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Old 02-29-16, 09:29 PM   #1
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Riding in the Phoenix Metro area

This thread is to record some of the rides here in the Phoenix area.

Saturday morning I rode to Tempe Town Lake and back.

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Trek 3700
25 mi
114 min riding time

I went to the lake because I heard they were draining it. While it is low it ain't drained yet.

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

There was no water running below the damn. Probably because they were working on the new damn. Rather than describe the ride out I will describe the ride back. I went back following the Grand Canal. Right now it is closed between Washington and Priest near the lake. So I rode down Washington to 56th St, then south to the Grand Canal. The path is gravel between 56th St & 48th St. Here is a shot of the canal going under the 202.

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

About half the path between 48th St & 44th St is paved the other gravel. From 44th St. west the path is paved all the way to 7th Ave. Below is the second crossing of the 202.

[IMG]Passing under the 202 again by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

This pedestrian bridge is close to Palm ln. which is between McDowell and Oak. Creighton Elementary School uses it during school days.

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

There are usually some shopping carts in the canal. The reflection caught my eye.

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

Not too much further I stopped for a nutritional supplemental.

[IMG]Stopped for a nutrional supplement! by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

It was good! About 5 mi to home from here. I followed the canal to 7th Ave then got home using the minor surface streets. Try to do a better job of photography next time.

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Grand Canal West I17 to Cardinal's Stadium

This morning I followed the Grand Canal Path from I17 to the 101 and back. It's a little more than a mile from my house to the Grand Canal on the west side of the I17. The path is gravel the first ~1/4 mi to 27th Ave. From 27th Ave to Grand Ave it is paved. At Grand Ave you cross the RR tracks.

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

Between Grand Ave & 35th Ave the path is gravel again. As can be expected the canal has flavor.

[IMG]shopping cart? by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Except for a short stretch between Indian School Rd and 67th Ave the path is paved all the way to 99th Ave. At 67th ave starts the Bethany Home Outflow Channel. Basically it is a flood control area. But it is pretty and green and is used as a park when not flooded. Here is a shot near the 71st Ave Entrance.

[IMG]near 71st Ave by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

The canal is to the left. The path I am following is a path in the flood control itself. Right at the end the flood control flows into a concrete ditch barred to prevent access. That doesn't stop everybody.

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

But the path itself climbs the canal embankment and deposits me here. At 75th Ave & Camelback.

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

I know it doesn't look like much. But in the 70s this was all farmland. There was a convenience to the left of the shot. Behind me was a radio station. They are still there. The farmland is gone. We used to drive out here back then. We would jump in the canal just below the gate, slide under the intersection and try to catch a rope on the other side. I always missed and had to crawl out further down.

The Grand Canal Linear Park in Glendale starts on the other side of the intersection. It is on the north side of the canal here. I take it as it is easier to cross the major streets. At Bethany Home Rd there is an underpass followed by a short bridge over the canal. From there it is less than 2 miles to the 101. Between 91st Ave and the 101 is the Cardinal's stadium. I was pleasantly surprised to find a balloon festival.

[IMG]balloon festival by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

I never thought about it but I guess sometimes these guys don't make it.

[IMG]in trouble by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

He managed to miss the stadium but hits the ground a couple of minutes later. After watching the balloons for a while I head home. Just before the Bethany Home underpass I turn left and go thru the Glendale Heroes Park, cut thru an empty lot to the Discovery Park to get onto Maryland Ave. From there it is east to 23rd Ave. Maryland has one of the few pedestrian bridges over the I17.

[IMG]Maryland & I17 by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Weirdly there was a guy in the structure sitting in an office chair. Just sitting. He had a bedroll and small bag with him. It would be too noisy for me. Hanging out over a freeway.

From here I go east to 23rd Ave then turn south towards home. Just a couple of miles. Stopping for a snack on the way.

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

If you're interested in the numbers;

23 mi
1 hr 44 min riding time
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Westside Loop

This morning I did a 38mi loop. Started out along the Grand Canal at 27th Ave similar to last week. This time I rode to the end where it empties into the New River. Then follow the New River Trail north to Skunk Creek. Skunk Creek trail around to the Arizona Canal. Then I followed the Arizona Canal approximately ESE to 25th Ave. From there it is a short jaunt to 23rd Ave & Dunlap. Then follow 23rd Ave S to my neighborhood.

My photography still leaves something to be desired. The pix here are more snapshots than quality pics. I will place some of the pix in this post. There are more here:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/res1du...57665216595976

First I had breakfast at McDs. From there I rode to 27th Ave & the Grand Canal. It was around 6:15. I'm riding my hybrid today.

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

From here I ride west. Again I follow the Bethany Home Outflow Channel and the Grand Canal Linear Park. They both follow the canal closely but meander some. The Grand Canal Linear Park goes under major streets giving an easier way to negotiate the majors. However there are not restrooms along the park. Nor a good place to hide behind a bush. When I have to I use the Glendale Heroes Park just E. of 83rd on the N. side of Bethany Home Rd.

This time I pass the stadium. Then cross the 101 a local freeway. I keep going to approx 103rd Ave. There is a lot of water east of 103rd Ave. Hardly any west of this spot. It must be splitting off here to local farms.

The "trail" west from here is actually a gravel residential road with horse properties on the south and fields to the north. After about a half mi you come to the end.

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

From here I traveled north on the New River trail. It is paved. But both sides of the trail are fenced in. Just across the river I can see Glendale Airport. The New River trail goes under major roads. Although there are no signs to tell you where you are until Olive Ave. Between Peoria and Grand Ave there is a pond.

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

With several geese hanging around. When I stopped to take a pic they turned and looked suspiciously at me.

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

Next to Grand Ave is the RR tracks.

[IMG]RR tracks next to Grand Ave by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

I don't know what the shade is for. Reminds me of a bus stop. But this is a MUP in the middle of a river. At this point you can ride the New River trail on either side of the river. I get on the east side.

Next stop is for a snack.

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

After my break I quickly come to the Rio Vista Community Park. There is a huge pedestrian bridge crossing the river here.

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

From here if you want to stay on the New River Trail get on the west side. This is where Skunk Creek meets the New River. I stay on the east side and follow Skunk Creek trail. In a little more than a mile you come to where the Arizona Canal meets Skunk Creek. I stay on Skunk Creek trail and go under 75th Ave. Skunk Creek trail turns north about 73rd Ave. I continue easterly along the Arizona Canal. At this point I see signs saying I'm in the Thunderbird Paseo Park. Thunderbird Paseo Park continues until at least 59th Ave. The trail on the north side underpasses major roads. And there is shady spots and restrooms along the way.

From here my mind is kinda on automatic. Nothing hurts but I'm tired. I stop here for one more pic.

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

When I get to 25th Ave I'm about 5 mi from home. I've traveled all the way from the end of the Grand Canal to 25th Ave without having to worry about traffic. Well there were pedestrians and other bikes. But all in all it was a quiet ride.

OK the numbers.

38.4 miles
2 hours 53 min riding time
I left home about 5:20 and returned about 10:15.

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Loop around Shaw Butte, Lookout & North Mtns

Yesterday afternoon I did a loop around Shaw Butte, Lookout Mtn & North Mtn. If you're more interested in pix than words you can see them here.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/res1du...57665216595976

I started north on 23rd Ave. 23rd goes from my neighborhood all the way to Mission ln just north of Dunlap. Then I worked my way thru the business neighborhood to 25th Ave & the Arizona Canal. This is about 5 mi from my home. From here go east about a quarter mile. A pedestrian bridge crossing the flood channel starts the Cave Creek Multiuser Path here.

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

Proceeding north along the path you pass under Peoria Ave. and Cactus Rd. About 1/2 mi north of Cactus you come to the end of the flood control channel. There is a big low area for waters to gather. And a pedestrian bridge crossing the creek itself.

