The girls aren't much for biking, so they have only hiked on the trail. The Mr. isn't a biker either. (He says they have yet to invent a bike seat that is comfortable for a man.) So if I'm biking, I'm usually alone. I can't complain because the Mr. runs a great sag wagon for me, and I like going at my own pace in the quiet.
I finally convinced the Mr. that the weather was perfect for a bike ride, so we loaded up the bike yesterday and headed to U town. Their trail is 9 miles long and winds around part of the perimeter of U town. (If I had been in better shape, I would have reversed my trip and attempted 18 miles. I thought 9 was pushing it!)
This is the start of the trail. It might be hard to believe, but off to the left are a couple of bars, a grocery store, and several restaurants. I felt like I was in the middle of the country.
An old bridge is a clue that this was once a railroad route. They left a few things from the old railroad which gives the trail part of its charm. This bridge spans a creek that runs through the town. Another mile or so past this, and I was biking by U town's multi screen movie complex.
My bike chain had a major malfunction about the time I reached the 2nd trail head which was by the Holidome. (I think there are about 5 or 6 trail heads. They offer several jumping on and jumping off spots.) The Mr. came to my rescue. I was grateful he had nagged me into taking my cell phone. Repairs were made and I continued.
Shortly after that stop, I was back in the country. I was now looking at farm land and was just barely able to hear the town traffic. This trail is unique in that it is part scenic country on one side of the trail and part urban chaos on the other.
It didn't take long until I was leaving the country behind again. At this point, I was riding on the levee that keeps U town from flooding.
Still on the levee, it wasn't long until I was riding past the U town shopping mall on the left. If the trail had stayed in town, eventually I would have ridden right into Walmart. Thankfully, it wound back into the country.
Toward the end of my ride, I found myself riding right along the river. (The University's rowing teams practice on this river sometimes.)
I'm planning to bike this trail again. With the scenery constantly changing, I didn't even feel like I had gone 9 miles. Today, however, parts of my body are feeling every inch of those 9 miles. It was a beautiful bike trail, and they say beauty is painful. (They weren't lying.)