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Old 09-03-17, 08:48 PM   #101
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Reach 11 and Back

I rode to Reach 11 and back this morning. Got there via the Dreamy Draw & the MUT alongside the 51 Fwy. Came back via 23rd Ave. It was hot and humid but bearable. The starting temp was around 83 F around 5:30. The pix are here.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/res1du...57688544465945

The map is here.

https://www.strava.com/activities/1166888604

It was still mostly dark when I started north on 23rd Ave this morning. At west Citrus Way I rode east to 21st Ave. Then north to Maryland and east again to 14th St. Traffic was very light this morning. At 14th St I turned north and worked my way thru the neighborhood to the McDs at 16th St & Glendale Ave where I had breakfast.

By the time I had finished breakfast the sun had risen. I crossed the street to get a gatorade. Then salmoned east a block on the north side to Dreamy Draw Dr. Just before I got there a group of road warriors were approaching from the east. I waited for them to clear since I was violating the rules of the road by salmoning. Also on my Trek Marlin 29er they were quite a bit faster. I think some of them were on Strava because there were quite a few "flybys" in my strava page.

The Dreamy Draw Bikeway begins where Dreamy Draw swings west to become Royal Palm Rd. It's not really a bikeway. It's a MUT. A couple of miles up you come to a pedestrian bridge crossing the 51 Fwy. This is where I got off.

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

A smaller group of bikers passed me while I was taking pix on the bridge. After crossing the bridge I turned left and rode to 26th St and turned northerly. At Shea swing over a block east and get on 27th St going north again. Do the same at Cholla St getting on 28th St this time. I'm glad I came this way. Because a couple of blocks up I found this.

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

The reason the background is so dark is because I'm using my flash. I'm still learning the camera. And the focus is better with the flash than without. I think the flash gives me a very fast shutter speed. I took several shots but only liked four of them. Three are in the gallery.

At Thunderbird Rd I turn east again. Then north at 32nd St. Then stopped a short way up at Venturoso Park. Time to take a bio break and look for pix.

[IMG]Training for Young Ninja Warriors? by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Kinda reminds you of Ninja Warrior don't it? Playgrounds have changed a lot since the 60s. For the better I think.

Leaving the park I chose a street on the east side and rode over to the 51. There getting onto the bike path and heading north. There is a bridge at Nisbet Rd just north of there. But I kept going north. At Paradise Ln you do want to cross if you want to stay on the bike path. Cool bridge.

[IMG]Crossing Paradise Ln. by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

At Bell Rd I got off the path and went to the Dunkin Donuts. Turned out it was a huge car wash/service station with a small donut shop inside. Nobody was at the donut shop so I crossed the street to Krispy Kreme. They had good service and donuts but absolutely no bike parking facilities. Ended up locking my bike to a lamp post and sitting where I could see it the whole time I was there.

A couple of miles north you come to the Central Arizona Project canal CAP. Reach 11 is just on the other side. Just go under here.

[IMG]Entering Reach 11 by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Once in Reach 11 I follow the trail to the NW. It is a hardpan dirt road. I didn't even find any soft sand or deep gravel. Nice smooth pedaling. A little ways up you come to the 101 Fwy. Then a turn off that would take you to 32nd St.

[IMG]Approaching the 101 Fwy by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]32nd St turnoff by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Just past the 32nd St turnoff I saw some fair sized concrete blocks. They were about 100 yds off the trail. Curious I walked over to see.

[IMG]Broken Concrete by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

I don't know why they are there. I could see no evidence of a structure. But there were smaller chunks of concrete and bricks scattered throughout the area. After the ride I looked at Maricopa County's Historical Aerial Photo page. Nothing was there as far back as the mid 60s. Oh well. Back to the bike.

I followed the trail around to Deer Valley Rd. Crossed under and swung back around to the road. Lifted my bike over a chain. Then turned west. Pretty soon you cross the CAP again.

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

Across the road is a city water treatment plant. There were some interesting businesses too.

[IMG]Concrete Balls by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

I touched them. They're concrete. If you want a giant concrete ball in your yard they're the place to go.

From here I continued west. I haven't mentioned it but I'm still on that original bottle of gatorade. A small one. It's lukewarm and I'm thirsty. At 19th Ave I stop at a convenience store for a COLD bottle of tea. A big one. Then south on 19th Ave.

I've rode this route before so I won't describe it in detail. After crossing the 101 you want to get over to 21st Ave and work your way south. There are various ways to go south. Saw a sign at a church that said the temp was 111 F. Maybe but don't think it was that hot. Eventually you end up at Thunderbird Rd and the Cave Creek MUT. Then it's pretty cut and dry for me. I stopped for a burger at Bethany Home Rd.

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A little more than 6 hrs total.
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Tempe Loop

This morning I rode a loop around Tempe. Got to Tempe via the Grand Canal, then Priest to Kiwanis Park. A quick loop around the neighborhood and back north on McClintock. The temp was around 79 F at 5:30 when I started. The pix are here.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/res1du...57688544465945

The map is here.

https://www.strava.com/activities/1178098144

I started out riding to McDs at 7th Ave & Indian School Rd for breakfast. After breakfast I rode to the nearby QT to get a bottle of tea. Then back up 3rd Ave to the Grand Canal. The sun was up and in my face when I turned eastward on the canal. Traffic was light and I made good time. At 16th St I stopped to take a pic.

[IMG]Wanna Play? by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

It looks in good shape. Sometimes I wonder how and why things end up sitting beside the trail.

I got on Washington St when I got there. Stopping in front of the Pueblo Grande Museum to dab sunscreen on. At Priest I turned south climbing over the Grand Canal and the Salt River. Just south of US 60 I got onto the Western Canal Trail going east. Shortly I found some lantana with moths flying around them. Actually managed to get a few shots. It's weird how they will flit away from you denying you a shot. Then one of them settles down for a few minutes.

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

I followed the Western Canal to Kiwanis Park just south of Baseline. It's a fair sized park with a lake.

[IMG]Bike Parking by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Even found a dragonfly that posed for me. Today's my lucky day. Still got to work on my technique.

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

Leaving the park I rode east on Cornell Dr. It zigs and zags thru the neighborhood to the 101 Fwy. There is actually a bike path on the access road. At Guadalupe I swung west heading towards Country Club Way. I crossed US 60 on ;the pedestrian bridge of Country Club Way.

[IMG]Crossing the 60 Hwy by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

At Southern I swung west to McClintock where I stopped for an apple fritter at Bosa donuts. This store looked like a Mom & Pop outfit. That fritter was good!

From here it was north on McClintock to Don Carlos Ave north of Apache Blvd. This looks like a University area to me. Lots of apts and young people.

[IMG]Found some murals by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Pretty quick I was going thru ASU to Mill Ave. Then onto the Grand Canal heading home. Stopping to take some shots.

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

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

At 24th St & Thomas I stopped for lunch at Carl's Jr. Usually they aren't too bad. Today they didn't bring me my lunch until I went back to ask about it. That's OK if they call my number but nope. Withing 2 mi of lunch I picked up this. Maybe today's not so lucky. LOL.

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

Fortunately there was a billboard nearby providing shade. One word of advice about billboards. Pigeons love them. While setting my stuff against the pole a big load of guano dropped next to my pack. So I finished changing tubes away from the support. From there it was less than 4 mi home.

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Almost 7 hrs total including changing the tube.
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Cave Creek - Indian Bend Wash - Grand Canal Loop

Rode a 50 mi loop yesterday morning. Weather is finally cooling off. Starting temps in the low 70s. Pix are here.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/res1du...57688544465945

The map is here.

https://www.strava.com/activities/1189074417

Started out around 5:30 AM riding north on 23rd Ave. Stopped at McDs at Northern near 19th Ave for breakfast. Then Circle K for a bottle of cold tea. Back to 23rd Ave heading north. North of Dunlap swing around to get on the Cave Creek MUP north. I stopped at the Cave Creek Park - Cactus for a short break.