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

But if you want to see water come back when it rains. It doesn't matter whether you cross the ped bridge or not. Either way continue north. As you get near Thunderbird Rd the west side merges to the east and you go under the road. You climb out of the creek to ride along a golf course. The trail follows the east side of the course. You will end up next to the sidewalk on 19th Ave. When the golf course ends it is time to cross 19th Ave. Your only help is a crosswalk. But traffic was light and I didn't have to wait more than a minute.

After crossing the path is between a church parking lot to the south and Cave Creek to the north. Google maps says this is the Sun Circle Trail but I'm not so sure. About 1/4 mi east of 19th Ave the trail splits. If you want to stay on the Cave Creek Path turn left into the flood control area and go under Greenway Pkwy here.

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

However I'm looping around the local mountains so I proceed east. The trail is a concrete path. It meanders along a wash and/or flood control channel. You will ride under mesquite and palo verde trees.

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

If conditions are right you can find flowers blooming along the path.

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

At 7th Ave you come to Moon Valley Park. The trail sort of ends here. You want to stay on the north side of the channel and work to the NE corner of the park. The park is popular with locals so when you get back on the trail watch for pedestrians. Follow the meandering generally NE. You will soon come to a bridge crossing a wash. Shortly back to Greenway Pkwy. Here the trail is just the sidewalk. Follow it a couple hundred yards. The mesquites, palo verdes will give way to a grassy area with apts to the south. The trail turns right and crosses the grassy area. Kids were playing in the sprinkler system at the apts. A little further along you come to 7th St.

[IMG]7th St Underpass by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

As you continue east along Greenway Pkwy here you can see Lookout Mtn to the south.

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

About 12th St I saw a sign saying "Do not enter when flooded". So I assumed this was the bike path. It wasn't. I was in an empty concrete canal. I found a way out at 14th St and went south to Paradise ln. Then E. to 18th St., S. 1 block to Monte Cristo, then E. again to 20th St. From here I went S. Keep following the path S. It curves a little around Lookout Mtn to your right. I followed 20th St S. all the Way to Sweetwater Ave. Then E. a block to Cave Creek Rd (not the creek, town or path). South along Cave Creek Rd. After you cross Cactus you will be going downhill. This was fun I even hit 20mph!

At Hatcher I turn west. North Mtn is to your right. Just west of Central Ave Sunnyslope Mtn is just north of you.

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

That S is visible from all over the valley. At 7th Ave I go south a short way, get on the Arizona Canal and go west to 15th Ave.

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

From here I proceed south on 15th Ave to Orangewood. West to 21st Ave. South to Glendale Ave where I stop for a chocolate milk. Then back to 21st eventually crossing to 23rd Ave to continue south back into my neighborhood.

Totals were:
26.6 mi
114 min riding time

Note: Afternoon riding gets thirsty. Even though it was only in the 80s.
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Great posts! I'd love to see more of your infrastructure. What's good and what's bad or needs improvement the most.
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Thanks CrankyOne. On infrastructure I keep meaning to be more detailed and forget. Find myself trying to be more artistic with my photography.

That said I'll make a few general comments based on my experience.

First off the Arizona Canal. This is one of my favorite multi user trails. I've ridden on it from 64th St in Scottsdale to where it ends in Skunk Creek in Peoria. From 24th St west the trail passes under major roads so you don't have to wait at a light or cut across traffic. That segment is also paved. The main problem which is minor as long as you are ready is homeless people sleeping, sometimes drinking under the bridges. Most of these underpasses have little or no lights so don't try to "blow" thru.
From 24th St east to 64th St there are some paved sections but my impression is mostly gravel. But it is a good gravel trail. I have no problem on my hybrid and I see roadies every time I'm there. I don't recall any underpasses in this section. But every major road crossing is at or near a light so you don't have to wait too long.

On the Grand Canal. I've ridden almost all of the Grand Canal from Tempe Town Lake to New River. The Grand Canal has lots of room for improvement. I'll start from Tempe Town Lake and describe the path going west.
The first segment starts from Washington just east of Lakeview Dr north of the lake. It's currently closed. There is some kind of construction project going on. So I usually take Washington to 56th St and travel south to the canal. Then west from there. It is gravel here. It is mostly gravel from here to Washington west of 44th St. The only underpasses are under the freeways, there are 2. But the only street I have had trouble crossing is 44th St followed by Van Buren. They are major roads and there is nothing to slow down traffic.
Going west from Washington the path is paved all the way to 7th Ave. You travel mostly NW to about 12th St where the canal bends more west. You are traveling thru poorer neighborhoods. There are "hobo" camps along the way. They move as needed but I always see at least one. You are going to find broken bottles in the path. At night it is hard to see people fishing along the bank and sometimes they are actually sitting in the path. I rode this section once at night without a light. Had to slow way down to keep from running into people. Crossing every major road is an adventure. Most of the time you are 1/4 mi or so from a traffic light. You just have to wait for an opening.
I'm not going to describe 7th Ave to I17 about 2 mi. I'll start at I17 and go west. From I17 to 75th Ave is similar to the segment from Washington to 7th Ave. Except there are more gravel segments. When you get to 67th Ave you can follow the Bethany Home Outflow Channel Park. It has a wide sidewalk that meanders to 75th Ave & Camelback. It is smoother and easier than the following the canal.
From 75th Ave west you are in Glendale. My recommendation is follow the Grand Canal Linear Park. It meanders alongside the canal but goes under the major roads unlike the canal path. You can go from 75th Ave & Camelback to the 101 & Bethany Home Rd without worrying about auto traffic on the Grand Canal Linear Path.
Crossing the 101 is similar to crossing any major freeway on a major road. I usually take the sidewalk but you can take the lane as well. About 1/4 mi west of the 101 is 99th Ave. Bethany Home road really ends here. Just follow the canal west. Gravel to 107th Ave. The last 1/2 mi is a little rough. Lots of horse properties here.

Didn't mean to go so long. In future posts I'll try to describe things better. Maybe add some comments about trail or path conditions.
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Temp Town Lake via the Arizona and Crosscut Canals

Tempe Town Lake has been drained. So I took another trip out there. This time I went via the Arizona Canal. If you like pix better than words here is a link to the album. There are few more pix there.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/res1du...57665216595976

Starting in my neighborhood I travel east on Campbell to 7th Ave. From here I get on the Grand Canal and continue east. At 12th St I go north again to Campbell and turn east. From here east I'm on a bike lane. Campbell is what I call a "minor" artery. There is traffic and it has traffic lights but it's not like the "major" arteries. Campbell ends at the 51, one of our freeways. Fear not there is a pedestrian bridge.

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

Yes, that is as tough to navigate as it looks. I know a lot of you can make it up and down without touching your feet to the ground or hands to the rails but I can't. Once across continue east on Campbell. If you're smart you'll continue all the way to 44th St & go north to the Arizona Canal. Not like me. I turned north at 40th St adding a little distance to my trip.

Turn eastish on the Arizona Canal and continue. Along the way you will get some good views of Camelback Mtn.

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

I never have climbed Camelback. Meant to but, well things come up. East of 48th St is the OHSO Eatery and Brewery. What is interesting is they have a bicycle rack on the canal path. You can enter from Indian School Rd too. There were a lot of bikes parked there. Sorry no pix this time.

Just east of 56th St is Arizona Falls.

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

Arizona Falls is a small hydroelectric plant. I think it supplies electricity to about 50,000 homes. Google it if you want to know. It is artistically designed. A lot of amateur photographers work on their hobby here. Google it and look for images.

About a mile east you will come to the Crosscut Canal. Looking at maps it appears to be what is named. Water is diverted here from the Arizona Canal and travels south. I believe this is the source of water for the Grand Canal. Turn south here.

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

From here south you will be following a smooth concrete path. And going slightly downhill. The path parallels 64th St to Thomas Rd. Then it veers slightly east then south again. Nearing McDowell watch for the path to split to the right. Take that to go under McDowell.

Going south from McDowell Papago Park, The Desert Botanical Gardens and the Phoenix Zoo are to the right. If you're not careful you can have a lot of fun riding the trails in Papago Park. There is plenty to see.

