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Old 12-31-17, 09:35 PM
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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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4 hrs 17 min riding time
about 7 hrs total time
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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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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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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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Dobbins Lookout

This morning I rode to Dobbins Lookout on South Mountain. It was cold. 33F when I left according to Wunderground. Pix are here.

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

The map is here.

https://www.strava.com/activities/1426010954

I left the house a little before 5:30 AM to ride to McDs for breakfast. Then to QuikTrip to get a bottle of tea. Then south on 3rd Are, 5th Ave to downtown. I left downtown on 3rd Ave and wandered south thru the neighborhoods to Buckeye Rd. Then over to Central Ave. Then south all the way to South Mountain Park.

[IMG]Finally! It's sunny! by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

They've been doing some work on the park. Looks like a new Monument sign is coming. They're advertising a new Visitor's Center. While I was at the Ranger Station I saw some trucks going up Summit Rd to the top. That was unusual because this was Silent Sunday. The 4th Sunday of the month most of the park is closed to motor vehicles. You do see park vehicles. Another biker told me the summit was closed because they were working on it.

From the Ranger Station to the San Juan & Summit Parking Lot there are ups and downs. I found myself riding in the lowest gear going up at 5-6 mph. At the parking lot I checked my air pressure and put a few more psi in the back tire. From there to just past Telegraph Pass it is uphill. I poked along at 5 mph all the way to Telegraph Pass where I stopped for some photos.

[IMG]Telegraph Pass by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

It's only a couple of miles to Dobbins Lookout from the pass. Up, down a little then up again. The ups were low gear, 5 mph again. From Dobbins Lookout you can see most of the Phoenix Metro area. There is a pedestal at the highest point with a map and pointers.

[IMG]Dobbins Lookout by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]Keystone at Dobbins Lookout by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Now it's time to head back down the hill. I stopped several times to take shots.

[IMG]Approaching Telegraph Pass by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]Telegraph Pass by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Soon enough I was out of the park riding down Central Ave. Central Ave definitely slopes down from South Mountain. But it's not as tough as the park. Stopped for a few more shots on the way.

[IMG]Part of the Mural by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

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

I also stopped at a place listed as Rollover Doughnuts on Google Maps. The coffee and apple fritter was very good.

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3 hrs 22 min riding time
about 6 1/2 hrs total time including lunch
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Agua Fria River Trail East

Part of my plan yesterday was to ride to the Agua Fria River Trail East and ride it. That's how Google Maps names it. The trail is on the east side of the Agua Fria River and runs between Buckeye Rd and Van Buren St. From the name I assumed it is to be part of the Sun Circle Trail here in the valley. But it was locked. Pix are here.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/res1du...57692382160661

The map is here.

https://www.strava.com/activities/1436601011

I left home around 6:15 AM. Heading south on 15th Ave. Another part of my plan was to arrive at Wesley Bolin Park around sunrise. But there was a special event going on downtown. So I started riding west on Van Buren St.

This section of Van Buren has been here probably since WWII. Back in the 70s some of the buildings looked new. Most do not nowadays. There is some art along the way.

[IMG]Romero's Mexican Food by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

At 31st Ave I turned south heading to Durango St. Then west to 35th Ave. There I got on the Roosevelt Canal. The path alongside the Roosevelt Canal is a gravel hard pan service road. For the most part it was pretty good. There were a couple of soft spots. I rode along the Roosevelt Canal to 59th Ave stopping for shots along the way.

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

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

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

I wasn't sure about the Roosevelt Canal Path west of 59th Ave. There was new freeway construction going on here a few months ago. That was true yesterday as well. So it is south to Lower Buckeye Rd then west again.

At 99th Ave I stopped at a place called Blooming Donuts. Inside they looked a lot like Bosa Donuts right down to the golden cat Buddha with the automated waving hand. The apple fritter was delicious and the coffee good.

Leaving the donut shop it was another mile and a quarter to my next turn at 109th Ave. Then I followed the bike lanes west and north to El Mirage & Buckeye Rds. There were a lot of people parking on the east side of El Mirage Rd crossing to the east side.

When I got there I recognized it. 10, 15, 20 yrs ago Dad & I used to wander to various swap meets around the valley. This was one of them. Hadn't been there since. It was busy.

To get to the south end of the Agua Fria River Trail we are going to have to cross the tracks. It is maybe a half mile west of El Mirage Rd. There is no RR crossing here. So if you're coming you're going to have to pick up your bike and carry it across. You can see the RR bridge over the Agua Fria River.

[IMG]Railroad Bridge over the Agua Fria River by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

On the north side of the tracks the service road going west is rougher and softer. Soon enough you can see the concrete trail. Parts were overgrown with bushes and strewn with flotsam. Maybe 200 yds further where the trail gets to the local neighborhood, it was gated; and locked.

[IMG]Agua Fria River Trail by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Well, drat. I thought this was a public trail. There were no signs marking it a private trail. I decide to check out the north end. The north end was prettier.

[IMG]Agua Fria River Trail by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

But at the north end of the same neighborhood.

[IMG]Agua Fria River Trail by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

So much for the Agua Fria River Trail East. From there it was get on Van Buren east. North on Avondale Blvd. Work my way to the Culver's at 99th Ave & Camelback Rd where I had lunch. Then home along the Grand Canal. Of course taking shots along the way.

