Sunday, August 4, 2019
After a lovely few days in fog-bound Monterey, I went northeast to visit a friend in the city of Davis which is in the frying pan that is the Central Valley. My friend Stacy is new to the city so a little ride around town was a fun exploration for both of us.
UC Davis is a world-renowned university too, and it sits right up against the town. The Davis area is also very flat. So that means there are a lot of bicycles there and a lot of great bicycling infrastructure. In fact, Davis led the way on designing bike infrastructure in the US based on those smart people in the Netherlands.
Stacy and I started out on a bike path that runs along a branch of Putah Creek, the main watershed in this area, and which runs through the UC Davis arboretum. We stopped here and there to admire the plants and the displays on sustainable farming (UC Davis has a strong agricultural school) and meander through a wonderful grove of oaks from around the world. Then back into town for brunch, and more exploration after. I had gotten up at the crack of dawn so we could ride before the worst of the heat. We didn’t ride very much after our meal.
Oh, and Davis hosts the US Bicycling Hall of Fame. A special place that’s having a hard time financially. It wasn’t open when we stopped by.