Continuing south I crossed under an aqueduct then Marigold ln. I think Marigold ln is the service entrance to the zoo. You have to climb a little along side a rock formation.

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

From here it is not far to where the path ends at Mill Ave near Curry Rd. I went south on Mill to Curry, then east on Curry a short distance to LakeView Dr. I turned here to go to the lake. The lake is practically empty.

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

Usually the water is up to those dark grey lines on the pillars. The birds don't seem to mind. There is still lots of water down there and plenty of feeding opportunities for birds. But I have to get too close to get a good pic of the wildlife. So you won't find them in this album yet. There are more pix of the bridges.

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

The ride from here to home is the same as the one in my first post. A few differences. There was a larger than usual "hobo" camp. Or maybe that was because it's near sunset. Since it the sun was setting and I didn't have a light I didn't stop for a snack. And this building.

[IMG]Nice paint job. by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

That was not that color the last time! But I like it.

For those interested in statistics I rode my hybrid
28.5 mi
2 hrs 11 min riding time
3 hrs + real time.
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Short loop west of I17

I took a short 17mi ride yesterday. If your more interested in pix they are here.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/res1du...57665216595976

Starting near my home I rode south on 23rd Ave. There is a bike lane along 23rd here. At Indian School Rd there is a left turn lane and a right turn lane. I want to go straight so I got in the right side of the left turn lane. Most auto traffic is understanding of this as long as I get out of the way as soon as the light turns green.

Just south of Indian School Rd you need to cross the Grand Canal. There is a pedestrian bridge. Watch for broken glass.

[IMG]Pedestrian Bridge over the Grand Canal by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Cross the bridge, turn right and go down to the first alley. Turn left then right back onto 23rd Ave. I traveled south to Osborn Rd and turned right. Then west 1 block to 24th Ave and south to Thomas Rd.

Thomas Rd is a high traffic artery. I got onto the sidewalk and proceeded west across I17 & 27th Ave to 29th Ave. There are several fast food places, motels, convenience stores and a pawn shop along this section of Thomas. Turn left and go south down 29th Ave to Virginia Ave. Watch it crossing the RR tracks.

On the south side of Virginia Ave is Shamrock Foods. It may not look like it but it is a huge structure. You can see the building from Shaw Butte to South Mountain.

Shamrock Foods is near my old neighborhood. Where it sits there used to be a small quarry pit. It was being used as a dump back then, full of broken gear, mechanical marvels and other junk fascinating to a youngster. But the real attraction was as a bicycle obstacle course. It was 20ft deep with steep tortuous paths. I crashed a lot there.

Turn right and go west to 31st Ave. Then south to Encanto Blvd.

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

We are turning right here. Sorry no cars this way. Going west we soon come to 35th Ave. On the SW corner is LLantera El Hispano and Garcia's Original Mexican Restaurant is next to it. I'll recommend Garcia's. Good Mexican American food at a fair price. But we're not stopping here today.

West of 35th Ave is my old neighborhood. I used to deliver papers here in the 60s. The people have changed. And there's a bike lane but other than that the old 'hood looks the same. Keep going.

West of 43rd Ave is Sueno Park where I stop to use the restroom. At 47th Ave I turn north. Wrong move. After wiggling thru the neighborhood I arrive at Thomas Rd on 46th Ave. There is a side street paralleling Thomas Rd here and I use it to get to 47th Ave. Fortunately there is a lull in traffic and I'm able to cross Thomas and continue north on 47th Ave. But you might should go one block to the west and use the light at 48th ln.

I go north on 47th Ave to Indian School Rd. There is some nice street art along here. But the lighting was wrong, cars were parked at the bar, etc. So no pix. I'm going to have to drive over here early some morning.

So back to 47th Ave, north to Campbell Ave, then west. Now we're in what I consider to be Maryvale proper. We've actually been in what everybody calls Maryvale since crossing 27th or 35th nowadays. But it wasn't back when I grew up here.

Just past 51st Ave is Maryvale Park. Continue west to 55th Ave and turn north. This section of 55th has a median.

[IMG]The Median on 55th Ave by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Twenty years ago driving down 55th to work there used to be this guy on a small bike. He had some kind of pole with dog leashes on it. He also had 4 greyhounds. They would be racing up and down this median as fast as the dogs could pull him. Continue on 55th Ave until it ends at Claremont St.

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

As you can tell you're going to have to turn here. We want to go right on Maryland Ave but to do that turn left on Claremont. Then north on 57th Ave to Maryland. Maryland crosses Grand Ave and the RR tracks by overpass. I huff and puff to the top then zoom down the other side. Hit 27mph going down! That's good for me.

From here west Maryland is neighborhoods. Sometimes with a bike lane, sometimes not. If there is a bike lane cars are probably parked in it. At I17 there is a pedestrian bridge.

[IMG]Maryland Pedestrian Bridge by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

The ramp is well designed and I can easily climb and turn up it onto the bridge.

[IMG]In the bridge by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

I had to weave around broken bottles tho. From here it's a short ride home.

17.6 mi
83 min riding time, closer to 2 hours real time.
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Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area

Yesterday I rode to Rio Salado. It is along the Salt River just a couple of miles south of downtown Phoenix. I rode east on Campbell to 15th Ave. At 15th Ave I turned south.

15th Ave has one of the better bike lanes around here. At the intersections they have drawn the bike lane in the right turn lane on the left side. It is like that all the way from Van Buren to Dunlap, about 8 mi north and south.

I turned off of 15th Ave at Grand Ave to go SW to 7th Ave & Van Buren. Downtown Phoenix starts here. At least in my mind. A couple of blocks over I stopped to take a shot of the "New Windsor Hotel".

[IMG]New Windsor Hotel by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

It's one of the historic buildings in downtown Phoenix. I went east on Adams to 1st Ave, then turned south. There was a huge event going on along Washington. Some of the signs said "Cinco de Mayo". But yesterday was the 7th.

Shortly after you cross the tracks 1st Ave merges with Central Ave. In a little less than a mile you come to I17. Keep going. About a quarter mile south you will see the entrance to Rio Salado on the left (east) side.

There are several entrances and parking areas along the park. At this one there is a nice pond. There were turtles sunning on a log in the pond. There is also a restroom here which I used.

The area has both paved and unpaved trails. Yesterday I stuck to the paved trails mostly. From the pond I went east, then took the first trail to the south. It quickly turns west and you cross under Central Ave. Just west of Central Ave is one of the sources of water for the park. I suspect it is effluent from downtown and the area just north of here. Maybe I'm wrong. But here is a shot.

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

Continuing west you climb a little until another paved trail merges. Keep going west. Enjoy the view to your immediate left. There are a lot of birds and other wildlife in the woods in the river bed.

Just before you get to the 7th Ave rest area the trail splits. Take the left fork to go under 7th Ave. Keep going west. To your left is the river bed. Sometimes it has water down there sometimes not. Yesterday it had water. To your right is an industrial and recycling area. Just before you get to the 15th Ave overlook you cross a small bridge. Shortly after the trail turns into a gravel road. My mountain bike handled it OK. The park ends at 19th Ave. So here I turn around.

[IMG]19th Ave Entrance by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Going back east I stop to take pix of a Saguaro in bloom. Usually the blooms are so high up I can't get my camera closer than 20-30ft from the flowers. This time I actually put my camera in macro mode!

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

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

That's downtown Phoenix in the lower left. Nearing the 15th Ave overlook I see a sign near what I thought was some debris. Turns out the "debris" is habitat for burrowing owls. Haven't seen a burrowing owl in a long time. I don't get too close 'cause I don't want to scare them.

[IMG]Bridge near 15th Ave Overlook by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

From here I backtracked to where I came in at Central by the pond. Turned north on Central which has a nice bike lane and started for home. Approaching downtown traffic got heavy.

