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Old 12-02-19, 10:30 AM
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West Side Canal Loop

Last Sunday afternoon I rode a westside canal loop. This is an easy one because it requires no planning. Just go looking for interesting stuff. The only item I noted was motorized vehicles on the path. Some of the Grand Canal Path motor vehicles are allowed. However parts are not. I think the SUV and the Quad were on the motor vehicles canal path. However I think the 3 kids on dirt bikes were not. Que sera.

The Strava is here. https://www.strava.com/activities/2889544906

Below are some of the shots.


71st Ave


Dandelion


Fall is coming


Broom Bush?


New River under Grand Ave


Trail Closed. I saw a few people crossing the barrier. If you look at the pic above there's nothing dangerous. I think the responsible people just didn't bother to open the gates on Sunday. But not willing to risk the fines frivolously.


So instead of crossing the 1" deep water back there after detouring an extra mile or two I crossed the 6" deep water here.


Rio Vista Community Bridge over the New River


Sun setting behind the 101 Fwy.


Bad parking spot

38.1 mi
3 hrs 6 min riding time
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Thanksgiving Downtown Phoenix Ride

Thanksgiving day I had a chance for a short ride before dinner.

The Strava is here. https://www.strava.com/activities/2897876080

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Prince Mural by the Rodriguez Boxing Club


I used to work in the building behind the fence. What building you say? It's gone now.

Behind Mrs White's Golden Rule Cafe.



One of these days I'm gonna check it out. They got good reviews.


Historic Tanner Chapel


3rd Ave Bridge over the Grand Canal


Twisted. It was a U-lock. Now it's a pretzel.

15.4 mi
77 min riding time

Dinner was roast beef, lots of veggies, lots of dessert.
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2019-11-30 Encanto-Oak Loop

Sunday was out. Managed a short ride Saturday afternoon. Had to ride by the ATM so looped out to Oak St near
16th St to check out the murals. Glad I did. There are some new ones. There are a lot more in the neighborhood
than I could shoot.

The Strava is here. https://www.strava.com/activities/2902697494





















16.6 mi
1 hr 24 min riding time
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Deer Valley Loop

Rainy day yesterday. Well, light rain. It was a nice rain Saturday night. Sunday morning instead of starting out on the bike I drove to McDs for breakfast. Left home about 6:30. The Strava is here. https://www.strava.com/activities/2920354858

Saw an interesting sculpture at an out of the way strip mall.



The gorgon was stoned. From there up 12th St to Mountain View Rd. Then on Cave Creek Rd going north. The sky started sputtering small drops on the way to Thunderbird Rd. After that it started getting heavier. Still just a light sprinkle. But the streets were getting wetter. I stopped and put electronics & paper into plastic bags in my pack.

Despite the rain it felt warmer. So I took off a layer too. Then back on the road heading to Dunkin Donuts north of the 101. Usually I eat outside there. Yesterday I ate inside. The hot coffee and apple fritter went down good.

At Deer Valley Rd I turned west. Thinking about pulling out my camera for aircraft. Not too many flying in the light rain. Stopped to shoot the east marker near 7th St.



I did wander around west of Deer Valley Airport. Missed my few opportunities for shots. Heading south I shot the freeway interchange. lol.



A few miles later I found some flowers to shoot.





A few more shots.








Clouds on Shaw Butte.

Cleaned my bike when I got home.



37.7 mi
3 hrs 4 min riding time
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Grand Canal to Sky Harbor Loop

Sunday morning I rode the Grand Canal to Tempe Town Lake. Then followed the Rio Salado Pathway to Sky Harbor. Then home. Here's the Strava.
https://www.strava.com/activities/2985463185

I got on the Grand Canal at 17th Ave and rode east. The eastern sky was just starting to lighten up. The sun had just risen by the time I got to Tempe Town Lake. I wandered around taking a few shots.







Then headed to Dunkin Donuts at Priest & University Drs. Stopped to shoot a mural by Jaycee Park.



Then got on the Rio Salado Pathway and rode to Sky Harbor Airport. I stopped at different locations to try different angles.









