To introduce a little variety to my exercise routine, this morning I visited Coyote Hills Regional Park in Fremont for 5 miles of inline roller skating.

I intended to skate on the paved biking trails at Coyote Hills, but the condition of the trail pavement wasn’t great for inline skating. The pavement was fine for walking, jogging, and bicycling. However, there were a lot of rough patches, large cracks, and uneven surfaces that would have made skating difficult to enjoy.

With the park’s paved trails in questionable shape for inline skating, I decided to skate on the automobile roads within the park. The roads were quite smooth and safe for skating, and there was almost no automobile traffic on those roads today. I skated on the left side of the road, facing traffic, so that no cars would approach me from behind.

Today’s skating was an excellent change of pace from my usual trail skating. Today I had the roads to myself and I didn’t have to weave around any pedestrians, dog walkers, bicyclists, etc. That made for a quicker pace than usual.