Saturday’s adventure took us to the northeast side of Carson City and beyond. Scott J, Jesse, and I met up in our neighborhood, and rode towards Centennial. After crossing under the freeway, we entered the neighborhood east of Lompa Lane. It’s not as much a neighborhood as it is an encampment though. There is little focus on landscaping, and each property is different from the next, a mixture of trailers, mobile homes, dilapidated sheds, old cars, and miscellaneous collections of odds and ends. It’s also the place to ride if you’re looking to try your skills at outrunning unchained, bicycle hating dogs. Thankfully we encountered none of these, and just pedaled leisurely through.
After a few miles we arrived at the Centennial Trail. A weathered and abused sign marks the beginning of this trail network at the northeast most corner of Centennial Park. Early into the rocky entrance, we discovered that we had dressed perfectly. It was warmer than the overcast sky made it look. The combination of shorts, light jerseys, and wind vests kept us comfortable the whole day.
When we reached Moundhouse, we saw the new V&T grade. If we would have had more time, water, and food, I would have loved to explore the new grade to see how far it goes up. The surface looked packed, and would probably be a fun ride before the railroad tracks are installed. I’ll have to find out more about this, and maybe we can get a ride together.
Although the new railroad grade cut right through the existing trail, it only cut off the eastern tip. A new trail has already been established on the west side of the grade, and harmony has been restored.
We rode the loop counterclockwise. The way back west is my favorite half of the trail, and includes most of the fun descents. I’m not real familiar with all the trails out there, but it seems most of the new trail construction has occurred in the northwest corner of the trail system. We even passed what looks to be the beginning of a little freeride course. After a little confusion on which way to go, we found the best route down the mountain.
Once back to the pavement, we decided to take the long way home. We pedaled along Arrowhead Drive, through the industrial side of town, and got to see the finished mountain top removal at the airport. It looked like a cleaner version of the Carson City landfill. We caught the 395 bike path at Emerson, and headed south. Jesse made a joke about the electrical station being a good place to hang out if you were cold with all the electromagnetic radiation coming off it, and as soon as we got to the other side of it, there was a homeless person doing just that! There seems to be a growing homeless situation in Carson. I wonder if these people have anywhere to turn for help?
We continued along the bike path through the College Parkway shopping center, and rode it all the way back to our neighborhood. It was a great ride! We got some miles in, and got to see a lot of different things.