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

While stopped here I tried to shoot some carpenter bees working the yellow flowers in the background. They didn't want to pose for me. Eventually I moved on.

North of Thunderbird Rd the path is alongside a golf course. Then swings towards 19th Ave as you approach the club house. Shortly after you get to 19th Ave there is a pedestrian crossing. Cross there and ride east. About 0.25-0.5 mi up the trail splits. I took the right trail following the Cave Creek Tributary MUP heading east. The trail is the equivalent of a wide sidewalk. There were quite a few people walking their dogs along here. Not all of them paying attention. At 7th Ave you come to Moon Valley Park. Veer left around the bridge in front of you and work your way to the NE corner of the park. You could follow the road at this point. I followed the path. More people with their dogs.

Shortly after crossing a bridge over a small wash the path becomes the sidewalk along Greenway Pkwy. A couple hundred yards further it reenters the creek.

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

At 7th St you go under the street. The path is narrower here. More like a regular sidewalk. Under some trees a homeless person was sleeping on the path. Almost taking up the whole path. I eased by waking him as I did. Hopefully he gets smart and moves over before faster bikes come along.

Another couple hundred yards along it looked like the path reentered the creek bed. It didn't. There were some careless weeds along the concrete I decided to look at. Glad I did. The bees were really working the flowers there. I wanted to get a good pic of one of the larger (bumble?) bees. They just wouldn't sit still. Here's one. A couple more are in the album.

[IMG]Bees & Careless Weeds by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

The path I'm following ends at Cave Creek Road as does the channel to my right. My plan is to work my way over to Venturoso Park where Indian Bend starts, I think. First I stopped at Rainbow Donuts on Cave Creek Rd just south of Greenway Pkwy. The apple fritter was good the coffee was OK. I needed to use the restroom but it was out of order. Figured I would find a place later.

From there it's not too hard to get to Venturoso Park. Just work your way thru the neighborhood to 32nd St & Acoma Dr. The park is on the SE corner. At the SE corner of the park follow the path to go under the 51 Fwy. At 36th St & Sweetwater Ave the path starts again on the SE corner.

East of 40th St the sprinklers were watering the sidewalk so I got a little wet. Shortly I crossed Cactus Rd. By this time I need to go a little worse. Recognizing where I was I rode to Sweetwater Park to use their facilities, a portajohn. A little out of the way. At this point it made more sense to circle around the north side of Paradise Valley Mall instead of going back to where I left Indian Bend Wash.

I followed Tatum back to Indian Bend Wash. Followed a path alongside a golf course to Shea Blvd & 52nd St. I thought the path continued SE here. On google maps there is a concrete path there. I didn't see it. So I swung back around to get on 52nd St south.

At Doubletree Ranch Rd turn east. Crossing the wash again the path was fenced off and there were signs saying Private Property. Oh well. Turn south at Invergordon Rd. East at Mockingbird Ln. South again at 68th St. Then east at Indian Bend Rd. Approaching Scottsdale Rd I could hear the children's train whistling at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park.

A little further east the Indian Bend Wash Trail begins. Look for it. You can't miss the dam and bridge but you may have to back track to find the trail. You can get on it from either side. I always stop to shoot the horses.

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

From here south Indian Bend Wash is a well used trail. Lots of pedestrians, dogs, children and cyclists. So be careful. Most of it is a wide concrete path. At Thomas Rd on the west side there is a Bike Stop with ramadas and restrooms.

[IMG]McKellips Rd. by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Just south of McKellips Rd I tried to shoot some dragonflies. They didn't cooperate. But look at this.

[IMG]Applesnail eggs by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

I'd been seeing these from McDowell Rd. Thought it was trash. Looks like styrofoam. But they're not. They're applesnail eggs. Had to google that. Going to be a bumper crop of applesnails along here.

Another mile and you come to Tempe Town Lake.

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

I didn't stop too long because I'm getting hungry. So onto the Grand Canal heading west. The jets were coming in right over my head for a while. Close.

[IMG]Those planes are coming right over by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

At Palm Ln I stopped to shoot these.

[IMG]Ped Bridge at Palm ln by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]Just another shopping cart by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Then on to 12th St where I got off to head for Culver's and a Bacon Deluxe Burger. Mmmmm! From there it's about 3 mi home.

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4 hrs 17 min riding time
more like 7.5 hrs total time.
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West Canals Loop

Yesterday afternoon I rode to the Arizona Canal. Then west to Skunk Creek Trail. Around to the New River Trail, then the Grand Canal. Then home. Pix are here.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/res1du...57688544465945

The map is here.

https://www.strava.com/activities/1198528881/

The temp was about 83 F when I started around 3 PM. Going north on 23rd there was a breeze out of the west. Varying from 5 to possibly 10 mph. I knew when I turned west at the Arizona Canal it was going to get harder. At Northern Ave I detoured to Circle K for a cold bottle of tea. They asked me to leave my backpack behind the counter. I did. That's a first there.

After turning west on the Arizona Canal the wind was more of a headwind. Most of the time my cruising speed was slightly above 12 mph going west. At other times it was around 10 mph. At 59th Ave I stopped at Thunderbird Paseo Park to use the facilities.

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

Then back into the wind. It wasn't too bad. I stopped to shoot some weeds under 67th Ave. A little further along I shot the bicyclists favorite weed.

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

While doing this a car pulled up alongside. There's a road about 15ft from where I was shooting. Asking directions. I pulled out my cellphone to look up Walgreen's. He pulled out his smart phone to input the address. What?? Why couldn't he just use his phone? Que sera. Before leaving the scene I pulled up the goathead. Too late for the stickers it has already dropped but no more.

Skunk Creek trail came up shortly. Then you drop down into the flood channel. Then climb back out the other side.

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

After you climb out the trail swings more SSW. The wind is less of a headwind now. About a mile further you come to two bridges. 83rd Ave & the 101 Fwy. I stopped between them to shoot a dragonfly. Unfortunately I scared it off before getting a shot off.

After the 101 you can see the pedestrian bridge at the Rio Vista Recreation Center. There were more cyclists and pedestrians along here. Then you go under Thunderbird Rd and continue. I stopped midway between Thunderbird and Grand Ave to shoot a rest stop and a cholla. There was somebody's foam pad at the rest stop.

[IMG]Rest Stop on the Trail by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

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

The light is getting good now. The "golden" hour. You can hear quail calling to each other alongside the trail. At Grand Ave I stopped to shoot the RR bridge.

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

Here's a shot of Grand Ave after crossing. I had to wait for a couple to ride past before shooting.

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

My next stop was 3 mi further south at Northern Ave. That's where I saw that giant snail a few weeks ago. I was curious if there would be eggs here like there was along Indian Bend Wash last week. But no. Stopped anyway. There is running water, weeds, small flowers, bees and other critters.

[IMG]So's this critter by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Still working on my photography skills. It is hard to shoot "macro" pix in even a slight breeze. My success rate is something like 10%. OTOH with digital nowadays I can afford it.

Further south between Glendale Ave & Bethany Home Rd I tried to shoot the Glendale Recharging Ponds.

[IMG]Glendale Recharging Ponds by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Mostly it was the lighting. That water usually is mud colored. I suspect it was then too. But it looked pretty and blue from that angle. A lot of bird watchers come here in the mornings to watch the birds that are inevitably attracted to a large shallow body of water.

Bethany Home Rd & the Grand Canal closely parallel each other here. But I'm going to Culver's for a burger. So straight south on 107th Ave to Camelback Rd. Then east to 99th Ave. Culver's is on the NE corner. I didn't see a bicycle rack. So locked my bike here.

