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An early morning ride along the Alexandria Canal from Tempe to Alexandria.

Enjoyed breakfast at The Grounds cafe. 

Not really what could be described as a scenic ride… it is along a canal and beside an airport after all, but still, a bit of blue on the map to fill in, and breaking at an institution such as The Grounds… well, any excuse will do!

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imageThis weekend we finished the link from the Cooks River to the Parramatta River (Sydney Harbour) by riding from the Cave Road shops at South Strathfield (where we finished one day in August) near the end of the Cooks River through Strathfield to Homebush.

The excellent bike path peters out unfortunately and isn’t great all the way through to the Olympic site where we rode in March but still, a lot of paths and quiet streets.

Only a few weeks left to complete the “West of the Bridge” year 🙂
Need to do The Bay Run at Drummoyne/Leichhardt and maybe a bit of Duck Creek near Auburn, or follow the beautiful (!!??) Alexandria Canal to breakfast at The Grounds and we’re done. #timing

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The local councils have done a terrific job building a great bike path along the Cooks River from near Strathfield down to the airport.

We’ve walked and ridden bits of this before, but not some of today’s route, and not this year.

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And THIS we saw on the way home. What a fabulous idea!

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A great day… until we broke down driving home 😦

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LOVE daylight saving  And long weekend public holidays!

Beautiful day for a lovely walk along the Parramatta River from Meadowbank to Silverwater

A fabulous wide, level bike path past ovals, water play playgrounds and more.

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A beautiful, late winter’s day; a bike ride along the cycleway beside the Cooks River from Canterbury north to Rookwood, towards Homebush Olympics site, and back.

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But seriously, fishing in this pretty polluted river? Hope he doesn’t have a seafood restaurant!

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A beautiful afternoon for a bay-side walk.

Today, Easter Friday, we walked from Canada Bay along the waterfont, through Cabarita to Mortlake, near the car ferry across the river to Putney.

We love walking through areas where the home owners don’t own the water; makes for a much nicer walk 🙂

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A beautiful path virtually the whole way.

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The end of Durham St, Canada Bay. The start of today’s path

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Bayview Park, near Massey Park Golf Course

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Looking west towards Breakfast Point

We drove down to Rhodes and parked at the northern end of the path, near the railway bridge to Meadowbank.

We unloaded the bikes and headed off south along a beautiful path beside the river in front of all the new apartments at Rhodes.

As the shopping strip peters out, the path continues along the waterfront, through the Rhodes wetlands, past bird sanctuaries, recreation areas and, once we reached Wentworth Point (close to the Olympic Park), housing.

It was raining this day, so we stopped here and had a coffee before returning back a different way through the various Olympic area paths.

The following week, in bright sunshine, we parked the car and headed out from near the Olympic Archery Centre, heading west along the bike path. We rode past the Armory cafe, but had to cross the river at the bridge at Silverwater road as there’s no path through the oil refinery. The path continued on this other side of the river… we rode till it finished near Western Sydney University.

Here we turned around and rode back to the Armory Cafe for breakie. A nice morning 🙂

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Bike paths

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Rhodes waterfront

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The Armory Cafe

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The Armory Cafe

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Looking east from near Silverwater Road

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Heading west towards The Armory Cafe

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Heading west towards The Armory Cafe

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Wentworth Point (near Olympic Park) from Rhodes

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Historic wrecks at Rhodes

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Bird watching refuge at the wetlands area near Wentworth Point

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Bird watching refuge at the wetlands area near Wentworth Point