I’ve passed this sign and trail-head off Weber Street a hundred times by car always wondering where it led, yet it never entered my mind as I pedaled my bike parallel down Shade Avenue to the post office on Siesta Drive last week. It was only a lack of good sign posts in front of the plaza that led me to the back parking lot to lock up my bike around a parking sign. After mailing my package, I couldn’t resist taking the long, quiet back alley exit. Always trying to avoid traffic, at the very least, it would bring me back out to Siesta Drive past the busy entrance to the Southgate mall. Instead, the alley led me straight to the other end of the School Avenue recreational trail.
What a find! I traded the smell of exhaust for Jasmine and the sound of car horns for woodpeckers. The trail crosses over a few streets, but they’re residential and quiet. There are street lights and benches along the way. It’s the perfect short-cut. I’ve used it twice since.