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Old 05-27-19, 02:25 PM
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My previous blog, "Riding Phoenix Metro", https://www.bikeforums.net/blogger-s...etro-area.html pretty much ended when flickr was bought by smugmug. Under Yahoo! free users had 1TB of space for their photos. Smugmug cut that to 1000 photos. Not complaining but I can't post photos anymore to flickr without deleting more than 2800 photos. So far flickr hasn't deleted them so I've left the previous blog and my flickr photostream alone. Que ser.

This blog is not going to be restricted to Phoenix Metro. Which is 99.9% of my rides. It may or may not include some commutes. As the previous blog this is mostly going to be a photo blog. Cause I like to take photos.

My work life has changed. Previously my job was 5 mi from my home in Central Phoenix. The job near downtown Phoenix. Very pleasant commute and about the right distance for me.

Starting last week my commute is now 25 mi to Chandler. We've been busy moving out of Phoenix to Chandler for the last few months. Thursday and Friday were my first two commutes to Chandler. I rode the light rail from near my house to McClintock Rd in Tempe. Then an 8 mi ride to work along McClintock. It's not working so well.

First my 29er doesn't fit the bike rack on the train well. If it's the only bike on the rack I can make it. But there are more bikes nowadays. So the evening commute involves a lot of standing and moving my bike out of people's way. Second the train ride is 1 hr each way. That doesn't include riding to and from the station and waiting for the train. The total time each way is 2 hrs.

The next option is to drive to a park and ride then ride the bike in. I will do that next week. The long term solution is probably going to be to carpool with my QA officer. She lives about 3 mi from my house. We've discussed it and it looks like it will work. But now I have to figure out how to get my miles in after work. Enough of my problems. Let's get riding.
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South Mountain to Sky Harbor

Yesterday, 5/26/2019, I rode to Dobbins Lookout on South Mountain. Then to Sky Harbor. Finished up by riding to Tempe Town Lake, then home via the Grand Canal.

The Strava is here: https://www.strava.com/activities/2400084411

My pix are here: https://imgur.com/user/locolobo13

Typical start, for me, get up at 5am, ride to McDs, then to QT for tea, then head south. I followed 5th Ave south to downtown Phoenix. Then Central Ave to South Mountain Park. Stopped at the Ranger Station at South Mountain Park.



South Mountain Park is one of the largest parks in North America. There are miles of trails available for hiking and biking. I'm not a great trail rider and stayed on the pavement this time. Every 4th Sunday is "Silent Sunday". They close a majority of the paved roads in the park to motor vehicles. Making it a very popular pastime for bikers to ride up the hill. Then zoom back down. For more info on the park go here: https://www.phoenix.gov/parks/trails...south-mountain

From the Ranger Station it is 1.4 mi, 200ft to San Juan & Summit Road Parking Lot. Now the climbing starts. Mentally I break it down into segments, Telegraph Pass (1.9 mi, 417ft), Dobbins Lookout (3.8mi, 801ft). Dobbins Lookout isn't the top. For that follow the signs to Gila Valley Lookout (5.6 mi, 1076ft). I only rode to Dobbins Lookout. Below are some pix.


Telegraph Pass


Dobbins Lookout


Sierra Estrellas from Dobbins Lookout


Telegraph Pass

The view from Dobbins Lookout is great. You can really see the metro area and surrounding mountains. There was an orange cone in one of the windows. I walked my bike down to the building intending to take a shot of the bike and lookout together. Turns out it said, "Cautious, rattlesnake in the area". I looked down and sure enough about 3 ft from my foot is a small rattler, less than 18 inches long.

I dithered. I wanted to shoot it with the bigger lens. By the time I got it out of the bag the snake was half way between some rocks in the wall. As I watched it completely entered the wall. The walls were a couple of feet thick. The snake was not visible from either inside or out. Sorry about that. Lesson learned: Use what you got.

Of course the ride back down the hill is a blast. Even if I chicken out and use the brakes from time to time. I think the really skilled roadies are bombing down the hill at close to 40mph. Maybe faster. Not me. At my age the bones don't mend as fast.

Back in the city I followed the Highline Canal Trail to 24th St. Then to Best Donuts at Baseline Rd for an apple fritter. Breakfast may be the most important meal but brunch is funner!



From there it was north on 24th St to the Salt River. Then east along the Rio Salado Pathway to Sky Harbor Airport to shoot some aircraft.





After shooting aircraft it was time for lunch. Then east to Tempe Town Lake. From there it is an easy jump to the Grand Canal. Then follow that almost all the way home. I did stop to take some more aircraft shots. Also some bike shots and a turtle who promptly dove under after the 2nd shot.





It was almost 2pm when I got home. Spent a lot of time shooting pix. Enjoyable day.

50.1 mi
about 5 hrs riding time
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Still figuring out the new commute

Last week was my first full week at the new location in Chandler. My plan was to drive to a park and ride then ride in. The riding distance is about 7.5 mi. There are closer park and rides but I like the 15 mi day. But Tuesday I screwed up.



