Saturday, May 3, 2014
Exploring the New Iowa Riverfront
As i passed under the I-80 bridge I noticed that much of the bike lane pavement had replaced. I really needed it. Had been destroyed from heavy trucks parking on the bike lane.
Big change as I rode under the Harrah's parking garage. The casino boat was gone. I had heard that it had been moved down river and no longer being used as a casino.
The big change, and my destination for my ride, is the new Hanafan Riverfront Park (upper photo). I had not seen the new park since it had been completed. Also, I knew there was a function at the park - a celebration of kite flying. The crew from the Trails Center called for me as I was riding the hybrid. Brought that bike because with the rack and bag, I could pack my good camera.
Resting on the bike, I guess I was sitting too heavy on the top-tube. Broke the kick-stand. After my visit at the park, stopped for a couple photos and headed back. On the way to the park, I rode the levee trail.
On the way back, I took the trail down along the riverfront drive as far Harrah's. Greeted a guy on a fat bike - looked like he was also exploring the trail. It was a great day for exploring by bicycle! Noticed the fruit tree blooms near Ameristar Casino. Grabbed the D-SLR and shot a couple photos of the blooms. (lower photo)
A quick stop at the bike shop for a new kick-stand. Home, processed photos and blogging.