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Old 12-31-17, 09:35 PM   #126
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Eastern Canal in Gilbert

This morning I rode to Gilbert. Did a longer loop via Chandler Blvd to the Eastern canal. Then circled back along the canal to Main in Mesa. Then headed home. The map is here.

https://www.strava.com/activities/1335217774

The pix are here.

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

Today was cold! At least for me. Actually it was 40F when I left around 5:30 AM. I started out with 4 layers. Prefer sweat to cold.

Rode to McDs at 7th Ave & Indian School Rd for breakfast. Then to Quik Trip for some tea. Then got on Osborn Rd and rode east to the Grand Canal. The paved side of the Grand Canal was closed between 20th & 24th Sts. That meant riding on the dirt/gravel side. It was in decent shape.

At Washington St I got on going east. But by 48th St you could see construction narrowing the lanes too much. I moved back over to the Grand Canal. There was a police car on the gravel path going east as well. He was going so slow I caught up with him by Priest Dr. Just east of Priest I stopped to shoot the coming sunrise.

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

Then rode around to Temp Town Lake to shoot it again.

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

From here I rode south on Mill Ave to Baseline Rd. Then got on the Western Canal going south. At the Ken McDonald Gold Course ride east. You can't miss it there's a power plant across the canal.

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

Just east of the 101 Fwy at Carriage Ln. I turned south. Worked my way to Bosa Donuts at Dobson Rd & Elliot Rd. Bosa makes good apple fritters. Continue south to Chandler Blvd and ride east.

Chandler Blvd & Arizona Ave would probably have been the middle of town way back. Memories came back to me. The very first Taco Bell we ate at in the 60s was here. They actually had mariachis. It was the Grand Opening. There used to be a huge Christmas tree make of tumbleweeds every year. And there used to be a jet on a pedestal. I think along Arizona Ave somewhere. Found the jet a couple of blocks east.

[IMG]Really Old Jet by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

4 miles or so east I got to the Eastern Canal. It was a nice paved path.

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

Stopped at the Riparian Habitat at Water Ranch.

[IMG]Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

At Main in Mesa I turned west. Google Maps shows it being mostly bike path west of here. But there was construction blocking the lanes along here. Took to the sidewalks for most of it. Eventually got thru it. Stopped to eat at BK at Alma School Rd.

After lunch rode west to Mill Ave. Then north to Washington St. Got on the Grand Canal from there. Then home. Stopping for pix along the way.

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

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

[IMG]Waiting to go by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

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

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5 hrs 22 min riding time
almost 9 hrs total time
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Wind Rider

Wunderground has been predicting a "wind spike" here. The prediction was an east wind ramping from 4-6 at 7 AM mph to 13 mph around 10 AM. Then holding around 10-12 mph until 1 PM. Usually by D-Day the predictions fade. But it was still there this morning. So I took advantage by riding east. Goofing off until 10, then riding back with the stronger tailwind. The pix are here.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/res1du...57689035885672

The map is here.

https://www.strava.com/activities/1339329378

Around 5:30 AM I rode to McDs at 7th Ave & Indian School Rd for breakfast. After breakfast I stopped at Quik Trip then north on 3rd Ave to the Grand Canal. Then east. There was hardly any wind at all going out to Tempe Town Lake.

At 12th St I was stopped by a couple of police officers. They asked if I had seen someone with a grey T-shirt and yellow hoodie. Or vice versa? Anyway I hadn't and told them I got on at 3rd Ave.

Either it was later or not as cloudy as Sunday morning. Hoping for a repeat of Sunday morning's sunrise shots I kept my eyes open. But it was not to be. Here is an after sunrise shot at Tempe Town Lake.

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

To take up the time before 10 I rode east on the north side to Rural Rd. Then back west taking shots. At the west end I crossed to the south side riding back east. By the time I worked my way to Rural on the south side it was getting close to 9. An east wind was building. Here are a couple of shots.

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

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

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

[IMG]Picture Frame by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Next it was north along the Indian Bend Wash Trail to Thomas. There I stopped at Dunkin Donuts. Here's a shot along the Indian Bend Wash Trail.