[IMG]Central Ave under the RR by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

As a matter of fact after riding under the bridge the bike lane dissappears and I took to the sidewalks which were not quite as crowded. I went slow. Nevertheless it only took me a few minutes to work thru downtown to 3rd Ave & Van Buren. I followed 3rd Ave north to Indian School Rd where I made a detour to get a chocolate milk. Then back on 3rd Ave north to the Grand Canal.

[IMG]3rd Ave & Grand Canal by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

From here it is and easy ride home. Some other time I will go back and take pix of more of Rio Salado. I am always fascinated by the variety of wildlife here. I've even seen beaver in one of the ponds.

The ride was 19.5 mi and 89 min.
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Up Dreamy Draw, Down Cave Creek Rd.

This morning I rode up the Dreamy Draw path, then circled around to Cave Creek Rd to return home. If you are more interested in pix the album is here:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/res1du...57665216595976

I started north on 23rd Ave. I wanted to follow Maryland Ave east to 16th St. But Maryland doesn't go all the way to 23rd Ave. So I turned east on Citrus Way, then north on 21st Ave, then east on Maryland Ave.

There is a bicycle lane on Maryland Ave all the way from 21st Ave to the Arizona Canal. Although you have to zig zag to go under the 51. This morning I turned north at 14th St and went to Glendale. Then west to 16th St. I had coffee and a protein bar at McDs.

After breakfast crossed the Arizona Canal on Lincoln Dr. For those not familiar with this part of Phx, Glendale Rd becomes Lincoln Dr east of 16th St. You want to take 17th St north from here. It isn't straight across but you can see it easily enough. 17th St turns into Dreamy Draw Dr a few blocks up. On the right you will see some low hills that separate Dreamy Draw Dr from the 51 freeway. Keep your eyes open.

[IMG]Gopher Snake by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

I would have missed this but a jogger ahead of me jumped when she ran by. A little further up the road makes a sharp left turn. You will see a sidewalk path going straight and turning right. Take the path. This is the start of the Dreamy Draw Bikeway. The path climbs a little to cross over the access road. On the left side there were a couple of Saguaros in bloom.

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

The following pic is a shot of the pedestrian bridge.

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

Once you cross the 51 freeway the path climbs a little going thru the pass. There are low hills on both sides of the path. This is a great area to hike. You can see quail, coyotes and other wildlife in the preserve. This morning I only saw a few quail.

There are restrooms, ramadas and picnic tables up ahead on the left. I took a break and drank some iced tea there. A little more than half way along the bikeway there is a pedestrian bridge over the freeway that takes you into a neighborhood on the west side.

[IMG]Pedestrian Bridge over the 51 by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

I crossed just to see the other side, then crossed back. Continuing on the path eventually it turns east and ends at 32nd St. Cross 32nd St and continue east. You are on Mountain View Rd. There is a bike lane. A couple of blocks ahead is a small park, Mercury Mine Basin Park. I forgot to mention that the Dreamy Draw area used to be mined for Mercury. Back before the City extended this far. There are a lot of filled in prospect holes in the hills around.

At 36th St I turned north. 36th St also has a bike lane. A couple of miles north you come to Sweetwater Ave. There is also a drainage along here. I think it was probably a river in the old days. Now it is a flood control drainage. Turn west on Sweetwater. A little more than 2 miles west you come to Cave Creek Rd. Turn left. There is a bike lane along Cave Creek. Also it is downhill. Now you can have some fun and really pick up the speed.

Once you cross Cactus Rd you're in an older neighborhood. Lots of independent businesses. Car lots, junkyards, auto repair, motorcycle repair and others. Here is one I thought had an interesting sign.

[IMG]Vintage Clothing by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

This is one of the paths I take home from the northern part of Phoenix. Next time I will try to find something else interesting to shoot in here. I turn west at Hatcher. Once you are west of 7th St on Hatcher you are in the Sunnyslope neighborhood. It was an outlying unincorporated neighborhood when I was young. Older houses, independent businesses, etc. There is a bike lane along Hatcher. At 7th Ave I turn south to the Arizona Canal which is a long block south of Hatcher.

There is a used bookstore on the left between Hatcher and the canal here. I've been in there many times. If you like one of those old bookstores where the shelves are jammed with old books this is a good one. It is too early today. I turn right at the canal and proceed west to 15th Ave. Took some shots of the pedestrian bridge here.

[IMG]15th Ave & the Arizona Canal by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

From here my route home is the same as on Apr 3rd. Stopping at a convenience store on Glendale for a chocolate milk.

Here are the numbers
24.9 mi on the bike
1 hr 48 min riding time
Total time out was 2 hrs 40 min.
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Big Loop on my birthday

Yesterday was my birthday. I celebrated by riding what is for me a longer ride. As a matter of fact some of my previous rides posted here have been training rides for yesterday.

If you're more interested in pix than verbiolage the flickr album is here:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/res1du...57665216595976

Around 5:20 AM I got on Campbell and traveled east to 7th Ave where I got on the Grand Canal path. The Grand Canal is pretty empty of pedestrians and other riders this early on a Saturday. I followed the Grand Canal to Thomas Rd near 24th St. There is a convenience store / Service Station with outside tables there. The morning was cool, high 60s F and I had a leisurely breakfast with coffee.

[IMG]Breakfast of champions by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Except for the book this is my usual breakfast. While getting ready to leave after breakfast I realized I forgot something important. My hat! The service station didn't have any baseball caps for sale inside. Que Sera.

A little after 6 I continued on the Grand Canal to Washington St, then east on Washington St. Stopping in front of the Pueblo Grande Museum to put on sunscreen.

[IMG]Entrance to Pueblo Grande Museum by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

You can see I'm riding my hybrid this morning. Continuing east to Tempe Town Lake. Stay on the north side of the lake and follow the path east. Go under Scottsdale Rd and keep on the path. It bends north at the Indian Bend Wash arm of the lake. Here is a shot of the 202 crossing the arm.

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

The MUP up the Indian Bend Wash is confusing to me a little. I think the main path follows the west side. Mostly. But in places it doesn't. Truth is you can go up either side and get there so if you make a wrong turn don't fret. Just enjoy the ride.

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

If the Grand Canal traffic was sparse the Indian Bend Wash isn't. Lots of people jogging, walking, golfing and walking their dogs. Even several other cyclists. It is wise to be cautious passing pedestrians but everybody seemed in a good mood this morning. Lots of smiles, good mornings and happy waves. 6 or 7 miles later I come to where the Arizona Canal crosses. There is a pretty fountain on a nice golf course here.

[IMG]Arizona Canal meets Indian Bend Wash by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

My calculations on the web say it is 22.7 mi from there to Skunk Creek on the Arizona Canal. But then sometimes I err. I turn left and climb a small berm. I can't tell which side of the canal is better to ride on. Seeing a cyclist riding on the right side I ask him. He says it's fine on that side. But after riding about a half mile down the canal I realize I'm in a construction zone. They've really softened up the dirt here. And of course the other side has lots of people walking and jogging on it. So back I go and things are better on the left side.

At Chaparral I switch to the right side. Til I get to Camelback Rd and Scottsdale Rd. This is a fancy part of Scottsdale. Way out of my wallet's league. But very picturesque.

[IMG]South Bridge Scottsdale by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]Passing the Legacy by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

I'm going to break this up into 2 posts so I can show a few more pix of this ride
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Birthday Ride part 2

Continuing west on the Arizona Canal from Scottsdale I soon come to the Arizona Falls Power Plant near 56th St.

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

[IMG]Entrance to the Arizona Falls by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

I take a short break here. By now the temps are getting warmer. Probably high 70s to mid 80s. Which is really cool. Continuing west I'm on a hardpan gravelly trail. It's not bad really. Lots of other people riding, jogging, etc. Just before 24th St. near the Biltmore you want to cross to the North side here.

[IMG]Cross here. by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

The reason is there is an underpass on the north side at 24th St. Or you can wait for a break in traffic and cross 24th St. From here west almost all major road crossings go under. Letting you avoid auto traffic. One of the things I like about this MUP.

