Yesterday was a state holiday, LBJ's birthday, which meant no work for me. In what has now become a tradition I celebrated with a ride downtown.
The newest addition to my wardrobe. I'm trying to keep the sun off my neck.
Just north of the trail is a large train yard. Not too far beyond that is H.E.B. Central Market, an especially cool grocery store. There is no bike friendly way of crossing the train yard which means you have to ride a long way around it. What should be a ride of about a mile from this point turns into a ride of about six miles to get to Central Market. I had seriously considered riding into one of the openings you see off in the distance to cross under the train yard. It's usually dry.
Here's a closer view. There's a construction worker dressed in orange at the bottom right of the photo which gives you an idea of the size of the openings.
The road that curves off to the left leads you up a 12% grade climb known as Radio Shack Hill. The glass building on the right is the Radio Shack corporate headquarters/ Tarrant County College. You normally have to climb this hill if you want to ride downtown from the Trinity Trails. I decided not to climb the hill and instead rode along a dirt trail that followed the river.
I stopped for a short break in the shade before riding through the old abandoned Radio Shack parking facilities. Employees use a parking garage now.