There was a light drizzle when I got up. So instead of getting on my bike I drove to McDs for breakfast. At McDs I kept waffling on whether to take the DSLR or just a point and shoot. In the end I took both. But wrapped them in grocery bags in their respective bags. When I got home it was still coming down but lighter. So I left around 6:30. The pix are here.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/res1du...57684846733010

The map is here.

https://www.strava.com/activities/1132124923/

I started out north on 23rd Ave. The drizzle itself wasn't a problem. But muddy puddles were. I rode around them when possible. The bike and I were OK but I worried about my electronic gear. But it was alright. I turned west onto the Arizona Canal Trail. Between 51st & 59th Aves the trail crosses the flood retention channel.

[IMG]Flood Retention Channel by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

You can see from the pic how light it was. It was about that level until around 8 or so. Then it started dropping off.

Just past 59th Ave I stopped to use the facilities. Then got off the Arizona Canal and onto Thunderbird Rd and headed west. I stopped at the donut shop around 85th Ave. Somewhere along Thunderbird my bike computer stopped. I guess the contacts were shorted. Anyway wiping it didn't help. It refused to read any speed.

I left the donut shop around 8:15 and the drizzle was noticeably less. It stopped by the time I got to Grand Ave. I followed Thunderbird west to 111th Ave. This means I rode thru Sun City. Google maps showed this section to be a bike route. It was OK but in parts there was no bike lane nor a sidewalk. I just rode in the lane.

At 111th Ave I turned south and rode to Grand Ave. I do have one complaint here. There was no ped or walk button on my side of the street. And the light turned green for the north bound traffic but not for me south bound. I was going to ride west another block and cross without a light but a couple of cars south bound pulled up. I caught the next light. I guess I was supposed to Salmon across 111th then punch the walk button and salmon again to cross Grand Ave. Speaking of salmoning, I salmoned up to QT at 113th Ave.

[IMG]RR Bridge over the Agua Fria by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Part of this ride is to scout the possibility of photographing a train crossing the bridge. Google maps showed it was possible to ride from QT down into the river bed, cross under the bridge and maybe have a good shooting location. I salmoned across on the sidewalk. The river bed was wet.

[IMG]There's water in there! by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

On the other side the road was blocked and signed NO Trespassing with penalties. You could ride around their fence but I didn't. Getting a good shot of a train here would be mostly luck. First you need good lighting, early morning, late afternoon, the right clouds and of course a train. They don't have a schedule. You would just have to hang waiting for the sound of train. Even then my train shots aren't that good. Maybe someday, at New River.

Back to 113th Ave and south. At Alabama Ave I turned west and swung around to Maricopa Lake.

[IMG]Maricopa County Lake Park by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

By this time the skies are clear and it's time to apply some sunscreen. I took a decent break here. There was quite a covey of quail feeding along the river bank. While taking my break there was quite a racket coming from the river channel. Almost a quacking sound but more like squeaking. I think the recent rains may have woke up native toads or frogs. I would have liked to go see but everywhere along the banks were signs warning of No Trespassing. Ride to the river and can't even get my feet wet!

I followed this road south to Peoria Ave. Somewhere in here my bike computer started reading speed again. Then turned west to see if Peoria went into the river. Not quite. This is the powerlines along a side channel.

[IMG]Powerlines in the Agua Fria by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Back east along Peoria Ave. Thru Sun City again, into Peoria to the New River trail. The water was flowing pretty good in the New River here. I turned south. Just before Northern Ave the trail crosses New River. It was flooded.
Cool! It didn't look like it would be too deep. But I chickened out. Don't want to get my camera and gear soaked. So rode to Northern and crossed up there. Then back down to the river crossing.

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

[IMG]Heading toward my bike by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

That is the biggest snail I have ever seen! If you're into macalogy there are a couple more pix in the album. After goofing off here I headed south again. Stopping to shoot along the way.

[IMG]New River rolling under Glendale Ave by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

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

There were a lot of birders parked at the last location. It looked like they had to walk a half mile to do their shoots but there were a lot of birds in a large flooded swampy area. Good luck to them.

From here it was east along the Grand Canal. Down in the channel of the Grand Canal Linear Park the trail was flooded quite a bit.

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

I rode slow to minimize the splashing. Maybe I should have left the good camera behind. At 83rd Ave I turned off, rode thru a soggy field to Discovery Park and got on Maryland Ave and headed east again. At 75th Ave there is a small flood channel that people use to get in and out of the neighborhood. The storm last night almost blocked it.
From here it was a straightforward ride home. East on Maryland to 23rd Ave, then south to home. Stopping for a burger on the way.

Since my bike computer freaked out I'm using Strava's numbers. They tend to record slightly more mileage than my computer. And I think my computer is calibrated pretty well.

42.6 mi (recording 42 on my excel training log)
3 hrs 55 min 56 sec moving time (that includes probably a quarter mile or more walking)
No problems with the rain other than worrying about my gear.
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Skunk Creek

Yesterday afternoon I rode my bike to Skunk Creek via the Arizona Canal. Then home via 23rd Ave. Pix are here.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/res1du...57684846733010

The map is here.

https://www.strava.com/activities/1142228741/

The ride started around 4 or so north on 23rd Ave. The weather was mildly hot. More than 100 F, less than 110 F. When I reached the Arizona Canal I headed west. Just west of the I17 freeway is Metro Center with an amusement park.