[IMG]Agave Blooms by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

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

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4 hrs 8 min riding time
around 7 hrs total time
BTW the panniers are brand new from Axiom. They were on special. The old bowling ball bag had holes worn in it. So far the panniers are good. At least I don't have to cut zip ties to get them loose.
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Bugfest

Yesterday I rode to see the Bugfest at OdySea in the Desert. Saw it advertised somewhere. The price was right, free. Way too crowded for me though. Pix are here.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/res1du...57692382160661

The map is here.

https://www.strava.com/activities/1448436661

I was going to start at my usual time just after 5 riding to McDs for breakfast but it was drizzling. Not hard but enough to discourage me. Wunderground predicted it would stop soon.

So I drive to McDs had breakfast and came back. AT 6:15 it looked better but by the time I had the bike outside it was coming down again. Mind you this was a very light rain or drizzle. I decided to leave at 7 anyway.

I followed the Grand Canal to Tempe Town Lake. The first couple of miles it felt like I was under a mister. The front of my clothes got damp. Then it stopped. Then started again. This became the pattern all the way to Tempe Town Lake.

I would stop to take a picture and it would pick up again. Put the camera away and ride some more. I didn't take many pix until I got to the lake. At the lake I wandered into Lo Piano Bosque Habitat. Probably a bad idea. The trail was a little muddy.

[IMG]Lo Piano Bosque Habitat by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

I took a few shots at the lake. But it was drizzling enough I was hesitant to get the camera out. The dragon boat crews were prepping. Guess the rain don't bother them. Found this riding along the north side.

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

The north side path swings into the Indian Bend Wash trail. At Curry Rd I looked at riding up the east side. But there were No Trespassing signs promising "Prosecution". So I looked at the east side from the north side at McKellips Rd. No such signs. Interesting. Rode down to Big Surf took a shot and turned back north.

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

I followed Indian Bend Wash to the Arizona Canal. Taking shots along the way. Stopped for brunch as well.

[IMG]Thomas Rd by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

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

[IMG]Desert Globemallow by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

At the Arizona Canal I rode east to Pima Rd.

[IMG]The Arizona Canal by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Then north to Via de Ventura. Then west. OdySea in the Desert is on the east side of the 101 Fwy. There is also a butterfly place here.

The Bugfest was in the central courtyard. It was full! There were crowds around the tables making it impractical to take shots. There was a line waiting just to get to the crowd around the tarantulas. There was also a 2nd level that circled the courtyard. I walked around it taking shots. The kids seemed to be enjoying themselves.

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

My only complaint was lack of bicycle parking. If there was any bicycle parking I didn't find it. The bike ended up locked to a light post outside but close enough to an entrance that I could see it from the courtyard. My Ulock wouldn't fit around the pole. So, Ulock on the back wheel and frame, cable lock around the pole. I moved into a position to see it several times. Without a more secure way of locking the bike I decided to eat elsewhere.

So south from OdySea to Talking Stick Way. West to Arby's near Pima Rd. West of Pima Rd Talking Stick Way is Indian Bend Rd. At the Arizona Canal I turned south to follow the canal towards home. Stopping at Arizona Falls.

[IMG]Part of the main falls by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]Longhorn Bee? by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

At 44th St I got off the canal to get on Campbell Ave and ride home. Took me the better part of an hour to clean and lube the bike and clean the backpack and panniers.

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a little more than 7 hrs total
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Estrella Mountain Park

Yesterday I rode to Estrella Mountain Park. This is a county park located at the north end of the Sierra Estrella Mounains & just south of the Gila River. The park is in the foothills not the actual mountains themselves. There are a lot of facilities available at the park; hiking/biking trails, nature center, camping, etc.

What brought me was the blurb for an event on Saturday saying "it is wildflower season and our park is blooming". This has been a drought year and the wildflowers are pretty sparse. I was hoping for a flower bonanza. It didn't happen. There were some brittlebush, creosote and cove's cassia. If you're interested in the park go here.

https://www.maricopacountyparks.net/...regional-park/

The pix are here.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/res1du...57692382160661

The map is here.

https://www.strava.com/activities/1460073246

I started out riding to McDs at 24th Ave & Thomas Rd. Then to Quik Trip for a bottle of tea. Then to Virginia Ave to start riding west. Before 35th Ave I got onto Lewis Ave and road thru my old neighborhood. I used to deliver papers right here starting on the west side of 35th Ave going to 37th Ave. That was a long time ago.

My plan was to see if you can cross I10 at 79th Ave. It looked possible from Google maps and street view. But the state has blocked it off.

[IMG]79th Ave by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

So back to McDowell Rd and cross on 83rd Ave. There was an agave in bloom.

[IMG]Agave or other succulent by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

At Lower Buckeye Rd I turned west. I stopped at Blooming Donuts at 99th Ave. The apple fritter was just right. Fresh, slightly warm and delicious. Then west to 109th Ave. Where I turned north.

