The first ride of our Fall vacation was in Albuquerque, NM. Our hotel (Holiday in Express old town) was real close to the path system. Day 1 we caught the nearest path and took it to the Paseo del Bosque trail which runs along the Rio Grande River. To our surprise their was a charity ride (Day of The Tread) happening on the trail. We joined in the ride but didn’t make use of the sag stops and other perks. We did go to the rides end point and purchased a couple t-shirts to help their cause. After that we rode more of the trail and around town stopping for a beverage at Monk’s Corner Brewery and eating at Cocina Azul. Rode about 35 miles.
Day 2 in Albuquerque we trucked the bikes to Fiesta Park and rode the canal trail out and back for a total of about 16 miles. A nice trail but not a lot to see. That evening from the hotel we rode a few miles to Tractor and Rio Bravo breweries for beer and food at the latter.
I rode to and on the trails at the river yesterday.
What you can’t tell by the above photo is that’s a 10 foot or so drop down to the water. Was no easy task getting my bike back up. Fortunately I wasn’t on the bike when it took the fall, just a bad choice of parking location. Also fortunately when the bike finished tumbling down it came to rest just touching the water and not in it. 25 degrees out I’m glad I didn’t have to wade into the river.
After a miserable week of holding up in the house fighting a cold I finally got out yesterday.
We rode in to the city for lunch and beverages.
Veggie pizza for Nova and veggie sandwich for me. Each of us tried new beers. Nova had ordered a Magic Hat hefeweizen but was served a Magic Hat #9 (not quite pale ale) instead. She thought it was ok. For me it was a Ballast Point, Victory at Sea (coffee, vanilla imperial stout) which both the ABV and IBUs were too much for my taste. Ballast Point’s Calm Before The Storm is a favorite of mine though.
On the ride back home we spotted this car in the river at nealry the same spot the above photo was taken earlier in the day. Upon our return home I checked local news sites to find no one was seriously injured in the accident.
The final stop on our Fall trip was in Nashville where we rode the Cumberland River Greenway and around town. Once at music row we parked the bikes and spent the afternoon and evening walking around checking out the live music.
This past Friday we drove to Council Bluffs Iowa to attend the Pedaler’s Jamboree which takes place on the Wabash Trace Nature Trail on Saturday and Sunday. That evening while at our hotel we noticed a brand new path right next to where we were staying. We rode it to it’s dead end which was just a short distance from the Bob Kerry Pedestrian bridge. We found our way to the bridge and took it over the Missouri river in to Omaha where we rode around downtown and along the riverfront.
Ride 2 of our Fall vacation. Over the past 2 weeks we we’ve been traveling and riding trails. After a brief overnight stop in Iowa which included a short ride on the High Trestle Trail we moved on to Wisconsin where we rode the Chippewa River State Trail. We rode from Eau Claire to Durand and back for a total of 65 miles. This is a really nice paved trail with scenery of farmland, forest and the river.
We were in Kansas City Sunday to attend the Holy Cow Mid-Summer Bicycle Swap meet. While there we used the B-cycle bikeshare to do a little riding around the riverfront area including the Riverfront Heritage Trail.
The Samuel Justus Recreation Trail is a paved rail-to-trail that is on the same rail-bed as the Allegheny River Trail it just goes by a different name North of Franklin. It’s 5.3 miles and we rode from our hotel in Franklin to its end in Oil City trail-head and back. This ride was one from our Fall 2014 trip.