At 44th St is my first "bailout" point. I'm tired, my rear is slightly sore and I'm feeling heated but I decide to continue. I stop at a convenience store for more gatorade. My last "bailout" point was 25th Ave. It is 5 mi from my home to 25th Ave and the Arizona Canal. Now I'm watching my odometer backwards and calculating how far I am from home vs how far to continue my planned loop. Once I make the turn at Skunk Creek I decide I might as well finish the loop.

Skunk Creek quickly becomes New River. And very shortly I arrive at Thunderbird Rd. I stop near here for a burger. It's almost 11 AM and I've gone 50mi.

After lunch I ride back to New River, getting a powerade along the way, and continue south. There is actually water in the river.

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

But there's no water here just across that bridge.

[IMG]No Water by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

South of Northern Ave the trail becomes a nice smooth concrete path. The only problem is the concrete path is almost white. Heat is radiating up strongly from it. The temp is probably low 90s but it feels hotter to me.

However I soon come to Bethany Home Rd and the Grand Canal. It is about 13 mi home from here. I am hot, wishing I hadn't forgot my hat but overall it is uneventful riding home. I take one more pic at 75th Ave.

[IMG]Homeward Stretch by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Mainly nostalgia. I can still remember hopping in the canal on the other side of that intersection and riding under the bridge. On a day like this that sounds inviting. But I'm sure nowadays somebody would call the law.

To sum up I rode 70.8 mi in 5 hrs 13 min riding time. Total trip time was a little more than 8 hrs. Lessons to be learned. Remember my hat. As matter of fact I put a baseball cap in the pack I usually use for these rides. Experiment with better clothes. I wore what I usually wear today. All cotton. While it isn't the problem that a lot of people believe it is not very comfortable after 40 mi or so.
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Something Different - Trail 100 East Side

This morning was something of a failure. I had grandiose plans of riding Trail 100 from one side to the other. I should have known better. On the other hand maybe I learned a couple of things.

For those more interested in pix go here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/res1du...7667028805323/

Starting from near Campbell & 23rd Ave I rode north. Got on Maryland Ave going east. Worked my way to McDs at 16th St & Glendale Rd. After breakfast I crossed Glendale, got on 17th St which turns into Dreamy Draw Dr. Follow this up about a mile and it makes a sharp turn to the left. There is a bike route sign pointing to a sidewalk on the right. That is the beginning of the Dreamy Draw Bikeway. Take it and cross the 51 freeway.

Maybe another mile up is the Dreamy Draw Parking lot, ranger station. There are restrooms, volleyball courts, and ramadas with picnic tables here. Keep following the Dreamy Draw Bikeway until it ends at 32nd St. Cross 32nd St and get on Mountain View Rd straight across. Getting from here to Tatum Blvd at the trailhead for Trail 100 is a little convoluted. Use a map. If you get tangled up don't worry. You will probably end up on Shea Blvd. From there go east to Tatum Blvd then turn south.

The trailhead is about 1 1/4 mi south of Shea Blvd on the west side. I passed a couple of teenagers on Tatum. Before I got 200 yds down the trail they passed me. Ride Stats so far: 13.1 mi, 59 min riding time.

[IMG]Tatum Blvd Trailhead of Trail 100 by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

The first half mile of the trail is a narrow right of way between private properties. Plenty of nice houses to either side. Plenty of No Trespassing signs too. A lot more trees in here but still desert. Here is a nice healthy Saguaro.

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

The Eucalyptus tree behind it is on somebody's property. I haven't ridden on dirt in a long time. It was very difficult for me to keep my balance on parts of the trail. I am afraid I crashed a few hundred yards from here. Thinking back on it I realize I jerked my front brake at precisely the wrong moment. Front tire obeyed me and stopped rolling. The rest of the bike did not! To make matters worse another MTN biker was following close enough to see, and hear the whole thing. By the time he got there I was up, pushing the bike towards the trail and grinning. I couldn't see his face, so can't say what he was thinking. No I wasn't hurt. Couple of scratches.

Before long I cross a saddle and come to 40th St. I have hiked a lot of this valley.

[IMG]Crossing 40th St. by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

It's easy! Well the next 1/4 mi was. Then you cross a few washes. I've hiked across them many times. No problem. DOH!

There is a skill here that I don't have. Maybe it will come in time. I was trying to come out of the washes in too high a gear. Inevitably the front tire hits a rock and stops. At least going up you don't fall as far. I was usually able to get my feet on the ground and walk the bike out of the wash.

[IMG]Walk of Shame by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Seems like there are too many people out here. I get lots of funny looks. Goofy old man pushing a mountain bike up perfectly rideable trails.

At one point in the valley I zigged when Trail 100 zagged. If this happens to you don't worry. There are so many crisscrossing trails you can work you way to where you are going. Maybe my zig was psychological. As it took me to the old Trail 100 which follows an easier path. Being stubborn I got back on the correct trail and was soon at a saddle looking over a part of the trail I knew I couldn't ride.

[IMG]High Saddle by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

The main trail behind my bike is steeper than it looks in the pic. I've hiked up and down it before. Today I walked down 95% of it. I stopped to take a pic here.

[IMG]Halfway down by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

But mainly I stopped here to let a better rider go by. Her boyfriend had already thundered by. It looked almost like skiing. He was pretty skilled. But she was no slouch either. She rode the whole way down without slipping or sliding. I'm having trouble walking down this stretch with my bike.

Less than half an hour later I come to this underpass.

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

Yep that is the trail. I am about 1/4 mi from the Dreamy Draw parking lot. I am also out of water. While it is not too hot, mid 80s F, I am hot. Going under the underpass I turn towards the parking lot.

Here is a link to my ride in Endomondo. https://www.endomondo.com/users/1891...outs/745764736

Trail Riding Stats: 4.36 mi, 1 hr 15 riding time, 3mph according to Endomondo. Wow! I suck at this. Need to find a more beginnerish trail to ride.

Things learned: Brakes. Go easy on the brakes. Panic braking is bad. My balance isn't as good as I thought. Get better. Learn to shift better.

From the parking lot it is about 8 1/4 mi to home. Basically reversing my morning ride. Stopped at a service station for a powerade. It was delicious! Another 8.3 mi 34.9 min.
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Downtown Phoenix

Went for a short ride this morning. Was expecting to go for a short hike. Instead my schedule was changed. So I went for an impromptu ride this morning. Decided to see how the lighting was for photos downtown. The lighting was OK. My photography is so so.

For those more interested in pix they start here

https://www.flickr.com/photos/res1du...57667028805323

I started out from my house near 23rd Ave & Campbell. Proceeded south on 23rd Ave to Osborn Rd. Then west to 24th Ave, south to Thomas Rd. I had breakfast at McDs there. Leaving McD I took a shot of the aquarium place next door.

[IMG]Ocean Floor by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

I've seen the name "Servous Nystem" on several murals around town. So far I like his art.

From here I travel east on Thomas to 23rd Ave. Then south to Virginia. From there I work my way thru the neighborhood to 19th Ave & Encanto Blvd. Continued east to 5th Ave, then south to Van Buren. Instead of blow by blow here are the shots.

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

[IMG]Old First Baptist Church by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]Hotel San Carlos by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]Luhrs Building by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

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

Between I stopped for a small cup of joe at Starbucks in Cityscape. That's a small shopping center between 1st Ave & Central and Washington and Jefferson. There is several restaurants, a little pricey for my taste, a bowling alley and a CVS. There is also a nice outside sitting area where I sipped my coffee and watched the early morning pedestrians.

From the Orpheum theater I headed home. I stopped at Roosevelt Park to shoot this piece of art.

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

I didn't try to read the panels. From here I went home.

Stats: Rode the Hybrid
15.3 mi 73 min riding time. Was gone for about 2 1/2 hours from home.
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Avenues vs. Streets for the visitor to Phoenix

Thought I'd add an explanation of the naming system for some of the streets here in Phoenix. Those who live in the area already know this. Those who don't sometimes get confused because there is a big difference between 24th Ave & 24th St. There is a system to the madness. And it can save you time figuring out how to get from A to B in the valley.