When I put Estrella Mountain Park into Google Maps it suggested turning north to Whyman Ave here because there is no bike lane along Lower Buckeye Rd along this stretch. Looking at the satellite photos and street view I decided it was worth it. At the power lines about a mile further I followed the park trail back to Lower Buckeye Rd. We are getting closer to the Sierra Estrellas here.

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

Then west to MC85, SW to Bullard Ave and south. Bullard Ave has a good bike lane and there was very little traffic on it. It's only a couple of miles down Bullard Ave. You cross the Gila River just before Vineyard Rd.

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

Turn right and watch for the signs. The main entrance is about a half mile west of here. There was a $2 hiker/biker fee. I wandered around the park. Taking shots. Didn't find many flowers. There was a good collection of the Cove's Cassia on the north side of the park along the road side. But my pix weren't too good.

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

[IMG]Looking south on 143rd Dr by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Leaving the park I rode west to Estrella Pkwy. There was a bridge crossing the Gila River here. It had a bike lane or shoulder that was plenty wide. There was also a lot of traffic. But it's OK until you get off the bridge. Then the shoulder narrows a little. But no problems. I turned at Bullard Ave to ride by Goodyear Airport.

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

Swinging around the airport there was only a small plane doing touch and goes. I passed by the lNE end of the runway at the wrong time to get a shot of him. At Litchfield Rd I turned north.

North of I10 the bike lane is on the sidewalk. With all the disadvantages of sidewalk riding. But Litchfield Rd was too busy for me. I should have picked an alternate route but was heading to Whataburger at Litchfield Rd and Indian School Rd. At Thomas Rd there was another snag. The right lane from Thomas Rd to Indian School Rd was closed for a bike race. They were riding west on Thomas Rd and turning north on Litchfield Rd. So I salmoned on the west sidewalk to Indian School Rd.

After lunch my plan was to ride east on Indian School Rd. But the bike race turned east here. Now I had to find an alternate. If you're interested you can follow it on the map in Strava. While figuring my alternate out some interesting planes flew over.

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

Luke AFB was having an airshow. They flew over me 3 or 4 times. Somehow I was never ready for them but there are some pix in the album. Later there was a plume of black smoke rising from Luke AFB.

Finally I make it back to Indian School Rd east of the bike race. Then turn north towards the Grand Canal. Of course there was an event going on at the Dodger's Spring Training facility on the way.

From the end of the Grand Canal to home is the same one as always. Nothing out of the usual happened. There's only room for two more pix in this post.

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

[IMG]Desert Globemallows by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

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5 hrs 24 min riding time
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Rio Salado - Grand Canal Loop

Yesterday I followed the Rio Salado Path east to Tempe Town Lake then the Grand Canal home. Temps are warming up. It was mid 60s in the morning to 80s by the time I got home. Spring is here. Even though the year is dryer there were plenty of flowers and bugs. Pix are here.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/res1du...57665302865677

The map is here.

https://www.strava.com/activities/1484228358

I started out riding to McDs at 24th Ave & Thomas rd for breakfast. Then to Quik Trip at 27th Ave to get a bottle of tea. Then headed for downtown. I stopped a few places on the way to look for shots. But most weren't worth posting. There were some good murals and decent graffiti along the way.

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

Going thru downtown I rode to the Rio Salado parking lot at Central Ave. After a break there I got on the south side trail and headed west. About half way tween 7th & 19th Aves the trail on the south side ends next to an open pit.

[IMG]Open pit near the end of the trail by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

It might be possible to work around the pit and ride out to the south. But my plan is to ride east along the south side as much as possible to Tempe Town Lake. On the way west this bike was parked here. It was still there going east.

[IMG]It's locked but.. by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

East of 7th St there are some man made habitats for burrowing owls. Yesterday I managed to get some good shots of one.

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

The whole time he was making a lot of noise. Probably telling me to "Get of my lawn!" There are more pix in the album.

At the 28th St rest area it was decision time. Ride off the Rio Salado Path to get a snack at Quik Trip over on 32nd St? Or continue to 40th St then over to University & Priest for a donut? I opted for the latter.

Partly curiosity. The last time riding from the east there were ominous signs at 40th St warning people to stay off the trail. But not from the west side. There were no signs from the west side yesterday.

After crossing under I10 the pavement ends. You can see Sky Harbor Airport on the north side of the river. At 40th St the road was closed from the east. There was a sign implying they were working on the Rio Salado Pathway. Connecting the trail from 40th St to Priest Dr. Hope so. Then the path would go from 15th Ave to Dobson Rd in Mesa.

After an apple fritter and coffee at Priest Dr I rode back to 52nd St. Then north to the Salt River. There's a fancy entrance to the trail in an industrial area.

[IMG]Lookin west by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Tween Priest Dr and Tempe Town Lake there were some interesting shots.

[IMG]You find rental bikes in the darndest places by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]Spider with her meal by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Cross the lake near the dam. Head east and ride up to Washington St. Then over to the beginning of the Grand Canal. I followed the Grand Canal towards home from here. Stopping for lunch at 24th St.