Heading home, instead of staying on the south side I crossed the river under 24th St. A little bit of pushing the bike but not bad. Stopped at 20th St on the north side. They've built a bridge over the water inflow there.



Local artists have been decorating the water channel.



Rode 7th St into downtown. Then 3rd Ave towards the Grand Canal. Stopped at Habit Burger for lunch.

34.7 mi
3 hrs 2 min riding time
Note: Strava has been showing extra mi. Looking at the map there are sudden jumps from one location to another then back. For instance, I did not jump across the lake, nor the Salt River to the middle of the airport.
Not using Strava for mileage. But it is useful for a basic map of where I've been. Maybe I need a new phone?
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Buffalo Ridge Park

Sunday morning I rode to Buffalo Ridge Park near 16th St & Union Hills Rd. I've been thinking about mixing in some hiking in with the rides. So this was an experiment. There is a small hill at Buffalo Ridge Park with a view of the area.

Below are two links to the Strava for the bike rides. I also recorded the hike but the 1.7 mi hike turned into 8.1 mi of hiking/teleporting mixed. I believe the problem is my phone's GPS. Just watching on google maps you can see my position sometimes jump. One of these days I'll get a new phone. Maybe.

Ride to Buffalo Ridge Park
https://www.strava.com/activities/3025624147

Ride back from the park
https://www.strava.com/activities/3026280627

The hike follows the Buffalo Ridge Summit Loop in Phoenix on the AllTrails website. You should be able to search it.

The sun rises about 7:30, and it's cold outside. So I waited until 6:45ish to leave, riding north on 23rd Ave. Following it to get on the Cave Creek Wash Trail north of the Arizona Canal. And on to Union Hills Rd. From there I rode to BoSa Donuts at 7th St for brunch. After brunch I rode about a mile to the park.

The next step is where to park the bike. Turned out there wasn't a bike rack to lock to. Instead the bike ended up between the restrooms and playground. I was nervous leaving it there.



The "trail" crosses a soccer field, empty Sunday morning, and heads up at an angle between the two summits. Look for the angle between the two hills and follow the lower ground. You can see where others have walked. Or just work your way to the saddle. From there you're almost on the western summit.

The Hills


It's washed out here


Follow the bald spot in the rock.


Lookin over the ridge from the saddle


From the lower summit you have a good view of the surrounding area.




The trail goes thru the saddle and down the northwest side. It was a little better trod on that side. I still lost it a couple of times. And followed some side tracks.

Coming around the northwest side I got some decent shots.





I rode back via Cave Creek Rd making a loop out of the ride. Stopping for lunch on the way.

Summary
15.2 mi to Buffalo Ridge Park
1.7 mi hike over the saddle and around the hill
15.9 mi ride home

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The combo of riding and hiking was harder than I expected. 1.7 mi, 269 ft elev gain ain't much of a hike but my legs were sore. I think I need to work on my hiking fitness a little.
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Westside Canal Loop

Waited until 7ish to start. The sun don't rise until 7:25ish and it's cold out, A.M., 42F. Here's the Strava:

https://www.strava.com/activities/3066585316

I rode south on 23rd Ave to Indian School Rd. West to 27th Ave, then south to the Grand Canal, then follow the canal trail west. Stopped at 71st Ave to shoot some dandelions.


Train on Grand Ave crossing the Grand Canal


Dandelion in the sunlight


Bike parking at 71st Ave

Instead of following the Grand Canal NW from here I got on Sells Dr and worked my way to Camelback Rd & 83rd Ave. There's a donut shop there. They didn't have apple fritters but they did have old fashioned glazed.

From there I rode north on 83rd Ave to Bethany Home Rd. Stopped at the Glendale Heroes Park for a bio break, then on the Grand Canal Linear Park Trail heading west. Stopping at 87th Ave to shoot some bees and flowers.



Things have changed at the junction of New River and the Grand Canal. Looks like they're putting a road from the Cardinal's stadium to the baseball stadium south of the junction. I stopped just north of the junction to shoot some aircraft doing touch and goes.


New road along this stretch. Looking south


Looking north. The "trail" is basically a wide sidewalk between the river and the road.

