Friday, May 18, 2012
Hittin' the Dusty Trail
Some days it is just too doggone nice to stay inside! So this week my new biking buddy Terri and I hit the dusty MoPac Trail east of Lincoln, NE, and went for a beautiful 8.2 mile bike ride.
The MoPac is part of the Rails to Trails program, where abandoned railroad right of way is turned into trails and paths for bikers, hikers, and horseback riders: http://www.railstotrails.org. The path shown above is part of what used to be the Missouri Pacific Railroad's Omaha Belt Line. It is a crushed stone trail that winds through prairie, woodland and farm land for about 22 miles, through the little towns of Walton, Eagle, Elmwood, and Wabash. The crushed stone creates a white powdery dust, so at the end of a ride my bike looks as if it had been attacked by a giant flour sifter.
One of the highlights of the ride was seeing prairie wildflowers, wild roses and sweet clover in bloom. Near our turn-around point, we spotted a huge patch of wild daisies. Aren't they cheery?
A few years ago, my daughter Allison and I rode all the way to the end of the trail near Wabash - over 44 miles round trip. I'm WAY too out of shape for that now! But it is good to be back on the dusty trail.
Hope you find some time to go play outside this weekend.
LeAnn aka pasqueflower