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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

 

Threatening skies didn’t deter us from going for a bicycle ride near where we live at Rhodes.

Near where Sydney’s Olympics were staged in 2000, Rhodes was a very industrial area, but proximity to the city, access to trains and being close to the Olympic precinct has seen it undergo a transformation over the past few years into a new urban centre with thousands of people housed in a stack of high rise towers.

Beside the water there’s a terrific wide, flat path for cyclists and walkers alike.

We joined the path at Meadowbank, ride over the old railway bridge down to the Olympic site.

Unfortunately the weather beat us and after sheltering a few times in picnic shelters and under a new pedestrian bridge we made it back to the car without too much drama.

A great ride. We’ll do this again 🙂

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Love the way they have kept the old rail bridge over the Parramatta River at Meadowbank and preserved it for cyclists and pedestrians.

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Great path beside the river. Don’t drink the water… yet! But it’s getting cleaner.

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Waiting out the worst of the downpour.

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A beautiful Sydney winter’s day for a bicycle ride.

Parramatta council have done a great job building a terrific, wide, level (well it does follow the river) bike path along the Parramatta River.

We drove down to the end of Wharf Road (those who know the area, turn down to the river at Putt Putt at West Ryde) and rode west towards Parramatta through the bottom of Ermington up to James Ruse Drive, before turning back and heading to Meadowbank Park where we watched Matt play soccer. Double back to Wharf Road to complete the ride.

The old Nissan huts where Silverwater Road crosses the river are long gone… what they’re building there is surprisingly inviting, and with the currently being built addition of a riverside eat strip, we’ll definitely be back.

What a great afternoon. Looking forward to a different loop next time, probably down the other side of the river through Olympic precinct and over the old train bridge across the river… have only ever run that, not ridden.

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