The Loop – 100 Miles of Paved Cycling Pathway in Tucson

The Loop – 100 Miles of Paved Cycling Pathway in Tucson


(relaxing rhythmic music) – I reacquainted myself
with the bike when I was 35. I weighed 240 pounds, I smoked
four packs of cigarettes a day and I was a
large beer drinker. Come home, first thing
I’d do is open a beer. And at 35 I said enough,
so the first thing I did was stop smoking, second
thing, I quit drinking, and then the third
thing, I got the bicycle, an entry level bike, I
think I paid $300 for it. And I’ve never stopped
riding the bike, I do drink wine now though. I can do this forever. (laughing) My name is Roger
Kennedy, retired. I came down here at my
wife’s suggestion in 2000. Loved it. Okay, I’m ready, guys. I kept doing this and
eventually bought this home. In 2005, I said enough. Well, good morning
everybody, how’s everybody? Hello, Anne, how you doing? Now I’m a full fledged snowbird. Okay, let’s roll out of here. (exciting orchestra music) If I had only one place to
live, this is where it’d be. I discovered The Loop many
years ago riding my bike and it was just a
path near the house. And over the years, it has
expanded to this extraordinary facility that everybody in
the city can avail themselves, not only bicyclists but
walkers, runners, it’s a gem. This is an extraordinary
cycling community, there’s cyclists everywhere
and I have met many of them and made good friends with them. I ride never less
than 200 miles a week, many weeks over 250, 275. My annual is usually over 7,000. It’s my meditation, I get out
there on a nice, sunny day like today, calm, no winds, and you hear those wheels
rolling over the pavement and there’s hum to it, and
you just kind of in a zone, you’re kind of zen. And my mind just kind of
empties and I unload all, whatever worries I might have, and leave them out
there on the trail. And that’s why I get up
in the morning, really, is to ride the bike. This is unlike anything
in the country. No other city has this. – Welcome to the In
the Loop Celebrations. Now complete at 131 miles. (applauding) – Well, we have some
great trails in Iowa, the Rails to Trails is
a big thing up there, but I don’t think we have
anything that can quite compare to The Loop. It’s a little wider,
a little nicer, a little more scenic than
just the old railroad tracks that are mostly straight
and very few curves. So, we really enjoy this
a lot better, I think, even than we do in Iowa. – Hey, how are you? (exciting rhythmic music) – I’m a long distance hiker
and I’ve walked 10 long trails in eight different cities. And I just completed
walking The Loop. It’s amazing, this is kind
of the envy of every city, this trail system, to have
something that’s completed, non motorized, don’t
have to fight cars, lots of clean restrooms
along the way. It’s really a treat
to walk this trail. (lighthearted fun music) – Oh, man, I’ve been
skating for a good 18 years, starting off over at
River Luck (mumbles). But I’ve pretty much gone as
far Craycraft from Campbell, here I go all the
way to Spectrum, (speaking in foreign language), just enjoy the
beautiful sunshine. And there is so much nature. I see so many coyotes, hyenas, I’ve run into snakes
across the path. Horses up and down the river. It’s just a lot
of natural desert. – We walk everyday at
Fort Lowell Park and we’ve been watching
the construction over the past year or so, and wondering how they were
going to get it all done. But in early January,
we realized it was open all the way through. I started more seriously
bicycling about six months ago because of my
arthritis in my knee, and this is the perfect
opportunity to ride away from traffic, because
I won’t ride in traffic. (exciting rhythmic music) – I live at Tangerine
and First Avenue. From my house, it takes
less than 10 minutes to get to the trail
head for the CDO path, which is the Canyada del
Oro Wash to Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz straight south
to Downtown and Mercado. (slow peaceful music) Cyclists go there all the time, I mean on a Saturday or Sunday, you can’t get food there because there’s so many people there. But it’s a great place to go. 24 miles one way, easy spin. Just all down hill gone, a
little bit uphill coming back, you’re hoping for a tail wind. Take care, guys, thank you! I see guys and gals that
are well into their 80’s out there, they just don’t
go as fast as they used to. They can’t climb quite
well as they used to, but they still get kitted up, they still get on the bike,
they still go out and ride. How long am I gonna be on it? Until my wife buries me. (laughing) (peaceful soft music)