many of you have written, asking if i’ve had a chance to try out my new bike. as a matter-of-fact, i have put quite a few miles on it already. the last time we went trail riding (about 2 weeks ago), i took along my camera so i could capture the beauty we get to enjoy.
several years ago, the abandoned railways were donated to different counties. just like so many different parts of appalachia, this area was once booming with numerous coal towns. once the supplies were exhausted, those big companies picked up and left, leaving the residents to figure out how to go about making a living. many of those old coal towns are now nothing but ghost towns, and the railroads just accumulated rust. somewhere along the line, the counties got a wonderful idea and made these old railways into bike trails. the scenery is amazing and it is so peaceful while you pedal along through the wilderness. i think i’ve found 4 different places that i’d love to have a house built…out in the middle of nowhere, of course. here is just a small sampling of the views we experienced during our 12 mile trip.
coal miner memorial wall
we have many more trails to hit yet, hopefully as early as this weekend. my bike is as comfortable as i had hoped, and obviously much more so than the rest of my crew…i’m the only one that isn’t complaining about my behind at the end of the day. 😀