A Day in Davis

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.

Tooling along the trail that goes through the arboretum.
Pokey is relaxing under a spreading English oak. The arboretum has an oak grove with 150 species of oak from around the world.
Pokey was excited she found this marker for a real Pony Express stop that’s along the trail.
Back in town we passed this cool new art installed this year – a spire made of bike parts.
Davis had the first real bike lanes in the US.
There’s a nice greenway between some of the neighborhoods in the north side.
Davis hosts the US Bicycling Hall of Fame. Pokey is so proud to be inducted. An honor a long time coming but well deserved.

tricycle tricycle tricycle I want to ride my tricycle tricycle tricycle I want to ride my tricycle I want to ride my trike I want to ride my tricycle I want to ride it where I like (And I like to ride my bicycle too)

10 response to "A Day in Davis"

    • By: Kathleen Jones Posted: August 6, 2019

      It’s got a lot going for it. Just if you can stand the heat in summer.

    • By: Kathleen Jones Posted: August 6, 2019

      I think it’s mostly competitive cycling memorabilia if I remember correctly. Not enough, if anything, of touring trikes. 😉

  1. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: August 6, 2019

    Impressive obelisk of bicycle parts — and 150 species of oak!

    • By: Kathleen Jones Posted: August 6, 2019

      That obelisk is da bomb. Very cool. A bike counter is on a corner nearby. They’re only up to about 25K so far this year. Not bad for a college town though.

  2. By: The Navigator Posted: August 7, 2019

    Looks like you had a very nice visit 🙂 My best friend from uni did her vet degree there and lived/worked at the Equine Centre. I got to visit her in 1998 and tag along on her rounds, plus explore town. It was a really nice place, though, yeah, too hot for me (says she living in inland Oz).

    • By: Kathleen Jones Posted: August 9, 2019

      Must have been cool to live/work in the equine center. I was last in Davis about 10 years ago. It hasn’t really changed but it has expanded. The homes in the northern part of town were built since then. I was always puzzled that the oenology school is there, in the hot flatlands instead of somewhere in Napa or San Francisco. But it is UC’s ag school, and the immigrants that settled the land have always grown wine not that far from there in Lodi.

  3. By: NancyG Posted: August 10, 2019

    We rode in Davis for the first time last October with two Grands — 6 and 9 years old. Had a great ride and really enjoyed riding around the area. We want to go back when we visit them again in Elk Grove — where they moved to last summer. Heat in summer would be way too much for me!

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