Although like everyone else in our area we bemoan and fear our ongoing drought, we could not help but appreciate the gorgeous warm weather last Saturday. So we decided to ride to the Diablo Valley Farmers’ Market and do the pretty ride along the canals, which passes through a tunnel under Ygnacio Valley Road on the slopes of Lime Ridge. Leaving downtown Walnut Creek on the Iron Horse Trail, we turned right onto to the Contra Costa Canal Trail just past Walden Park. About two miles on, there is a bridge across the canal that leads to Wiget Lane and the farmers’ market, a lively market with lots of healthy choices and good prices.
Shortly after leaving the market, we turned right on to the Ygnacio Canal Trail, which leads up to the top of the ridge at the beginning. From there, the views are spectacular, especially with all the shades of green present now. The ride from the ridge is mostly downhill through established Walnut Creek neighborhoods and back across Heather Farms Park to the Contra Costa Trail, the Iron Horse Trail and downtown Walnut Creek with the only slightly difficult part an uphill climb just before the bridge over Ygnacio Valley Road. This round trip of about 15 miles is scenic, relaxing, and fun.