Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Rolling Wheels Over Wichita Bluff Nature Area Circle Trail

Til today I  had not been back to the Wichita Bluff Nature Area since this natural area opened at some point in time last year. Late spring of 2017, if I am remembering correctly.

Til today it had not crossed my mind that it might be mighty fun to roll my bike wheels on this only section of the Wichita Falls Circle Trail which has elevation changes sufficient enough to cause a high speed descent and an aerobically stimulating ascent.

Well, slightly aerobically stimulating ascent. The ascents are not all that steep. But one does go fast on the downhill sections.

As you can see the Wichita Bluff Nature Area is green with foliage. This may later turn a bit more brown as the heat of summer arrives.

Above you see my bike taking a rest on one of the side trails off the Circle Trail, with the side trails affording views and benches, with several of the side trails also providing picnic table pavilions, shaded from the HOT sun.

Above my handlebars are high atop a Wichita Bluff overlooking the Wichita River.

Here we have a more natural bluff overlook, without any bike or fencing blocking part of the view.

And then, turning around from that Wichita River overlook we see the current end of this section of the Circle Trail.

I am assuming this missing section is one of the sections voters did not vote to fund finishing in the recent May 5 bond vote.

So foolish. The two Circle Trail & Lake Wichita Revitalization proposals were to pay the required 25% of the project's total, with the 75% made up of grants, with the granting of those grants predicated on Wichita Falls coming up with 25%.

Like I said, so foolish. And sadly short sighted....

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