This weekend we took the kids on a bike ride from Byxbee Park in Palo Alto, to Shoreline Park in Mountain View.

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The trail from Byxbee to Shoreline is about 3 miles long, which makes it a lot shorter than the trip via highway. It’s one of those rides that gives you a different sense of the geography of a familiar place.

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Generally, I find marshes kind of uninteresting– I far prefer the drama of redwoods, and so a place like Wunderlich Park or Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve is usually more to my liking– but if you like birds, this is the ride for you.

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Since it rolls through a set of marshes and salt flats, it’s a very flat ride. The real challenge comes from the wind, which on Saturday was blowing pretty hard.

Once you reach Shoreline Park, there’s the marina and restaurant, so you can have a civilized break before heading back.

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