I often hang my glasses from my shirt. I need them for distance but they are not so good within 10ft. They are progressives and I have a heck of a time getting my head at the right angle for closer objects. Easier to take them off.

While closing the tailgate on my pickup they fell into the gate. The mechanism was jammed. Fortunately I have a spare pair. But I drove all the way to work. While there I googled how to unjam the tailgate. The glasses were bent but still usable.

The rest of the week went according to plan. Drove to the park and ride then ride into work. Riding in was fun. The wind patterns are slightly different in Chandler than in Central Phoenix. It almost seemed as if I had a slight tailwind both afternoon and afternoon. Not really but there was none of the turning west into a strong headwind in the afternoon I usually get.

This week I parked in back under the canopy. The afternoon sun is making my grips feel soft. Talking to my boss he gave me permission to park the bike in the storage room. Next week. Here's a couple of shots of parking from last week.



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Indian Bend Wash Loop

This morning, 6/2/2019, I followed the Indian Bend Wash Trail south to north. Here's the Strava. https://www.strava.com/activities/2418653897

To get there I followed the Grand Canal to Tempe Town Lake.


3rd Ave Bridge


Bridge near 36th St


Train Graffiti


Mill Ave Bridge

Then east on the north side to Indian Bend Wash. The path on the north side of the lake just naturally curves into Indian Bend Wash. I got off at Thomas Rd for brunch.


Hmmm, donuts

Indian Bend Wash is part of the "Greenbelt". Looking at it on the maps you can see why. There is always water running along here from Indian Bend Road to Tempe Town Lake. The golf courses further northwest along the wash have small lakes or running water as well. BTW don't drink the water.

Between East Via de Ventura and a little south of Shea Blvd I don't think there is an Indian Bend Wash Path or Trail. The trail starts up again near Shea Blvd and 52nd St. There are some new signs along the trail.


New Sign

I got on it here and continued northwest. The signs are nice. Kept me off the golf course. Part of it goes thru the Stone Creek Golf Club. At one point the trail crosses right in front of the tee box. Watch out for people teeing up.

The signs took me to Venturoso Park and dumped me out front at 32nd St and Acoma Dr. No idea whether the trail goes any further from here. Looking at the satellite view the wash appears to end about there.

From Venturoso Park I worked my way to Greenway Pkwy and Cave Creek Road. The Cave Creek Tributary Trail begins here. Ride west. One thing to note, the trail is on the south side of Greenway Pkwy. It is a nice wide concrete path, read big sidewalk. But riding west you are essentially "salmoning". Take the appropriate precautions. Especially watch out for people from the south turning right or east on Greenway Pkwy. There was some water in spots along the wash. I got off at 7th St for lunch.


Cave Creek Tributary

Found this guy hiding in the tansies near 3rd Ave.





Got home around 1 PM. Here's a closeup of my "new" U-lock carrier. One pannier takes less space hauling the bike during my commute. This system makes the U-lock easier to access. And yes, it's just some spare pvc, electrical tape and zip ties.



51.7 mi
about 4.5 hrs riding time
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Commuting News

I'm parking my bike in the storage room now.



The grips were feeling "sticky" in the sun. So I talked to my boss and he said OK.

Tuesday I rode to Desert Breeze Park for lunch.





Getting used to driving 19 mi before riding to work. Gotta figure out how to incorporate walking into my day. At our previous location I walked 1.5-2 mi/day as part of the job. Now that we're in 1 building again that's gone. Probably going to go for a walk at lunch.
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Westside Canal Loop

This is a favorite route for me. Started out around 5:20 am. Here's the Strava.
https://www.strava.com/activities/2437372658

After breakfast I got on the Grand Canal near home and rode to the New River Trail.


Old Gantry


Queen Butterfly at the Glendale Regional Heroes Park


Crane at the junction of the Grand Canal and the New River Trail

North on the New River Trail to the Arizona Canal.


New River Trail between Bethany Home Rd and Glendale Rd


Bee in the Sunflower

This is why we can't have good stuff. This is fairly new. All the tools are gone as well as the fitting on the end of the hose.


Agave near Thunderbird Rd

I got off at Thunderbird Rd to ride to Dunkin Donuts. It's warm but not too warm to sit outside sipping coffee, eating a donut in the shade.

Then I followed the Arizona Canal to 25th Ave.


Shady spot


Goathead. These are getting prevalent around here.


Nightshade. Very pretty flower. Lots of them along the bottoms.

From 25th Ave and the Arizona Canal I worked over to 23rd Ave and headed south towards home. Stopping for a burger for lunch.

40.8 mi
about 4 hrs 10 min riding time
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Paradise Valley Loop

Rode a loop to Paradise Valley this morning. Here's the Strava.
https://www.strava.com/activities/2474775162

After breakfast I got on the Grand Canal near at 3rd Ave. Getting off at Campbell Ave near 12th St. Then east to 32nd St.


Crossing the 51 Fwy


The Arizona Canal

Turned east at Lincoln Dr. North at 36th St. Tried to climb to the trailhead. Had to push the bike up the last quarter mile.