The first thing you will notice looking at a map of the Phoenix area is that the streets are a big grid. Numbered streets run north and south. Named streets run east and west. Yes they get crooked in places. But the area is relatively flat The major streets are 1 mile apart. The minors, which are becoming more crowded, are midway between the majors usually.

Numbered avenues are west of Central Ave. Numbered streets are east. For instance 35th Ave is west of Central Ave. 16th St is east of Central. This rule doesn't apply to named Avenues and Streets. For instance, Maryland Ave runs east and west, therefore you can be either west or east of Central depending on where you are on Maryland Ave. Simple right?

There is also a naming convention for both sides. On the west side you start with Ave, say 38th Ave. If there is a street between 38th Ave and 39th Ave, the first one west of 38th Ave will be 38th Drive. Following Drives will be Lanes. For example just south of Thomas Rd. you will find 38th Ave, 38th Dr, and 38th Ln in sequence.

On the east side the sequence is Street, Place, then Way. For instance 11th St, 11th Pl, 11th Way exists south of Bethany Home Rd.

There is one other convention to note. West of 15th Ave there are 8 Avenues per mile. For instance 23rd Ave is 1 mile west of 15th Ave. 91st Ave is 1 mile west of 83rd Ave. The same follows east of 12th St. 32nd St is 1 mile east of 24th St. Between 15th Ave and 12th St this does not apply. But 15th Ave is 2 miles west of 12th St. Yes, you can literally calculate an approximate distance between east and west from the addresses.

Hope this helps somebody.
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South Mountain Park

Rode to South Mountain Park this morning. Should'a started earlier. It was low to mid 80s at the start, maybe low 90s when done. If you're more interested in pix than writing the album is here.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/res1du...57667028805323

I started around 5:20 AM. Riding south on 23rd Ave to Osborn where I turned west to 24th Ave. From there it was 1/2 mi south to McD where I broke my fast.

Left McDs a little before 5 AM. Worked over to 19th Ave & Encanto. Then east to 5th Ave, south to downtown. Worked my way thru downtown to 1st Ave and headed south. Stopped just south of downtown to look at some graffiti.

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

1st Ave is 1-way south but merges with Central Ave shortly. Then I follow Central south to the park. Stopping at a Circle K for some gatorade. Once I passed the Salt River I'm climbing. Not much but I'm used to flat land.

[IMG]Entrance to South Mtn Park by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

From this point I'm climbing more. My speed was between 8-10mph. Something started making a clicking sound with my pedalling. Could've been my rear derailleur.

I wasn't sure how far I would ride when I started. But with the temp and the climbing I was ready to stop here.

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

There is a harder climb is to the left of the photo. One day. The road beyond the barricade is blocked to vehicles. But several bikes went on by. So I assume that would be OK. Not today tho.

Turning around was fun. I sped downhill over 20mph. Even after leaving the park, going down Central Ave I was still going downhill. Fun.

Just before the river Central levels out. The North side of the valley is fairly flat too. Stopped downtown for a couple more shots.

[IMG]Luhr's Tower by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]Wallace, Ladmo & Gerald by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Old time Phoenixers will recognize Wallace & Ladmo. And of course Gerald. For those who didn't grow up in the area back in the 50s thru the 70s they were a popular childrens show on TV.

From here I got on 3rd Ave and went home.

I rode the hybrid today.
30.1 mi
2 hrs, 11 min riding time. Was home before 9 AM.
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Steele Indian School Park Ride

Having a hard time getting free in the mornings. So I did a shorter afternoon ride yesterday, 7/9/16. Driving by the Steele Indian School Park I have noticed some artwork on the fence. So I decided to do a loop ending at the Park. When I left home around 3:30 PM Wunderground said it was 110F in my area. I put a green tea bottle in my freezer about an hour before leaving. For those more interested in pix here is the album.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/res1du...57667028805323

I got on 23rd Ave near Campbell and went North. Not sure if I've mentioned this before. The bike path on 23rd Ave is so-so. Lot of pressure ridges and cracks running crosswise to your path make it a little rough at times. Add in the occasional broken bottle and... Just keep your eyes open.

At Citrus Way, 1/4 mi north of Bethany Home Rd I swung east to 21st Ave. Not because it is smoother than 23rd but the east side of Washington Park which lies between 21st and 23rd Aves has a patch of trees which the cicadas like. I found only 1 larva husk there. But the season is early. I would like to get some really cool pix of them metamorphosing. A little difficult sometimes.

From there I continued north on 21st Ave to Orangewood. Then west to 23rd again. North to Butler Dr. At Butler I turned east. The neighborhood changes east of 19th Ave. Larger, nicer houses, bigger properties, more shade trees. There is not bike path but Butler is fine for riding your bike.

At Central Ave there is a path of sorts.

[IMG]Central Ave N. of Butler by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

The sign up there on the left is advertising Bike Happy Hour at the Spoke and Wheel. Nah I didn't stop there. Just north of the Spoke and Wheel I got on the Arizona Canal heading southeasterly. There are three paths you can choose from. South of the canal proper, between the canal and the Flood Control Channel or north of the Flood Control Channel. The middle path has underpasses when you get to the major streets. That's the one I'm on.

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

Here's a shot of the Flood Control Channel.

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

Why is it larger than the actual canal with running water? Way back in the 70s we had some floods. During the first one one of the local creeks that is normally dry overran it's flood plain. When it got to the Arizona Canal it overran the levee and started re channeling its old path. The powers that be told us that it was a 100yr flood. The next year we got a similar one. Eventually people realized we needed flood control that worked. That is why we have a giant empty canal and a more normal full one.

I continued southeasterly on the Arizona Canal until Maryland Ave. There I turned west to 18th St, south to Claremont St, then east. There is a sign warning you that Claremont is not an outlet. That is not true for bikes. At 20th St turn south. At this point my green tea is warm.

At Campbell Ave I turn west. There is a pedestrian bridge over the 51 freeway. I mentioned it in a previous ride. Wasn't able to make the 180s without touching my feet to the sidewalk.

[IMG]Ped. Crossing by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

This time I made all but one. At 12th St just north of Campbell there is a Circle K. I got a gatorade there. Nothing like a cold drink on a hot afternoon. I followed 12th St back south to Turney Ave. Then east to 7th St. The park is just across 7th St. I will cover it in the next post.
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Steele Indian School Park Ride Part 2

Coming in to the Park from the east side I see they are irrigating.

[IMG]Steele Indian School Park by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

The water in the shade was cool to the touch. I didn't test the water in the sun. It's only a few inches deep. Riding around to the west side I stop to enjoy the shade and some of my gatorade. Here is a shot of the lake.

[IMG]Here's the lake by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Some of the waterfowl swam away from me. Some came over hoping for some bread crumbs. Sorry nothing today. Following is some of the artwork. I need to come back when the lighting is better. I use that as an excuse a lot.

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

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

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

They appear to be paintings on plywood sheets. There are a lot more. These were along the west side from Glenrosa to Indian School Rd. I took a look at the old school buildings but decide to come back another time. Checked out a little more until my gatorade is gone. Time to go home.

Crossing Central Ave at Glenrosa I work my way to 3rd Ave, then north to the Grand Ave Canal.

[IMG]Almost home by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

It's only a couple of miles home from here. Arrive home around 5:30. Drank a pint of milk, then over the next hour around 40 oz of cold water. That's one thing about hot afternoons. Cold anything tastes really delicious!

Stats:
18.1 mi
1 hr 21 min riding time

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South Mountain Ride

I rode to South Mountain again this morning. The temp was 89F when I left just before 4 AM. Like last time I started out south on 23rd Ave. Followed the bike path to Thomas Rd. From there it is a block to Dunkin Donuts where I had coffee and a protein bar.