[IMG]El Dorado Park by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

After my coffee and donut I got back on the Indian Bend Wash Trail and rode to Indian School Rd. Then headed west. The east wind was blowing fair now. Maybe 10 mph or so. I stopped at Arizona Falls for some shots.

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

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

[IMG]Why? by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

One thing. There are several different rental bikes out there. The original was Grid. Today I saw greens labelled "Lime", yellows with "ofo", and some orange bikes. I don't understand why anybody would toss one in the canal in the last shot.

At Maryland Ave I got off the Arizona Canal to stop at Granada Park.

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

Then rode Maryland home. Making a detour for lunch.

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3 hrs 35 min riding time
More than 7 hours total time
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Ahwatukee - The South Side

This morning I rode to Ahwatukee. It is on the south side of South Mountain. On google maps there are lots of bike lanes and paths. But it is a long ways from my usual rolling grounds. The pix are here.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/res1du...57689035885672

The map is here.

https://www.strava.com/activities/1345961856

The weather was mild today. 51F warming into the low 70s by lunch. I left the house around 5:30 AM and rode to McDs at 7th Ave & Indian School Rd for breakfast. Then Quik Trip at 3rd Ave. Then south on 3rd & 5th Aves. Stopping to take a shot of downtown Phoenix.

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

South of downtown I got on Central Ave. Riding to the Highline Canal south of Baseline Rd. Then east along the Highline Canal. The canal was mostly empty of water today. Met somebody by the Francisco Highland Park that said there was a herd of Javalina in the neighborhood. I stopped at 40th St & Baseline for this shot.

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

At this point the canal crosses Baseline. Then recrosses about a quarter mile east. It's easiest to follow Baseline east and get back on the canal there. At 48th St I turned south and worked thru the neighborhood. Follow 48th St all the way to Elliot Rd. There I rode some partial loops on the east side of Ahwatukee. I've always wondered why the circled streets in Ahwatukee. From Ahwatukee you have a good view of the south side of South Mountain.

[IMG]The South Side of South Mountain by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]The South Side by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Eventually I got to Ray Rd and turned east. Stopping for donuts at 50th St. Then east to the Kyrene Branch Canal. Turning north there. The Kyrene Branch Canal takes you to the Western Canal by the power plant and the Ken McDonald Golf course. Follow the path west then north. Just before Baseline Rd you come to Kiwanis Park.

From Kiwanis Park get on Mill Ave and ride north. I rode to Tempe Town Lake. Stopped for some pix.

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

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

I rode around the lake on the west side to get on the Grand Canal. Under Priest Dr. I stopped to peel my layers down to a single T-shirt. While doing so a jet landing at Sky Harbor came in really close. I got my camera out and shot the next several jets but non came as close.

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

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

From here it's almost the usual ride home. I detoured to 5 Guys Burgers near Thomas Rd & 44th St. Good burger but too expensive for my taste. Then east on Oak back to the Grand Canal and home.

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Trail 100

Yesterday, 1/15/18, I rode Trail 100 east to west. Trail 100 is a popular trail that winds thru the Phoenix Mountain Preserve from Tatum Blvd just east of Quartz Ridge to 7th Ave & Peoria Rd just south of Shaw Butte. Sections of the trail are old jeep trails, easy to ride. Other sections are narrow, winding, sometimes jutting rocks others filled with gravel from pea to head sized. The trail is almost 11 miles long officially.

I attempted this trail on June 12, 2016. See post 13 in this blog if interested. After completing the section from Tatum Blvd to Dreamy Draw I decided that was enough that day. Get more practice on actual trails and develop some trail riding skills before trying again.

Well here it is a year and a half later and I haven't done a lot of trail riding. There are sections I know I can't ride, or rather the attempt would probably end badly. My decision for yesterday's ride was to take alternates around those section. There are so many criss crossing sections here that it's sometimes hard to stay on the main trail. And I've hiked a lot of them. Enviously watching bikers riding by on sections I can't do.

I found myself oversteering. Riding in the gravel on one side of the good tread then the other. Sometimes I would hit a rock or other bump and the bike would stop. Then I couldn't get enough momentum to start uphill again and would have to push up the rest of that hill. Sometimes looking downhill at a rough pointed rocky trail it was, "Nope!" Walked down it. It ain't easy pushing the bike uphill or downhill.

