Instead of taking my usual Sunday ride along the roads of Guilford County, I decided to ride the fixie over to the greenway. There are portions of that I still hadn’t explored. So I picked it up where it crosses East Fork Road, which is the picture included here.
The path to the right leads to the Piedmont Environmental Center. It is only about a mile and a quarter of so from this point, and that’s the portion I hadn’t explored before.
I discovered that while that’s a lovely bit of walkway it isn’t ideal for bicycling. There are a couple places where you have to dismount and navigate obstacles, like stairs. Although it would probably be okay to start from that end at the center. I guess since I started sort of in the middle I had to deal with the stairs twice in short order and it made for lots of stops and starts. Plus I stopped a couple times to snap photos.
The path to the left leads generally northward towards Gibson Park, and is the path I rode home from work on a few weeks ago that I blogged about.
So, I took the right hand first, and went to the end/beginning at the Environmental Center, and then I turned around and retraced the path and kept going to the left.
Once I got going I covered the miles pretty quickly after that, and followed it through to Piedmont Parkway. I debated continuing onwards, but decided to leave that for another day. Instead I took Piedmont Parkway back home.
All in all it was 15.6 miles of riding and exploring. The pace was slower than I would usually do, but that’s what happens when you are surveying new routes. I think I want to remember this is a good way to get in some variety in my riding. Something different from just pounding the miles on the road.
Also, it isn’t too far to a little viewing station they’ve got setup along the path where I could take a book and a beverage and hang out and read when the weather is nice.
There are a couple more photos on flickr. Click the one included in this post to jump over there and check out the others.