I've been commuting to work this summer and I'm now looking to get some extra miles into work. I live near 156th Street between Blondo and Dodge. I work at 113th and Blondo which my current route is 4 miles one way, but not much of a workout coming to work. I'd like to find a different route that would be adding a few hills to the route and some more distance. Problem is that I'm not really fond of crossing Dodge/Maple during morning/evening hours- so I know that limits it down.
Options I have thought of so far:
a) Go ride down West Papio to Pacific OR go further to 144th street - carry that north on 144th using the bike path. Problem with this is the crossing at Center Street and Dodge isn't great, but doable.
b) Ride into work, then head down Papio trail close to work. No disadvantage to this other than it doesn't have many hills and walkers/joggers might be on the trail at that time.
c) Go ride down West Papio trail, but head north catching that nice hilly area north of maple between 156th and 144th. Go back down 144th and catch my route to work.
Option C is nice, but I have to cross Maple twice, which during traffic could be nasty - but doable.
Option B is okay, but kind of boring
Option A is long, but boring too and a bit more time consuming with the crossings of streets.
Anyone else have found a route that offers some distance/hills close to where I live and/or work?