This past Sunday I had two goals—see some Fall leaves and log some miles on the bike. I love the East Bank trail, but I was keen for a bit more adventure so I packed Daisy up and drove to two great biking spots north of the Bend, Linear Park (Battle Creek) and the KRV Trail (Kalamazoo).
Linear Park winds through downtown Battle Creek and out to various neighborhoods, following along the Kalamazoo river. I parked at the Math and Science Center, and set out on an easygoing 10mi route. The leaves were just starting to turn, and it was a stunning ride.
I ended up back in downtown Battle Creek and after a quick stop off at a waterside cafe, I decided to head back to the car and drive a few miles up the street to Galesburg, a great spot to pick up the KRV.
I parked on 35th street in Galesburg, and headed off on the trail. The KRV runs from Galesburg all the way to the Kalamazoo Nature Center—about 23 miles of well-signposted asphalt trail. Much of it runs along the river. I opted to go out ten miles and back another ten. I made the People’s Co-Op in Kalamazoo my turnaround spot (also a great snack spot!)
The trail takes you through some lovely parks and even a corn field or two. I’ll definitely head back there while the weather is still great—and next time I’ll add a stop off at Bell’s Brewery to the cycling adventure.