36th St Entrance


View of the city from the trailhead

The ride back down to Lincoln Dr was fun. Then east to Desert Fairways Dr. There is a bike route on google maps that I followed to 52nd St & Shea Blvd.


Looking back at Camelback Mountain

Stopped just north of Shea Blvd for a break.


Snakeskin


Nightshade


Rest Stop

Then I headed to Rainbow Donuts at 40th St & Thunderbird Rd. Their apple fritters are always good. Then to the Dreamy Draw Bikeway and home.


Pedestrian Bridge along the Dreamy Draw

34.5 mi
about 3 hrs 15 min riding time
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Update on my rides

I'm still riding. Commuting to work has almost become routine. Drive to Grace Community Church in Tempe. Then ride to work, mostly along McClintock Rd in Tempe and Chandler. RT is averaging 14-15 mi/day.

Wish I could cut the drive out. I don't hate driving. But it's time lost. Of course "normal" people see riding the last 7ish mi in as more time lost. Depends on your point of view.

The last month my front tire has been losing air. From 40lbs to less than 20lbs in less than a week. The tire itself has been losing tread.



So I replaced it yesterday. Then checked it to see what was causing the problem.





That's right there were two thorns in there. Next time I'll check sooner. Weird it would last almost a week. But the thorns were plugging the holes. The bike is happy now with a new tire.

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Roosevelt Canal

Yesterday afternoon I rode a loop to the Roosevelt Canal then Tolleson then home. The Strava is here.
https://www.strava.com/activities/2568755772

It was hot! 112F to start. That was around 3:30 PM. I don't think it got much hotter though.

I started out south on 23rd Ave from near Campbell Ave. West on Indian School Rd. South on 27th Ave to the Grand Canal. Followed the canal to 29th Ave then worked over to 31st Ave. Then south. At Encanto Blvd you see this.


Encanto Blvd & 31st Ave

Google maps says to go around. On a bicycle just get on the sidewalk and ride thru there. Then ride south to Durango St. Rode west to 35th Ave. The Roosevelt Canal is coming north and turns west right here at Durango St. Cross 35th Ave and ride along the north side. Why the north side? Cause that's the side google maps says is the bicycle trail. Honestly ride whichever side you want to. I rode to 59th Ave.


Proctor & Gamble just west of 35th Ave


Fountain at 39th Ave


Bicycle Parking at 39th Ave. 8ish miles and my water is too warm to want to drink.


Incoming water at 47th Ave (slight sewer odor here)


Warning, Don't drink the water. LOL


59th Ave with the unfinished 202 Fwy behind it

I'm waiting for the day they finish this. Want to be able to ride the other side of that bridge. Yes it is possible. But I don't want to get stuck and have to back track on a hot day. I turned north to Buckeye Rd to ride further west.

At 67th Ave I got a cold bottle of tea. A flavor I know I can drink when it gets warm. At 83rd Ave turned north to Van Buren Rd. Then west to ride thru Tolleson. The only pic I took in Tolleson proper was of the mill from near 99th Ave.


Bay State Milling

At 99th Ave I turned north. Ate supper at Habit Burger Grill on McDowell Rd near 103rd Ave. It felt really good to sit in the AC, drink a cold drink and eat a hot burger.

Then it was time to head home. I followed McDowell to the west side of the 101 Fwy. Crossed McDowell. And salmoned east along the north side. All the way to Circle at 91st Ave where I got a coldish bottle of water to finish my ride.

Interesting incident between 95th and 91st Aves. I stopped to take pix of the canal at 95th Ave. A man walking south on 95th Ave turns east on the sidewalk on the north side of McDowell Rd, south side of the canal. A black car follows him driving at the same speed he is walking. McDowell Rd's speed limit is 35 or 40 mph. Most of us drive it at 45 or 50. So the black car is slowing traffic.

Eventually the police show up and stop the man walking. The car joins them and they start a discussion. I chose to ride on the north side of the canal to avoid getting involved in the incident. It's gravel and weeds mostly. But I made it to Circle K.

From there I got on to Encanto Blvd and head east. Getting on the Grand Canal at 55th Ave. Then home shortly after sunset.


43rd Ave just about sunset


RR Tracks at Grand Ave just after sunset

31.6 mi
about 4.5 hr riding time

Note: Did I mention it was hot! I drank a little more than a liter of tea, a liter of water, and 20 oz or so of cold soda pop. After I got home I drank another liter in the next hour. It's possible to ride in the heat. Drink lots. Stop in the shade. Take it easy. And be ready to bail if you need to.
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Sky Harbor to the Grand Canal

This morning I rode a loop to Rio Salado, Sky Harbor Airport, Tempe Town Lake. Then followed the Grand Canal home. The Strava is here.
https://www.strava.com/activities/2591158268

Somehow I bungled the alarm yesterday. So I woke up at 5:50 AM instead of 5ish. The current temp in my area was 81F. Not bad for this time of year. On to McDs at 7th Ave & Indian School Rd for breakfast. Leaving McDs I realized I forgot to turn on Strava from home. Then to Quiktrip for a bottle of iced tea. After that I rode thru downtown heading for Rio Salado.