Glendale Municipal Airport


Riding north, there were plenty of opportunities to shoot trailside flowers.


Poppies


These seem to pop up spontaneously on their own. OTOH people also plant them.

Stopped at Burger King for lunch. Not my favorite but convenient. On the Arizona Canal there was a kestrel hanging about.



Normally this would be about a 35 mi loop. But with a detour for donuts and lunch it was 40.6 mi, 3 hrs 20 min riding time.
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so amazing you have flowers & insects!
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Yep. We are getting a few days, local area, of freezing temps. This morning it was 32F on my commute. Yesterday 34F. It's supposed to warm back up to lows in the 40s soon.

Not sure I could handle snow and ice on my commute. It would be fun, as in, "Ouch that hurts! Ha ha!" on the first day. By the second it wouldn't be so much fun for me.
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Ridgeline Trail

Sunday morning I rode to South Mountain Park and hiked part of the Ridgeline Trail. The Strava is here.

Ride to Beverly Canyon Trailhead
https://www.strava.com/activities/3105357034

Ridgeline - Beverly Canyon Loop Hike
https://www.strava.com/activities/3105744879

Note: Actual hiking distance about 2.6 mi (estimated). Strava recorded several "teleportation events". Not sure if that's my phone, verizon or strava.

Ride home from Beverly Canyon Trailhead
https://www.strava.com/activities/3106182452

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I started out riding to McDs around 5ish for breakfast. Then to QTs for a bottle of tea. Then south thru downtown, to Central Ave to the Highline Canal. Then east to Beverly Canyon Trailhead at 46th St.

Cajeme Auto Repair on Central Ave


Highline Canal & 24th St


At the Beverly Canyon Trailhead there was no place to lock my bike. In the end I locked it to the back of a sign. From the first half of the Ridgeline you could see the bike still there. After that you just have to take it on faith. She was still there when I got back.

The hike was great. Up the Ridgeline. Cross to Beverly Canyon Trail and back down. There was a fun side trail that hardly added distance to the hike. The views included wildflowers, small spiders, cacti, petroglyphs, the metro area and lots of other people hiking and biking.

Wild Heliotrope


Petroglyphs


Trailhead - you can see my bike if you blow the pic up. Locked to the sign next to the white car.


Looking back down the Ridgeline


The Ridgeline Trail split here. I'm going the other way. They're heading deeper in to the park.


Graffiti - at first I thought it was petroglyphs


Looking down Beverly Canyon - downtown Tempe in the distance


Arriving back at the trailhead it was near lunch. From the trailhead Sky Harbor was on the way home. So I had lunch at BK at 40th St & Broadway. 40th St isn't the best bike route. There is a bike lane in parts of it. Other parts it is a busy 4 lane highway. I rode the sidewalk those parts. 40th St ends at Rio Salado Parkway. That is where I sat and watched aircraft for a while. Then headed home.



Biked 35.1 mi - 2 hrs 50 min riding time
Hiked 2.6 mi about 2 hrs total time including taking shots, snacks, etc.

Note: Legs did better this time. Mixing hiking and biking is still tough for me.

For those wondering why not ride the hiking trail? Partly because my off road skills aren't quite up to it. It would be hike a bike for a good part of the trail. Especially the Ridgeline. The other part is I signed up at the local community colleges for a couple of hiking classes this spring. They start around the end of March beginning of April. Getting some hiking legs under me might be a good idea.
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Westside Canal Loop

Sunday morning I rode the Arizona Canal to New River. New River to the Grand Canal. Then followed the Grand Canal home.

The Strava is here: https://www.strava.com/activities/3146291461

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I started out around 6:30 AM riding east on Campbell Ave to 19th Ave. Got on the Grand Canal at 15th Ave. Then rode east to about 12th St. Then north to the Arizona Canal. Then Northwest along the Arizona Canal.

Nearing 59th Ave there was a Laurel Tree. What stopped me was some African Lovebirds. They toyed with me letting me think they would pose for pix then moved on. There was the Laurel tree near and it couldn't run away.