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

[IMG]Old Ford by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]This couple approves of shopping carts in the canal by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

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Arizona Canal New River Grand Canal Loop

Got behind on this blog. Sunday morning I rode a loop. Up 23rd Ave to the Arizona Canal. NW along the Arizona Canal to the Skunk Creek Trail. Around to the New River Trail. Then to the Grand Canal. Then home along Maryland Ave. Pix are here.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/res1du...57665302865677

The map is here.

https://www.strava.com/activities/1497449627

Sunday morning was mild. Started in the low 60s F. I don't think it was higher than 80F by the end. The wind was out of the SW varying from SSW to WSW. Which gave me a tailwind going home.

First I rode to McDs at Northern and 19th Ave for breakfast. Then back to 23rd Ave to continue to the Arizona Canal. Just north of Northern on 23rd Ave I've noticed teenagers skateboarding. Decided to stop and look at their course. There's a couple more pix in the album.

[IMG]Amateur Skateboard Arena by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

The ramps look good but this isn't a fancy skate park. This is the foundation of an old building. Someone did a decent job with small ramps here.

At the Arizona Canal I turned west. Taking shots on the way. The Palo Verde trees were really blooming. But the breeze made it difficult to get good shots. On the Skunk Creek Trail I stopped here.

[IMG]It makes no sense by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Looks like a normal No Trespassing sign doesn't it? But it's weird. It used to face a farm field. Now there's a new residential neighborhood. Behind the sign is the Skunk Creek Multi User Trail. Where everybody rides, runs walks etc. There are signs on the other side of the trail to keep you out of the flood control drainage area. But this sign is on the wrong side pointing the wrong way. Oh well.

Very quickly the Skunk Creek Trail turns into the New River Trail,. Then you get to the Rio Vista Community Center. They have a Huey there.

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

At Thunderbird Rd I got off to get coffee and a donut. Stopping on the way back for a desert globemallow with a different color.

[IMG]Desert Globemallow by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Even though this is a droughty year it is April. The flowers are blooming. Brittlebush, Poppies, Palo Verde and Prickly Pear. There is a pretty good stand of prickly pear under the power lines just north of Northern Ave. I stopped there for a while.

[IMG]Prickly Pear Flowers by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]Prickly Pear New Pad by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]The bike's resting by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

See that backpack? Somehow I got on my bike and forgot the pack. A mile down the trail I realized it. The pack was still there when I got back. Not sure how I did that.

At the Grand Canal turn east. Instead of following the Grand Canal Linear Trail at 87th Ave I followed the canal itself. The locks at 83rd Ave were interesting.

[IMG]Lotsa Locks for one gate by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

From here I got onto Maryland Ave and headed home. Stopping for a burger on the way.

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3 hrs 22 min riding time
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Tempe Canal Loop

Yesterday morning I rode part of the Tempe Canal. Weather was great. Temps from mid 50s to 80s with a light wind out of the east. Pix are here.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/res1du...57665302865677

THe map is here.

https://www.strava.com/activities/1511092810

I started out around 5:15 or so. Rode to McDs at 7th Ave & Indian School Rd for breakfast. Then to Quik Trip at 3rd Ave for a bottle of tea. Then south to downtown. Stopping for some pix on the way.

[IMG]Kenilworth School by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

The next stop was to shoot a mural at Lowell Elementary School. Then to Rio Salado on Central Ave. The prickly pear is blooming.

[IMG]Lowell Elementary School by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]Prickly Pear in bloom by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

It's been a while since I rode Southern Ave east so that's the direction I went. Found another cool mural. Here's one of the panels.

[IMG]Cartoon Murals on Southern by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

At 40th St turn south. At Baseline turn east. Then follow the Highline Canal to the Pointe Pkwy. Back to baseline Rd and east to Kiwanis Park. I had coffee and a apple fritter at the Bosa Donuts near Kiwanis Park. Through the park to the Western Canal and south. We are following the Western Canal east. We will get off just east of the 101 Fwy. Here's some shots.

[IMG]Green Heron by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]Ocotillo in bloom by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

A big group of cyclists passed me going east on the canal. I lost count after 21 or so. They turned off south before the 101 Fwy. I turned north at Carriage Lane.

My plan was to ride a couple of loops in the Dobson Ranch area. One south of Baseline Rd the other north. The first was thru a nicer neighborhood. The second didn't happen. Google maps shows a bike lane along an artificial lake in the northern neighborhood. The lane or path was clearly marked "Private Property".

So up Dobson Rd, cross US 60 and get on the Tempe Canal just north of US 60. Then head north. The path was paved. On the west side anyway. There were several large tires spread out in the canal in such a way to make me think they were shelter for smaller fish. There was also a rental bike in the canal.

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

[IMG]Lost and Found by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

North of the Rio Salado Pkwy the left side (NW) is paved. The right (SE) is not. Google maps was showing the left side path going all the way thru. The last time I took the right side because it didn't look like it did from street view. This time I took the paved path. It didn't go thru.

Looking closer there was a sidewalk. That must be the "path" Google maps thinks goes thru. It doesn't. It dumps you into a parking lot for a business. It was like riding thru a maze figuring out how to get back on the street. Eventually I got onto a canal path that takes you to Dobson Rd next to the 202 Fwy.

Just north of the 202 is the entrance to the Rio Salado Pathway. This is another error in google maps. It shows the Rio Salado Pathway going thru to Alma School Rd. But it dead ends just east of Dobson Rd. No matter we're going west. I stopped for lunch at Jersey' Mikes on Rural. Then crossed Tempe Town Lake again.