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

From inside there wasn't a good place to sit where I could see the bike. So I sat out in the patio. Good thing the weather was nice. The burger was good. But next time at this corner it'll be Wendy's for me. Too bad.

After supper I traveled north to the Grand Canal. Then followed the Grand Canal Linear Path. Wow! There were pedestrians about every 200 yds. Families with children and dogs. It makes sense. Nice weather nice foot path.
But I had to slow to a crawl and wait for the group to pick a side and move over.

After 83rd Ave I got off the "linear park" and road along the gravel canal service road. Part of it was paved. Better. Fewer people. With a tailwind it felt like my speed was pretty good. Even so you had to watch. I passed 2 oncoming bicycle ninjas and met 2 horse riders with nothing like lights or reflectors.

Don't get me wrong. Every body was polite and pleasant. But I'm used to mornings where there's just a few people walking there dogs. Or the usual homeless guy heading for the convenience store. This just seemed like a lot of peds to me. None the less I made it home a little before 8.

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3 hrs 7 min riding time
close to 5 hrs total time
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Salt River Ride East to West

I rode the Salt River yesterday, 10/1/2017. From Dobson Rd in Mesa to Central Ave in Phoenix. The trail is nonexistent in parts of that. The weather was nice, mid 60s to 90s with an east wind. The pix are here.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/res1du...57661067601468

The map is here.

https://www.strava.com/activities/1210941295

Instead of starting out on Campbell Ave I rode east on Hazelwood St to 19th Ave. My reasoning was to miss the red light at Campbell & 19th Aves. By default it is red for Campbell and green for 19th. Instead I would turn right at 19th, then left at the green light at Campbell. Wasn't worth the extra trouble. I started around 5:30 AM.

From 19th Ave & Campbell I rode to McDs at 7th Ave & Indian School Rd. There I had breakfast. After breakfast I rode to QuikTrip at 3rd Ave and bought a cold bottle of tea. Then north on 3rd Ave to the Grand Canal. Then east along the canal. There was a detour at 16th St to Osborn to use an ATM. Then east on Osborn back to the Grand Canal. Just before going under the 51 Fwy I stopped to shoot this.

[IMG]Wipe out! by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Early mornings there aren't too many people along the canal. A few people walking their dogs. Some couples out for a morning stroll, etc. I turned off the canal at Washington St. A few miles later I stopped just east of Priest Dr to shoot some flowers.

Pretty by res1due, on Flickr

At Mill Ave I turned south and crossed Tempe Town Lake.

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

Just across the lake turn east on Rio Salado Pkwy. Rio Salado Pkwy has a bike lane on this stretch. There were other bikes out this morning along here. Most of them going faster than me. At Dobson Rd I detoured to BoSa Donuts for a break. It was early for a break but..

Then east on Rio Salado Pkwy to the Tempe Canal. Turn NE here. The left side was paved but the sign said the path was on the right side. So I rode the gravelly side.

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

It's only a little way to Alma School Rd. Turn left and ride north. According to google maps the bike path on the south side of the Salt River will take you to Alma School Rd. It was supposed to be exit north of the 202 Fwy.

[IMG]Where's the bike path? by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

DARN! Now we got to go around. I turned at Bass Pro Dr and followed a path along a canal to Dobson Rd. Then north to the end of Dobson. Cross the access rd and there you are.

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

Looking east the trail went maybe 100 yds east then was locked shut. I guess this is the eastern endpoint for riding the Salt River. From Dobson it is a little over a mile to the 101 Fwy.

[IMG]Approaching the 101 by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Just west of the 101 is Tempe Marketplace. Plenty of shopping if that's your thing. Here's a shot on the other side of the trail.

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

To cross McClintock I rode 50 yds south on the east side sidewalk to the light. Pressed the Walk button and waited. It's faster than waiting for a break in traffic here. On the other side the trail turns north then west again. Now Tempe Town Lake is on your right. I took a few shots.


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

[IMG]It's always blue here. by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

I took too many shots. The rest of this ride will be in the next post.
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Salt River Ride East to West Part II

Here's another from Tempe Town Lake.

[IMG]Crossing under the tracks by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

West of the dam there's some weird sculptures. At the last one I read the plaque. Fibonacci's Window.

[IMG]Fibonacci's Window by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Next time I'll look more closely at the others. I followed the path until it hit the 143 and swung south to University Dr. Then over to 44th St. North a block to Magnolia St. West to 40th St and north to the Salt River. My intention was to ride the Salt River west from here.

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

I don't recall that the last time I was here. But I was going the other way. "Felony" prosecution? Not going to risk it. So it's the long way around. Follow University as it turns into 32nd St to Wood. Into the neighborhood on the other side of I10 to 28th St at the Salt River. Curiosity made me turn east here. There are no warnings as I go under I10. There is even a bike/ped rest area east of I10. I stopped here.

[IMG]Looking east from near I10 by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

I'm already a half mile or so east when I'm going west. Didn't feel like exploring more on a gravel road then having to back track. This is a mystery to be solved another time. It looks like you can get onto and off the road from 37th St a little east of here. I rode back to 28th St where there is a shady rest area.

[IMG]Rest Area near 28th St by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

To go under the bridge at 24th St you have to negotiate this.

[IMG]Getting down to go under 24th St. by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Just downstream of the bridge is a pretty pool of water.

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

At Central Ave I turned north. Passing thru downtown I took some shots.

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

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

Then it's up to Habit Burger at 7th Ave & McDowell Rd for lunch. Then home.

45.8 mi
3 hrs 21 min riding time.
closer to 7 hrs total time
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Carefree Highway Loop

I rode to the Carefree Highway this morning. Got there via Cave Creek Rd. Came home via 27th Dr. While still warm the temps are getting really nice. It was about 60F when I left. Pix are here.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/res1du...57661067601468

The map is here.

https://www.strava.com/activities/1221535885

This morning I started north on 21st Ave around 5:30 AM. At Northern Ave I stopped at McDs for breakfast. Then to the Circle K at 19th Ave and on to 15th Ave. North to the Arizona Canal. East from there to 7th Ave. North to Hatcher Rd. If you are interested in used bookstores there is a nice one between the Arizona Canal & Hatcher here. Around the corner I stopped to shoot a mural.

[IMG]Creative Drill Sergeants by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

At Cave Creek Rd turn northeast. It feels like quite a climb going northeast. But it is less than 200 ft to Thunderbird Rd where it levels off a bit. Even some downhill going north along here. Just past the 101 is a Dunkin Donuts.

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

After brunch I crossed the street and stopped in the shade of a building to apply some sunscreen. I was almost out. Had to plop it out one drop at a time. Thought I did OK. But the tops of my knees are slightly burnt.

Then northish on Cave Creek Rd. Even though inside city limits there is a lot of desert along here. I saw quail, rabbits and a flattened snake. It might have been a rattler. Didn't stop to look. Shortly before getting to the Carefree Highway I saw some cool statues. Desert Foothills Garden Nursery. They had some Boojum trees, other unidentifiable plants and various sculptured art.

[IMG]IDK what that "tree" is by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Here is a shot of the Carefree Highway from just west of Cave Creek Rd.

[IMG]The Carefree Highway by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

It goes straight across the valley. It is 9 or 10 miles to 27th Dr. Shortly after going thru the pass in the hills on the other side you come to 27th Dr. This was a block off the highway but worth the detour.

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

I don't know what kind of art that is. But I've been seeing lots of rusted metal sculptures. Rustic? Enough to make it a style or fad. Nothing wrong with it but it wasn't common 20 yrs ago.

