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Mission Reach new section opens

25 Jun 2011

25 Jun 2011

A new section of the long-awaited Mission Reach trails opened officially at 10 a.m. Saturday where Interior Secretary Ken Salazar spoke before gatherers on the Theo Avenue Bridge next to Concepcion Park. He said that he would support the nomination of the four missions and the San Antonio River as a World Heritage venue as joggers and cyclists made their way through under the bridge.

Ten participants of the Solid Rock Riders rolled out from the Blue Star art complex at 8:50 a.m. for its 18-mile trek that covered the new section that ran from E. Mitchell to Mission Road via the Theo Avenue bridge underpass. Riders rolled onto Mission Road for the trek to Mission San Jose and then on to the other two missions—Espada and San Juan Capistrano. They rolled pass the Stinson Airport and the Patio Cafe. Mission Concepcion was by-passed due to the new section.

After a brief stopover at Mission San Juan Capistrano where two other cycling groups have gathered in shaded area, the Solid Rock Riders chose the Mission Parkway and by-passed the traditional return route that passes Stinson Airport to check the progress of new walkways under construction along the river from S. E. Military Drive to Espada. Older pathways have been shut off from joggers and cyclists. Mission Reach officials noted that the extended project will not be completed until Fall 2012.

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