Valentine’s Day City Loop Bicycle Ride

February 15th, 2017

          The Valentine’s Day GOPS bicycle ride in Palm Springs began with a tour of Smoke Tree Village and Smoke Tree Commons shopping centers. Following an exit into the Araby Commons neighborhood the route crossed East Palm Canyon Drive before reaching El Cielo Rd. Riding north the group of eight riders passed Palm Springs Baptist Church and crossed over a Tahquitz Creek filled with fast-moving snow melt from Mt. San Jacinto.

          Continuing past Mesquite Golf Course the route passed Civic Center’s Palm Springs International Airport terminal, Riverside County Courthouse, City Hall and the Dog Park. Next followed Alejo and Cerritos Roads which allowed passage through several Palm Springs recognized neighborhoods including Sunmor, Sunrise Park, Oasis del Sol, Sunrise Vista Chino, and Vista Norte. A crossing of Vista Chino near the Stater Brothers shopping center to Via Esquela marked the northern point in the ride.

          Heading south on the Avenida Caballeros’ gradual downhill bike lane, a detour in the Movie Colony neighborhood made it possible to view the famous Robolights home on Granvia Valmonte. Afterwards the route crossed through downtown on Amado Rd past the Palm Springs Convention Center, Spa Resort Casino, new Spa Resort parking structure, U.S. Main Post Office, O’Donnell Golf Club, Palm Springs Art Museum, and the Desert Fashion Plaza construction site. Continuing south via Cahuilla and Belardo Roads, through the Historic Tennis Club neighborhood, riders passed Casa Cody Bed & Breakfast, Palm Springs Women’s Club, Chairman Richard M. Milanovich Bridge, and Plaza Del Sol Shopping Center.

          The route then led into the South Palm Springs Indian Canyons neighborhood after passing Mooten Botanical Garden Historic Landmark nursery. Riding past Indian Canyons Golf Resort and Smoke Tree Stables riders experienced another refreshing long downhill route ending at the morning’s starting point in Smoke Tree Village.

          The two-hour ride started at 10 am from Smoke Tree Village in front of the U.S. Post Office and PHO 533 restaurant. Thanks to Scott Connelly for photos of riders and route map.


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