The pix are here.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/res1du...57689035885672

The map is here.

https://www.strava.com/activities/1358786329

I started out around 5:30 AM. Rode to McDs at 16th St & Glendale where I had breakfast. After breakfast I rode up Dreamy Draw to 32nd St & Mountain View. Then the long way around to Tatum Blvd to stop at Fry's for some water. The east trailhead is south of Doubletree Ranch Rd. About 1.25 miles from Fry's.

[IMG]East Trailhead by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Start riding west. The first half mile is between neighborhoods. Houses on both sides. Plenty of No Trespassing signs. Then you come out into the desert. For the next half mile you are climbing slightly towards a pass between hills.

[IMG]It don't look that hard by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

After the pass you enter a big valley. There are trails, old jeep trails mostly crisscrossing the valley. Follow the signs. Trail 100 is pretty well marked in this valley.

You will come to a wash with a hill to your north. Your trail follows this wash for a mile or so. The wash to your left fades just before the trail turns north.

[IMG]Looking towards Dreamy Draw by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

That pass up there is where I'm going. If you want to skip the alternate follow the signs and you will climb the ridge to the right of the pass. Dropping down the other side of that ridge is too technical for me. Watching bikers riding down it reminds me of watching downhill skiers.

My alternate starts at about 16.7 mi on the Strava map. It rejoins where Trail 100 goes under the 51 Fwy. Here's a shot from the alternate.

[IMG]1st View of the 51 by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

If you followed the signs you will end up at the underpass. If you followed me you will end up in the Dreamy Draw Recreation Area parking lot. In that case exit the north side of the parking lot and take the 1st trail going left or west. Ride on thru. It's not too bad. It was a little wet yesterday.

Coming out from under the 51 I pushed my bike up the first climb. Then you come to a fork. Trail 100 goes left. The right trail is shorter. The main trail goes around 3 sides of that hill in front of you. The right fork skirts the north side. Take the main trail. That alternate is rough on a bike.

The left fork runs on the side of a hill just above the 51. It's not too bad until it turns and dives down the south side of the hill.

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

After the turn there are two mansions in front of you. I think you could find a trail that goes closer but the main trail goes around this hill. Fairly shortly the trail turns north again. And you climb up to a saddle between the hill and the ridge on your left. I walked most of that. In places that meant lifting the bike over some fair sized rocks. Not so sure this was the easier way now!

Following the trail north from here you are in a valley between a ridge and some neighborhoods. There are several places you can rethink all this trail riding and get back on pavement. Just look for the side trails. Eventually you cross a ridge and go around another neighborhood.

[IMG]View of the next Valley by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

There are actually 3 small hills and a small valley in the pic. The trail heads to the left of the hills. At that point Trail 100 drops to the left. I'm going around all those hills to the right. Partly because the drop is too steep for me. And partly because there's a Quik Trip About a quarter mile north of those hills. I've got a hankering for an apple fritter.

I brunched near a water tank on an embankment along the trail. Only one person rode by the whole time. After brunch I followed the alternate trail to Cave Creek Rd.

[IMG]Going Under Cave Creek Rd. by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

After crossing Cave Creek Rd you follow a wash for a quarter mile. Then you start climbing to a saddle. From the saddle there is a small valley about 3/4 mi long in front of you.

[IMG]Junction west of Cave Creek Rd by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

The main trail climbs up the ridge to your left. The signs mark it. I'm taking the easier old jeep trail down the middle of the valley. Either way we will end on the right side of the hills in the pic above. The trail circles around the right hill, turns south and passes by, or thru the Pointe Tapatio.

[IMG]Pointe Tapatio by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Right after the Pointe you cross under 7th St. There is a visitor center here. The trail continues west for a little while then turns south. As you ride south you can see Shaw Butte on your right and North Mountain ahead of you. The trail bends right or west to pass thru the saddle between the hills. Then turns south again. You can see Mountain View Park up ahead. That's the end of the trail.

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

From the park it's about 7 mi home.

