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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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66.4 mi
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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