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

Swing around the lake to get on the Grand Canal. Then head home. One last shot. There's plenty more in the album.

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

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4 hrs 35 min riding time
closer to 9 hrs total time. WOW I really goofed off yesterday.
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South Mountain - West Side

Today was Silent Sunday at South Mountain Park. On the fourth Sunday of the month the park closes most of the roads to motorized vehicles. I rode the San Juan road to the Bajada Trailhead. Then the National Trail a little ways to a saddle to see the other side. The pix are here.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/res1du...57665302865677

The map is here.

https://www.strava.com/activities/1525648839

I started out riding to McDs at 7th Ave & Indian School Rd for breakfast. Then to Quik Trip at 3rd Ave for a bottle of tea. Then south following 3rd & 5th Aves downtown. The next stop was at Rio Salado on Central Ave.

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

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

When I was a kid you used to be able to go into a dime store and buy small turtles. They were about the size of a silver dollar. They had that read spot on the side of their heads and were called red eared sliders. They are pretty common at ponds around here.

After a break I continued south on Central Ave to South Mountain Park. Quite a few road bikers passed me on the way. At the ranger station I bought a bottle of water to go with my tea.

Google maps shows Central Ave continuing to the San Juan & Summit Parking Lot. West of that you are on the San Juan Road. My plan was to ride to the Bajada Trailhead and get on the National Trail to look over the first ridge to the south. There are 3 ridges here between the San Juan Road and Ahwatukee. I wanted to see how hard it would be to ride it from the other side.

[IMG]Main Entrance to the Park by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

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

At the Bajada Trailhead there was a loud buzzing of bees in a nearby Palo Verde. They didn't appear to be honeybees. But there weren't as many as I originally thought. Tried to get some shots but they always lit on flowers further from me. No matter how I moved. Eventually I gave up.

From the trailhead ride west maybe 50 ft and turn off the pave road to the south. You quickly come to a junction between the Bajada and National Trails. The Phoenix Mountain Preserves have cool signposts with GPS coordinates on them. This one had two stickers on it. One for the National Trail and one for the Bajada Trail. The coordinates were conflicting.

Never mind that. Take the right fork labelled National Trail. It is leading you to a low saddle on the ridge in front of you. I pushed my bike part way up the climb to the top. Near the top I was able to ride the last 100 yds or so. Here's a couple a shot from the saddle.

[IMG]The next valley by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Starting back down the first obstacle was two cholla. The first on the right, the second on the left. Each hung over the trail just a little and were maybe 3 ft apart. Coming up I rode between them without difficulty. Going down somehow I lost control and started falling onto the left side cholla.

My high pitched scream could probably be heard from the pavement half a mile away. But it was a scream of fear not pain. Somehow I managed not to fall and came away with only a couple of burrs on my left leg. Good thing I always carry a comb with me. Even if I don't need it for my hair. Just slide the teeth between the burr and your skin and pull the burrs out.

Going back down I chickened out and walked down some of the same parts I walked up. Just before getting back to the road I stopped to shoot a Saguaro.

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

Several in the park were in bloom. Saguaro bloom from mid April to mid May. But it's hard to find a flower you can get right up to. Most Saguaro flowers are higher than 10 ft. I looked but didn't find any different this morning either.

On the way back I detoured at Baseline Rd to 24th St. Next time I'll take the Highline Canal Trail. From Central Ave to 16th St there was no bike lane. And traffic was too heavy for my tastes. I rode the sidewalk to 16th St. At 24th St I stopped for coffee and donut.

Then south to the Salt River and the Rio Salado Pathway. There is an entry to the Pathway from either side of 24th St. Just west of the bridge the pool was full of water.

[IMG]Pool below 24th St by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Another reason for coming this way was to try to shoot a burrowing owl again. I lucked out.

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

At Central Ave I stopped at the facilities again. Taking the time for some shots too.

[IMG]Bee in Prickly Pear Flower by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

I'm not seeing a lot of honeybees this year. But these bees have been working the prickly pear. Every where I stop to look in the valley.

I took another shot downtown. Then headed to an Arby's not too far from home for lunch.

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

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Van Buren St to Cotton Ln

Sunday morning I rode west. Out to Van Buren and almost Cotton Ln. The weather was good. Temps in the 60s to the 80s. The wind was out of the east, then the west. Almost a light tailwind the whole ride. Pix are here.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/res1du...57665302865677

The map is here.

https://www.strava.com/activities/1539819083/

I started out around 5:15 AM riding to McDs at Thomas Rd & 24th Ave for breakfast. Then to Quik Trip at 27th Ave for a bottle of tea. Then swing thru the neighborhood to get onto Encanto Blvd westbound. On my way a couple of dogs gave me a friendly bark chasing me a couple of houses. They weren't really serious though.

My first photo stop was at I10 & 59th Ave. There is a new freeway connecting in here. It is still under construction.[img]


The curve by res1due, on Flickr[/img][img]


Looking east by res1due, on Flickr[/img]

Next I got on Roosevelt St heading west. I followed Roosevelt to 79th Ave and turned south. Note you can't just stay on Roosevelt all the way. But you can cut thru the neighborhood as you go. This was the morning for dogs. A couple more loose dogs gave me friendly chase on Roosevelt as I went. None of them were actually lining up to bite. At 79th Ave ride south 1/2 mile to Van Buren St and turn west.

