Saturday, October 4, 2014

Norwottuck Rail Trail Ride

Early this summer I enjoyed a leisurely ride through the towns of Northampton, Hadley, Amherst and Belchertown along the 11 mile Norwottuck Rail Trail. It was a very scenic ride though dense woods and farmlands with majestic views of the mountains in the Holyoke range. The most dramatic half mile of the ride occurred while crossing the Connecticut River on a newly constructed traffic-free bridge. Spectacular!  I highly recommend a side trip to the Black Sheep Deli in Amhert (about a half mile off trail) for lunch and Maple Farm Foods in Hadely (on trail) for ice cream!

Nicely shaded wooded section of trail.

One of the many corn fields along side the trail.

Enjoy an ice cream and the view of the Holyoke Range on a conveniently located bench.

Crossing the Connecticut River.

Nice view of the mighty Connecticut River.

An escapee from a local farm?

More on-trail wildlife.

Beautiful flower garden on trail.

Me at the Belchertown trail head. Chicks dig my Black Butte Porter cycling jersey!

Ride on!
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