Biking Clear Creek

Moving is a big deal. It’s more than packing boxes and relocating. It’s more than finding a home you like. It’s finding a community and lifestyle you love.

I wanted to see what life is like… not just in Midtown, but around Midtown. I woke up early, hopped on my bike, and hit the trails. I took the Clear Creek and the Little Dry Creek Trails, at least as far as the Federal Bridge that’s currently being rebuilt. I wasn’t the only one. Many people enjoy biking, walking, enjoying nature. Sure, there are noisy asphalt companies and 30-foot piles of gravel between Pecos and Federal, but if you focus on the creek and the trees, it’s not so bad.

I spent some of my early years in Littleton. South Platte Park is a beautiful getaway from the city, from Hampden all the way to Waterton Canyon south of Chatfield. The area around Aspen Grove is not much different from Clear Creek in Adams County. Many gravel ponds were abandoned in the early 1980s, and later redeveloped into lake-front homes. The rest (like Cooley Lake) were converted to open space and wildlife refuge. I don’t know if Adams County has the same commitment or budget as South Surburban Parks & Rec or Jefferson County Open Space, but as more people move to the area and the tax base increases, maybe things will change.

I also discovered the new commuter rail that will open later this year southwest of Midtown. This must have been a huge project, requiring new tracks and infrastructure. The Pecos bridge, 64th Avenue bridge and new Federal bridge are all part of this, and the tracks run to Westminster and also into Arvada and beyond. I had never seen any of this before.

Bob Midtown

Finally, I ended my ride back on 67th Avenue in front of the Midtown Shed. I took my first real selfie here. And I sent it with Richard with the words…

“I could see myself here.”

© Robert B Pickering 2017