If you're interested in riding the trail just google Trail 100 Phoenix. You can find maps and other info. There is a lot of wildlife to be seen at various times. Yesterday the only wildlife that I recall seeing was Gambel Quail, Cactus Wrens, and rabbits. Somewhere in there I heard the Gila Woodpecker as well. But in the past I've also seen snakes including rattlers and coyotes. BTW the rattlers are rare.

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Riding to the east trailhead: 13.7 mi, 1 hr 12 min
Riding the trail: 12.1 mi, 2 hrs 1 min
Riding home: 7.1 mi, 31 min
Total time a little more than 6 hrs
Note: I'm sore today. Actual muscle soreness, glutes, side of the abs, triceps.
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CAP Trail to Deem Hills

Yesterday I rode up to the CAP east of I17, then west to Deem Hills and home. Wunderground said it was 43F when I left around 5:30 AM. For me it was cold. The pix are here

https://www.flickr.com/photos/res1du...57689035885672

The map is here.

https://www.strava.com/activities/1368818160

First I rode to McDs at Northern & 19th Ave for breakfast. After breakfast back west to 23rd Ave to start north. Stopping for a bottle of water along the way. North of Dunlap I rode the usual route to get to the Cave Creek Multiuser Trail. Just before Peoria Ave I saw a coyote. Don't see them too often in town. But they're there.

At Thunderbird Rd I got off the Cave Creek Trail to ride north on 26th Ave. Then working over to 23rd Ave and other streets to go north. It was earlier than I liked but I stopped at Dunkin Donuts at 19th Ave & Deer Valley Rd. The sun was just rising.

After my coffee and donut I rode back to 23rd Ave then north. 23rd Ave doesn't actually go thru here. About a half mile north it turns into an alley way. Hardpan covered with gravel and trash. This alley crosses Scatter Wash where there is some graffiti.

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

North of Pinnacle Peak Rd the north bound bike lane disappears. There is a stripe for a shoulder but it is often less than 2 ft. The south bound has a full bike lane probably 4 ft wide or more along here. North of Happy Valley Rd 23rd Ave becomes Norterra Pkwy and the bike lane reappears. A couple of miles later you come to the CAP Canal.

The CAP Trail is on the west side. You will have to lift your bike over a step of about a foot to get on. There were a couple more while I pedaled by the neighborhood to my left. Once you leave the neighborhood the trail becomes a plain old dirt/gravel road, rough in some spots. About a half mile later you come to a pedestrian bridge over the I17 Fwy. I stopped to take some shots.

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

[IMG]Just flying by by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

I think the balloon was trying to land in an empty field just south of the bridge. He didn't make it. He ended up landing a half mile to a mile further south.

On the west side of I17 the trail is again a dirt/gravel road. You can tell motor vehicles sometimes travel it. But the most recent tracks are bicycle tracks. There are a couple of access points into the neighborhoods to your left. Keep going along the canal.

After crossing a dry wash you climb up a small shoulder to see small half bowl shaped valley to your left. That is the Deem Hills. You can follow some trails into the hills but I'm riding on up the CAP Trail.

[IMG]Deem Hills by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Climbing up to the next shoulder was more difficult. As a matter of fact I had to walk the last 100 ft or so. From this shoulder you have a pretty good view of the next valley and the CAP further west.

[IMG]Looking down the other side by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

I chickened out and walked about half way down that hill. At the bottom I piddled around. Looking off to the north. That is marked State Trust Land with big warning signs. But it is open. Sort of. There are big concrete barricades with a tall chain length fence blocking most of it. Except one small section. Maybe 6 ft wide there is only the concrete barricade. I can see bike tracks going on north. But today I turned south to head towards home.

I crossed the 101 Fwy at 63rd Ave. Then headed east on Utopia Rd. My plan was to turn south at 55th Ave. If you look at Strava you can see I sort of did that. Getting on 55th Ave at Union Hills Rd. On the way south I wandered over to 59th Ave for a burger and fries.

After lunch I headed back towards 55th Ave. 55th Ave doesn't go thru here. But there is a trail. South of Bell 55th becomes Talavi Blvd. Turn south on 56th Ave. About half a block down just before a building there is a path. Looks like a wide sidewalk heading towards a school. That will get you to 55th Ave & Paradise Ln next to the school. Continue south.