[IMG]Castles & Coasters Roller Coaster by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

The flood retention channel was mostly dry. The weeds were doing good from last weeks rain tho. Between 51st & 59th Aves the trail crosses the channel. The careless weeds were as tall as I was down in the bottom. Just west of 67th Ave I stopped at a rest area.

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

I didn't get on the Skunk Creek Trail when I got to it. Instead I got off the Arizona Canal Trail at 75th Ave and worked my way to Habit Burger at 79th Ave & Bell Rd. Loved the burger and salad. Wasn't as happy with the bicycle parking. But was able to see my bike from my table inside. After eating I rode east on Bell to Skunk Creek and got on the trail.

[IMG]Getting on the Skunk Creek Trail by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Forgot to mention the wind was out of the WSW. Now it's behind me. That feels good! It's within an hour of sunset. There were quail and rabbits running around the edges of the trail. No pix they wouldn't pose for me. But here's a couple of pix of the trail.

[IMG]Crossing under 67th Ave by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]Skunk Creek Trail by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

At about 55th Ave the trail passes, feels like it goes thru, an aquatic center.

[IMG]Foothills Recreation and Aquatic Center by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

A little past that I come upon 2 german shepherds off their leash. They were well behaved. But I stopped because they wanted to get around me and they were afraid to while I was riding.

At 51st Ave I rode up to a Chevron at the 101 freeway to get some cold tea. Then back to the trail. I'm not sure the trail is "official" east of 51st Ave. But there are plenty of tracks. No pavement tho. And my rear tire is an inverted tread. It wasn't doing well in the loose sand and gravel. So I got off the trail at 48th Ave and worked my way to Yorkshire Dr. Then followed Yorkshire to 23rd Ave. Crossing I17 was interesting.

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

At 23rd Yorkshire curves to the north. I turned south to head home.

[IMG]Yorkshire & 23rd Ave by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Riding south from here it is getting dark. The main streets were busy and it was almost impossible to cross without traffic lights. If you follow the map you'll see the zigging and zagging.

However south of Glendale I was on 21st Ave for another reason. Summer is Cicada season. I wanted to check a local park where the immature larvae metamorphose to see.

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

Pretty cool huh! I stayed here more than a half hour shooting. There's more in my photo stream.

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Numbers:
35.8 mi
3 hrs 0 min riding time
More than 5 hrs total.
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Tempe Town Lake

Saturday afternoon I rode to Tempe Town Lake and back. I got there via the Grand Canal and came back on the Arizona Canal. Pix are here.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/res1du...57684846733010

The map is here.

https://www.strava.com/activities/1153990764

It was 109F when I left home around 4. I started east on Campbell Ave and rode to 7th Ave. There I got on the Grand Canal Path. The problem with an afternoon ride on the Grand Canal is crossing the major streets. There is no provision at most of the crossings. You just have to wait for a break. Traffic wasn't heavy though and I didn't have to wait long at any of them. Approaching 24th St I stopped to shoot this colorful building.

[IMG]24th St. by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

The easier way to get to Tempe Town Lake is to turn onto Washington St when you get there. I opted to stay on the Grand Canal Path. After 44th St much of the path is gravel. I stopped here and there for shots.

[IMG]Crossing the Tracks by the 143 Freeway by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]Near Priest Dr. by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

It kinda looked like a storm brewing. I got some shade from the clouds but not much. The wind shifted from out of the west to out of the east as I rode along the canal. So much that at times I was in low gear crawling at 7 mph. At the upper end of the Grand Canal there were some cacti.

[IMG]Prickly Pear by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

The prickly pear are ripe. But don't eat them without first removing those stickers. They are very tiny and will irritate the heck out of your palate.

Tempe Town Lake is just around the corner. I wondered around the west side taking shots. The last one is below the dam.

[IMG]Tempe Center for the Arts by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

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

I left the lake on the south side of the Salt River. A few weeks ago I rode along the Salt River from the west. I didn't quite get to the 143 Fwy from the west side. I wanted to see it from the east side. The air was hazy Saturday. The trail turns at the 143. Maybe some day it will go under the 143 connecting west and east sides.

[IMG]Approaching the 143 Freeway by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Swinging south I rode to University Dr. Then east. At Priest I stopped for a burger. Then on east to Mill Ave. ASU. Quite the crowd of young and slightly older on a Saturday evening. There are decent bike lanes. Just watch traffic and ride carefully. I had no problems circling back up Mill. Stopping to shoot the setting sun.

[IMG]Sunset from the Mill Ave Bridge by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Just past Curry Rd I got onto the Crosscut Canal Path and continued north. Twilight falls quickly.

[IMG]Twilight at the Crosscut Canal by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

At the Arizona Canal I turn west and head home. Almost ran over a fair sized rat crossing the trail. Guess I should expect them but never saw any rodents on the Arizona Canal before.

At 44th St I got onto Campbell Ave and continued west. Stopping over the 51 Fwy for a couple of shots.

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

From here it is only a few miles home.

Stats
33.4 mi
2 hrs 52 min riding time
about 4 1/2 hrs total time.
still felt pretty warm when I got home.
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Wow, great write up and photo's! Your pictures remind me how much I'm missing the great AZ sites but the riding here in MN is much cooler. I'll be out to visit in a couple of weeks and swing the paint brush a bit.

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Thanks johnu. Hopefully the heat will moderate by then.
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