Sunday Ride

I always look forward to the weekend when bike rides mean something other than a commute to work. This Sunday I took a nice leisurely 21 mile ride through the Beaverton suburb of Portland. The sky was sunny and the temperature was a brisk 36 degrees. My meandering route took me through a little slice of nature in this suburban setting – Tualatin Hills Nature Park.

The park is a 222-acre wildlife reserve in the heart of Beaverton, Oregon. It is made up of evergreen and deciduous forests, creeks, wetlands, ponds, and meadows. The Park is home to a variety of birds, mammals, and smaller creatures. There are approximately 5 miles of trails.  About 1.5 miles are paved, the rest are well maintained soft surface trails. See some great flora/fauna shots posted here (courtesy of “emiliemcw”).

My route also took me on one of the Portland metro regions famous tails – Fanno Creek Trail. The trail system spans 15 miles, from Portland’s Willamette Park to Tualatin, running through Beaverton, Tigard and Durham. It’s a very cool cycling and pedestrian trail system but there are some gaps through Portland, Tigard and Tualatin segments that cause you to get back on the road.

All in all a good ride!

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