Now and then we like to take a break from utility riding to go on a bike ride purely for the enjoyment. These little ‘Day Tours”, as we like to call them, always start at our front door, and usually end up someplace that involves food and perhaps coffee. Between our doorstep and the destination, the goal is to explore the uncharted territory right under our noses, and “get away” without actually getting away in the conventional sense.
This weekend we took a trip to the next town to meet family for lunch and coffee. We chose a route that took the best advantage of quiet backstreets and off street bike paths. Our circuitous route added almost 50% on to the length of our trip, but it was a real adventure that was well worth the extra mileage.
Here we are at one of the trailheads. This particular trail runs along a creek at the base of a ravine that cuts across our town. When riding on this trail, you really feel as if you’re in another world compared to the busy streets overhead.
This is a typical view wherever the trail brushes up against the creek. We stopped along the way to watch the wild ducks frolicking in the pool below. It was a beautiful setting.
This is one end of a bike bridge that crosses the creek. These trails are nicely designed and well-maintained. They may not always connect up where you’d like, and they may not be 100% practical for commuters in terms of efficiency, but for the riders and walkers who take advantage of them, they certainly increase the livability of the community.
This is looking the opposite direction across the same bridge.
This is the I-80 overpass. They’re working on one of the bridges, so the trail was closed in the construction area. We had to backtrack and work our way down to the next freeway overcrossing to continue.
The view from the detour. We were thankful for being on our bikes and not trapped in a steel cage (aka an automobile) on such a beautiful, late summer day.
Our detour took us past the “Cosmos” sculpture. I couldn’t pass up the photo op. I love how the curves in the sculpture mimic the bicycle wheels.
This was a beautiful little park along the trail. It was so nice, we stopped for a moment to enjoy the flowers and a bit of shade.
Our lunch destination.
These rides are always their own reward, but a beautiful cup of espresso never hurt.
Headed home at the end of a fun day tour.
It still always amazes us how much there is to see and do right in our own backyard. All it takes is getting out of the car and taking the time to do a little exploring off of the main roads. Even a half day excursion across town and back can be an adventure when approached with an open mind and a wanderer’s attitude.