Category Archives: Biking

Cedar River Trail

I use the Cedar River Trail when biking to and from work every day, but I only go west on it into Renton. For a change of pace, Jasmine and I decided to bike on it to the east. As it turns out, we went the whole way to the source of the trail (~15 miles) and it was a pretty nice bike ride. There were certain nice little parts of the river that we need to go back and check out: some nice places to hang out and swim in the river.

Ir only take about 20 minutes of biking to get out into almost the country.

It only takes about 20 minutes of biking to get out into almost the country.

The trail is very pretty for the last 5 miles past Maple Valley.

The trail is very pretty for the last 5 miles past Maple Valley.

At the end of the trail is some water treatment, and salmon locks. I only wish the trail kept going.

At the end of the trail is some water treatment and salmon locks. I only wish the trail kept going.

Some Jasmine bicycle times, for your viewing pleasure.

Some Jasmine bicycle times, for your viewing pleasure.

Te Atatu

Just to the west of Auckland, across the Waitemata Harbor from our house, is the Te Atatu Peninsula. It seems to be the standard used to be rural area next to a big city and is now turning into luxury apartments because there is open space!!! In any case, we biked over and hung out on the periphery where there is a delightful narrow group of parks that wrap around most of the 10 km of the edge of the peninsula. So all in all a delightful gravel path to bike on with views of the harbor most of the way. And to top it off, it is only a 8 km ride on a cycleway from our house. So yeah, we’ll be going again.

As always just in the distance you can make out Sky Tower.

As always, just in the distance you can make out Sky Tower.

The aforementioned pretty harbor views.

The aforementioned pretty harbor views.

It is fall! And we get pretty colour changing deciduous trees! I clearly lived in CA too long.

It is fall! And we get pretty colour changing deciduous trees! I clearly lived in CA too long.

I actually took this picture while cycling. Probably not safe, but fun.

I actually took this picture while cycling. Probably not safe, but fun.

1 meter wide path, lets put a 3 meter deep cliff on the side! No worries.

1 meter wide path; let’s put a 3 meter deep cliff on the side! No worries.

Henderson Bike Ride

We went back to the Waitakere Ranges this weekend for some more hiking, but with a change of pace. This time we biked to the park from the train station in Henderson down a quite nice bike trail until we got into the park. Our original plan was to park our bikes at the first trailhead, but there was a guy sleeping in a run down car at the trailhead so we figured our bikes would be safer up the trail a bit. We ended up hiking with our bikes for a couple of kilometers, which felt a bit silly.

The hike, as always in the Waitakeres, was very pretty and pleasant, though next time we go I am bringing a swimsuit as their is always an ocean or waterfall pool to swim in and I don’t want to miss out on it again. Next time we do the Waitakeres, we might be giving the 4 day Hillary Trail a shot. :)

The Henderson Park bike trail, I am jealous of anyone who could go on daily walks anywhere on this park.

The Henderson Park bike trail; I am jealous of anyone who could go on daily walks anywhere in this park.

I is always fund to hike with a bike :)

It is always fun to hike with a bike. :)

The standard trail of the day. Well the other half of the day was stairs, but I was too tired to take pictures then.

The standard trail of the day. Well the other half of the day was stairs, but I was too tired to take pictures then.

The view from the top of the old carriage trail was awesome. We will have to go back on a clear day.

The view from the top of Old Carriage Trail was awesome. We will have to go back on a clear day.

We found what looked like a giant fiddle fern.

We also found what looked like a giant fiddle fern.