I decided to ride to south Reno to meet him for pastries and coffee. If I hadn't made that decision, I'd probably have streamed the Tour de France from the laptop to the t.v., brewed some coffee and loafed around the house all day. So I was glad I left home to enjoy the gorgeous morning weather and fresh air!
In this case, it was much easier to throw on a sleeveless, carefree dress and slip on comfortable sandals that I could walk in! I put all the things I may need for the day in my pannier bags and rolled out the door!
A PLAN BICYCLING-FOOD-SHOPPING FAMILY ACTIVITY AT THE SPARKS LEGENDS OUTLET
So here is the plan for a day of bicycling, eating and shopping for you!! This is just what I recommend (you do at your own risk and I assume no liability for any injuries as a result for taking my recommendations here. I rode this route today and made it all the way home safely without a hitch.) You will have to forgive all my comments about crossing the crosswalk defensively. I don't mean to preach if you are already a safe bicyclist. I just don't want anyone to get hurt.
Load up your helmet(s) and bike(s) in the car and pack the things you think you may need for your day including:
- Bike lock(s)
- Water (iced or no ice)
- Snacks (portable ones like Nature's Bakery Fig Bars or fresh fruit that carry well)
- Bag (I have panniers which are bags that hang off the rear rack of my bike to avoid carrying the weight on my back but you can use a backpack, messenger back, bike trailer or whatever you have to carry your stuff)
- Lights (front and rear are not necessary but I always have them on my bike and I always turn them on.
- Cell phone/I.D. (I always have my emergency contact information on me)
- Towel and/or wet wipes if you tend to sweat, especially if the weather forecast calls for increasingly warmer temperatures throughout the day
1. Drive out and park at the Sparks Legends Outlet (enter at the traffic light signal on E. Lincoln Way from Sparks Boulevard exit). This dirt lot is now paved. I wouldn't park much deeper into the outlet grounds because the roundabouts can be tricky to navigate on a bicycle, especially when traffic starts to pick up.
to pass side by side. Just yield to pedestrians and let them know you are approaching with a greeting so they aren't startled by your sudden appearance. Basically you will stay on the west side of Sparks Boulevard the entire time to the Truckee River Trail and you will stay on the west side on your way back, taking the same route.
Please look in all directions for approaching vehicles on Sparks Boulevard getting on and off the I-80 on ramp and cross when it is clear and safe for you to do so. Right of way does not guarantee safety or that people driving actually see you!! Even though you are a crosswalk it DOES NOT mean those driving will stop so cross only when you think you have time to clear the road safely.
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|View of path from Greg Street and the path underneath the Southeast Connector towards Vista Boulevard.|
9. Again, your return trip is exactly the same route in reverse. Stay on the west side of Sparks Boulevard until you get back to where you parked. Then get some grub at the food establishments below and enjoy your shopping trip! Or watch a movie at the new luxury Galary IMAX Theatre.
- BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse
- Buffalo Wild Wings
- CBQ Cowboy Bar & 'Que
- Freshberry Frozen Yogurt Cafè
- Gramma Gina's inside Scheels
- Grimaldi's Pizzeria
- Jazz, A Lousiana Kitchen
- Olive Garden
- Perk Up Coffee Shop
- Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen
- Taco Bell
If you feel like exploring on your return trip, bypass where you parked and use the cross walk system to get on the bike path along Sparks Boulevard (see the illustration). Cross Lincoln Way and then Sparks Boulevard and you can get on the separated bike/ped path on the east side of Sparks Boulevard.
And ride on a separated, protected bike/ped path like this. You can ride to have breakfast at Peg's Glorified and Ham on Pyramid Way and Sparks Boulevard.
Or stop and have a picnic on the grass!
Wild Island Family Adventure Park to ride the Indy Cars, play miniature golf, indoor bowling, or cool off in the water park!