As a busy Realtor, it can be hard to find some time away from real estate for myself. When I do, I love to “Bike The ‘Burbs”. Most days I try to ride for recreation, but today’s ride is a little different I’ll be riding for transportation. Rather than just hopping on the bike trail and riding until I can’t go any further today I’m heading off to Trader Joe’s in Greenwood Village.
The new Trader Joe’s in Greenwood Village offers a new shopping experience that we’ve not had in Colorado, and I’m eager to try it out. Additionally, Trader Joe’s is only 2 1/2 miles away but the route I’m taking today will be closer to 5 miles. I might return with my saddlebags full. I might sneak back on the 2.5 mile route but let’s see what happens once I get to Trader Joe’s!
I’ll start today’s ride in Homestead in the Willows and head north to a little known secret that most people haven’t found. I’ll be using pedestrian-bicycle tunnel under Arapahoe Rd., and it feeds right into the Holly Creek Tennis Center and Cherry Park neighborhood. Holly Park Holly Tennis Center is a part of South Suburban Parks and Recreation District where I can join the South Suburban Trail System.. Now the fun really starts and the trail opens up for some real riding.
As I ride through Homestead I’ll go north and then I’ll go through the tunnel on under Arapaho Road and right into Cherry Park then past the Holly Creek Tennis Center and across South Holly St. and run by the retirement center of Holly Creek and on into Georgetown Village where I pick up the trail again.
Just passed Georgetown Village the Centennial – South Suburban partnership created a beautiful concrete bicycle pedestrian pathway all along Little Dry Creek and all the way down into the confluence of Highline Canal and Little Dry Creek. From there, I will turn uphill onto the Highline Canal Trail and head into Greenwood Village.
On my way there I’ll pass through the edge of Heritage Village and the north edge of the Ridge View Hills North. Then I ride along the dividing line between the City of Centennial and Town of Greenwood Village. As I roll along the Highline Canal the beauty of springtime is upon us, and before I know it, my turn onto Long Lane is right in front of me.
Once I get to Long Lane, there’s another Greenwood Village Trail (concrete pedestrian bicycle trail) that leads right to Orchard Road then across the street and I’m into Trader Joe’s parking lot!
That’s when I realize how much I infrequently I have ever been to The Cherry Hills Market Place shopping center. I didn’t realize how much it had changed. With Trader Joe’s, the parking lot is full, other shops and restaurants are thriving, and my favorite the original Pancake House is there too! Sazza Pizzeria, Bundt Cakes and more round out my visit. Additionally, there is some vacant space that was created with the movement of tenants. So, it looks like we’ll have a few more fun new tenants to go visit on my next trip.
After my shopping extravaganza at Trader Joe’s I loaded up my saddlebags and headed back to the house with all my goodies. Biking in the ‘burbs really is the best!