I've enjoyed cycling for many years, though not as a group activity or at a competitive level. I'm perhaps the perfect candidate for rail trails, as they're smooth, generally flat, and sometimes scenic. My cycling routine got interrupted last summer; since then, I've been out and about on foot regularly, often for photography, but I'd been uncertain about how I'd do back on the pedals. This morning, I decided to try, revisiting one of my favorites, the Nashua River Rail Trail, starting northward from Groton, Massachusetts.
A beautiful clear day; the path leads into nicely shaded woods.
It's almost 9AM in Pepperell, about halfway along the route.
According to the marker, it would have been 108 miles to Portland, Maine by way of the tracks that aren't there any more.
Most bike paths don't offer the small geographic thrill of crossing a state line, but this one does. There's just over another mile of trail after this welcome to the City of Nashua, New Hampshire, ending at a parking area.
It would have been 39 miles to Worcester, Massachusetts from this point, which is the same marker as seen before, but viewed from the other direction.
The Nashua River is dammed (that's dammed with an "m") just beyond this point. The trail has many more water views enroute, like this one.
Back to the starting point, just over 18 miles roundtrip.
Not especially quickly, but that wasn't the point. It was good to ride again. I'll be back.