Traveling back to Tucson, we stopped in Bakersfield to get a bike ride in on the Kern River Bikeway.
“The Kern River Parkway is a native riparian area which extends over 30 miles through Bakersfield along the Kern River. It extends east to west from the mouth of the Kern Canyon to Enos Lane and is comprised of over 6,000 acres of trails, parks, and waterways. One of the most used areas is the Kern River Parkway Trail, a paved road used for commuting and exercising by walkers, joggers, rollerbladers, and cyclists. Also, no motorized vehicles are allowed within the Kern River Parkway – lakes, trails, and off-road.”
The 20 mile trail ride gave us a break from the car-driving but the temperature of 98 degrees made it a little hot. Take plenty of water.
While traveling to California to cheer on our kids in a 1/2 Ironman in Guerneville, we stopped in Monterey and took to the Coastal Biking Trail.
“Winding along the Pacific coast, the Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail (a.k.a. the Monterey Bay Coastal Trail and Monterey Bay Coastal Bike Trail) offers breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean and a great way to tour the city while enjoying the outdoors. This wonderful coastal rail-trail currently extends 18 miles from Pacific Grove to Castroville and is regarded as one of the most scenic long trails in California.
The trail follows the former Southern Pacific Railroad line, which was once used to transfer goods between the historic fishing town of Monterey and the rest of northern California. Beginning in Pacific Grove at the Lovers Point Park (the southern end of the trail), you will want to take a picture of the beautiful rocky shoreline to the west. But don’t put your camera away yet—the beautiful views continue, and there are many photo opportunities along the trail of beach scenes, otters, boats, kayakers and more.”
We parked at the southern end of the trail and cycled the 18 miles to Castroville, the Artichoke Capital of the World, where we stopped for lunch. We returned to Monterey after completing the 36 miles of beautiful trail with gorgeous views of the Pacific.
While visiting with my son in Tucson, we decided to take a trip North to Flagstaff to enjoy some cooler weather with our grandson and hopefully take advantage of Flagstaff’s wonderful urban trail system. Since we all had wide-tire bikes, we took the unpaved trail which was right outside our hotel towards the Fort Tuthill County Park. From there we figured our way over to the Ponderosa Trail (which is paved)and also goes through an open meadow. We made our way back towards the hotel. Flagstaff provides a great map of the Urban Trails and Bikeways, available free at their Visitor Center. On another day we cycled around the Buffalo Park Loop – beautiful meadow on top of McMillan Mesa.