In 2007, I had the chance to bike on Missouri's KATY trail. Now I am by no means a biking pro, but that trail is wonderful for beginning bikers. Largely flat, it follows along the Missouri river over old railway bridges, through fields, past bluffs and old towns, and has some nice stops at wineries and cafes along the way. Needless to say, I have been following my state's rails to trails initiative fairly closely.
Last night we went to take the Mr.'s mom out for a drive and had a wonderful surprise to see how much progress has been made on the trail down by my husband's old hometown. You could see the trail from the road and a grader/loader was doing some work on one patch of it. There were little piles of gravel or cheat just waiting to be spread on and packed down. I am so hopeful that it won't be long! When it is finished, there will be 115 miles of trail going straight through the state, and we will be only 30 minutes away from a great jumping-on place. (Actually, that jumping-on place will be the trail head on the west side.) I really need to contact someone in this area and see if they have a need for additional hands. I don't have any special equipment, but I could pull weeds or wield a shovel.
It won't be long until it is time to pull the bike out, dust it off, and start putting in some miles again. Ah, fresh air and wide open spaces.