South of Thunderbird Rd 55th Ave ends at Sweetwater Ave. Turn right. The Arizona Canal is right there. The shortest way home for me is to follow the canal but I'm continuing on 55th to Maryland Ave. Turn right and cross the canal.

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

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

At Orangewood Ave I saw some interesting sculptures in a park. This was the Elsie McCarthy Sensory Garden. I stopped for some shots.

[IMG]Part of Contemplation Garden by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Another mile south you come to Maryland & Grand Aves. If you want on Grand Ave you can ride 55th Ave all the way. Turn east just before Grand Ave. From here it is only about 6 mi home. I stopped for a shot crossing I17.

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

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50.8 mi
4 hrs 23 min riding time
More like 7 hours total time
Legs are sore today. Didn't think I was over doing it yesterday. But maybe I'll lower the mileage a bit next weekend.
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Phoenix Balloon Festival

Yesterday I rode to the Phoenix Balloon Festival. I bought a new zoom lens to play with and this seemed like a good opportunity. The festival was between 99th Ave & the 101 Fwy south of Thomas Rd. The pix are here.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/res1du...57689035885672

The map is here.

https://www.strava.com/activities/1380279973

The temperature was in the high 40s F when I left home. I stopped at McDs at Indian School Rd & 33rd Ave for breakfast. Then rode to the Grand Canal at 35th Ave and started west. Stopping again at Dunkin Donuts at 91st Ave & Thomas Rd. It was too early for a donut but trying to chase the balloons could take a couple of hours.

When I got to 99th Ave & Encanto Blvd most of them were just starting to inflate their balloons. Pretty soon one took off. Then another. Then lots of them. My spot was pretty good. I got a lot of shots almost straight up at the balloons. Almost an hour later most of the balloons were airborne. If I wanted any shots of them landing I better get going.

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

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

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

[IMG]Hmm can I catch up? by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

It was fun chasing after them. Didn't catch any landing. Did catch a couple on the ground.

[IMG]By the time I got here by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]There's another one by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]Moving it by hand by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]Pulling it down by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Now it was time to make my way home. I chose to ride up Avondale Blvd working my way to the west end of the Grand Canal. Stopping at the Glendale Airport for a couple of pix.

[IMG]Glendale Airport by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]New River near the Glendale Airport by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Then home via the Grand Canal & Maryland Ave. Stopping for lunch on the way.

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3 hrs 30 min riding time
about 7 hrs total time
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Ocotillo Trail

Yesterday I rode the Ocotillo Trail in the Phoenix Sonoran Preserve. Personally I think it should be called the Cholla Trail. There were few ocotillo plants along the trail. More on the west side than east side. You can find more info on the Phoenix Sonoran Preserve including maps here.

https://www.phoenix.gov/parks/trails...noran-preserve

The Ocotillo Trail goes from the Apache Wash Trailhead to the Desert Hills Trailhead. It skirts several hills along it's 6.5 mi length. There were some nice views from the shoulders of the hills. There was a lot of Cholla and Saguaro cacti along the trail.

Unfortunately there wasn't much wildlife. A few small birds. This is probably due to the mass of people out on the trails on a weekend. I did see coyote droppings.

The pics are here.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/res1du...57691359737111

The map is here.

https://www.strava.com/activities/1392070966

I started out riding to McDs for breakfast. After breakfast I got on Cave Creek Rd at Hatcher Rd. Then up Cave Creek Rd. Cave Creek Rd climbs up to Thunderbird Rd then levels a little. The climb really isn't over until you cross the shoulder between Lookout & Shadow Mountains north of Sweetwater Ave. Then you can enjoy the slight downhill riding.

If you look at the Strava you can see I made a couple of pit stops before turning at Sonoran Desert Dr. The Sonoran Desert Dr is a nice paved road with good bike lanes.

[IMG]New River Mountains on ;the horizon by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Further west it turns into Dove Valley Rd. At first you are in relatively flat land with washes. You can see some hills to the WNW. As you ride along you will pass some stands of cholla. I stopped for some pix.

