I went for a bike ride today.
Whenever I go somewhere, if it’s practical to ride there on my bike, I do. Up until today, my idea of a long ride was to the Starbucks and back, with a frappuccino stop at the halfway point.
Today’s ride was twice that far – about sixteen miles. Not bad, I don’t think, for a 47-year-old man. The piece that shows on the map as being along Alabama 127 was actually along the railbed that runs just east of the road, which has been converted to a trail. It’s very nice, as trails go: the part of it I rode today runs through the woods, with a couple of bridges across creekbeds. The initial purpose of the trip was to find out where the south end of the trail was, and whether the trail itself is good for bicycling.
It isn’t, really. The surface is coarsely crushed rock, which is no good at all for road bike tires, and presents a challenge even to my bike, with front fork shocks and knobby tires. The trail is good for horses, and for hikers who don’t mind looking out for horse dung.
The whole trip took about an hour and a half. With a good rest stop I think I could probably do about twice that. My big regret about it is that I had my phone in my pocket the whole way, but didn’t take any pictures.