I stopped for donuts at Dunkin's nearby. Then back to the Arizona Canal and west. The path changes seamlessly to the New River Trail. Soon I was at Rio Vista Community Park.

Just after the bridge across New River there was a Finish Line. I think somebody took my pic as I crossed. Silly. Then around the corner there were hundreds of people walking south, ahead of me.

There is a New River East Trail and a New River West Trail. Backtracking I got on the west side and started riding south. Watching the crowd on the east side. The crowd disappeared south of Thunderbird Rd. Turns out it was a March for Hope. https://local.aarp.org/event/march-f...peoria-az.html

There were plenty of subjects to take pix of along New River. Flowers, weeds, murals and small aircraft at Glendale Municipal Airport.

Wild Heliotrope


Weed


Trailside Flowers


Bee in Desert Globemallow


Glendale Ave Bridge


Remos GX at Glendale Municipal Airport


Riding south on New River Trail I would pass joggers. Then they would pass me while I stopped for pix. This happened 3 or 4 times with some of them. They must have been jogging several miles.

South of the Glendale Municipal Airport you get to the Grand Canal. I turned east there. Making a detour at 99th Ave to ride to Culvers for lunch. I found a patch of Dandelions and weeds to shoot on the way home.

Bee on Dandelion


Very small flowers on a weed


Turtle hanging around


The turtle worried me for a minute. He didn't move at all while I changed lenses. Nor after several shots. I thought he might be dead so I said something loudly. Then he turned his head. A few shots later he dropped back into the canal. Probably complaining about noisy people

The major arteries, 51st Ave, 43rd Ave, 35th Ave, and some minors between them were crowded with traffic. At 55th and 51st Aves it was necessary to ride to the light at Osborn Rd, cross, then ride back to the canal. It seemed a long time waiting at 43rd and 35th Aves. That's why I usually start on Grand Ave and finish on the Arizona Canal.

48.9 mi
3 hrs 56 min riding time
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Mormon Trailhead

Sunday, March 8, I rode to the Mormon Trailhead at South Mountain. Then hiked to Hidden Valley Trail. Then followed a less used trail to the Midlife Crisis Trail on the top of the ridge. The Strava links are below.

The ride to the trailhead.
https://www.strava.com/activities/3165834763

The ride home including a detour to Sky Harbor Airport.
https://www.strava.com/activities/3166957575

I'll do another post about the hike. Most of that is ridable by the better mountain bike riders. But I'm not going to ride it.

The ride? Rode to McDs for breakfast. Then thru downtown Phoenix, Central Ave to Southern Ave. East to 24th St, south to Baseline Rd. Had an apple fritter and coffee for brunch.

Then to Francisco Highland Park for a bio break. The restrooms were closed. So my bio break was up the hill a ways.

The trailhead doesn't have a good place to lock the bikes to. So I locked it to a post at the ramada. The bike was fine when I got back.

My first stop after the hike was Wendy's at Baseline Rd for lunch. Then north on 24th St to the Rio Salado Pathway. Then east to the 40th St rest area. Spent some time taking pix of the aircraft. After that I rode home.

Bike locked at Mormon Trailhead


Sky Harbor Airport






Wolfberries along Rio Salado Pathway


34.7 mi
2 hrs 43 min riding time

Note: Legs were OK after the bike and hike. But I was tired. Now to work on yesterday's ride.
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Mormon Trail to Midlife Crisis Hike

This is the hike referred to in the previous post. A lot of this is ridable by mountain bikers more proficient than me. I actually saw a mountain biker on a section I thought unridable. His problem was the trail was too crowded to ride safely. He was waiting for a break between hikers.

The hike is here. The phone GPS was screwy. This seems to happen more with hikes. Strava says I hiked 7.44 mi. The truth is around 3.8 mi. But you can see the actual path here.
https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Morm...m0!3e2!5m1!1e3

Hopefully that works. If not google maps shows this as a 1.9 mi 984 ft climb one way. I returned the same way.

South Mountain appears to be a large pile of boulders. It's been described that way by many. The first part of the trail is steep. It weaves around and between boulders, always climbing. There were plenty of wildflowers along the trail.









