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.
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.
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.