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The reason I left so early this morning was to try a couple of night shots of Downtown Phoenix.

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

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

From the second shot it is a short coast off the bridge to 5th Ave where I turn south again. I work my way thru downtown to 1st Ave. Then follow it south until it mergers with Central Ave. There was a small hobo camp just south of the tracks. I may have unintentionally woke one of them.

I follow Central Ave south to Dobbins Rd. Where I stop for a powerade. From there just follow Central Ave. At the park it turns into the park. Just keep going. I stopped at the ranger station to use the restroom. Afraid it was locked. There is a sign with advice on hiking in the heat there.

[IMG]Good Advice by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Back on the road I continue. It is uphill here.

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

I am cruising about 6mph along this stretch. After a mile or so you come to a fork in the road. The left takes you to the top of the mountain on your left. Not ready for that hill yet.'

The right fork is closed to autos. I go around the barricade and continue on San Juan Rd. Shortly the road starts down. Way cool! Somewhere in this stretch my bike computer logged a new max. 27mph. I know. It ain't that fast. But it is for me.

After 5 or 6 miles you come to San Juan Lookout. The last time I was here I drove here. There is a good hiking trail on the Ma Ha Tuak Range from here. From here you can see Phoenix in the distance. A little hazy in the morning sun. There is also a structure here.

[IMG]San Juan Lookout by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

No tables, benches or roof. Not sure why the structure is here. After some powerade which is still cool I start back. At first it is downhill. Speeds in excess of 20mph. Whee! I stop to take a shot of casino on the Gila River Indian Community.

[IMG]Vee Quiva Casino by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Shortly I start back up. No 27mph this time. More like 6 or 7. A few roadies pass me. The only reason more didn't pass me is because there weren't any more. I stop at a suitable place to shoot the Sierra Estrellas bracketed by the valley. With a shadow selfie.

[IMG]Looking back down the valley by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Back at the fork the road turns downhill again. It will be downhill all the way to the river now. Easy cruising. I stop at Dobbins and Central for water. Coming out of the store there was a group of 30+ cyclists riding toward the park. Mostly road bikes. By the time I got to the street and took a shot they were well down the road.

From here it is about 12 mi home. Stopping for a chocolate milk just before home. When I got home about 7:40 AM the temp was 95F.

Stats:
36.9 mi
2 hrs, 46 min riding time
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Papago Park

I rode to Papago Park this morning. Temp was 90ish F this morning at 5:20 AM when I left. I remembered to record the ride on Endomondo.

https://www.endomondo.com/users/1891...outs/771985394

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https://www.flickr.com/photos/res1du...57667028805323

From my house I got on Campbell going east. At 7th Ave I got on the Grand Canal Trail. I followed this to the QuikTrip near 24th St & Thomas Rd. There I had breakfast. A protein bar and tea. Forgot to pause Endomondo.

After breakfast I got back on the Grand Canal Trail and traveled to Washington St. There I went east to Priest Dr. At Priest I turned north. From here it is slightly uphill. Next to the Phoenix Municipal Stadium there is a pedestrian bridge. I got on it to take a shot of the Papago Buttes.

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

The Buttes attract a lot of rock climbers. I saw quite a few people on top of them and other rocks around the park this morning.

After crossing Van Buren you are in the park. You have several choices. I chose to ride on the Galvin Bikeway. Actually there were more runners on the bikeway. The bikes were in the bike lane on the Galvin Parkway. I wondered over near the Zoo and took some shots of the ponds just north of the Zoo.

[IMG]Pond near the Zoo by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]Ramada at pond by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Just to see I went east a little and found myself on the Crosscut Canal. Turning back I rode back to the Galvin Bikeway and continued north. There were several opportunities to shoot the south Butte while riding north.

[IMG]Same Butte from the north by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Pretty quick you come to McDowell Rd. I drank the last of my tea here. Continue north to Oak St. There I turned left. Stopping near the archery range I took a last shot of the north Butte.

[IMG]One of the Buttes by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

My plan is to follow Oak St back into central Phx. Going west from here it was downhill slightly. Felt good. At 48th St. I cross the Old Crosscut Canal which is a bike path nowadays.

[IMG]Arcadia Bike Path by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

At 44th St I detoured to a Supermarket for another cold tea bottle. Anything cold tastes good on a day like today. Back on Oak I continued west. There is a pedestrian bridge over the 51 freeway.

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

After crossing the 51 it is a short distance to 16th St. I will continue this ride in the next post.
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Papago Park Ride part 2

At 16th St I found some cool art work. The following is just east of 16th St on Oak.

[IMG]Street Art along Oak by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

A block east of 16th St I find more. Along here Oak is little more than a paved alleyway.

[IMG]Street Art along Oak by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]Street Art along Oak by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]Street Art along Oak by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

There are more photos in the flickr gallery. I didn't try to shoot them all.

Back to the ride. I traveled west on Oak to 3rd St. Then north to Virginia, west to 3rd Ave, then north to Indian School Rd. There I stopped at a convenience store for a chocolate milk. From here it is only 2 mi or so to home.

Totals? This is interesting today. My bike computer shows 29.2 mi, 2 hrs 15 min riding time. Endomondo shows 30.1 mi, 3 hrs & 12 min. Then I remembered I forgot to put my bike computer back on for maybe a half mi. And after buying the chocolate milk I always walk my bike while drinking it. I just make a mess trying to drink and ride.

Anyways good morning. Both from a photo and riding viewpoint.
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Cave Creek Park - Thunderbird

[IMG]Cave Creek Park in Phx by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Short ride yesterday afternoon. Went to Cave Creek Park - Thunderbird. This is a city park not to be confused with Cave Creek Regional Park with Maricopa County. I saved this ride as a workout on Endomondo. This time I did remember to pause the workout.

https://www.endomondo.com/users/1891...outs/776265191

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I started my ride traveling north on 23rd Ave. At Glendale Ave you have a choice. Go right to 22nd Dr and turn north. From there follow the bike route signs to get back on 23rd Ave. I went left then immediately right onto 23rd Dr. Then I followed 23rd Dr until it intersected with 23rd Ave. From there turn north. Which path I choose at Glendale depends on traffic.

Follow 23rd Ave north until it ends at Mission Ln just north of Dunlap. Turn left onto Mission Ln and work your way over to 25th Ave and turn north again. Just north of Mission Ln you come to the Arizona Canal.

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

Turn right. Get on the north side of the canal. You can choose north or south of the flood control channel. I chose south and rode between the Arizona Canal proper and the flood control channel. About a quarter mile east of 25th Ave you come to a bridge over the flood control channel. Take it north.

The Cave Creek channel joins the Arizona Canal flood control channel here. You can take either side. But the underpasses at Peoria and Cactus are on the west side. I crossed Cave Creek here and proceeded north.

Except for occasional litter the channels are mostly empty. For whatever reason you will find shopping carts in almost all canals and channels around here.

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

Half way between Cactus and Thunderbird is a small green park near a pedestrian bridge over Cave Creek. I stop here to use the facilities.

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

The water in the drinking fountain was tepid. The creek is a real creek not a channel here. It is empty despite our recent sprinkles.

My route home is almost the reverse of the route out. Halfway between Peoria and the Arizona Canal I cross to the east side of Cave Creek. Probably no advantage. But I feel like it lines me up to cross the Arizona Canal.

At Orangewood between Northern and Glendale I turn east to 21st Ave, then back south to Glendale. I usually stop at the QT convenience store for a chocolate milk after an afternoon ride. Yesterday was no exception. A cold chocolate milk tastes really good after an afternoon ride. I walked along Glendale while sipping the chocolate. Finished it about 21st Ave. From there it was only a couple of miles home.

On the stats. Both Endomondo and my bike computer have my mileage at just under 16.1 mi. Endomondo says I took 1 hr 21 min, while my computer says 68 min. Endomondo must be counting the time I'm sitting at lights not moving. The bike computer isn't. Glad to know my bike computer's distance is good tho.
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Loma del Rio Ruins

Rode my bike to Tempe Town Lake this morning. Visited the Loma del Rio Ruins. If you're more interested in pix go here.

