That northern part of the loop along the river was what I once called the “muddy trial.” Lately the recreational riders have come back out because the efforts to save the river banks from washing away created a large parking area just west off the bridge. And with easy access, there’s been a little illegal dumping already. However, the ATVs have been out, and at least a few trucks (based on the size and type of tire print), and even a bulldozer at one point. So that swampy, muddy trail has been beaten back into a pretty decent jeep trail. It’s an easy ride right now.
So I stayed on the bank and followed a beaten path all the way down to Cherry Creek. Again, because of the semi-drought conditions, you can see where vehicles have been fording the creek. I could have; it was pretty shallow, but I knew that by taking the trail along the edge of the creek back to NE 10th, I’d be right next to Vickie Drive and that’s a good quiet route back to Reno Ave. I spotted a new cement plant — just a mobile belt loading rig next to a cement hopper, vast piles of sand and gravel, a bunch of cement mixer trucks and a sign inviting job seekers to become drivers. It’s right next to the massive permanent UniCem plant, offering competition most likely on price per load.
A really good workout when I don’t feel like riding too awful far.