One of the reasons for this route is to see how bike friendly it is. Google maps shows more bike lanes than I remember. And Google street view showed bike lanes where Google maps didn't. So I wanted to check it out. Early Sunday morning is a good time to look.

There was no bike lane until 91st Ave. The first half mile there is a wide gravel shoulder. Then a sidewalk. At 91st Ave you enter downtown Tolleson. For the next mile every street lamp was playing music in Spanish. There is some nice art in downtown Tolleson.[img]


Fancy Art in Tolleson by res1due, on Flickr[/img][img]


Center Shot by res1due, on Flickr[/img]

After 99th Ave residential neighborhoods are interspersed with farmland. There will be a bike lane for a little bit then back to a shoulder, paved or gravel. Traffic was light enough I took the lane most of the time. The bridge across the Agua Fria river had a very wide paved shoulder. Wide enough to park a truck if it broke down.

At Dysart Rd I detoured north to Krispy Kreme for a break. All I will say is stick with Bosa or one of the independent donut shops.

Back on Van Buren St you are now in the town of Goodyear. Most of Van Buren has a bike lane along here. At 151st Ave I stopped for to take some photos.[img]


The Saguaros are blooming by res1due, on Flickr[/img]

The Saguaros are blooming now. I've been looking for a good selection closer to the ground. But they are usually 10-20 ft up. These blooms were probably only 8ft up. As you can see the bees love them too.

About a quarter mile east of Cotton Ln is a bike trail heading thru the neighborhood. It was marked "Canyon Trails Private Park". There is a list of rules. But it didn't say no tresspassing or keep out. Also Google maps shows it as a bike trail. I took it north.

At first the trail runs between farmland and the neighborhoods. Then a short cut through the neighborhood to run east between I10 and the neighborhoods. The stretch along I10 had lots of flowers in bloom. Here's a couple of photos.[img]


Last shot by res1due, on Flickr[/img][img]


I like this flower by res1due, on Flickr[/img]

At Sarival Ave turn north. Sarival swings east and turns into Virginia Ave at Monte Vista.

Right along here a dog came running along side. She wasn't chasing me. More like following me. Then dropped behind. However I spotted some more flowers and stopped. She came up wanting attention.

She wanted water but all I had was the tea, with HFCS. Not sure if that's bad for dogs or not. I petted her and gave her a belly rub. Then she led me to a gate leading into the nearby HOA. It became obvious she wanted me to open the gate. There was a spot where dogs and cats had gone under the fence. But she wouldn't even try. Not sure if she just didn't understand my pantomines or if going under the gate was improper in her mind.

Next I tried the non emergency police number hoping a local police could help find her way home. First I was shunted from one place to another, then finally to the Maricopa County Animal Control. I had zero calls ahead of me in the queue, please hold. After about five minutes of that she got bored with me and left. Heading back the way she came from.

I'm going to quit trying with animal control. In the past even when they do answer the phone it's to be told someone will be out later that day or tomorrow. Thanks for nothing.

I continued east on Virgina Ave to Rio Paseo Park. Nice little park with a waterfall. Then north thru the park to the Roosevelt Canal. East to 137th Ave and swing north a block onto Indian School Rd. Cross the Agua Fria River on Indian School Rd. Then work your way to 99th Ave & Camelback. Actually I'm having lunch there. The better bicycle path is to take 111th Ave north to the Grand Canal then head east. But I'm hungry.

After lunch I rode on the sidewalk north to the Grand Canal. Then headed east. I followed the Grand Canal all the way to 27th Ave. Then it's a short ride home. Taking shots along the way.[img]


Unknown Bug on Brittlebush by res1due, on Flickr[/img][img]


Hot Wheels by res1due, on Flickr[/img][img]


Almost home. by res1due, on Flickr[/img]

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4 hrs 7 min riding time
about 7 hrs total time

Note on Van Buren St from 79th Ave to Cotton Ln:
It's OK. But I wouldn't want to ride in the lane when it's busy. The gravel shoulders were firm enough. The bike lanes covered more than 50% of this section. The sidewalks weren't quite wide enough for both pedestrians and bicycles.
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Tempe Town Lake

Rode to Tempe Town Lake yesterday afternoon. My plan was to ride thru downtown to get there and return via the Grand Canal. Temps were 100+ to start, the wind was out of the east. Made it nice riding home. The pix are here.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/res1du...57666631009617

The map is here.

https://www.strava.com/activities/1552383226

I started riding south on 15th Ave to Jefferson St downtown. Then east. Once east of 7th Ave there were "Special Event" signs. I detoured south. East of Central Ave I had to keep detouring south to avoid some large crowds. Ended up all the way to Buckeye Rd & 16th St. Then back north to Jefferson St. Took this shot crossing the RR.[img]


Crossing the Tracks on 16th St by res1due, on Flickr[/img]

At Jefferson don't get in the right lane. Look at the signs. The bike lane is in the right side of the lane to the left of the Light Rail. Which is to the left of the other east bound traffic lanes.[img]


