My brother Mark and I spent the morning on our bicycles, again. We rode on the Iron Horse Trail.

The developed Iron Horse Trail begins in Concord near Highway 4. It runs south through Walnut Creek and crosses eastward under I-680 at Rudgear Road near a Park & Ride. From there the trail passes through a rural/residential area to connect with downtown Alamo and the Alamo Square shopping center. Continuing south, the trail follows a greenbelt through residential areas and into downtown Danville. It takes a jog across Danville Boulevard, passes back under I-680, and continues south past Pine Valley Road to the county line in San Ramon extending to the Dublin/Pleasanton BART and further on to Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreation Area. Eventually, the Iron Horse Regional Trail will continue extending to cover a distance of about 55 miles, connecting 12 cities from Livermore in Alameda County to Suisun Bay in Contra Costa County.

We did not ride the entire Iron Horse Trail today. We rode on a segment of the trail that runs north from San Ramon to the northern tip of Alamo, at the point were Alamo meets Walnut Creek.

Today’s ride covered 8.5 miles from San Ramon to Alamo, and then 8.5 miles to return to our starting point for a total of 17 miles. We began the ride at 7:20 AM and we were finished before 9:30 AM. We were back home in Castro Valley before 10:00 AM.