Then east on the Rio Salado Pathway. There were dragonflies on the path. But none of them would sit still for a shot. They were busy flying around. Either feeding or mating. Finally I found a semi willing subject. A burrowing owl.





It's not singing. There's no sound. I think it's yawning.

Eastward again. It's warm, not hot, but humid. At the 40th St rest area I stop to shoot some aircraft.





Then to Dunkin Donuts for a cup of coffee and a pastry. I stopped to chase a butterfly around some Arizona Milkweed but the pix of the butterfly were all blurry. Caught a couple of other insects.





At Tempe Town Lake it was getting pretty warm. I decided to head for home via the Grand Canal. There is a new trail in the process of being built along the Grand Canal. Some of it is on the opposite side of the old trail. Some places had detour signs pushing you off into the dirt. A couple of times it was easier to go back to the last crossing and use the old path.

Approaching the 51 Fwy I decided to take a side path going up the east side of the 51. Right around the corner the path was blocked by an Eucalyptus branch that was blown off by last night's storm. I didn't know Eucalyptus trees had flowers. They were pretty.

I got off the trail to have a burger for lunch. Then back on the Grand Canal to head for home.









32.6 mi
about 2 hrs 40 min riding time
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Peoria Loop

Sunday, 8/11/2019, I rode a loop to Peoria then home. I rode to five different places. First Pioneer Community Park in Peoria. Then to the CA Robinson Pioneer Park also in Peoria. Johnny E Osuna Park just north. Then after a donut break I stopped at the Sahuaro Ranch Park in Glendale. Then the Elise McCarthy Sensory Garden in Glendale.

The Strava is here: https://www.strava.com/activities/2610801271

I started out around 5ish AM. Rode to McDs at Thomas Rd near I17 for breakfast. Then over to the QuikTrip at 27th Ave for a bottle of iced tea.

I wasted several minutes after QuikTrip waiting for a train. It was approaching from the SE and I wanted to take a shot. But it stopped a good quarter mile from me and started backing up.

After that it was up Grand Ave to the Grand Canal. Then the Grand Canal to 71st Ave. It was still early enough that crossing the major streets wasn't a problem.


59th Ave

North on 71st Ave to Northern Ave. As I approached Northern the train was approaching again. It's horn was tempting me to ride over to the tracks and try to get a good shot with one of the overpasses in the background. But it beat me to the intersection of Olive Ave & 75th Ave. Que Sera.

Just south of Olive Ave I turned west on Golden Ln to head for Pioneer Community Park. It is by Olive Ave & 83rd Ave. I spent some time shooting the lake, the giant wheels and found a dragonfly willing to pose.


Pioneer Lake


Really Big Wheels


Dragonfly

From here follow 83rd Ave north. Just north of Mountain View Rd look for a roundabout. Take it to the left to stay on 83rd Ave. The CA Robinson Pioneer Park is just a couple of blocks north. You can't miss it. There's a bunch of old farm equipment near an old schoolhouse.





Next the Johnny E Osuna Memorial Park just north of there.





By this time I was ready for some coffee and a pastry. There is a dive looking place up Grand Ave a little called K-May Donuts & Bagels. Never been there before. But the coffee and apple fritter were good. The place looked like it used to be a small diner, maybe, back in the 60s or 70s.

Next is up to Cholla St. East to 63rd Ave. South to Sahuaro Ranch Park which is south of Peoria. Just north of Glendale Community College.



Then east to 55th and south to Orangewood where the Elise McCarthy Sensory Garden is. The sensory garden is a nice place to rest. There are interesting and different types of art. And shade.



After that I stopped by the old Sugar Beet Factory. Then home. Eating lunch on the way.

34.5 mi
about 3.5 hrs riding time
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Micro-Burst

No pix but yesterday the skies opened up. When I left work around 5:20 PM or so, the sky was partly cloudy. It didn't feel like the 110F the wunderground said it was. I looked carefully but thought, "Naw. It ain't gonna rain."

My Commute home starts on McClintock Rd a little south of Chandler Blvd in Chandler heading north. Things were looking up by the time I got to Chandler Blvd. The sun was shining, but filtered thru some light clouds. There heavier clouds above me but they didn't look that big. And the best? A decent tailwind!

Two miles later, it's getting sunnier. I'm thinking it might even heat up. Between Warner Rd & Eliot Rd it starts sprinkling. So light I was hoping for more to cool me off.

Well I got my wish. One mile later at Guadalupe Rd it's coming down heavy enough to make me think about seeking shelter. At least to put my water fragile stuff like paper and electronics into my backpack. But naw, it's just a light sprinkle. Besides I'm going to stop in a mile at Baseline Rd for supper.

Less than a quarter mile later the bike lane is flooded. McClintock Rd is busy with still fast moving vehicles. The sidewalk was wide and empty. So that's where I went.

The rain is really coming down. My clothes are soaked. The wind is gusting strong enough it's hard to hold my line. I stop at Gaicki Park halfway between Guadalupe and Baseline.

The shelter I sought turns out to be one of those sun shelters with plenty of ventilation. Still better than nothing. Belatedly I put my water soluble paper and electronics into my backpack. The electronics were alright. Some of the paper survived.