Jefferson St E. of 16th St by res1due, on Flickr[/img]

My plan was to follow Jefferson & Washington all the way to Lakeshore Dr then ride down to the lake. Just east of 48th St Washington east bound narrowed to one lane due to construction. The sidewalk looked messed up to. I took 48th St south to the Grand Canal and continued towards the lake. Most of the Grand Canal Trail along this segment is gravel hard pan. Easy enough to ride.[img]


Grand Canal E. of 48th St. by res1due, on Flickr[/img]

At the lake I rode along the north shore eastward. All the way to the Indian Bend Wash arm. There you can access the restaurants on the east side of Rural Rd. I went to Jersey Mike's for a sub. The cold sandwich and drink tasted good. Then back to the lake and ride westward along the north shore. It is now the "golden hour".[img]


Cool Reflections by res1due, on Flickr[/img][img]


Mill Ave Converging by res1due, on Flickr[/img][img]


Lake Shore Parking by res1due, on Flickr[/img][img]


Railroad Crossing by res1due, on Flickr[/img]

I rode up out of the lake to shoot the lite rail. Ended up shooting some cholla instead.[img]


Cholla Flower by res1due, on Flickr[/img]

Then back to the lake for a few more shots.[img]


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

Then it was time to head home along the Grand Canal. One last shot shortly after sunset.[img]


Grand Canal just after Sunset by res1due, on Flickr[/img]

I arrived home around 8:20 or so.

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3 hrs 0 min riding time
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Missed Blogging about last weeks ride

Too late to really do it now. But.. To see the pix click on the picture below. Then surf thru the album.[img]



Guadalupe - Kiwanis Park by res1due, on Flickr[/img]

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Phoenix Mural Festival

Last week I was sick. Actually took a day off work. Then drove in the second day instead of my normal commute. Really sucked. This morning's ride was even less planned than normal and short.

The last few weeks there have been new murals going up along my commute. Some of them pretty good. There was a sign advertising the Phoenix Mural Festival. Go here.

Phoenix Mural Project

There is a link to a map of the murals or you can click here.

https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer...549559937&z=13

That was my plan. Ride to as many as I felt like. Pix are here.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/res1du...57666631009617

The map of the ride is here.

https://www.strava.com/activities/1584914012

As you can tell from the map the ride started out on 15th Ave south. Take shots. Go to the next one. Then cut back thru the neighborhood looking at the map from the murals list.

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Encanto 1618 by res1due, on Flickr[/img]

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Grand 3 by res1due, on Flickr[/img]

Crossing I10 I stopped for a couple of shots of the bike.

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Crossing I10 by res1due, on Flickr[/img]

Then more shots in the neighborhood. I intended stopping at a donut shop near 16th St & McDowell. But they literally had no place to lock my bike. Ended up at McDs for a cup of coffee and cookie. Then worked my way thru the neighborhood tween Central & 7th Ave, McDowell Rd and Thomas Rd.

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Willo 10 by res1due, on Flickr[/img]

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Willo 12 by res1due, on Flickr[/img]

Then up to Steele Indian School Park. Didn't stay too long. Saw a new flower to me.

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Flower at Steele Indian School Park by res1due, on Flickr[/img]

Then home.

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2 hrs 7 min riding time
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Six City Loop

Monday morning I rode a big loop thru six cities in the metro area. The ride includes Phoenix, Tempe, Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Glendale and Peoria. The pix are here.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/res1du...57666631009617

The map is here.

https://www.strava.com/activities/1602458369

Here are a few pix.

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Phoenix Mural - E McD 7 by res1due, on Flickr[/img]

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Train Graffiti by res1due, on Flickr [/img]

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Lookin down the tracks by res1due, on Flickr [/img]

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Bike at Tempe Town Lake by res1due, on Flickr [/img]

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

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Cool Cactus by res1due, on Flickr [/img]

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Close up of the flowers by res1due, on Flickr [/img]

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

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Westside Canal Loop

Yesterday afternoon I rode the Grand Canal to New River. New River to Skunk Creek. Skunk Creek to the Arizona Canal. Home via the Grand Canal. The pix are here.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/res1du...57697586476035

The map is here.

https://www.strava.com/activities/1613376850

It was 103F when I started out around 4 PM. I rode south on 23rd Ave to Indian School Rd. West to 27th Ave, then south to the Grand Canal.

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Old Gantry by res1due, on Flickr[/img]

Then west on the Grand Canal. Several of the major streets required waiting for the opportunity, turning right, then a U-turn. Others were easier. I stopped along the way to take shots.

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RIP Guru by res1due, on Flickr [/img]

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Bird of Paradise by res1due, on Flickr [/img]

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Canal Intersection by res1due, on Flickr [/img]

By the time I got to the New River Trail my water bottle had gone from mostly ice to warm. Fortunately the lemon tea was drinkable warm. I turned north on the New River Trail.

To the NE of the intersection of the Grand Canal and the New River is what some people are calling a bird sanctuary. It isn't marked as such. It appears to be reclamation ponds or maybe overflow for the Grand Canal. But you'll find a wide source of birds there. And birders too. Here's a photo of one of the ponds. Sorry no bird shots yesterday.

