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Old 10-14-18, 06:12 PM
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Tempe Town Lake

Rode to Tempe Town Lake this morning. I know. Too many times the same direction. Short on time this week. Pix are here.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/res1du...57671952014347

The map of the ride to the lake is here.

https://www.strava.com/activities/1904581912

The map of the ride back is here.

https://www.strava.com/activities/1905010341

I started out riding to McDs at Indian School Rd & 7th Ave for breakfast. Then QT for tea before starting east on the canal. The sun hadn't risen when I got to the canal this morning. The weather is pretty nice too. Mid 60s F.

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40th St and Van Buren by res1due, on Flickr

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Razor Wire by res1due, on Flickr

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Graffiti by res1due, on Flickr

At 44th St my old boss called. We were supposed to golf yesterday with friends. He thought it was this morning. Got to the course and we weren't there. But he lives near Tempe Town Lake so we met there and went to brunch. A little Mexican restaurant called Susie's on University Blvd E. of the 101 Fwy. Good food. Afterwards he dropped me off at the lake before running errands for SWMBO.

There were several activities going on at the Lake. A carnival on the south side and what looked like a triathlon(?) on the north side. I went around as best as possible and got back on the Grand Canal.

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Rural Rd by res1due, on Flickr

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Tempe Town Lake by res1due, on Flickr

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Sculpture south side by res1due, on Flickr

See those clouds in the background? That's where I need to go. Started worrying about rain.

The rain didn't materialize but I got a light sprinkle the last mile home. Had to stop for what may have been that triathlon at Washington St. A LOT of riders went past.

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Had to wait for a Bike Rally by res1due, on Flickr

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24th St by res1due, on Flickr

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28.8 mi
2 hrs 29 min riding time
about 5.5 hrs total time. Yeah I lost an hour at breakfast but don't get to see my old boss too often.
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Granada Park

Rode to Granada Park yesterday afternoon. Tossed some kashi to the ducks. Then looped around the North Mountain Phoenix Preserve before heading home.

Weather was great! Low 90s to 80s F with a slight breeze out of the east. The pix are here.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/res1du...57671952014347

The map is here.

https://www.strava.com/activities/1917477832

The ride started north on 23rd Ave to Maryland. Then east to Granada Park. At about 7.5 mi.

The lighting was good for some shots.

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Piestewa Peak by res1due, on Flickr

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Ducks by res1due, on Flickr

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Ducks by res1due, on Flickr

After that I got on the Arizona Canal heading NWish. Then onto the Dreamy Draw Drive. Heading for the Dreamy Draw Path.

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Dreamy Draw Path by res1due, on Flickr

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Dreamy Draw Path by res1due, on Flickr

Follow the Dreamy Draw Path to 32nd St. Then Mountain View to 36th St. Ride north to Sweetwater Ave.

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Iron Cacti by res1due, on Flickr

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Prickly Pear Fruit by res1due, on Flickr

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Shrooms by res1due, on Flickr

Then follow the State Route 51 Trail to Venturoso Park. Ride thru the park to Acoma and 32nd St. Take Acoma east to 28th St. Then Nisbet to Cave Creek Rd to Greenway Pkwy. That is where the Cave Creek Tributary Trail starts. Head west on the south side of Greenway Pkwy. At 20th St the sun was setting and the bridge is photogenic.

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20th St Bridge by res1due, on Flickr

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20th St Bridge by res1due, on Flickr

I got off the trail to eat at Arby's. By the time I got back it was getting dark. The Cave Creek Tributary Trail is paved and takes you to the Cave Creek Wash Trail.

In the dark it is eerie. The trail winds under trees that sometimes hang down low. In daytime you can see to duck better. My light would often be shining off to the side at a curve so the warnings were short. Some of the lower parts were covered in sand. At one point I lost control and found myself off the path. Didn't fall but scared the heck out of me.

Eventually I made it to the Cave Creek Wash Trail. It is better lit. There were more pedestrians and even a few cyclists on it. So be careful in the dark.

