I finally got things settled enough with my new apartment that I took advantage of the beautiful, late summer / early fall weather and went exploring on my bike on Sunday. The bridge pictured here is about a mile from my new place, and takes you from the eastern shore of the CT River to the western shore. While a busy road, it has a nice bike path on the side (separate) that has a path into the parking lot for the Windsor Locks Canal Trail.
Once in the parking lot, you cross through a small gate, over the canal and onto the path that runs between the canal and the river. It is just under 5 miles in length, so not too long, but run really close to the river in many parts. The river is mostly calm at this point, and there are are a few spots with benches that allow you to sit and watch the river and wildlife. A friend from work told me that they close the trail for a few weeks each year while the eagles nesting near there are sitting on their eggs or after the eaglets are born – presumably in the spring.
There were not too many people on the trail, surprising given the gorgeous weather – I guess many were home sitting on their butts, watching other people do athletic things (AKA watching football). When all was said and done, I rode 19 miles – not bad after a long stint of not riding at all. Now my legs are a bit sore, and I’m paying for weeks of inactivity. But, I loved the ride and pushed myself further than I thought I would The bonus was finding this trail which I will use for some upcoming fall runs – at least until they close the park for the winter!
Once again, I was happy to discover such a gem of a place practically in my backyard!