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I recorded the workout here.

https://www.endomondo.com/users/1891...outs/781144179

Forgot to pause the workout. So from 12.6 mi to 13.0 mi, I walked it. Less significant I walked 28.0 to 28.12 mi. I was drinking chocolate at the time. Didn't last long!

Started my ride near Campbell and 23rd Ave going east on Campbell. At 7th Ave I got on the Grand Canal Trail. Stopped at Quik Trip at Thomas Rd near 24th St and had breakfast.

Then back on the Grand Canal Trail. Sunday mornings are quiet this early. Few people walking their dogs. There was a "bicycle" camp. Three or four people, half a dozen bikes and assorted gear just off the canal behind some bushes. Stopped at 32nd St to take this shot.

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

From here I continued on to Washington St. Then east on Washington to Tempe Town Lake.

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

I had just missed an opportunity to shoot a real train crossing the lake. But you can see the Lite Rail crossing in the background. From here I went under the 202 freeway and worked my way to the Loma del Rio Ruins. You can look the location up. But it's marked on my map in the album.

[IMG]Loma del Rio Ruins by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Sorry I couldn't get a good pic. It's a small dwelling. But you can see they had a good view of "A" mountain and the Salt River from here. Of course my view is different. Looking east from the ruins there was a higher ridge. I thought there might be more ruins. I wimped out on riding up to it. Walked my bike up there. BTW a bike makes a horrible hiking cane. The view was even better.

[IMG]Crest of the ridge by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]Lookin north by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

After enjoying the view I retraced my steps to Lakeshore View Dr. Turned right to get on Curry Rd. Washington St becomes Curry Rd east of Mill Ave. Followed Curry Rd to College Ave and turned north. At Thomas Rd I took a potty break at Burger King and bought a small coke. Decided cokes don't work while I'm riding. Note to self, tea and gatorade sit better. After the ride is different.

One of my goals this morning was to explore Osborn Rd as a bike route. So at Osborn I turn west. Another reason for going this way was the weather was predicted to be an east wind all morning. They were right! Whee! Downwind almost all the way home. About 64th St I crossed the Crosscut Canal.

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

Osborn ended at 60th St. Indian School is very close at this point. I went north to Indian School Rd, crossed and headed west. It would have been easy to get on the Arizona Canal Trail at this point and head home. But where's the fun in that?

At 56th St I turned south and got back on Osborn heading west again. Two miles later Osborn ended again at 40th St. I worked my way thru the neighborhood to 36th St & Osborn. There were bicycle lanes all the way to 20th St. I stopped here to get a gatorade.

From here I thought about getting on the Grand Canal Trail but didn't. It was still early enough, traffic was light enough I felt safe taking the right lane of a 4 lane road on into Central Phoenix. No problems.

At 3rd Ave I turned north to Indian School Rd and stopped for a chocolate milk. Started walking north along 3rd Ave sipping my chocolate. Must have been hotter than I thought. Because I was soon done with the milk. From there it is only a couple of miles home.

On to stats. My bike computer says
29.9 miles
2 hours 19 min.
I did forget to turn on my computer for a block after breakfast.

Endomondo
30.4 mi
4 hours
About 0.5 miles of that was walking. Also missed is a couple of blocks near my house.
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North Side Loop Today

Went for a 30 mi loop today. Recorded the workout on Endomondo.

https://www.endomondo.com/users/1891...outs/790143320

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Started out north on 23rd Ave around 5:20 AM. Forgot to start Endomondo until I got to Camelback. Sunday mornings are pretty quiet. Just north of Glendale Ave I worked my way to 21st Ave then to Northern. From there it was a couple of blocks to McDs. There I had breakfast. Forgot to pause Endomondo there.

After breakfast I went back to 23rd Ave then to the Arizona Canal. At the Arizona Canal I turned west. Maybe a half mile later I passed under I17. Then you ride near Castles and Coasters an amusement park.

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

Not too much farther you pass a Phoenix Water Treatment Plant.

[IMG]Phoenix Wastewater Plant by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

I continue riding west. A few miles later come to Thunderbird Paseo Park.

[IMG]Thunderbird Paseo Park by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

The main reason I shot this pic is because it is really green down there. Pretty good crop of weeds. I stop in the park for a quick break, then keep going west. Just pass Thunderbird Rd get on Hearn Dr. It swings north. Following the Bike Route signs I turn left then right to get on 63rd Ave.

From here I follow 63rd Ave north a couple of miles to Grovers Ave. Turn west. Nice neighborhoods along here. I rode west to 27th Ave and turn south. I stop in at a Fry's Supermarket on Bell to get a bottle of tea. Then continued south.

Just south of Greenway I lost the bike route. My fault the sign was there. Quick circle and I was back on track. Quickly you find yourself on 31st Ave still going south. It is residential neighborhoods until you get south of Peoria Ave. Then you're near Metro Center. I just follow the bike route to the south end of Metro Center. Back on the Arizona Canal it is a short ride to 25th Ave where I am back on track to get home. Slightly different route south of Glendale I took 21st Ave back into my neighborhood. Stopped for one last shot.

[IMG]Want an iron gate. by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

For those interested in the numbers.

Endomondo
30.5 mi
3 hrs 7 min
Bike Computer
30.9 mi
2 hrs 15 min
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'Tween the Hills

[IMG]'Tween the Hills by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Practiced my trail riding this morning. There is a valley between Shaw Butte and North Mountain. Trails 100 and 306 traverse this valley plus a few others. You can enter the trails from several directions. It is a popular place for Mountain Bikers to ride. The trail is probably rated easy. That is good for me as my skills are low.

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I recorded the trail part of the ride here: https://www.endomondo.com/users/1891...outs/794746587

Started north on 23rd Ave to Glendale. From there worked over to 21st Ave, north to Northern, then east to McDs for breakfast. After breakfast I went to 15th Ave, stopping at Circle K for gatorade. Then north to the Arizona Canal.

[IMG]15th Ave Bridge by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

East to 7th Ave. Then north on 7th Ave around a small hill with a house on it.

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

On the other side of the hill is Mountain View Park. At the north side of the park is the start of the trail system. Trail 100 starts here. I worked my way to the right of a flood control levee and continued northish. Here the trail is like a rough gravel jeep trail. With rocky outcrops. Just before I reached the saddle between the two hills my front tire hit a larger rock than normal and I came to a stop.

I had to walk up to the saddle before remounting. But overall I did better than last time on the east side of Trail 100. I actually managed to cross several small riffles without losing my seat. At one I chose to get off. Too many hikers, too narrow and my skillset just isn't good enough. Towards the north side of the valley is another flood control levee where I stopped for a drink. Here's a shot looking back thru the pass.

[IMG]South to the pass by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

After my break I worked my way down the west side this time back to the saddle. Back on the loop as before. There is a wide variety of cacti. Staghorn Cholla, Saguaro, Ocotillo and Prickly Pear to name a few. If you hike the hills you will find pincushions and hedge hogs too.

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

This time I turned off to go to the Ranger Station. Stopped there for another break. They have a nice visitor center there.

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

I took a slightly different way back. Had to get off to get out of a wash. Then back to the saddle.

[IMG]Trail tween N. Mtn & Shaw Butte by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Stopped on the first flood control levee on my way out.

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

Short distance from here back to Mountain View Park. Stopped there to finish my gatorade and shoot a flower.

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

From here I made my way home. Stopping at QTrip for a chocolate milk.

Stats:
Ride to the Trailhead 6.9 mi, 33 1/2 min
Trail Riding 6.2 mi, 57 min by the bike computer
Endomondo says 6.8 mi, 1 hr 23 min.
The time is understandable. But the difference between distances seems a lot to me. Yes I did some walking. But 1/2 mile!? Que sera!
Ride home from the Trailhead 6.9mi, 29 min

I think this was a good practice.
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