Fifteen minutes later the rain slowed to a trickle. The wind to less than 5 mph. I rode on to Baseline and got supper. I was dripping wet but the fast food people didn't even blink. Since that only happens once a year or less, it was fun!

But. There's a time to stop and stow your gear safely when it starts sprinkling. And there's a time to ride on because it's not going to be heavy enough to worry about. Wisdom is knowing the difference. Guess I'm missing some wisdom.
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Loma del Rio Ruins in Tempe

This morning I rode to Loma del Rio Ruins near Tempe Town Lake. From the lake it is a short gravel ride to the ruins. The weather was warm but not too hot. Riding home the breeze was assisting.

The Strava is here: https://www.strava.com/activities/2630729538

I had breakfast at McDs. Then got a bottle of tea at Quik Trip. Then onto the Grand Canal at 3rd Ave. While the canal path wasn't crowded it seemed like there were more people than usual on a Sunday morning. The path improvement is coming along.


Unopened pedestrian bridge near Pueblo Grande Museum


The tracks near the Grand Canal

The easiest way for me to get to the Loma del Rio area is to ride to Tempe Town Lake first. Then take Lake View Rd to just north of the 202 Fwy. You will find a trail there. A little further is a sign with a trail map. It's not too hard to ride to the ruins. About a quarter mile and 50ft climbing. The pathway isn't too rough. I was able to ride to the ruins.

After goofing off at the ruins I climbed to the next ridge to the east. It's a short climb but I walked most of it. Then walked a third or so getting off of it. Then wandered eastish to cross Curry Rd at a tunnel there. There was a homeless camp taking about half the width of the tunnel. So don't go barreling thru there.

On the other side I wandered northerly climbing another small ridge. Then back down towards Marigold Ln. From there I rode to Dunkin Donuts for a snack.


Tempe Town Lake from under the 202


Loma del Rio Ruins


View from the Ruins


Tempe Town Lake from the next ridge

After my break I got onto the Crosscut Canal at McKellips Rd. Headed north to the Arizona Canal. Then headed home. Stopping for shots along the way and lunch.


Arizona Falls


Bridge of the 51 Fwy


Spare Wheel caught in the Grand Canal


near 15th Ave

33.7 mi
2 hrs 58 min riding time
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Westside Canal Loop

Yesterday afternoon I rode a westerly loop. The Grand Canal to New River. The New River Trail to Thunderbird Rd. Where I got off for supper. Then up 83rd Ave to get on Skunk Creek Trail. From there a short ride to the Arizona Canal. Then home.

Here's a link to the Strava. https://www.strava.com/activities/2648728379

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It was hot. But not too hot. About 100F when I started. Maybe it got to 105F. Maybe not.

OTOH the wind was steadily out of the west. Sometimes, the southwest. Probably 5-10 mph. To me that's a gale. LOL. Riding west along the Grand Canal was slow. Between 10-12mph.






Along the Bethany Home Outflow Channel

Once I turned north on the New River Trail riding was faster. And easier. There were more opportunies to take photos as well.


Weeds at Northern Ave


Dragonflies


New Signage


Graffiti


Cholla Bloom


Rest Area

Getting off at Thunderbird Rd I rode to Culver's for supper. Bacon deluxe burger, cole slaw and a cold soda. After riding 25mi in the heat it tasted really good. Then on to the Arizona Canal and home.


Just after sunset at the Arizona Canal

Note: I bought a new saddle Tuesday. My old one was tearing where my sit bones sit. The new one seems OK. But it's got me higher than normal. I think the LBS may have put a different seat post in there. Right now it's as low as I can get it. OTOH the higher position seems better on smooth gravel and pavement. I can climb better. And like the LBS guy said, it is comfortable. So far. In another week or so I'll put some better pix of the saddle and give an opinion on it.

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3 hrs 8 min riding time
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Cave Creek Tributary Trail

Yesterday morning I rode a loop thru the Cave Creek Wash and Cave Creek Tributary Trails. Then home thru the Dreamy Draw Path.

Here's a link to the Strava. https://www.strava.com/activities/2671350419

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I started out riding to McDs at Northern Ave for breakfast. Then north along 19th Ave to Quik Trip for a bottle of cold tea. Then up to the Arizona Canal and over to Cave Creek to follow the trail north.


Cave Creek Park at Sweetwater Ave


Bees N Flowers at Cave Creek Park


Under Thunderbird Rd

About a quarter mi east of 19th Ave the trail splits. Cave Creek Wash Trail goes on north under Greenway Rd. The Cave Creek Tributary Trail goes straight and is the more obvious trail at this point. Going east there was plenty of debris left from the storm a few days ago. Nothing unridable but plenty of loose sand, grass and leaves. Along with the normal trash on a city path. Another cyclist told me the water was 8 ft deep at one point.


Moon Valley Park


12th St crossing exit


Pool leftover


20th St Bridge


Spiral Staircase

From Greenway Pkwy I worked my way to Rainbow Donuts at 40th St & Thunderbird Rd. Then south towards the Dreamy Draw to head home. I rode a little out of the way to stop at Granada Park. Somebody told me there were African Lovebirds here. There were.





