The Grace of Autumn: Gale Ranch-Windemere Pkwy

Thursday, November 14, 2013

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The purpose of today’s ride is to check out the fall colors in our local area and to pick up a pound of coffee at Peet’s. We’re heading south along the tree-lined streets from Martinez to Walnut Creek, Danville and San Ramon. This lollipop loop goes around the subdivisions of Gale Ranch and Windemere Pkwy to Camino Tassajara. It’s the land of wide shoulders, smooth pavement and very nice parks with great restrooms!

Fall is my favorite time of year; I love the changing leaves, the cool crisp air and the crackling sound of dried leaves underfoot. It’s a signal for me to slow down even more and take in the bursts of color; the canopy of red, gold, yellow and orange leaves are stunning with its own particular beauty!

Martinez-Pleasant Hill colors:

Gorgeous hues along the Contra Costa Canal Trail:

Colors along Danville Blvd & Laurel Dr:

Tree-lined streets along Sycamore Valley Rd & Camino Tassajara:


Crow Canyon, Dougherty to Gale Ranch Plaza:

Fallen leaves along Bollinger Canyon to Windemere Pkwy:

Golden soft rolling hills along Camino Tassajara:

Colors on Camino Tassajara-Blackhawk to Sycamore Valley-San Ramon:

Bursts of vibrant colors along Danville Blvd heading north:

Reds and yellows from S Broadway to the Iron Horse Trail:

Strewn leaves along the Contra Costa Canal Trail:

Vibrant yellows along Martinez city streets:

There’s a lot of gorgeous color along the urban streets of Martinez out to Danville and San Ramon. Beauty is abound-get out and enjoy the grace of autumn with its leaves in their last days!

Garmin Stats:
56.24 Miles with 1831′ of elevation gain
Max elevation: 677′
Max grade: 7%
Terrain: Flat with a few low hills

Weather: GOOD! Sunny to partly cloudy with temps ranging from the high 50’s to the low 70’s. Breezy NW winds with 87% humidity

Enjoy the autumn days!



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