The route through the 'burbs is not a separate path, but, a bike lane with buffers from the traffic lanes with no car parking and a footpath on the right. Not only is the path marked, but, there are sign posts at most intersections telling cyclists the destination and distance of each route.
Most of the journey is alongside or close to the freeway, which also means that there is access to the train stations, as the 'Clarkson' line runs up the centre of the freeway. This is Glendalough Station.
Although the path is only 20m away from the freeway (to the left) the green strip means that you could be in the country and there's no problem with traffic noise being a bother. I've snapped the path along Lake Monger before, so I didn't worry about photographing the lakeside route.
Out the other side of these trees and I'm in Leederville. It's a small inner-city strip tucked down by the station with a surprising variety of shops and cafes given the size. There are restaurants, cheap eats, record stores, book shops, fish markets, gift shops, florists, an arthouse cinema, a fishing tackle store, a bike shop . . . and I mentioned the cafes.
The early, winter sun seems to turn people into reptiles needing to warm themselves before they move. I can completely empathise with the feeling, because once my butt hits the chair I'm there for an hour at least. It's time to get a caffeine fix and chomp on something yummy (I had a crabmeat and goat's cheese omelette this Sunday).
Only once I've read the paper cover to cover and had another espresso do I even think about having to move my legs again. If it weren't for bed calling, I've a sneaking suspicion that I'd still be there as the sun set, probably snoring gently with my twentieth coffee growing cold.
This Sunday I wanted to go to the bike shop which opens at 10.30am, so by the time I got back on track for the city the sunlight was a little too harsh for any decent (well, as decent as I can manage) snaps. That's why this is only Part 1, as I'm going to have to post the rest of the route next week. What was I doing at the bike shop? Hmm, I'm trying to order something that might not work out. If it does, I'll post about it, if not, I can continue to smugly pretend that I am above falling victim to the dreaded impulse buy!