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City-Wide Bicycle Tour Report

March 11th, 2017

          Today’s GOPS City-Wide Bicycle Tour proved a delightful way to welcome early Spring weather. Scott Connelly and I led 17 Great Outdoors Palm Springs bicycling members on a wide-ranging excursion through many of the City’s neighborhoods, Downtown business district and Civic Center.

          Our 14 mile loop took us from Smoke Tree Village and Smoke Tree Commons shopping centers over the not-quite-raging-waters of Tahquitz Creek and then through the Civic Center area. Along the way we passed the Palm Springs Police department headquarters, Palm Springs International Airport, Palm Springs Fire department headquarters and City Hall.

          Continuing north on Avenida Caballeros for a couple of miles we then turned west a block south of Vista Chino before reversing our direction and heading towards Desert Regional Medical Center’s Emergency Entrance (which proved not needed, this time). We then crossed North Palm Canyon Drive heading west towards the highest point on our tour near Stevens Road and Rose Avenue. After a lengthy rest stop (more than 90 seconds) we turned south on Rose Avenue where we enjoyed more than a mile of relatively smooth downhill riding (some would say “coasting”).

          After pausing for a forced group photo opportunity, the ride continued past Temple Isaiah and then through downtown, passing Palm Springs Art Museum, Casa Cody and several other nearby bed and breakfast Inns. We heard a brief lecture about the annual Walk of the Inns evening that occurs each December while pausing for another of the not-quite-too-many water breaks.

          Continuing south we fearlessly pedaled the pedestrian bridge over still-not-quite-raging Tahquitz Creek to Camino Real on the other side. Our Royal Road route continued and we crossed East Palm Canyon near Koffi South. The day’s final push was the attractive ride through Indian Canyons to Murray Canyon Drive, followed by another long downhill stretch via Toledo Avenue. We reached the Smoke Tree Village end of our ride a few minutes into the noon hour.

          The two-hour ride turned out admittedly warmer than expected, however, all who undertook the excursion managed to survive most of the route. Saturday’s relatively light vehicle traffic contributed to the day’s enjoyment and, of course, the personal challenge each undertook in doing the ride merits applause. So, to RSVPers Daniel H, Vegbear Henry, Doug D, John T, Pat M, Steve B, Peter G, Scott C and seven others, Congratulations and welcome to bicycling Survivor Valhalla where each will surely “Live long and prosper”.

Bond Shands
March 11, 2017
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