Mile Marker 49 is about halfway through the Windsor Gardens complex, so comments in the previous volume about being slow, cautious, and courteous remain in force here. At the eastern edge of the complex, you’ll be at Dayton St. and it’s another one you’ll have to cross without benefit of a light. However, the way the lights at Mississippi Ave. and Alameda Ave. are timed it’s pretty easy to get over without any big deal. In short order, however, you’ll be at Havana St. and that’s a very different prospect. At six lanes wide and as one of the busiest streets in the area, the likelihood that you’ll be able to just jet across is minimal. So travel a few feet to the south and use the light, as pictured below!
Once across Havana, nicer homes – even the cookie cutter development kind – give way to apartment buildings alongside the trail, and that’s going to be the norm for big portions of the rest of things. And just before we hit Mile Marker 50, you’re presented with a splitting of the trail. A sign with an arrow saying “trail” points you across a bridge and into Aurora’s Expo Park, while the trail obviously continues (with gravel instead of concrete) directly in front of you. Expo Park is certainly the prettier choice (though you’re far more likely to encounter pedestrians), but Mile Marker 50 is on the gravel path if you’re keeping track. Both ultimately lead to a crossing light at Alameda, so choose whichever you prefer. Expo Park does have a rec center as well in case you need any facilities.
Mile Marker 49, Windsor Gardens housing in the background.
Havana St. with a break in the Highline. You can see the continuation on the other side, but use the light to the right, don’t jet across Havana because it will almost never look empty like this.
Here’s the light! I don’t even know these other bikers, but you can clearly see that it’s the right thing to do.
Just shy of Mile Marker 50, you must make a choice, follow the sign pointing you to the right in Expo Park, or continue forward on the original Highline to find the Mile Marker. Either one takes you to the same spot.