Have you been watching the Tour de France? As a cyclist, I can only dream of zipping along the French countryside with such speed and precision. People cheering as I take the lead! A droid-camera hovering above, capturing every angle of my powerful ascents. I'd climb without losing cadence or crying like a dehydrated baby. Normally yellow washes me out, but not the coveted yellow jersey!
However, I would lose enormous amounts time stopping to nosh on French chocolate, croissants, wine and cheese. And then taking a short nap. None of this would be good for my overall time.
We are fortunate to have over 120 miles of paved bike trails in the Omaha area. The trails are a well maintained and safe place to play for walkers, runners, and rollerbladers. No mountains to climb. No pesky NBCSN reporters. You can ride a little or you can ride a lot. No one is timing you so you can stop for coffee or ice cream. There's wildlife along the way, too. It's not uncommon to see deer, geese, rabbits, woodchucks, raccoons and the occasional heron.
Get to know the trails by clicking here: http://parks.
"No riding in the street required.
All trail. Sweet!"
Hold on to your bike helmets! Big drum roll....(No really, bigger than that...BIG DRUM ROLL!!)
There's a new section of the trail being constructed in South Omaha which will be done in the fall. Once completed, we'll be able to ride right from here at Condos at 3000 Farnam to hook up to the Keystone trail, the longest trail in the city - 21 miles. It means that we can hop on the trail just outside our door - the west sidewalk of Turner Blvd is considered part of the trail system - and pedal south to the Field Club Trail which will link up to the Keystone Trail which can take us all the way to Hayworth Park in Bellevue or link us to the trail that goes to Walnut Creek Lake in Papillion! No riding in the street required. All trail. Sweet!
Check out the news story about the addition here: http://www.msn.com/en-
And the perfect end to the ride would be a little Tour de Midtown post-ride wine and cheese at Brix, just up the street. Victory!
If you don't own a bike or just want to play on another bike, you can rent a Heartland B cycle. It's a bike sharing system. You rent a bike for a small fee. Learn more about them here: https://heartland.
They're great because you can enjoy bike riding without having to store or maintain them. When you want to bike, they're ready for adventure! Each bike has a basket so you could pedal to a local store to buy some wine and cheese to have upon your return. The circle is complete. It's so zen-bikey.
We're bike friendly here in our perfect Midtown location. Close to everything. Close to fun. See you on the trail!