Continuing west I cross Cave Creek itself. I am mostly going downhill and down wind. Got up to 23 mph. I took several pix across the valley. I would have stopped for more but a lot of the roadside said "No Stopping, Parking or Standing". Not sure why. There were some interesting flowers along the way. Looked for them at side roads. But roadside flowers like the extra runoff from highways. I guess the side streets didn't have enough.

Shortly before 7th Ave the road bottoms out and you begin climbing. At 7th Ave you are climbing for sure. Not the worst by any means but I felt it. Here's a shot going thru the pass.

[IMG]Going thru the pass by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

I lucked out approaching 27th Dr and was able to get into the left turn lane. Then got a break in traffic. Made the corner at around 20 mph. Once I turned south it was into the wind. Even though the route home is downhill over all the wind overcame the slight down slope. I stopped for a couple of shots.

[IMG]The ground is strewn with old blooms by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

27th Dr intersects North Valley Pkwy. Turn left onto North Valley Pkwy. A few miles south I came to Norterra Pkwy. You can go either way here. Today I'm going down 23rd Ave. So turn right onto Norterra Pkwy.

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

South of Happy Velley Rd Norterra becomes 23rd Ave. At Pinnacle Peak Rd a sign said it wasn't a thru street. That puzzled me. Sure enough about half way to Deer Valley Rd it is closed to motor vehicles. What is left of 23rd Ave becomes a not smooth dirt road.

[IMG]Scatter Wash on 23rd Ave by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

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

I stopped at Wendy's at Deer Valley Rd for lunch. I think I stopped too long. Maybe 30 min. My legs were tired the first couple of miles after. Then I could feel my rear. Minor saddle sores.

There is only one incident to mention on the rest of the ride. At Peoria Ave the trail goes under the road. Going down into the tunnel there was a guy walking ahead of me. He wasn't staggering as if drunk. But he was taking up both sides of the path. Obviously I slowed down. And worked my brakes so they squeaked. Just before getting to him he went from the right side to the left side. Then suddenly stepped to the right side picked up some;thing then back left. By this time I'm doing about 4 mph. As I pass him I said, "On your right." He started yelling at me. My reply was, "Watch out!" This just caused more cursing. My parting shot was "You almost got run over." Not true but I hoped he would be more aware. This caused even more invective. But it didn't matter. I was climbing out of the tunnel and on my way. Maybe if I'd said "Sorry about that" instead of "Watch out"? Maybe.

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There was a problem with the bike computer. It was off for a period. I think that was about 3/4 mi. My computer said 55.8 mi, 4 hrs 16 min. Strava says 57.9 mi 4 hrs 46 min. Strave is usually about 1% higher mileage than my computer. Take your pic. I figure I rode something like 56.5 mi give or take a quarter mile. Time 4 hrs and something minutes. Total time was more than 7 hrs.
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Tempe Town Lake

Just a short out and back this morning. Left around 5:30 back before 9. Pix are here.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/res1du...57661067601468

Map is here.

https://www.strava.com/activities/1231817887/

Started out by riding to McDs at 7th Ave & Indian School for breakfast. Then to Quik Trip for a bottle of tea. Then onto the Grand Canal and headed east. I turned on Washington going east to the lake. Once there I took some shots.

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

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

There was a carnival at Tempe Beach Park. It was closed this early. The security guard said the lake path was open so I crossed the park along the lake. On the east side another security guard told me I couldn't climb up the sidewalk there so I rode another 100 yds and climbed up to Rio Salado Pkwy. Then back around to Mill Ave and headed home. Stopping for this shot.

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

Also stopped along the Grand Canal to shoot some shopping carts.

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

Then detoured to Dunkin Donuts for some coffee and an apple fritter. Then home.

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2 hrs 7 min riding time
about 3.5 hrs total time. Didn't have the time to stop as often for pix as I like.
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Lake Pleasant Trip

10/17/2017 Trip to Lake Pleasant

Tuesday & Wednesday, 10/17-18/2017 I did a short tour to Lake Pleasant. My only other tour was to Lake Pleasant in the winter of 73-74. Two high school buddies and I did an overnighter. Looking back in my mind's eye, we weren't carrying much. No packs nor racks. We must have had sleeping bags. But where we carried them IDK.

This was a solo ride. Somewhere between carrying too much and too little. I had dreams of making a backpack pannier out of an old pack. In the end I bought a decent pannier at the LBS. An Axiom commuter bag. Left the bowling ball bag on the left side for the second pannier. Tied a small sleeping bag to my handlebars. There was still room for the handlebar bag to carry my camera. Tied a small tent and auto sunscreen to the rack. The sunscreen was for a sleeping pad. And a small daypack.

Lake Pleasant is about 40 mi from my house. Most of the lake is within Peoria city limits. So I'm still posting it in this blog about the metro Phoenix area.

The pix are here.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/res1du...57661067601468

The map of the ride to Lake Pleasant is here.

https://www.strava.com/activities/1234874246

Tuesday morning around 5:30 AM I left the house 3 times. The first time I had to get my headlight. Oops. Then realized I left my water in the fridge. Getting old I guess. Finally on the bike I rode north on 23rd then 21st Aves to the McDonalds at Northern near 19th Ave. There I had breakfast.

After breakfast it was back to 23rd Ave to ride north to the Arizona Canal. Then west. The bike was handling fine but I was 1 or 2 mph slower for the same effort. Just west of 67th Ave I stopped for a break. Here's a pic of the loaded bike.

[IMG]67th Ave Rest Area by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

At the rest stop I realized I forgot sunscreen. So at 75th Ave instead of swinging around Skunk Creek to the New River Trail like Google Maps suggested I cut through the shopping near Arrowhead Mall to look for a place to get some sunscreen. Too early.

I got on the New River Trail from Bell Rd and headed north. At Union Hills Rd I saw a Wally World across the river. Got some sunscreen there. Different neighborhood. In my neighborhood you have to check your backpacks into a locker. Nobody even noticed at this store.

Back to 83rd Ave and head north. 83rd swings west and turns into the Lake Pleasant Pkwy. Then swings north again. At Happy Valley I stopped at a Dunkin Donuts for brunch. Then crossed the street to the Fry's grocery store to get extra water.

A couple of miles north I realized I forgot to get a deli sandwich. Dang! There goes my lunch plan! Not going back though. There is a restaurant bar a few miles ahead. But not sure how well there fare would travel.

Google maps doesn't show it, but the Lake Pleasant Pkwy has a bike lane all the way from Happy Valley Rd to Lake Pleasant Rd (state route 74). It is a new looking road with a sidewalk that is wider than the bike lane. That's OK. The bike lane was pretty good too.

At the old Carefree Hwy I passed Wild Horse West. The restaurant/bar I mentioned. There's a shot in the album. They have been there since the 60s. Probably longer. A little further north I turned west on Lake Pleasant Rd.

A couple miles further and you come to some power lines crossing the road. The road drops into the Agua Fria valley here. It drops in two stages to the bridge over the river. In this shot you can see part of the road and the Lake Pleasant Dam.

[IMG]Going down there. by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Whee! It's fun but watch it. There is a rumble strip on the left side of the shoulder. And debris from radial tires scattered around. At a few places the shoulder narrowed to just the rumble strip. I took the lane in a couple of places.

Across the river you start up. Whew! Steep for me. Strava called part of this a category 4 climb. Pretty soon I was in the lowest gear crawling at 5-6 mph. Praying to make it to the top without having to walk. Way back in HS we walked our bikes up this hill on our 10 spds. But I made it. Huffing and puffing.

A little further turn north on Castle Hot Springs Rd. The sign says Lake Pleasant Regional Park; Castle Hot Springs Rd. There is a smaller climb going north on this road. But I didn't have the feeling like I might have to get off and push.

A couple of miles north you come to Lake Pleasant Access Rd. You can see an entrance station here. Turn in here. If the station is closed you pay at a self serve pay station. Fortunately it was open.

