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Snowbiking on the Bloomington Rail-Trail

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

On Sunday, I didn’t have a lot of time to ride, but I did manage to get out for about an hour. I decided to ride my 29er down to the Bloomington Rail-Trail. The roads were clear, but the trail had a few inches of snow on it, with an icy crust on top of that, so it was rather challenging riding. I passed a farm, which I have often wondered about.

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It turns out it’s home to the PALS program. According to their Web site:

People and Animal Learning Services, Inc. (PALS) is dedicated to providing high-quality, safe, educational, fun and therapeutic animal assisted activities such as therapeutic horseback riding, hippotherapy, animal care and pet encounter therapy to children and adults with physical, learning, cognitive or emotional disabilities.

I think that’s pretty damn cool.

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I rode on, stopping by a creek.

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Parts of the trail feel remote, even though it crosses a few roads, and parallels another road.

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The crunchy layer on top of the snow made going a little tough, but letting out some tire pressure helped. Really, the 29er did pretty well in this stuff.

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I went under State Road 37, a fairly busy highway.

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At some point, I decided to go off the trail to explore a bit. I wasn’t really sure if I was supposed to be there, but there were no gates or signs preventing entry. I seemed to be at a water treatment plant. Looking at a map, I think it’s the Dillman Wastewater Treatment Plant.

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For a while, I rode in virgin snow, which was deeper and trickier to navigate. Fun, though!

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Eventually I reached an area with a few buildings. I decided to turn back, since I wasn’t really sure if I was supposed to be there.

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I headed back, and got back on the trail.

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Toward the end of the trail, I heard quite a racket. I looked up to see many, many birds in the trees above.

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Then it was just a matter of riding back the way I came.

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I went about eight miles in about an hour. I normally don’t care for rail-trails, but in the winter, they are a good way to get away from cars and get to ride in the snow.

3 Responses to “Snowbiking on the Bloomington Rail-Trail”

  1. Steve A Says:

    I miss snow. Even more.

  2. Bill Lambert Says:

    You find the coolest places to ride down there. I’m planning a snowy bike adventure on Friday morning.

    Merry Christmas!

  3. Mike Says:

    Exploring by bike, in the snow…. no better way to spend some time.

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