At around 1.1 mi you hit a fork. The Mormon Loop Trail cuts to the east. The Mormon Trail continues down into a valley to the southeast. At 1.3 mi you come to the National Trail. From here there are two ways to get into Hidden Valley. East to Hidden Valley Tunnel or west to Fat Man's Pass. My intention was to loop up thru the tunnel and return via Fat Man's Pass. Fat Man's Pass will have to wait for another day.

BTW: The trail from the Mormon Loop Trail to the Hidden Valley Trail is ridable. Even by me. It might be possible to ride most of the Hidden Valley Trail. But I don't recommend it. The "tunnel" is an opening under some boulders. Then you have a climb up a boulder to get out of the wash. Fat Man's Pass is a narrow pass between two boulders on the other side of this small valley.

Hidden Valley Tunnel


The climb out of the tunnel wash


Shortly after climbing off the boulder you find yourself in a valley with low hills to the south and north. Look to your left, the trail up the ridge is hard to spot. It was hard to scanty. I had to keep looking for footprints on the way up. A lot of it is scrambling. You WILL have to climb up some boulders no matter which way you go.

From Hidden Valley to the south ridge I don't recommend for a bike. The Midlife Crisis Trail looked ridable. The 100 yds I saw.







Midlife Crisis Trail
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Reach 11

Sunday, March 16, I rode Reach 11 from east to west. Reach 11 is a park on the north side of the Central Arizona Canal. It extends from Scottsdale Rd on the east side to Cave Creek Rd on the west. A dam or berm maybe 20 ft high separates it from the canal. I think the original purpose was to prevent floods from damaging the CAP (Central Arizona Project). The land slopes gently down to the south. This means most of the water retention is against the dam or dike. The whole area encompasses 7-8 mi.

There are trails, mostly gravel roads, to ride. Some take you into dense, for Phoenix, vegetation. To ride these stay closer to the dam. This is where you will see the most flowers,insects, etc. Other wildlife includes birds and coyotes. Although I've never seen a coyote in there. There are plenty of droppings on the trails.

It had rained Friday night. Everything was still humid for us Saturday night. So I wasn't sure I wanted to ride Reach 11. Not worried about myself or the bike but my camera gear. After breakfast I decided to go for it.

The Strava is here: https://www.strava.com/activities/3186951851

I rode thru the Dreamy Draw heading NE. Stopping at Rainbow Donuts at 40th St & Thunderbird Rd for a cup of coffee and an apple fritter. They make good fritters. Then work your way to the intersection of Scottsdale Rd and the CAP canal. You will have to go north on Scottsdale Rd to Princess Dr to get into Reach 11. It's on the south side of Princess Dr, west of Scottsdale Rd. Look for a gravel trail heading into the park.



At the first fork turn left, cross a bridge, turn right and continue south. Or go another way. There are plenty of paths. I usually closer to the dam. Be warned. After rains there will be mud puddles.



That one wasn't so bad. But I walked my bike on the right. Getting my feet wet, shoes muddy but keeping the bike mostly dry. This didn't last. There would be another one every hundred yards or so. I did keep my camera gear clean and dry.

Were there flowers? And critters?

Redstem Stork's Bill


Desert Globemallow


Purple Owl's Clover


Unknown Trailside Flowers


Bullfrog Pond


Painted Lady Butterfly


Don't forget the cacti.


There was also a construction site where the trail passed under the 101 Fwy. Couldn't resist.


At the west end of the park the CAP, canal, dam and trail curve to the north. You can exit at Deer Valley Rd. Or ride another half mi or so to a parking lot. I exited. Rode back south on Cave Creek Rd to a burger joint for lunch. Then home.

BTW: There are other places to enter and exit. Notably 56th St, Tatum Blvd, the bike path along the 51 Fwy connects. I believe you can exit to the north in some places but haven't really explored that side. If you go take a look at the maps. You're probably never more than a mile or so from an exit.

46.9 mi
3 hrs 58 min riding time

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Note to self: Use the sunscreen sooner. I put it on but was a little burned.
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