33.7 mi
2 hrs 41 min riding time
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Downtown Phoenix

This morning I rode downtown.

Here's a link to the Strava. https://www.strava.com/activities/2673706328

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This morning I had breakfast first. I was going to take my pickup to the shop before riding. But the garage was closed. Que sera. So I started out after 7 AM this morning riding south along 15th Ave. Stopped by the ATM near downtown but it was having a malfunction. Then I rode by the old lab.


The old lab

Then I went downtown and shot some murals.









Stopping for brunch at BoSa Donuts.



This wheel was still stuck in the falls along the Grand Canal.





16.4 mi
1 hr 29 min riding time
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Tolleson Avondale Loop

This morning I rode a loop thru Tolleson and Avondale. It was warm and muggy. This ride was slow thru some industrial areas before heading into Avondale. Then home.

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The Strava is here. https://www.strava.com/activities/2691639666

I left the house around 5:10 AM and rode to McDs at Thomas Rd & 24th Ave. That place is a McD in a Chevron Station. The McD was still closed. Even though the sign said they opened at 5:00 AM. So I went to Dunkin Donuts next door. Their coffee is good but the small cup is really small. Que sera. After breakfast I went to Quik Trip for a cold bottle of tea.

From there it's onto 31st Ave and south to Buckeye Rd. I worked my way west along Buckeye and Van Buren Rds looking for subjects to shoot. At 99th Ave I turned north.


Early morning train by Quik Trip


Power Plant near 47th Ave


Used to be an out of town truck stop in the 70s. Now it's in town.


Tank Farm

North on 99th Ave to McDowell Rd. West to 107th Ave. Just north of McDowell Rd, Crystal Garden Pkwy splits off of 107th Ave. Take it. I followed it to Lakeshore Dr and chose the right fork. Got lost east of 107th Ave and worked my way back on the Roosevelt Canal. Then north to the junction of the Grand Canal and New River Trail.

There was a pretty yellow piper cub practising touch and gos. So I stopped for some shots.






bike parking

Then turned for home. I followed the Grand Canal to 83rd Ave. Then rode over to the Glendale Regional Heroe's Park. Used the facilities and crossed a dirt lot to Discovery Park. Then home along Maryland Ave. It was about 10:40 AM when I got home.




Oleander

41.9 mi
3 hrs 27 min riding time

Notes: Two things bothered me. Yesterday I strained my inner thigh muscles. Was thinking about not riding but decided to get breakfast before making my final decision. Made sure I didn't push too hard during the ride. While the temp never got over 95-100F it was humid. Wunderground said 96F, 37% when I got home. I seemed to feel it more this morning.
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Westside Canal Loop

For various reasons I haven't been posting as much. I've managed to get a weekend ride in most weekends. But have just been too busy to write them up. If you're more interested in pix my imgur is here. https://imgur.com/user/locolobo13/posts

This is one of my favorites. When I don't have a plan I fall back on it. It's a simple route. West along the Grand Canal to New River. North to the Arizona Canal. Then southeasterly towards home. Here's the Strava.
https://www.strava.com/activities/2786691764

I started by riding to McDs at Thomas Rd & 24th Ave. Though it was after 5 AM they weren't open. Dunkin Donuts next door was. My usual breakfast is a cup of coffee and a Clif protein bar. After breakfast I rode to Quik Trip at 27th Ave for a bottle of tea. Then north to the Grand Canal.

This morning's ride was slow. Looking for pix to take. Just exploring the scene. The cotton along the route has been harvested. Looks like the farmer's are getting ready for the next crop. I managed to capture the pink in some pink oleanders.





Looking for caterpillars I found aphids instead.





Stopped by the Glendale Municipal Airport.





Stopped to shoot some flowers along the New River Trail





and my bike.



This morning instead of Dunkin Donuts at 83rd Ave & Thunderbird Rd I went to Daily Donuts east of the New River Trail on Thunderbird Rd. The apple fritter and coffee were good.

Then back home along the Arizona Canal.



41.1 mi
3 hrs 30 min riding time
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Sky Harbor

Fairly quick ride. To Sky Harbor via the Rio Salado Pathway. Then to Tempe Town Lake, the Grand Canal then home. Here's the Strava.
https://www.strava.com/activities/2788697919

First I rode to McDs at 7th Ave for breakfast. Then Quik Trip for a bottle of tea. Then thru downtown to the Rio Salado Pathway at Central Ave. East to Sky Harbor Airport. There were no owls along the way. Too bad. I spent about an hour taking shots across from the airport.













On the way home I stopped to shoot this wheel that's been stuck here since Aug. At least it looks like the same wheel.





