I finished off my NorCal riding with an easy 11.5 mile loop around Lake Natomas area and Negro Bar on the American River Bikeway. I forgot how beautiful the American River trail is. This is not the Santa Ana River Trail. I wish I could have ridden further, but I had my pops in tow on the new bike I bought him for christmas. Getting things started beneath the fancy new bridge at Negro Bar (man this area sure has grown). Right past Negro Bar you get a great view of the cliffs and river. Around the bend is a little hill and . . . wild turkeys. Wild Turkeys?!?!?! My pops having to take a break to put on the windbreaker. What is this? Leaves and trees on the trail? Oh yeah. The other great thing about the American River Bikeway (besides the hot chicks) is that there are tons of dirt trails off to the side. Perfect for knobbies or hiking. Some shots of both sides of the dam. It is the end of salmon season. You can see the fish hatchery off to the side on the last shot. They have nice new section of trail on the other side of the lake that makes this section a nice easy loop. Even a couple cool bridges.