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Bird Sanctuary by res1due, on Flickr[/img]

A little further north, just south of Glendale Ave I saw 3 javalina! That's a first. They were crossing the trail from the river to a field of corn that appears to be almost ripe. Stopping and walking closer to the field I could see and hear stalks of corn being torn down. Thru the stalks there were patches of fur.

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Javalina in the Corn by res1due, on Flickr [/img]

I took several shots. There was a clear area in the field but the javalina didn't move into it. Whistling didn't phase them. They just kept on crunching the corn.

On the other hand a dragonfly actually was posing for me. Finally I gave up on the javalina and shot the dragonfly.

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Dragonfly by res1due, on Flickr [/img]

One thing about the trail yesterday afternoon. The trail was almost empty. There were a couple of cyclists and a woman walking her dogs. Weekend mornings it is usually busier. On my way to Skunk Creek Trail I stopped to take shots and get some cooler drinks at Quik Trip at Thunderbird Rd.

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Shady Rest Stop by res1due, on Flickr [/img]

According to the map on Strava I got on the Skunk Creek Trail just north of Grand Ave. So the last pic is actually on the Skunk Creek Trail even though it is alongside New River. Strava's map says the New River Trail is on the west side of the river. That kinda makes sense. Here's one more shot along the Skunk Creek Trail.

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McLendon's Select Farm by res1due, on Flickr [/img]

I followed the Arizona Canal to 25th Ave. Stopping at Thunderbird Rd & 59th Ave for supper. By the time I finished supper the sun was setting. Time for my running lights. I didn't stop too much for shots but tried to get the amusement park at Metro Center.

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

Probably would have been better in full dark.

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Glendale Peoria Loop

Yesterday afternoon I rode a loop thru Glendale & Peoria. Then returned home via New River, Skunk Creek and the Arizona Canal. The temp was near the high of 108F when I started. The wind out of the WSW most of the time. The pix are here.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/res1du...57697586476035

The map is here.

https://www.strava.com/activities/1628420882

I started a little after 3 PM. North on 23rd Ave to Maryland Ave. Then west. Quickly crossing I17.

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Crossing I17 by res1due, on Flickr [/img]

At 55th & Grand Aves I turned north heading for downtown Glendale. Looking for photos. Need to spend more time planning. But there were some opportunities.

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La Perla Cafe by res1due, on Flickr [/img]

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Morcombs Station by res1due, on Flickr [/img]

There's more shots in the album. Leaving Morcomb's Station I followed Grand Ave NW. The Peoria Underpass near Olive Ave has been there since I can remember. But the new intersection has Olive flying over the whole intersection.

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Peoria Underpass by res1due, on Flickr [/img]

I followed Olive Ave west to 79th Ave. Then swung up to the Peoria Historical Society. This part of Peoria is dead in the heat of the day. Hardly anybody driving, walking or riding by. The museum has never been open when I've been here.

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Peoria Historical Society by res1due, on Flickr [/img]

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Mural by res1due, on Flickr [/img]

From there it is a couple of blocks to the Johnny Osuna Memorial Park. The town's original well was here. Now there is a cool Sculpture.

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Johnny Osuna Memorial Park by res1due, on Flickr [/img]

I goofed off around here taking a few more shots. Leaving I got on 83rd Ave heading north. Crossing the RR tracks I could see a train to the SE. New River wasn't too far away. It would be cool to get a shot of a train crossing New River in the right conditions. I raced for New River and did beat the train there. However my position for photo taking wasn't good.

From here it was easier to head up New River Trail towards home. Swing over to Thunderbird Rd & 83rd Ave for supper. My original intention was to eat at Culver's. But their bicycle parking was in the rear of the building with no visible camera's. Jimmy John's close by had a pole out front in sight of the dining area. That's where I ate. One other thing, Dutch Bro's coffee. The line was over a block long! What da heck! Why would you sit in a block long line for coffee?

From there it was less than a mile to the Skunk Creek Trailhead on 83rd Ave. Get on Skunk Trail heading NE. The wind was at my back. That felt good. Skunk Creek swings onto the Arizona Canal. Stay with the Arizona Canal heading SE more or less. The wind was still at my back, quartering a little from the right. The sun was getting lower.

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Purple Prickly Pear by res1due, on Flickr [/img]

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67th Ave Bridge by res1due, on Flickr [/img]

By the time I got to the Phoenix Water Treatment plant near 27th Ave the sun was setting.

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Parking by res1due, on Flickr [/img]

From there it is about 6 mi home. The only other thing worthy of note is stopping at Subway near my home. There was nothing to lock my bike to but I locked the rear wheel to the frame and left it outside in the window. It was darker now, almost 8 PM. I just wanted a couple of cookies. A young man leaving the store kept looking at me then at my bike. He even stopped next to the bike and just stared at me. I was thinking he can't carry the bike faster than I can run after him. OTOH I'm 60+ he's 20 something. I went to the door to see if I could talk some sense. When I opened the door he said, "Why you staring at me?"

My response was, "Sorry I thought you were talking to me." Then went back into the store. He left. Still not sure. Was I being paranoid? Or was he seriously contemplating stealing my bike? Either way nervous moment.

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