31.8 mi
2 hrs 44 min riding time
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Tres Rios Wetlands

Sunday morning I rode to the Tres Rios Wetlands. The Tres Rios Wetlands are a riparian restoration project. There are a series of ponds north of the Salt River bed. They extend from 91st Ave to the confluence with the Gila River. The water appears to come from the Wastewater Treatment Plant at 91st Ave. It's not raw sewage but there is an odor. Not that bad actually. Here's a link to the website. https://www.phoenix.gov/waterservices/tresrios

The strava is here. https://www.strava.com/activities/2804555734

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I started out riding to McDs at 24th Ave & Thomas Rd for breakfast. Then to QT for a bottle of tea. Then south on 31st Ave heading to the Roosevelt Canal at 35th Ave. The Roosevelt Canal is still blocked west of 59th Ave. The new 202 freeway is looking almost done. I stopped near 59th Ave to shoot some climbing milkweeds.





Then I made a navigation boo boo. I thought Sweet Cream Donuts was on Buckeye Rd. So I rode north to Buckeye Rd then west. The donut shop was at Lower Buckeye Rd. Turn back south a mile for a snack and coffee. Then west and south some more to Tres Rios.

I should mention entry to Tres Rios requires a permit. To obtain it go to the website and request it. Both times it's arrived via email within a day. You can print it out or keep it handy on your phone. Nobody's requested it though so far. But there are signs at the entrances warning you off.

My ride is on the Maricopa Trail which goes thru Tres Rios from east at 91st Ave to near Avondale Blvd in Tolleson. I had a great time. There were birds, butterflies, bees, flowers and even a bobcat. Sorry the bobcat pix sucked. Here's some of the shots.

















Leaving the Tres Rios you enter the Baseline and Meridian Wildlife Area. Baseline and Meridian refers to Baseline and Meridian lines for the State of Arizona maps. I was too lazy to climb to the top of the hill. Some day. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gila_a...River_meridian

When you leave the main gate to Tres Rios follow the Maricopa Trail signs to the south. You will come out at the Phoenix International Raceway. Here I got on Avondale Blvd and headed north to the Grand Canal. Stopping for a burger. From there I headed home.

There are more pix in imgur.

49.4 mi
4 hrs 9 min riding time

BTW: The weather was phenomenal! Mid 50s to 80s. Neither cold nor hot. The wind was hardly noticeable. Except when taking shots.
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Bad Planning

My plan this morning was to follow the Grand Canal to Tempe Town Lake. Cross the lake, then follow University Dr east to Dobson Rd. Get on the Rio Salado Pathway and ride it all the way to 15th Ave.

The Strava is here. https://www.strava.com/activities/2822119351 I forgot to turn on Strava until I got to Tempe Town Lake.

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The morning started out fine. Rode to McDs and had breakfast. Then to QT for a bottle of tea. Then onto the Grand Canal and headed east.

The Grand Canal trail has been under improvement for the last couple of years. Until this year I would ride the south side because it was paved and much of the north side wasn't. There is a new paved path following most of the north side now.

This morning at almost every street the new path was marked "Sidewalk Closed". Since there were plenty of people walking, jogging, walking their dogs, biking ignoring the signs I did too. There were only 3 "official" looking people, 2 construction workers and a police officer, along the canal. They barely noticed me as I rode past. I stopped for pix here and there.


Papago Park Center in Tempe

At the beginning, or east end, of the Grand Canal you climb up to Washington Rd, cross the tracks and have a choice. Take the first right and ride down to the lake. Continue a short block to Mill Ave and cross the lake.

My intention was to cross at Mill Ave. But it was blocked by a lot of barricades and a police SUV. Looking at Lakeview Dr to my immediate right it was blocked with barricades saying, "Street Closed". Googling I found a Walk for Autism was listed as an event at the lake. Couldn't find a map of the walk.

After grumbling and looking at alternatives I decide to see if I can cross the lake at Scottsdale Rd approximately 1 mi east. Google Maps shows a blockage on the freeway ramp. But not on Scottsdale Rd.

My new route involves cutting across the southern part of Papago Park staying north of Curry Rd most of the way. This meant getting off the pavement. Not singletrack. Mainly gravel roads.

View from Papago Park

The intersection down there is Mill Ave & Washington/Curry. Washington St is west of Mill Ave. Curry Rd is east. Curry Rd was blocked at the intersection.

View of Tempe Town Lake

Same place looking south to the lake.

I had to push the bike the last bit to that ridge. Then rode back off it keeping in mind to head east more than south. Eventually I crossed under Curry Rd to College Ave. College Ave is barricaded south of here. But you can't cross the lake at College Ave. I rode along Curry to Scottsdale Rd. Looking south I could see it was blocked too. The next bridge east of me is McClintock Dr about 1 mi to the east.

At this point it is time to admit defeat. I decided to ride up Indian Bend Wash path to the Arizona Canal. Then head home on it.

Indian Bend Wash was normal for a Sunday morning. A lot of it is just a little narrow for multiple bicyclists, joggers and people walking their dogs. You just have to slow down approaching people. One woman almost lost control of her dog. Her leash was too long and I think I startled the dog despite saying, "G'morning."

The monument at El Dorado Park near McDowell Rd was drained. Normally there's water flowing thru it with a small waterfall.







I followed the Arizona Canal to Granada Park near 20th St. Looked for the colony of African Lovebirds that was there the last time. Didn't see them. Are they migratory birds?