My original plan was primitive camping at Two Cows Campground. At this point I opted for more, showers, restrooms, personal ramada, even water and electricity. Cost $8 more but it was worth it. In HS you just rode up to a spot by the shore. No amenities either. So here we are Camp LocoLobo or Desert Tortoise Campground #160.

[IMG]Camp at Sunset Cove by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

At this point I was a little over heated. I wanted to take a dip in the lake. But also needed to eat lunch and set up camp. Lunch. Finally decided on cup of soup and a pop tart. It was better than it sounded.

[IMG]Don't forget lunch! by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Next it was set up the tent. At home in my back yard it took 15 min. The ground here was too hard for the stakes. Bent one and gave up. So look for some rocks, seven of them and nylon line. Looks funky but held up over night.

[IMG]Tents's setup by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Now to get wet!

[IMG]Another view of Sunset Cove by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Oh man! That was good. Didn't bring extra shoes so waded barefoot. Swam a little, dunked myself until I started to feel chilly. After that long climb from the Agua Fria that felt good. Then sat on a rock while I dried in the sun.

While drying a small fuzzy cute bee like bug flew up. I was too wet to grab for the camera. Then the bug landed on my arm and put out a probiscus. Looked it was going to go drilling! I shooed it off. Stupid bug!

Back at camp I went thru my stuff reorganizing. What sticks out is I'm low on water again. How is that possible? Counting what I got at Fry's I brought 5 quarts. Now I'm down to 2 full quart bottles and a cup or two in another. The water from the faucet didn't taste too good. Finally I decided to ride to Scorpion Bay Marina.

[IMG]Parking at Scorpion Bay by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]Way down there? by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Locked my bike to the rail. And walked down those stairs. The convenience store had cold water. Got a gatorade too. It tasted good. Drank half of it on the way back to camp. They had quite a collection of boats for rent. Have to look into that someday. Here's a couple of shots from the ride back.

[IMG]This is the normal desert by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]Who you looking at? by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Only 10 pix per post so I will continue the ride out in the next post.
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Lake Pleasant Trip part 2

Then it's sit around camp. Read, walk along shore, take pix. Watch a small herd of burros graze their way towards camp.

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

[IMG]These burrs appear to be the dominant plant along the shore by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]Sunset at Sunset Cove by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

For supper it was a dehydrated backpacking meal. Beef stew. Cup of soup tasted better. But maybe the backpacking meal was more nutritious. Gotta work on meals. For an overnighter no problem. But if I ever want to go on a longer tour..

After sunset I experimented with night shots.

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

A trio of college age kids showed up as well. Two guys and a girl. They didn't really talk to me but moved to the next camp. They played music and talked. She giggled a lot. Not loud enough to keep me awake. They left around 10 or 11.

I took my shower and went to bed. It was still warm. I slept on top of the sleeping bag with the tent door open. The bugs didn't bother me.

Around 1:45 AM something started messing with the trash can at camp. My first thought was squirrel or raccoon. Then something pulled the bolted top off and tossed it. WTH?

It was a burro. There were a couple more with it. I yelled at them and tried to go back to sleep. But it wasn't to be. It wanted to check out the trash. And was making a racket in the process. Grumbling I put my shoes on, chased them off and put the top back on. It didn't fit so well now.

Maybe a half hour later the same burro, was back. Chased them off again. Followed them down the road a little. Back in bed I could hear their clomping steps down the slope but they didn't come back to the trash. Managed to sleep. The ride back is in the next post.

Notes
Ride to Lake Pleasant
40.6 mi
3 hrs 25 min 57 sec
Ride to Scorpion Bay Marina
5.9 mi
33 min 22 sec
Stretched around 20 min
Saddle sore
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Lake Pleasant Trip part 3

10/18/2017 Ride home from Lake Pleasant

Pix are here.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/res1du...57661067601468

The map is here. Missed the first 7-8 mi.

https://www.strava.com/activities/1236432756

At 4:30 AM I decided I had slept enough. More than 8 hrs and my back gets cranky. The window shade protected from small pebbles but didn't make a soft bed. So let's get up have some coffee and a clif bar.

[IMG]Time for coffee by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

I have no idea what the temp was. High 60s or low 70s. T-shirt weather. It was 6:30 before I was ready to go. One last check to make sure I got everything.

[IMG]Ready to go. by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

The sun was rising as I left the park. Stopped for a last look north on Castle Hot Springs Rd. I forgot to turn on Strava until about 7.5 mi into the ride.

[IMG]Castle Hot Springs Rd by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Turn left at highway 74 and heading down the hill to the Agua Fria. And a shot back the way I came. There was water in the river.

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

The climb up the east side of the valley didn't seem as bad. But by the top I crawling in the lowest gear at 5 or 6 mph. We walked up this one back in HS too. The shoulder seemed wider on the south side. Didn't need to take the lane at all. Further east after Lake Pleasant Rd becomes the Carefree Hwy it got narrower in places. Still rideable.

Just across the I17 I found a donut shop. Too fancy for me. They made custom donuts on the spot for you. I didn't see apple fritter, coffee roll or old fashioned donut on the menu. So I went to McDs for a Sr coffee with a chocolate chip cookie. Good enough.

After all that worrying about water yesterday I had 2 full quart bottles left. Decided to by a bottle of sweetened tea for the ride home anyway. I turned south on 27th Dr. The ride home was without incident. One last pic of the bike between Greenway & Bell Rds. Stopped for a burger near home.

[IMG]Needed a shady spot by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

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39.6 mi
3 hrs 7 min riding time

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I both carried too much and not enough. There was food left over. Clif bars and other snacks. But water was a problem. Stuffing a sandwich into my bags without squishing it might have been a problem. Try to do better next time.
Clothing: My saddle sores were bad the last 20 miles home. Had to keep resetting my cheeks. They are still sore. Going to have to look at proper biking attire.
Tent: The tent is a cheap big box store tent. It's light. It would be OK maybe to freezing with the right bag. It won't keep you dry in wet weather. No fly. The stakes won't work in hard ground. Tieing it down could be a problem. I should look for a better tent.
Water: How do people carry more water? I had a hard time fitting 5 or 6 qts in with my setup. I've seen the bottle holder strapped to the front forks at bikepacking . com. Gotta look into a hydration bladder.
Planning: Forgetfulness cost me what should have been a decent stress free lunch. Cup of soup on a warm day wasn't the best. Make lists and use them. Don't have to be anal but do better.
Gear: The Axiom pannier was pretty good. It is basically a stuff sack. But feels sturdy. It held plenty too. You have to be creative with the packing. Buy it's twin for next time? Or buy a touring set? Or go ultra light?

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San Juan Lookout Loop

This morning I rode to San Juan Lookout in South Mountain Park. It was a chilly 58F when I left. Mid 80s when I returned. Today was Silent Sunday so no autos in the park. Pix are here.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/res1du...57661067601468

The map is here.

https://www.strava.com/activities/1242473874

Typical start, east on Campbell Ave around 5:30 AM. I rode to McDs at 7th Ave & Indian School for breakfast. To Quik Trip after breakfast for a bottle of tea. Then south on 3rd then 5th Ave to downtown Phoenix. There was an event going on downtown. But 1st Ave was open going south. 1st merges with Central and downtown was behind me. At Rio Salado I stopped to use the facilities.

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

That was on the north side of the river. Once you cross the river it is uphill. Slightly at first but the gradient increases as you get closer to South Mountain. Of course not as steep as the mountain itself.

Not all of the park is closed to cars. There are several parking lots near the entrance you can drive to. But after that I saw no other motor vehicles. Not even park rangers. I guess it was early because not too many bikes passed me.

