We have been discovering the most amazing places lately, and believe me, I don’t use the word “amazing” very often. When I hear that word, I usually think of a twenty something responding to a question like, “How to you like your new job?” “Oh, it’s AMAZING.” Or something like, “Do you like the new town you moved to? “Yes, I love it. It’s AMAAAAAZING.” Very overused word and I make fun of that demographic because I’ve heard it a thousand times. But remember, I love all demographics and I think very carefully before I make fun of one of them.
Anyway, we have been riding along the Airline Trail and have enjoyed almost every minute of our rides. I’ll talk more about it in my next post, but one topic I want to tell you about today is a small section of the Salmon River that runs along the rail trail. The area of river is next to what they call, “Former Airline Railroad Bridge at River Road, Colchester, CT.” In case you couldn’t guess, I lifted that from a photo description on Google Earth.
Here’s a picture of the former airline railroad bridge:
There is a dirt parking area right North of the bridge.
The first time we saw this section of river was during our last trip on the trail. We rode over the bridge and looked to the left and there it was. Hugely exciting, partly because only a handful of people in this world have seen it. It’s back there and to explore the area, you would need to meet a few conditions, such as: you must own a bike, you must like to ride it, you must ride it on the trail, you must ride it on this particular section of the trail…on and on.
Since we were riding bikes the day we saw the river, we decided that we would come back later in the week to walk down for a visit. River Road is awful to ride on. I went in on the bike for just a bit and came right back out. Way too much rock in the road.
Here’s a section of the road. This doesn’t look too bad, but believe me, the other sections were worse.
When we made it down to the river, I was excited to see such a diverse area. The river twists and turns and has a lot of rock all around. There were some kids walking up the road and they told me they just got done tubing down a section of the river. I love seeing people out and enjoying secret places like this.
Here is the part of river I am talking about:
We played around for a while and I took some pictures, then we continued our walk down River Road. It’s a nice road that has the river running along it on the left side and on the right, a huge, steep hill that goes up to the rail trail. If two people were so inclined, one person could ride a bike on River Road and the other could ride along the rail trail and they could yell back and forth to each other. Just a thought.
We walked for about a mile and then turned around. There were a few families hanging out and fishing and stuff like that. I thought that was cool because my faith in society has been kind of hammered as of late and when I see people doing things I used to do as a kid, it makes me think things aren’t as bad as they are. It’s good that these parents were bringing their kids there to explore the wild.
Now that I know about these neat areas, I have been calling friends and inviting them to come visit. I really want to go for a bike ride to show them these things. You know, kind of “show off” a little bit. I know just what these guys like and I think they would really enjoy it.