32.6 mi
2 hrs 50 min riding time
about 4.5 hrs total
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Eastside Canal Loop

This morning I rode the Grand Canal, Indian Bend Wash and Arizona Canal. The weather was great. Mid 50s to start warming to low 80s by the end around noon. The pix are here.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/res1du...57671952014347

The map is here.

https://www.strava.com/activities/1932907388

I started out riding to McDs at 7th Ave & Indian School Rd for breakfast. Then QT for a bottle of tea. Then onto the Grand Canal at 3rd Ave. It was just getting light as I got on the canal. Sunrise was still twenty minutes or so away. There seemed to be more pedestrian traffic than normal this morning. Not heavy but usually Sunday mornings the canal path is almost empty.

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Herons enjoying the mud by res1due, on Flickr

My plan was to ride the Grand Canal to the east end. Then follow the north shore of Tempe Town Lake to Indian Bend Wash. There was something going on at Tempe Town Lake. So I rode east on Curry Rd to Indian Bend Wash and turned north there. Like the Grand Canal, Indian Bend Wash had more foot traffic than normal. Maybe it's the weather. I detoured to BoSa's on McDowell Rd near the trail for a snack. Stopped here and there for shots.

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Reflections near McDowell Rd by res1due, on Flickr

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El Dorado Park by res1due, on Flickr

Soon enough I came to the Arizona Canal.

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The Arizona Canal by res1due, on Flickr

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The Arizona Canal by res1due, on Flickr

The connection looks better than the last time I was here. I took the NW side of the canal and rode followed the trail south. Stopping to take shots here and there.

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What is it? by res1due, on Flickr

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Scottsdale by res1due, on Flickr

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Crab Spider by res1due, on Flickr

At Maryland Ave I got off the trail and headed home. Stopping for lunch on the way.

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41.1 mi
3 hrs 31 min riding time
almost 7 hours total time
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Northeast Loop

This morning I rode a loop around the hills, Shaw Butte, Lookout Mtn, Mummy Mtn and Camelback Mtn. It is getting chillier in the early morning. But it was still above 50 (51F) this morning. Pix are here.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/res1du...57697338298120

The map is here.

https://www.strava.com/activities/1946309346

I started out riding to McDs near 19th Ave & Northern for breakfast. Then across the street for a bottle of tea. But settled for water. Then up 23rd Ave towards 25th Ave and the Arizona Canal. There was a new sign with rather old dates there.

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Huh? by res1due, on Flickr

From there get on the Cave Creek Trail. The west side was mucked up by construction but I was able to get thru. Follow Cave Creek Trail almost to Greenway where it splits. The Cave Creek Trail goes under Greenway and continues more northerly. The Cave Creek Tributary Trail travels east and follows Greenway. There were a lot of people walking their dogs so ride easy.

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Crossing 7th St by res1due, on Flickr

The trail which is mostly a sidewalk east of 7th Ave ends at Cave Creek Rd. To continue east we will have to ride thru some neighborhoods. Ride south on Cave Creek Rd to Nisbet Rd and turn east. At 28th St you will have to detour. Go one block south to Hillery, one block east to 29th St then back one block north to Nisbet. The reason for using Nisbet is it crosses the 51 Fwy.

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Nisbet Rd by res1due, on Flickr

There was nobody else on the bridge this morning but there were signs that last night had some activity.

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Broken by res1due, on Flickr

BTW my next destination is Rainbow Donuts at 40th St & Thunderbird. No special way to get there. I'm just cutting thru the neighborhood. Had an apple fritter and small coffee. It was good!

My next destination is the pathway along Indian Bend Wash. You can't follow it all the way to the Arizona Canal but you can work around the wash. Watch out for golfers. I almost rode in front of a guy teeing off. At Shea Blvd I got on 52nd St south. We are in Paradise Valley now. The houses in this neighborhood would buy a block in mine.

Eventually I got to the Arizona Canal & Indian Bend Wash. The route home from here is almost the same as last week. Except I got off at 44th St and rode to Culver's at 8th St & Camelback Rd for lunch.

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40th St by res1due, on Flickr

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McCormack Stillman Railroad Park by res1due, on Flickr

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Weird Seat by res1due, on Flickr

I did get lucky and found a butterfly willing to pose for me.

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Queen Butterfly by res1due, on Flickr

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Closer Look by res1due, on Flickr

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44.3 mi
3 hrs 45 min riding time
about 7 hrs total time
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