The Road to Henry Coe Park, and Poppies
I rode most of the way up to Henry Coe State Park on my bike, and also checked out poppies both near my house and further afield.
Henry Coe is the largest state park in northern California at 8700 acres (350 square km) (the second largest in the state behind Anza-Borrego dessert state park) . It is beautiful in the spring with the hills all green. My favorite historical tidbit about the park is that the route John Muir took when he walked all the way from Oakland to the Sierras passed through this region. All state parks are temporarily closed to vehicular access, and quite a few where people were not getting the concept of social distancing are closed completely. Coe is not on the closed list, so is open by bike and on foot. The most direct access is from Morgan Hill on East Dunne Ave, it is 16.5 km (about 10.25 miles) from the foot of East Dunne, with 860 m of climbing (about 2800 feet). Since there are grades of more than 17%, my regular bike is not currently geared low enough for this (or my old legs aren’t strong enough). So I took my e-bike. I ran out of time just short of getting to the park, but saw some nice scenery along the way.
After coming back from Coe I checked out some local poppies, which are now nicely in bloom.
This is on my ride the next day, on Coyote creek trail: