Yesterday, I wrote about my challenges in finding and getting on the rail-trail I wanted to explore. Once I was on the trail, it was just beautiful pedaling through the forests. There were some sections where the railway had blasted out rocky outcroppings to get the track through. There were a couple of spots where the woods opened to water views.
The trail ends at a high point where the track was once carried over a historically tall and long trestle across Greenville, NH and the Souhegan River Valley. This means that on the trip out, you are climbing most of the way. As you can see from the first picture, the trail is not entirely smooth. The trail conditions varied. In some spots it was firm and flat. In other places, it was washed out, muddy, sandy, or soft and bumpy. But the experience was worth the effort.
As I rode, I could see remnants of roads that had once intersected the trail and were now overgrown with trees and plants. In other spots, there were blocks of granite that had clearly been the foundation for a house or other structure. The railway opened in the 1850s. People lived and worked where there is now just forest.
Tomorrow, I’ll show you what I found at the end of the line where the train trestle once stood.