[IMG]Silent Sunday by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

About 3 mi into the park you come to a 3-way junction. The road you came in on, Summit Rd and San Juan Rd. If you want the best views of the valley go to one of the lookouts on the summit road. I'm taking San Juan Rd this morning. Between the junction and the end of the valley between the hills the road is mostly downhill. It felt good! There are some ups to.

[IMG]Down in the valley by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

At the east end of the valley the road curves north and climbs up to a pass in the range to your south. San Juan Lookout is a small parking lot with an open air rest area.

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

You can also see downtown Phoenix from here.

[IMG]Downtown Phoenix in the distance by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Yeah, it's hazy today. It's been hazy for a few weeks.

My plan was to follow the trails NW to Estrella Dr, then 51st Ave, then head home from there. I headed to the ridge to my NW to look at the trail down to Estrella Dr.

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

[IMG]There's the trail! by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Exploring the trails down they were all too tough for me. I almost returned the way I came. But one of them was doable on foot. Which took a few minutes. Fortunately there weren't too many others on the trail. Seeing 2 ladies on horseback coming up the trail I was going down I opted for a lesser trail. The horse riders did a loop so they were behind me on that trail. LOL But I was to the point I could ride and did.

As you can see the flat lands is a combo of residential and farms. Riding north on 51st Ave there was cotton and alfalfa. The cotton looked ready to pick. At Baseline Rd I stopped for a coffee roll and small coffee.

[IMG]Ride'em Cowboy by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

After brunch it was back on 51st Ave. Here's a shot of the RR tracks at 51st Ave.

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

Just north of McDowell I worked thru the neighborhood to get to 47th Ave & the Grand Canal. Then east. Just east of Grand Ave I saw a hawk. It was carrying a fish. Tried to get a shot but it flew off.

When I got to 27th Ave it was almost 11 AM. Hmmm, where to eat lunch? South to Thomas Rd and Arby's. Wouldn't want it every day but I like their Euros.

Then north to Indian School Rd. To get to Indian School Rd you cross a pedestrian bridge.

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

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3 hrs 13 min riding time
a little more than 6 hrs total time
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I guess 3 days off the bike was sufficient to heal my saddle sores. The skin is still scaly down there but no soreness.
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South Phoenix - Tempe Loop

This morning's ride was a loop thru South Phoenix and Tempe. The weather was perfect. From 58 around 5:30 AM to low 90s F at the finish. The wind out of the east. Pix are here.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/res1du...57661067601468

The map is here.

https://www.strava.com/activities/1252521087

The first leg was to McDs for breakfast. Then Quik Trip for a cold bottle of tea. This morning I decided to ride south thru downtown on 3rd St. At this early Sunday hour it is ridable. But I don't recommend it. There is no bike lane and not much room in the right lane.

Downtown Phx by res1due, on Flickr

At Lincoln St I rode to 7th St. Then south. I stopped at Rio Salado about sunrise.

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

Then south again. 7th St is a good street for bicycles south of downtown. There is a decent bike lane all the way south. Keep going past Baseline Rd. We're turning at Dobbins Rd.

[IMG]Sprinklers at the Golf Course by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Dobbins swings south turning into 20th St. Take Euclid Ave east. Euclid Ave turns into Valley View Dr then Patricia St. The idea on this leg is to follow the southernmost streets to the east. Just follow the streets and keep working east.

Soon enough you will find yourself on the dead end of South Mountain Ave. A dirt bike path continues and will take you to 32nd St. Except the single ditch crossing it's an easy trail.

At 32nd St ride south to the Highline Canal and turn east. At 40th St the canal crosses Baseline Rd. Just ride east along Baseline. About a quarter mile further the Highline canal crosses Baseline again. Get back on the canal and continue to 48th St.

At 48th St ride north to Baseline Rd and turn east. Continue across the freeway. I stopped at Kiwanis Park to use the facilities. Then at Bosa Donuts nearby for brunch.

From Bosa's ride to the Western Canal and take it north. It swings NW. Turn north at Hardy.

[IMG]60 interchange in the distance by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Hardy Dr. has a bike lane from here all the way to Tempe Town Lake.

[IMG]The end of Hardy Dr. by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Technically Hardy Dr ends at Rio Salado Pkwy. Continue north into the parking lot. Follow the trail all the way to the Salt River. Turn left at the art work.

[IMG]Window of Dialectic Views by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Ride over to the lake and cross. Then ride east again. At Lakeview Dr I extended the ride a hundred yards or so for this pic.

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

We are going to take the Grand Canal Trail home. Follow Lakeview Dr up to Washington St. West to the canal and get on the trail. I stopped east of Priest Dr for some shots.

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

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

From here I rode home. Stopping for shots occasionally.

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

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3 hrs 3 min riding time
about 5 hrs total time
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Saturday Afternoon Ride

Yesterday I looped thru Tolleson & Avondale. It was a cool 80F when I started. Maybe mid 70s by the time I got home. Pix are here.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/res1du...57665926696649

The map is here.

https://www.strava.com/activities/1261595088

The ride started out south around 2:30 PM on 23rd Ave to Indian School Rd. Then west to 27th Ave, south to the Grand Canal, then west.

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

Just before getting to Grand Ave a hawk on a power pole made a call. I've seen it there before. Didn't get a shot yesterday either.

Crossing Grand Ave was a problem. There was a lot of traffic going SE into town. It was backed up from the nearby light to the canal which is unusual. I ended up salmoning SE, turning around, getting into the left turn lane to cross.

At 39th Ave I turned south. Between Adams & Washington Sts I shot some tracks. Then west on Washington to 43rd Ave. South from there. Just south of the main tracks I shot the small power station.

[IMG]APS West Power Plant by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Between Buckeye Rd and Lower Buckeye Rd you get to the Roosevelt Canal. Turn west here. About a half mile west, about where 47th Ave would be the canal bends slightly north, then west again.

[IMG]Roosevelt Canal east of 47th Ave by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

There was the usual flotsam.

[IMG]Roosevelt Canal west of 47th Ave by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Google maps shows this path going thru to 63rd Ave. But at 59th Ave there was a huge construction project going on. Both sides of the canal were messed up. So I turned south. 59th Ave had no sidewalk on the west side. And the shoulder was a narrow, weed infested dirt/gravel bumpy ride.

At Lower Buckeye Rd I turned west. This was better. Wide paved shoulder to 63rd Ave, then a bike lane the rest of the way. At 75th Ave I stopped to look at the map , then continued to 79th Ave and turned south. 79th Ave swings onto Elwood at a roundabout. I stopped there to smell the flowers.

[IMG]Flowering Bush by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Looking at the area under google maps bicycle, the bike lane makes some lazy curves around here. Part of my plan is to ride some of these. So just follow the lane and bike route signs. Around the corner I stopped to shoot some pink oleanders.

[IMG]Pink Oleander by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

A little further south there was a good view of a dairy farm and the Sierra Estrellas in the background. I'd really love to climb that big one sometime. But it's on the reservation.

[IMG]Sierra Estrellas by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

At 91st Ave I rode north to the Tolleson Nature Walk. Nice xeriscaping. It was more of an exercise course walk. At 95th Ave or Windrow Blvd turn north again. At the next roundabout get on Riverwood. Now it's easy. Just follow the path. Onto Country Place Blvd then Melon Ln to Lower Buckeye Rd. The sun was getting lower when I got there.

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

Now go west to 109th Ave. North to Whyman Ave and west again. Whyman crosses some large power lines and swings north becoming 121st Ave. Then it swings east becoming Cocopah Circle. I followed Cocopah to Avondale Blvd and headed north. At Buckeye Rd I saw an old feed distributor place that the sun was lighting up just right. So a little detour.

