Cycling to the Stockyards from my home in Saginaw seemed out of the question until I considered the possibility of using Old Decatur Road to pierce the 820 Loop. Narrow, littered with glass and debris, secluded by rampant ragweed and hackberry growth, it seemed like a risky proposition, but better than trying to use North Main Street with all it's distracted drivers.
On a steamy Saturday morning, I ran into no problems along this route, but fear it won't be as savory as a return passage from a Night Riders get together. From Old Decatur to Angle Road to Cantrell Samson Park to Rodeo Park to the underbelly of the White Elephant Saloon, I could see evidence of late night carousing: park trash cans dumped over and piles of beer bottles were far too common a sight for me to want to brave alone after a long night of pedaling and pint-swilling. Until I find a better route, I reckon I'll continue to rely on the minivan.