Originally posted by MikeR
Hey DnvrFox! I was hoping you would see my post. I thought I remember you telling me that you no longer live in Denver, so I didn't contact you specifically. Thanks for the reply.
Hereís the thing. I get into Denver Airport at 10:30 this Sunday morning. Iím staying at the Residence Inns in Highlands Ranch and work is at 8822 S. Ridgeline Boulevard in Highlands Ranch. I donít have to be at work until Monday morning.
I figure that I can cycle on Sunday until it gets dark or until the bike rental runs out. I like road riding where there is not much traffic. Bike paths are fine if I can get going and donít have to stop for 40 grandmothers walking their dogs. Iím not a racer - I can do about 15 mph on the flats, but with the rolling hills I ride itís usually about 13 mph average. Iím used to rolling hills and can do some small (Pa sized) hills. Iím not TOO out of shape this winter - last Sunday I did 40 miles.
Iím in your hands. What do you suggest?
I would have my biking clothes with me on the plane, rent a car and then I would take E-470 (toll road - you need some quarters for the "exact change" exits) toward I-25 and get off at Jordan Road (50 cents) - the next exit past Parker.
Turn right (north - the mountains are always to the west) to the traffic light at Cottonwood, and head back east to the little shopping center. The bridge passes over the bike path, and you will see an Equestrian Park to the right - the bike path goes straight through this park.
Keep going a couple of more blocks and you will see a gas station on your right and Treads, the bike store. Of course, you best call them first. If you can't find their umber, let me know. I don't have it with me. Rent your bike, head back west on the NORTH side of the street, and just across the bridge is a trail down to the bike path.
Don't bother to go north, as it peter out in two miles. Instead head south. You will go a horse pastures with gates. Keep on going, and you will come to a sort of kiosk with a trail intersection. The trail to the right (west) is the start of the C-470/E-470 trail and you can ride all day on that. However, it does follow the freeway for some time. This will take you eventually to Chatfield State Park, but that is a good long ride, and you are at about 6,000 feet of altitude. Also, bring LOTS of water - Colorado is very dry.
Or, my choice would be to continue south on the Cherry Creek Trail all the way to Scott Road - it follows a little creek and is scenic. There are several restrooms and areas along the way. There will be some folks on the trail, but, generally, they are used to bikes and will move readily. Of course, . . . .
Wave after you go through the second horse pasture as my house is in the new area to your right.
After you get to the end of the paved trail, turn arouud and head back, and if you desire, take the trail about 8 miles north at the rest area with the portapotty and covered table (not the rest area with the flush toilets) - it is about 2 miles north of that one.
This trail heads east up into some small hills and dead ends in about 5 miles. Return, continue on back to the E-470 Trail, and if you still want more riding, head west on the trail - you can go for a loonngg ways.
Anyway, that is what I would do.