Trail: Waukee urban trail and city streets
Location: Downtown Waukee and east to the Waukee High School campus
Ride Length: Short
Surface: Concrete and Asphalt
Time: 2:00 PM
Starting Point: My neighborhood in Waukee
This route included city streets, sidewalks and a portion of the Waukee urban trail.
I left my neighborhood weary from winter. I was sick of the cold, sick of shoveling snow, and bummed knowing I was in store for even more. But only a block from the house I started feeling better. The fresh air in my lungs, muscles working the pedals, and the sound of the knobby tires against the concrete all soothed my winter blues.
I wasn’t the only person who was intent on getting outside before the next round of snow. I greeted several walkers and a couple of like minded cyclists on the trail.
Streets and the trail were clear with only a few puddles and slushy parts remaining after a brief winter warm up. That would certainly change in only a matter of hours.
More and more people head out for a walk, jog or ride plugged into their devices. Often I’ve wondered if saying “On your left!” before passing is even worth it. Do they even hear me ? I’ll continue using cycling etiquette and give folks a heads up despite being heard or not.
No stops on this ride.
I swung through the Downtown Triangle and headed over to the beginning of the Waukee urban trail. The Waukee Co-Op grain elevator looked so ominous towering against the steel colored Iowa sky.
Riding east on the trail I opted to looped past the Waukee Field House. I haven’t been inside to see the new renovations, but if the W on the side of building is an indication, it’s got to be huge!
A winter hat was added to my ride artifacts. I spotted this lost item in the High School parking lot and couldn't help but wonder if a kid got a lecture from Mom on losing their brand new hat.
None unless you count the smell of pizza baking as I pedaled past the Pizza Ranch.
A bike ride might only be a few miles in length. Maybe it's just a loop around the block. No matter how short, in my book it still “counts” as a ride. Especially when it gives you relief, makes you smile, and helps you manage through the challenging weather winter brings.