Top: one of the train cars that belonged to the rail trail (in Bedford); bottom left: downtown Lexington; bottom right: many inline skaters, bikers, runners out and about today.
From the end of the Minute Man, I continued along the Reformatory Branch Rail Trail. This is a dirt path – and a true experiment for me. As a skinny-tire road rider, I usually have steered clear of anything remotely off-road. But since I now have fat-tires on my Vaya, and since I'll be dealing with at least a couple weeks of dirt road riding in Tajikistan, I reckon I ought to get accustomed to riding in less than ideal scenarios.
Truly, at the beginning of the 4-mile path, I was quite nervous and cautious. Rocks, mud - what to do! By the end, I was feeling pretty steady and actually quite enjoying myself. Although I could still use some tips on how to ride through mud...
Saw this critter along the way:
Enjoying the trail.
A fortuitous cafe at the end of the trail, called the Trail's End Cafe. A quesadilla and some coffee before my return trip.
Some 32 miles, and a very pleasant day. Fun ride: check!