Bayfront Park in Menlo Park...a great place to
ride with young kids! Note: We may lose
this place soon, as the city of Menlo Park is considering turning it into a
revenue-producing golf course. The problem is that it costs a fair
amount of money to maintain the place, and there's no revenue coming in.
If you enjoy riding out there, you might let Menlo Park know that. You
might also encourage other cyclists to check the place out! --Mike--
Bayfront Park is actually a former
landfill (OK, city dump) which has been covered over and
landscaped into a very nice and underutilized park. To get
there take the Marsh Road exit off Freeway 101, head east one
block and go straight at the Marsh/Bayfront Expressway
intersection. That's it, you're there!
The terrain varies from flat to
mildly steep, and as you see here, sometimes you get the hill,
and sometimes the hill gets you! Even with six speeds, it can be a
bit tough. Fortunately, none of the hills are very long.
If you've ever wanted to get up close
and personal with the bay's salt ponds, this is your chance. The
purplish color is water that's just about ready to be evaporated
for its salt content.
Shift into high gear and let 'er
Views like this are worth millions in
the Bay Area...but maybe not when they're on top of a former
Do watch the speed...in
this case, high speed around a corner (maybe 5mph?) caused this
...And another family heads into the
park as we leave. Little do they know that taking the paved road
leads to the sewage treatment plant...
Another happy family outing completed
at Bayfront Park (Steve, partner at Chain Reaction, with his
kids). This really is a fun place to bring kids, especially
if they've got a bike with gears.
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