[IMG]Feed Distributor by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Then back to Avondale Blvd and north. At Roosevelt St. I stopped at Culvers for a burger. They had no bicycle parking facilities at all. Locked the bike to a sign, then ate on the patio. The weather was perfect for patio dining.

After supper I contineued north on Avondale Blvd. There is a bicycle lane for almost all of this stretch. Avondale Blvd swings NE and turns into Garden Lakes Pkwy. I followed this to 111th Ave. Follow 111th Ave all the way to Camelback Rd. Then continue straight. You are passing the Dodgers spring training stadium. When the road "ends" go around the barricade and continue.

Alternatively cross the narrow strip of desert to your west and ride along the rough concrete path there. I followed the paved road until it ended. Then got onto a dirt road and continued to the west end of the Grand Canal Trail. From here I follow the Grand canal home.

The full moon was either last night or Friday night. Either way it was pretty. But the clouds kept messing with my shots. Here's my best.

[IMG]Full Moon by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

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3 hrs 35 min riding time
about 5 hrs total time. Would have been longer but after dark I didn't stop for shots as often.
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Glendale Peoria Loop

Rode a loop thru Glendale & Peoria yesterday. Went west on the Grand Canal. North along 87th & 89th Aves. Home via the Arizona Canal. Pix are here.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/res1du...57665926696649

The map is here.

https://www.strava.com/activities/1271365996

I left home around 2:30 PM. The temp was about 80F and cooled to the mid 70s by 7 PM. I started out riding to the Grand Canal at 27th Ave. Then followed the path west. Crossing Grand Ave was tricky. I had to ride half way across, get in the left turn lane and wait for an opportunity to finish. This is the way to cross most of the busy streets.

My computer stopped working. Never got it working again. Battery is OK. I stopped for a tea break at 39th Ave. Then again at 71st Ave. The tree I was resting under was dropping seeds. I shot some there but stopped again nearer to 75th Ave to try some more shots of the seeds or flowers.

[IMG]Time for a sip by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]More seeds or flowers by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

West of 75th Ave I entered the Grand Canal Linear Park. Sometimes it is easier than riding along the canal. At least it has underpasses at the major streets. But there are usually pedestrians. I was turning north at 87th Ave. There were some interesting plants to shoot just before the exit so I stopped.

[IMG]Flower or weed? by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]Flower or seed? by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

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

Just north of here you ride around a small golf course. Doesn't matter which way you go. Just get back on 87th Ave on the other side. At Glendale Ave I rode to 89th Ave. Funny, I remember this pond with the fountain being in the middle of nowhere when they were building the Cardinal's stadium and the neighborhood.

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

Google maps shows a short cut thru the neighborhood just south of Frier Dr. But when I got there it was marked Private HOA. Darn! So up to Northern, east to 87th Ave and head north again. If you look at the map you will see I swung east, north, east, north, etc. Then west again north of Grand Ave to get to 83rd Ave. At the Skunk Creek Trailhead I got onto the Skunk Creek Trail.

[IMG]Skunk Creek Trailhead 83rd Ave by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

I've passed under this lookout dozens of times. But there isn't much occasion to get up here. There wasn't too much to see. Maybe a couple hundred yards of Skunk Creek Trail in either direction.

Heading NE it isn't too far to 75th Ave where the Arizona Canal Trail ends. Another mile and I stopped at the rest area at 67th Ave.

[IMG]67th Ave Rest Area by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

At Metro Center Mall I swung to the north side to eat at Culver's. There was no place to watch the bike from inside so I ate out on the patio. But the weather was great.

On my way home from here I went by Castles N Coasters, a kids fun place.

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

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

From there it is 5 or 6 mi home.

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3 hrs 8 min riding time.
about 4.5 hrs total time
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Thompson Peak Pkwy

Decided to ride Thompson Peak Pkwy this morning. It was 48F when I left around 5:30 AM. For the first time since summer I wore 3 shirts. Pix are here.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/res1du...57665926696649

The map is here.

https://www.strava.com/activities/1282567408

I started out riding to McDs at 7th Ave & Indian School for breakfast. Really for their coffee. I sit, read and eat a clif bar while drinking a cup. After breakfast I rode to QTrip at 3rd Ave for a bottle of tea. Then onto the Grand Canal.

I followed the Grand Canal to 12th St. Then Campbell Ave east to 44th St. As I crossed the 51 the sun was getting ready to rise.

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

At 44th St I got onto the Arizona Canal. It seemed like there were a lot of people out this morning. When I got to Arizona Falls the reason became obvious. There was a race on. 68th St was the turn around point. So fewer pedestrians after that. There were still a lot of peds. After crossing downtown Scottsdale I stopped to shoot these apts a little further east.

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

I followed the Arizona Canal east to Hayden Rd. Then north to McCormick Pkwy. Just west of Hayden there is a MUP going northish from there. This path will take you all the way to Cactus Rd & 96th St. I stopped at a donut shop near Shea Blvd. Also shot photos along the way.

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

[IMG]Close up of a Broom Bush by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

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

We are heading to Thompson Peak Pkwy to make a big loop. There are several ways to do this. I chose to ride to Sweetwater Ave & 100th St. 100th St crosses Thompson Peak Pkwy close to the CAP canal. And just to make the ride more fun and do more foothills get on McDowell Mountain Ranch Rd and follow it back around to Thompson Peak Pkwy. Here's a couple of shots from McDowell Mountain Ranch Rd.

[IMG]McDowell Mtns by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]Deer Crossing? by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

The highest point was near the back end. I was in a pretty low gear by the time I got there. Coming back down was a blast tho. Then at Thompson Peak Pkwy turn north and continue the bigger loop. Yep. You're climbing again.

Eventually you get back to Scottsdale Rd. Turn south and ride to Bell Rd. At this point I decided to head for Habit Burger at Paradise Valley Mall for lunch. I got there about 11 and had a burger. Leaving, trying to find the west side of Sweetwater Ave I stopped to look at the map. Saw some dandelions and stopped to shoot.

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

My ride home from here was a little wacky. West to 32nd St. Just south of Shea follow the Bike Route signs to the bridge over the 51 Fwy to the Dreamy Draw Area. The approach to the bridge reminded me of an obstacle course. I had to put my feet down a couple of times.

[IMG]Obstacle Course by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

The restroom at the Dreamy Draw parking lot was closed for construction. Oh well. From there it isn't too hard to get home. Maybe 8 mi.

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5 hrs 3 min riding time
Time and distance are strictly Strava. Still haven't replaced my computer.
Total time was around 8 hrs.
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Black Friday Canals Ride

This morning I followed the Grand Canal to the New River Trail. New River then Skunk Creek to the Arizona Canal. The Arizona Canal to 25th Ave, then home. This is a familiar ride for me. Both ways. Pix are here.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/res1du...57665926696649

The map is here.

https://www.strava.com/activities/1288856623

Obviously I took the day off work. Took my pickup to the garage at 19th Ave & Indian School Rd and started from there around 7:15. There is a bike lane along Indian School Rd from 19th Ave to the I17 Fwy. Traffic was light. Usually at this time on a weekday morning traffic would be heavy.

I got onto the Grand Canal at 27th Ave. Shadows were still long. The temps still cool.

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

After crossing Bethany Home Rd I stopped at the local park to use the facilities. Took off my outer shirt and put on sunscreen. I put the out shirt back on at 87th Ave. It was still too chilly for me with just a T-shirt. I've been stopping at 87th Ave because of the Desert Broom plant and others.

[IMG]Some kind of berries by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]Just liked the pattern by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

The trees with the red berries interest me. I'm looking for a shade tree for my front yard and they look pretty to me. But leave those berries in the yard. Not sure about that.

From there follow the canal west. Past the Cardinal's stadium. Cross the 101 Fwy & 99th Ave. Ride along an empty field that had cotton in it a few weeks ago. To the New River Trail. Saw a new mural under the bridge.

