Alas, the beautiful sunshine is once again a staple in our daily routine in Denver, Colorado. After eight weeks of dirty snow piles, icy parking lots and magnesium chloride coated cars our sunlit Denver is back in full affect! We’ve once again been reacquainted with 55 degree late winter days! As the sun comes out so does my bike.
I live outside of downtown Denver in Highland where I can jump on a handful of different paved bike paths that wind through Denver’s various nooks and crannies. Today I did just that setting out bundled up (it’s still pretty brisk in the mornings) with helmet on head I was determined to get the most of our weather today. From Highland you can ride east towards downtown, passing over I-25 and behind the REI flagship store and be confronted with three choices: north, east, south.
Each choice will offer miles and miles of uninterrupted cruising on well-maintained recreation paths. East takes you through the downtown metropolis where you tucked away, below street level along the greenbelt that lines the Cherry Creek. North will take you through a visual narration of the industrial district and rail yards of the city, a road less traveled. The south takes you along the Platte River whizzing by the Children’s Museum, The Denver Aquarium and good ol’ Mile High Stadium.
It doesn’t matter which road you take for each carries its own twists and turnsJ. You never worry about vehicle traffic because the underpasses sneak you below the vehicle traffic and traffic lights. You never think twice about doubling back a couple times to make sure your ride is long enough—each path continues or connects with miles and miles of ride.
The biggest battle is just getting the gear on and the bike out of the house—after that it’s all about the ride in that Colorado sunshine! All day I haven’t been able to wipe this smile off my smile because we got our sunshine back the my bike is ready to go. The ice-free paths are one of the many signs that Spring is a coming in Denver so you don’t have to wait anymore.