Well I did that literally and it was exactly what I needed.
I have lived in or around Denver since 92 and have ridden a fair amount of the bike paths and routes. All of which seem to conveniently end up at cafes but that's beside the point. After my usual ride in to work on my usual route, I decided to scout the trail maps for an alternate route home. Well, I found that route, but also discovered an entire network of trails I never even realized existed. I took the alternate route home and had a wonderful ride despite the damaging winds we were having. Somehow the trees, and buildings were situated so that the brunt of the gusts were diminished.
Now armed with some new found knowledge and having the next day free to ride, I was on a mission to go explore. Some of this new route was along the "Highline Canal Trail" which I have ridden most of from my house south-west, but have not been on it heading north-east. That said, the highline is fairly consistent so I knew what to expect, but was very excited for the portion of the ride along the "Sand Creek Greenway" trail. This has been described as a multi surface trail that often meanders between packed gravel and rougher single-track. Mountain bikes are "recommended". Excellent. The Bleriot should do just fine. It seemed as though I could basically take it from its eastern all the way to its western terminusses, and hook up with the "Platte River Trail" southbound and once it connected with the Cherry Creek trail I would be back on familiar ground.
Well, due to some construction, wrong turns, and poorly marked trail sections, I actually rode about 10 more miles, but had none of that occurred this is the route:
This was my first attempt to access the Sand Creek trail at Airport Road. Oh, just be cautious...no problem.
ZING! Try again.
Some backtracking and I was able to jump on at Chambers.
Went through the "Bluffs Nature Center" that is located in the area of the old Stapleton Airport. Never knew this existed.
Farther north west the trail runs directly below the iconic Sapp Brothers truck stop sign. Seen it a hundred times from the freeway, had no idea a trail went right past it.
Continuing west takes you literally right by the Commerce City refineries, under train tracks, and through airplane graveyards. This doesn't sound very enticing, but I was absolutely in awe of how nice the trail was and how scenic. Plenty of tress and color changing to see, open space, picnic areas...crazy.
This is the confluence of the Sand Creek and Platte River at the western terminus of the trail and my southbound turning point.