There are sixteen seperate bike riding stories shown below
and information about riding paved trails in Northern Utah
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Me on my touring road bike
Paved pathways in the area
Most of the riding I do is along Utah's paved trail systems. There are many miles of these paved trails and more to come. We have great trails along the Jordan River through Salt Lake City, and many suburb cities, all the way south to Utah Lake. More along the Ogden and Weber Rivers in Weber County. Another along the Provo River in Utah County. There is a 13 mile pathway along the new Legacy Highway. And a trail project to pave the old Denver Rio Grande rail line, running from west of Ogden at the north side of Roy Utah, all the way through Farmington to join the Legacy Pathway. All of this trail is paved now, from the north side of Roy into West Bountiful, though some of it is along Legacy and part on the Prospector Trail. One can also cross over to the Legacy Pathway using the Farmington Creek Trail. There is a map for that on my Rail Trail pages. In February of 2012 the two mile section between Legacy and the Jordan River Trail was completed. You can now ride all the way through from Roy Utah to 146th South in Bluffdale Utah. Probably not in one ride though. See my Legacy Trail page for details.
There are many other paved trails around the area, but most of the ones that I have checked out are fairly short. Many of the trails shown here, also have shorter side trails, mostly going to trailheads or street connections. One trail I could mention is the Parley's Trail in Salt Lake City. When I rode it, the trail was about 3 miles long, but has some very steep grades as much as 11%. Some day this trail will run from the mouth of Parley's Canyon west to the Jordan River Trail.
Another new trail that is really great, is the Murdock Canal Trail from Lehi to Orem in Utah County. They say it will eventually connect the Provo River Trail with the Jordan River Trail. The Murdock Trail opened in May of 2013.
I recently checked out a trail running through Sandy and Draper, called the Porter Rockwell Trail. It is about 13 miles long, but has a short section missing between Sandy and Draper. I will add a new ride soon to show that trail.
I have also done quite a bit of riding out on the roads. Mostly out on back roads in the country where the traffic is light. One great place to ride, is the back roads of Box Elder County. A nice ride you can do, is out to the Bear River Bird Refuge. You can park at the Visitor Center just west of the I-15 Freeway, on Forrest Street in Brigham City, then ride out a newly paved road to the Bird Refuge, a distance of 12.5 miles one way. Take mosquito repellant though. There are some great back roads in the area between Brigham City, Tremonton, Bear River City, Honeyville and Dewyville.
On the pages of my Bike Riding Stories, reached from the buttons above, I have tried to show the trail locations, interruptions, progress, and any other information I thought you might could use. There is also a button for the latest trail information, 'Trail Updates'.
New Connecting Trails with Pictures and Maps
My biking history
In 2008 one of my neighbors, Roy, said we ought to take up bike riding for exercise. So we each bought new Mountain Bikes and started riding. Together we did a fair amount of riding that first summer. One of the things we did while the weather was good, was to ride down to Ogden most Sunday mornings for breakfast. We also did a lot of riding along the Weber Pathways paved trails following the Ogden and Weber Rivers. Most of these rides were from 10 to 25 miles. Sometimes I would go alone, taking my bike on the back of my 4runner down to Farmington and ride the Legacy Trail along the new Legacy Parkway. The round trip bike ride there is 26 miles. In the past 3 years I have gone south to ride along the Jordan River Trail quite a lot. When finished, that trail should be close to 50 miles in length. I have ridden all of it now, though some of it on streets and highways to get around unfinished sections. Sometimes I ride around part of Pineview Reservoir from Eden to Huntsville and back. Another time all the way around Pineview Reservoir, about 25 miles. One great trail is in Provo Utah, from Utah Lake through Provo City and up through Provo Canyon past Bridle Veil Falls, for 32 miles round trip. Lately I have been putting many miles out on the highways as well.
Me and my Mountain Bike
In the last 3 years I have ridden all of these pathways over and over, even riding 72 miles once and 76 miles another time. After my first short year, I have been riding more than 1,000 miles a year and in 2011 managed more than 2,000 miles. I have 3,000 miles on my mountain bike and over 2,000 on my touring bike, all in less than 4 years. I realize these rides are not extraordinary for you younger folk, though I think pretty good for one my age.
I used a Canon Powershot SD700 IS Digital Elph, 6 megapixel, with 4x optical and 4x digital zoom. Recently I changed to a Canon Powershot, SX210, 14 Megapixel Camera which has Image Stabilization and a lens from wide angle to 14x optical zoom.
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