But yet, that's exactly what there is.
The Guadalupe River Trail which goes through downtown San Jose leads right to Alviso. So that's where we started.
|The trail runs right past the airport - a few years back before this section was added, you had to ride through the airport. It was not fun.|
|This mural covers the San Jose Mineta Airport parking garage. I always thought it was cloth, but looking close it appears to be something like ping pong balls stuck into some sort of mesh. Kinda cool!|
|Once we reached Alviso, we found a public shore access area that seemed to have been abandoned for some time.|
|The building slightly above my handlebars was the South Bay Yacht Club. It was upkept, but still seemingly abandoned...there were also boats in the harbor - but no way to get them in or out of the harbor. The whole place was a bit eerie.|
|In memory of Tim Haines. Found in the grass near the abandoned boats. He was loved.|
|The modern docks were a stark contrast to the old buildings and endless grasses on the slough, but we were able to ride all the way out to the end of the gangways.|
|A sign on the gangway. It pertains to weather conditions and boats, but I think it's a good bit of advice in general!|
|Leaving the docks and heading left was the nature preserve, which is where we were going.|
From the docks we followed the trail to the nature preserve, which was trails winding through grasses and out to the slough. It was a bit surreal.
|A sea of grass.|
|The wooden trails were guarded by these gates, which stood up from the grass and made interesting silhouettes over the bay.|
|The trails went on for some miles through the slough. They were rough, sandy, and gravelly - probably better suited for a CX bike or a mountain bike, but my bike did just fine!|
|We stopped to look back towards the bay.|
|The trails continued on, but eventually we came to these tracks which are still active and serve the Altamont Commuter Express Train and the a few other Amtrak lines.|
The tracks were the only entrance and exit into Drawbridge. Though I wanted to head out, a bike on live tracks is not the safest way to cross into Drawbridge, and it's closed off to the public.
|The road to Drawbridge. The land mass narrows and there's eventually nowhere to go if the train comes. If you're going to cross, you'd better know what you're doing!|
|No trains coming from either direction, so I had to try to shoot my bike on the tracks!|
Following the loop of the slough trail, it eventually led back to Alviso through a seemingly abandoned natural area which slowly gave way to neighborhoods.
|One of the last signs in the nature preserve. Someone bothered to give the ducks blue collars.|
With the wind at our backs, we took the Guadalupe River Trail back to San Jose and had some well deserved burritos. If you're in the bay, I recommend heading out to the slough and exploring - it's well worth it!