The Arizona Canal is a better bike path. Wider than the Indian Bend Wash path. You still have to watch out. Not so many people with dogs. But plenty of small groups of joggers and walker wanting to walk 2, 3 or 4 abreast. I would slow down and announce myself with a Good Morning! Then ride around or thru. I stopped several places to take pix.


Soleri Bridge


Passing the Legacy


Arizona Falls


Arizona Falls

Notes: I did check the local events earlier in the week. Even saw the Walk for Autism. Totally missed that it was at Tempe Town Lake. So my bad. Even so I couldn't find a map for the walk. It would be nice if they announced closures at the lake better.

Tempe Town Lake joins several trails or paths in the valley together. Rio Salado Pathway on the south side of the Salt River. The Grand Canal begins almost on the lake. Indian Bend Wash empties into the lake. The Crosscut Canal ends close to Mill Ave and Washington St/Curry Rd as well.

You don't have to use Tempe Town Lake as a nexus. But it keeps you on MUPs. You can always ride the streets.

41.0 mi
3 hrs 28 min riding time
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Rio Salado Pathway

I'm a week behind. Decided to write this one up anyway. That Sunday morning I managed to ride the Rio Salado Pathway from the east end to the west end. I had planned to ride it the week before. But an athletic event at Tempe Town Lake blocked me from crossing the Salt River that day.

The Strava is here. https://www.strava.com/activities/2838868003.

I followed the Grand Canal to Tempe Town Lake. Crossed at the dam. Cut thru ASU to University Dr. Then east. Within a few miles I was at BoSa Donuts at Rio Salado Pkwy & Dobson Rd. Not the best place to stop at with a bicycle. But the apple fritter was good.


Papago Park Center along the Grand Canal

From BoSa's it's a short ride to the east end of the Rio Salado Pathway. The path parallels the 202 until you get to Tempe Town Lake. Then stay on the south side of the river all the way to 15th Ave. The only place you have to cross a major roadway is at McClintock Dr. But it looks like Tempe is going to build an underpass for MUP users there. My battery was running out of juice so I turned Strava off at 7th St. I also stopped at Sky Harbor Airport to watch the jets.


Water Treatment Plant in Mesa


Crossing under the 101


Blue Reflections at Tempe Town Lake


Talon T-38


Trying for a panning shot with slower shutter speed


Coyote across the river from Sky Harbor. Lucky shot.


15th Ave, downtown Phoenix in the background

At 15th Ave my bike computer indicated the distance from the east end to the west end was 15.1 mi. From there I rode back to 7th Ave, then worked north towards home following 15th Ave. Stopped for lunch on the way.


15th Ave, These guys were riding their "wheels" a little faster than I could go. Followed them 2-3 mi.

44.0 mi
3 hrs 32 min riding time
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Reach 11

Yesterday morning I rode Reach 11 from the east end to Deer Valley Rd and Cave Creek Rd. The Strava is here. https://www.strava.com/activities/2856069159

To get there I followed the Grand Canal to 12th St. Then north to Glendale Ave. East to 17th St. Then follow Dreamy Draw Pkwy to Dreamy Draw Bikeway to 32nd St & Mountain View Rd. Working my way to The Original Rainbow Donuts at 64th St & Bell Rd. At first I didn't like the setup for bicycle parking. Then realized I could sit outside on the sidewalk where the bike was in sight. BTW the apple fritter was excellent.

From there ride to Princess Dr just west of Scottsdale Rd. The gateway is a horse gate next to an automotive collision center. You will have to lift your bike over the step to get in. It's only about 18in high.

Reach 11 is listed as a recreation area. But it looks to me to be a flood control area. To the south is the CAP canal. Between it and the recreation area is a large, perhaps 20ft high, berm. There are irrigation/flooding gates along the way. I reckon if they needed to they could release water from the CAP into Reach 11.

There are many side trails and exploring them would take a while. Most of the "trails" are actually perfectly fine dirt roads. This would be a good place for a beginner mountain biker to practice in the dirt. The trails merge into one to cross under 56th St, Tatum Blvd, the 51 Fwy, the 101 Fwy & Deer Valley Rd. I got off at Deer Valley Rd.

They are redoing some of the trails. The current maps posted on the signs are inaccurate. There are notices telling you so.

Each time I come here I ride fairly close to the berm. The plants are greener here and you have a better chance of seeing wildlife. There were plenty of coyote droppings but I saw no coyotes. I think I saw an owl flying by. Only got a glimpse.


Gate at the east side


Flowers along the trail


Predator in the flowers


Small Beetle on Desert Globemallow


This place is called Bullfrog Pond by google


Small frog


Crossing under the 51 Fwy


just north of the 101 Fwy


Cholla near the trail


section of the trail

Leaving Reach 11 I followed Cave Creek Rd towards home. Looking for lunch led me nearer to the Cave Creek Tributary Path near Greenway Rd & 12th St. So I went home that way after lunch.

50.1 mi
4 hrs 16 min
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Picked a nice coat of dust on Reach 11 yesterday. Had to wash the bike and relube the chain.









Looks better now


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