Scenic rides in Boulder

Away from all the cars

by Martin Mapes

I was out riding with a friend on the Boulder Ale Trail. We were going from Boulder to Avery. He had never ridden the trail before.

He knew a little bit. He had seen our tagline: "15 miles, 10 breweries, 0 cars." But he told me he didn't really get "zero cars" until he was on the trail.

"This is great," he said. "But you need to add an asterisk next to the 'zero cars'."

I explained there already was an asterisk to apologize for the little stretches on Jay Road, Spine Road, and in Gunbarrel where you have to ride on the shoulder, next to cars.

But that's not what he meant. He assumed "zero cars" simply meant that you didn't have to drive. He didn't realize that "zero cars" meant "away from cars."

Scenic rides _away_ from cars

In fact, most of the LoBo trail (and therefore the Boulder Ale Trail) is on separate paved bike paths, or on crushed gravel trails, far from traffic.

The trails tend to follow creeks and ditches, rather than roads. And quite often you are not even in sight of cars.

Lesson learned; "zero cars" doesn't mean the same thing to everyone who hears it.

In the case of the Boulder Ale Trail, "zero cars" means "away from cars," on your own scenic path.

With beer at the end.

* Okay, we admit it. There are segments of the trail where there are cars. See the Route Overview page for more details.