Cycle Path

02-01-2006

Sacramento has some amazing geography. One of the premier free attractions is the American River Bike Trail (officially known as the Jedediah Smith Bicycle Trail). This trail stretches 32 miles from downtown Sacramento to Folsom Lake and has restrooms, call boxes, some street access points and parking. Most of all, it has some great views of the American River and its habitat.

Cyclists and walkers can come face to face with many species of animals, including deer, raccoons, wild turkeys, mutant squirrels, rattlesnakes (!) and plenty of birds.

When you think about it, it’s pretty amazing that we have this trail. Since it’s a public trail, this means much of the river frontage property is public property. Somehow, this property was not snapped up for private development and ownership back in the early days.

On this particular day, Laura and I were moving along at a pretty good pace, considering we hadn’t ridden in several months and we were fighting a headwind. They say that unless you are the lead dog, the view never changes. This was my view and it was fine with me.

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