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2020-07-25  
3rd St. Bike Rt. & Aviation Bikeway, AZ
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3rd St. Bike Rt. & Aviation Bikeway, AZ 
3rd St. Bike Rt. & Aviation Bikeway, AZ
 
Road Biking avatar Jul 25 2020
azbackpackr
Road Biking19.31 Miles 315 AEG
Road Biking19.31 Miles   2 Hrs   31 Mns   9.99 mph
315 ft AEG      35 Mns Break
 
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Another exploration of Tucson by bike. We took the 3rd street bike route to U of A, then went on to the edge of downtown. After stopping for coffee, we rode back via the Aviation Bikeway, a first for both of us.

Since monsoon season has more or less arrived, things have cooled down a lot. August was always a favorite month for me when I lived here. Kind of cloudy, and balmy without being really hot. Even as I'm posting this around 11 a.m., the weather service is reporting only 85 degrees.

We mostly followed the 3rd Street bicycle route west, going through residential neighborhoods, which took us to the University of Arizona central mall. We rode through the campus and out the other side, eventually making our way to a coffee place at 6th Ave. and 7th St. After drinking my mocha, I grabbed photos of murals, one on 6th Ave., and the other one on the back of the Borderlands Brewery building, by the tracks at 7th and Toole. Other murals were visible, but we didn't take the time to go look at all of them. It would be fun to do just a murals tour.

We had a map of the bike routes, and after a couple of false leads, found the beginning of the Aviation Bikeway, and went over the famous "Rattlesnake Bridge" which is for bikes and pedestrians only.

The bike path is separated from Aviation Highway, and has landscaping, and a few rest stops with benches. It also has a lot of homeless encampments.

When we got to Craycroft, we opted to get back to the bike route that follows residential streets. Yes, a lot of the photos feature the backside of my ex-husband. Symbolic? Nah, but he is a lot faster than I am, even on his city bike.
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