Exploring a Local Trail – Part 1

Since the start of the COVID-19 crisis, I’ve been wary of traveling far from home to take photos or otherwise have adventures. This has led me to explore local hiking and cycling trails. This weekend, I opted to explore a rail-trail about fifteen minutes from home. Rail-trails are former railway tracks that have had the tracks removed to convert them to recreational trails. I’d last been on this trail about fifteen years ago. While I recall it being a challenging trail, I also remember that the view at the end was worth the effort.

I followed directions on the internet to an intersection where I parked my car. The directions said to “ride up the hill to the trail”. I rode up the hill..and up…and up,,, and up. I went about a mile and got to the other end of the road but no trail. I was fortunate a walker was going by.  He told me that he thought the trail ended on someone’s property and he had closed it off.

Once back at my car, I used Google Maps to find the next street that crossed the trail.  This time, I drove directly to the trail.  No parking at the end of the road this time.  What I found was the image you see above.  The trail doesn’t so much cross the road as go above it.  I considered finding another crossroads but had lost a lot of time.  Also, there was a good parking spot and a small but steep path p to the trail.  I pushed my bike up to ride the trail.  As anyone who does this type of thing knows that getting the bike up is not nearly as challenging as having a controlled descent on the way down. 

Tomorrow, scenes from the trail.

The bridge and trail as seen from the top.

29 thoughts on “Exploring a Local Trail – Part 1

  1. photobyjohnbo

    Without wanting to venture far, as well, my wife and I have found a couple of parks in the city that are new to us as well. Part of a relatively recent city annex, we didn’t know they existed. Exploring around home is a great way to spend these troubled days.

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  2. Sandra

    Beautiful views! You had to really work for them it sounds like, and I thank you! Looking forward to the next installment. Until then take good care!

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  3. Garfield Hug

    The beauty of living in a big country is the opportunity to find nice nooks and crannies that is often forgotten, yet pristine in time. I love the idyllic spot and greenery. So nice to just sit under the trees somewhere and listen to nature. Much thanks for the lovely photos.

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  4. sloppy buddhist

    Yes it seems from covid season to riot season…the bumpy road is a telling metaphor perhaps, adventures are the best…we live in fascinating times Chris…sending peace to Boston ☮️💜 hugs Hedy

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