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

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

Yes these are the dreaded jumping cactus. They don't really jump. But they do sway in winds. Their joints are weak on purpose. Large animals get a burr stuck on their hide and carry the seeds of the cactus. To remove the burrs a comb is best. If you get the smaller spines stuck in you try tape. It works for me. I was careful and got nothing stuck to me yesterday.

A couple of miles later I arrived at the Apache Wash Trailhead. There is a good map here and restrooms. Ocotillo trail starts just north of the trailhead. The trail starts in another stand of smaller cholla. The following pic is a little further on but is representative.

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

Shortly after that pic the trail climbs partially up the hill to your right. From there you have some good views of the area.

[IMG]Ocotillo Trail south shoulder by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

The trail has a lot of small ups and downs. Drop down into a wash, climb out. Skirt along another small hill. There are opportunities to bail out. Back to the Sonoran Desert Dr. Just watch for the cross trails. The ones that go into the hills to your right might take you to neighborhoods on the north side but will be more difficult.

You will notice a tower towards the west side of the hills. The west trailhead is on the other side of the hill the tower is on. The Sidewinder Trial might be a shorter way to get there. But I'm riding the easier Ocotillo Trail. Although it makes a wide loop around the west side of that hill. Here's some pix.

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

[IMG]Trail to Central Ave south of Carefree Hwy by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]Closer to the Tower by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]West shoulder of the hill by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

The western trailhead is at 7th Ave & the Carefree Hwy. When I got there it was time to think about lunch. I had a burger at a fast food at 27th Dr & the Carefree Hwy.

Home from here is a matter of riding south. The route I followed is the same one I rode coming home from Lake Pleasant in October. I did find some Desert Globemallows blooming. And a very small crab spider.

[IMG]small Crab Spider by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

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56.3 mi (including 6.5 mi of the Ocotillo Trail)
5 hrs 6 min riding time
total time a little more than 8 hrs
Note: I was Ok on the trail but saddle sore after lunch
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Antique Tractor Show

Sunday morning I rode to the Arizona Early Day Gas Engine and Tractor Assoc. show at Sahuaro Ranch Park. I took the long way. Riding NW on the Arizona Canal MUP to the New River Trail. Then to Grand Ave where I got onto off and headed to Sahuaro Ranch Park. The temps were nice, high 50ish F to high 60ish F. With a fair breeze blowing out of the north most of the day. Pix are here.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/res1du...57691359737111

The map is here.

https://www.strava.com/activities/1403105873

More info on Sahuaro Ranch Park here.

https://www.glendaleaz.com/parksandr...oranchpark.cfm

The first thing I did was ride to McDs at 19th Ave & Northern Ave for breakfast. Then onto the Arizona Canal MUP. The sun was already up by the time I got to 75th Ave where the Arizona Canal MUP turns into the New River Trail. At this point the ride turns southerly. With the north wind the riding was great. I stopped along the way for some shots.

[IMG]Made in the shade by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

From here it was about a half mile to Grand Ave. Sunday was my lucky day. I don't see much traffic on the Peavine line. Now to figure out a better position for the shots for next time.

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

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

The exit from the New River Trail at Grand ave is on the south side. Then follow Grand Ave towards 83rd Ave. On the way I noticed these.

[IMG]Same Plant by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Unfortunately we grow some pretty healthy specimens of goathead here. The stickers even seemed larger than normal. They are prevalent on roadsides and trailsides where they can spread those stickers to best (worst) effect.

Getting on Cactus Rd I rode to 75th Ave where I had donuts. Then to Sundance Park on 71st Ave where I removed my excess layers. Stopped for some more shots there.

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

A mile south and a couple of miles east and you're at Sahuaro Ranch Park. There was a $5 entry fee. They let me lock the bike up near the entrance where the volunteers could keep an eye on it. They didn't promise to keep an eye on it but who's going to steal a bike right from under a bunch of event volunteers? Anyway the bike was still there when I got back. I checked several times while wandering around. They even had a tractor pull.

