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.