[IMG]Junction of New River & the Grand Canal by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Kinda want to climb down there to get a better pic. But even tho there were no trespassing signs the fencing makes it obvious the authorities don't want you down there. Besides my feet would get wet. And cold.

From here go north on the New River Trail. It is a wide concrete path, fenced off from the river. It looks like they have recently re-channeled the bottom.

[IMG]tween Northern & Olive by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

While taking this shot I heard the train whistle. I thought maybe I could get to the tracks in time to take a shot. I pushed myself to get there. Only a couple of miles. But the whistle got fainter as I approached. Stopped there anyway.

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

[IMG]EZ bike parking by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

The next major street is Thunderbird Rd. There I rode a little out of the way to get coffee and a donut. Then back to Quik Trip for a bottle of cold tea. Then north on the trail. At Rio Vista Recreation Center there was a helicopter hanging there.

[IMG]Huey at Rio Vista Recreation Center by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Just north of here you are on Skunk Creek Trail. Then you hit the Arizona Canal. I followed the Arizona Canal to Metro Center. I had lunch at Culver's. Love their Bacon Deluxe Burger. Then back to the garage from there.
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3 hrs 28 min riding time
about 5 hrs total time
Note: My inner thigh is sore. Hopefully a day of rest will fix it. Stretched it this afternoon.
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Rio Salado Park

Easy ride to Rio Salado Park this morning. Temps were in the low 50s to start, probably low 70s when I got home. Pix are here.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/res1du...57665926696649

The map is here.

https://www.strava.com/activities/1291745605

This morning I waited until after breakfast to start. Started around 6:15 AM. Rode east on Campbell Ave to 7th Ave. Got onto the Grand Canal and rode to 3rd Ave. Then south to downtown. I arrived at the Central Ave parking lot before sunrise.

From there I followed the northern side east. East of 16th St there were some burrowing owl habitats. Actually saw a couple. My shots weren't very good. The sun had just risen when I got to about 20th St. Then back west to 16th St. Cross the river on the 16th St Bridge and find the southern trail or path. The sun is up but the shadows are still long.

[IMG]16th St Bridge by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Saw some new murals under the bridges. This one is under Central Ave.

[IMG]Burrowing Owls by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Between Central & 7th Aves there are several ponds. I got onto a lower gravel road to ride along them. There is usually plant and animal life in here to see. Here are some shots.

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

[IMG]Let's park the bike by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]Desert Broom Bush by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

West of Central Ave I got back onto the higher paved trail. There is a quarry south of the trail here.

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

You can see the haze in the valley against South Mountain in the background. On the other side of the river are more sand and gravel operations and some junk yards. I like the fence this one has.

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

After this I rode back to Central Ave before heading north. Traffic was pretty light. Just before crossing under the RR tracks south of downtown there were some kids, teens or callege age, setting up a dance or something in the middle of the streets. Sorry no shots. It looked like they were choreographing for a recording. I just nodded as I went past.

Leaving downtown I got onto Grand Ave to head NW. At 15th Ave stopping to shoot some murals. Kind of.

[IMG]Is this their dog? by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

There's more in the album. I decided to stop at Dunkin Donuts at Thomas near 23rd Ave. So found this at the State Fairgrounds.

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

The State Fair ended last month. Not sure if these are leftovers or not. From Dunkin Donuts it was only a couple of miles home.

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2 hrs 39 min riding time.
about 3.5 hrs total time.
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New River Dam

Rode to the New River Dam this morning. At least as close as I could get from the east. Weather was very good tho the air quality wasn't so good. There's been a brown haze over the valley for weeks now. From Jomax Rd looking south it was really visible. The pix are here.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/res1du...57689175028701

The map is here.

https://www.strava.com/activities/1300929251

I started out around 5:20 AM and rode to McDs at Northern and 19th Ave for breakfast. After breakfast it was back to 23rd Ave. North to the Arizona Canal. Cross I17. Circle Metro Center Mall, nice and quiet at that hour. Stopped at Quik Trip on Peoria before continuing north on 31st Ave. I worked my way north and west to Jomax Rd & 75th Ave. About a half mile north of Jomax was as close as I could get.

[IMG]Bike Parking by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

It is really easy to get around the fence but I don't want a bigger ticket than my budget can afford. But walking north a little you can get some clear shots of the dam.

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

[IMG]Another angle by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

After taking some shots I moved over to the shade of some trees to use the restroom and apply sunscreen. Right behind the bushes were some professional bee hives. So I moved away before applying the sunscreen. Even so while putting it on I heard a buzzing and turned around to see a bee watching me. She didn't bother me more than just watching so I finished and left.

Back at Jomax it was west to 83rd Ave. Then south on 83rd Ave. I followed 83rd Ave south to Lake Pleasant Pkwy where I stopped at Donutsville. The Cinnamon Roll was good. The coffee okay.

From there it's east on the Lake Pleasant Pkwy which almost immediately turns south to become 83rd Ave. Just north of Union Hills Rd I got onto the New River Trail. Which saved me going thru the intersection.

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

A few miles further south and you come to a pedestrian bridge. Cross here. I stopped for some more shots.

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

[IMG]Peoria Trail System Map by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

From here I took Skunk Creek Trail north to the Arizona Canal. Then followed the Arizona Canal towards home. Stopping occasionally for shots.

[IMG]Gate Parking by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

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

Then south on 23rd Ave to home. Stopping for lunch.

[IMG]Waiting for lunch by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

I got home a little before noon.

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3 hrs 52 min riding time
around 6.5 hrs total time
Note: I purchased a new computer at the LBS. That's why the numbers above aren't directly from Strava. Strava records my walking around so the mileage is always higher.
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Reach 11

Saturday afternoon, 12/09/2017, I rode Reach 11 west to east. Afraid I left late and didn't spend as much time taking photos. The weather was 75F at the start, cooling off after the sun set. The pix are here.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/res1du...57689175028701

The map is here.

https://www.strava.com/activities/1308687058

I started north on 23rd Ave. Using the Arizona Canal to get onto Cave Creek. Just east of 19th Ave the trail splits. Cave Creek Trail goes north. The other I've heard called Cave Creek Tributary Path. That's the path I took. It is a nice tree lined path.

[IMG]Cave Cree Tributary Trail by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

At 7th Ave you come to Moon Valley Park.

[IMG]Moon Valley Park by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

The Cave Creek Tributary Path continues on the other side of the park. But we're going north on 7th Ave. Eventually 7th Ave crosses Cave Creek again. I got on and rode to Union Hills Rd.

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

Then east on Union Hills Rd to Cave Creek Rd. North to Deer Valley Rd. Turn east, ride about 200 yds and get on the path to go into Reach 11. Usually the soccer fields are pretty empty. Saturday they were busy. We're following the trail around the soccer fields. The road was a smooth hard pan gravel road. Smoother than the paved bike lane near my house over most of it.

[IMG]South of the Soccer Fields by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]South of the Soccer Fields by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

The shadows were getting longer and I stopped to put on an extra layer. Within a couple of miles dust caked my bike. By the time I reached the east end the chain was squeaking pretty loud. Next time I'll get here when the light is better. But here's a few shots.

[IMG]Wonder what kind of tree it was? by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]from the same place by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]56th St Bridge by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

I had supper at Habit Burger on Bell just east of Scottsdale Rd. Then headed home via Paradise Ln to Cave Creek Rd. One last shot of the bike crossing the 51 Fwy on Paradise Ln.

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

The chain had stopped squeaking by this time but it was pretty dusty. Took me about half an hour to clean it Sunday. There is a new Bosa's near my house. I stopped there for a fritter and coffee before heading home.

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3 hrs 48 min riding time
about 5 hrs total time
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