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A bit of rail-trail riding

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

I haven’t done any rides of major distance for a while. It’s been hot, and I have been busy with other things. The other night I decided to get out, in the evening, and explore some rail-trails. Most of the ride was in areas where I’ve ridden before, but I haven’t explored a lot of them in depth. Given the heat, a relatively flat, easy cruise sounded good.

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Within minutes, I was looking at scenery like this.

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The photos above were all on the more familiar (to me), gravel Bloomington Rail Trail. I also spent some time on the paved Clear Creek Trail, where I’ve only ridden a couple of times before.

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There were some huge homes right along the trail.

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A side excursion on a gravel trail yielded some interesting finds.

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I climbed up the gravel trail, and found it intersected with a road. I need to figure out where that road goes. For this ride, once I reached the end of the trail, IĀ turnedĀ around. Here, I’m about to bomb back down the hill.

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I’m not sure what all the fuzzy stuff is in the photo below, but it captured my attention.

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I’m not normally a fan of rail-trails, but it was great to get out for an easier ride for a change, without having to worry about traffic too much. Actually, I was more in riding mode than exploration mode, and didn’t stop too often. I should ride the same trails and stop more to explore. Sometimes it’s amazing what’s right outside your front door, if you take the time to look around.

4 Responses to “A bit of rail-trail riding”

  1. Jillann Says:

    Hi, there!

    I found your blog recently and have browsed around a bit because we ride in many of the same areas. I thought I’d come out of lurking to tell you that the gravel trail you rode up from the Clear Creek Trail dumps you out on Gordon Pike, which becomes Rhorer when you cross Walnut.

    Happy trails!
    Jillann

  2. Apertome Says:

    Ah, cool — I have a GPS track, but haven’t examined it yet. Thanks for checking out my blog!

  3. Pondero Says:

    I can’t believe you haven’t spent much time on this trail. It looks like a perfect recipe for refreshment from here.

  4. Apertome Says:

    Chris, it’s pleasant, but doesn’t go very far, and it lets out in an awkward location, ending by a busy road with limited options.

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