As usual for a weekend exercise, we went bike riding yesterday - on an abandoned railroad trail. On the drive there we passed a number of interesting antique shops and craft shops - but we were on a mission to check out this new trail and could not be distracted. Well, to be honest - I would happily have been distracted but DH was eager to get riding. So...
I was thinking of our good friend Lolo when I took these pictures; to welcome her back to New England and remind her that there is beauty on the back roads. KJ says that Lolo doesn't have internet access for a few days - but she'll see these pictures sometime.
This is a portion of the trail. The day started out with blue skies but rapidly got overcast - which I prefer for riding anyways. It was slow going on this trail - it's covered in sand and cinders and it was like bog riding. Took me 1 hour to go 5 miles - I felt like I had a brick tied to my bike. But I enjoyed the slow ride.
This lady was walking her dog - I liked her red shirt against the green....
A river scene. I'd love to be able to paint this.
At the end of the 5 long sloggy mile ride was the old freight building and depot. The depot is being restored but the freight building was completely overgrown with weeds and trees. We later read that it's been abandoned since the 1970's - but was built in the 1850's. Gorgeous old building which deserves better than slowly falling down but yes..where is the money to come from - I know...I know!!
There was a good old fashioned general store at the end of the road, so we had an ice cream and sat on the porch for awhile. OK - time to go back - I psyched myself for the ride back and found it to be a piece of cake! I flew down that road and it only took about 1/2 hour to get back to the car. I kept wondering if it was the ice cream but that didn't make alot of sense - I know sugar gives you energy but this was like an energy injection!
We found afterwards that there was a slow constant grade upwards on our ride out and a slow constant grade down on the way back. You literally can't see this grade when you're riding - so of course I thought it was me being lazy and slow. Ah well...the ride back was lovely and we came home to dinner on the grill and a movie. Which I fell asleep in front of. Head bobbing and all.
Hope you all had a lovely Saturday. I'm off to meet up with Grace and the boys for breakfast - a highlight of the week and then off to PEI tomorrow.