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

This one reminds me of my Grandpa's. I learned to drive on a Farmall with the same controls, hand throttle, right and left brake that could be locked together or not, at 8 yrs of age. Pretty sure I never shifted out of 1st tho. We were loading a wagon with hay by pitch fork. There was no need to go faster than a walk.

[IMG]View from the seat by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]Antique Gas Engine by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]John Deere by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

There was a nice mural around the corner as well.

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

Peacocks are normal at Sahuaro Ranch Park. They were half tamed, skittish. Some people were giving them small amounts of bird feed. The cock's weren't as bold as the hens about taking feed from people's hands.

From here it was about 10 mi home. I stopped at Culver's for a burger on the way.

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36.2 mi
2 hrs 59 min riding time
about 7 hrs total time.
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Chandler Loop

Yesterday I rode to Stellar Air Park in Chandler and back. This was mainly a scouting trip. Work is considering moving our location. This is one of the places. It is also the furthest we are considering. Temps went from around 49F to low 70ish F. The wind was mostly out of the south. The pix are here.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/res1du...57691359737111

The map is here.

https://www.strava.com/activities/1414651197

I started out riding to McDs at 7th Ave & Indian School Rd for breakfast. Then to QuikTrip at 3rd Ave for a bottle of tea. Then onto the Grand Canal to head for Tempe.

[IMG]Brophy Chapel by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

I stayed on the Grand Canal instead of Washington St. Approaching Mill Ave I didn't turn to go down to Tempe Town Lake. Google Maps bicycle directions said to go straight down Mill Ave to Kiwanis Park in Tempe. Instead I took College Ave a little east of Mill Ave. Less traffic and a clearly marked bicycle lane were my reasons.

Just south of Tempe Town Lake at Mill Ave & Third Street in Tempe, I passed a light rail station. One possible commute would be riding the light rail to here and riding the bike from here. My bike computer said 13.3 mi here. Following College Ave south I stopped at the pedestrian bridge over US 60 and the park just south for some pix.

[IMG]Crossing US 60 by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

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

Then south to Baseline Rd. There I detoured for an apple fritter break. Then back to College Ave. If you follow the map you will see I turned east to Lakeshore Dr between Guadalupe and Eliot Rds. Then south on Lakeshore Dr. Going south the bike route takes you to Terrace Rd, Myrna Ln and Juniper St. At Desert Breeze Park ride thru the park on to Chandler Blvd. Stellar Air Park is east before McClintock and south of Chandler Blvd.

I stopped for a few minutes at the end of the runway. With a south wind it was ideal for taking photos of aircraft landing. It was quiet. No aircraft in the sky at all.

So I did a loop around the industrial area where we might move to. 25.8 mi. Nope. That's too far for commuting both ways to work. But taking out the detours it looks like 11-12 mi from Mill Ave & Third St. That's doable.

Another option is riding straight up McClintock Dr. Bike lanes covered most of the ensuing 8 mi. But not all. Sizable sections of the bike lanes were closed due to construction. Since they weren't blocked and nobody was working I ignored the closed signs for the most part. But no, not my first choice. There was nice landscaping along the road.

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

At Apache Blvd I followed the light rail west towards Tempe Town Lake. Then onto the Grand Canal. Stopping here for some shots.

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

Continuing on from here the main route is on the south side of the canal. But riding east I noticed the homeless camp under the 202 Fwy was gone. In it's place were bags of trash.

[IMG]Cleaning Up by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

The other homeless camp under the Hohokam Fwy was gone as well. But the trash wasn't bagged. Instead it was strewn about. I suppose the city just hasn't gotten to it yet. From here it is about 9 mi home. I stopped for lunch on the way.

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

[IMG]There's always shopping carts here by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

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4 hrs 7 min riding time
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Downtown Phoenix

Holiday today. Rode downtown this morning. Pix are here.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/res1du...57691359737111

Map is here

https://www.strava.com/activities/1415650066

Short ride in miles. Just wandered around downtown. Looking for shots.

[IMG]The Security Building by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

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

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

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luhrs_Tower

[IMG]City Hall by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]Mural along 2nd Ave by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]Walkway to Hope by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]Redemption Church Alhambra by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

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1 hr 26 min riding time
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