Last Monday, Memorial Day, we tried a different route through Livermore. We chose streets with bike lanes from a Livermore Bikeways map. Parking at our usual spot on E. Jack London Blvd., we rode rode east on Jack London, jogged to the right on Murietta for one block and then turned left on Pine St. We followed Pine to the Lincoln Hwy. Memorial Park which we cut through to reach Portola Ave. These were all streets lined with homes, some modest, others a bit more upscale. On Portola Ave., we had some nice views of countryside to the south plus a strenuous climb uphill. Portola Ave. angles to the left to become First St. , where we discovered the Trevarno Historic Estate, a street of homes built in 1913 to house the officers of a Cornish company that manufactured safety fuses. Although the homes are now a bit shabby, this is a beautiful street due to the architecture and the mature shade trees.
Leaving Trevarno, we turned right on Mines Rd., where we climbed over the railroad tracks and then cruised through a pleasant neighborhood down to East Ave. After a left turn on East Ave., we saw a girl leading what looked like two chocolate brown teenaged llamas. I am sorry that I did not take a picture. It was an arresting sight. From East St., we turned right on Charlotte Way, riding a tree-lined path past Bruno Canziani Park to S. Vasco Rd. From South Vasco, we soon reached Tesla Rd. which we rode to our favorite Garré Café, where we spent a pleasant hour eating lunch.
To return to our car, we took Tesla to Concannon to the Isabel Ave. trail and thus back to Jack London. It was a wonderful ride of a little over eighteen miles with some memorable sights, marred only slightly by the winds that have been vexing us this spring.