Today’s ride took me on a route that’s one of my favorites, since it has a little bit of everything. It starts out on a quiet two lane paved road, then jumps on to a busier state highway, then onto nice gravel, followed by some miles on the West River Trail, then in through town, and finally back to that quiet two lane to get home. Segments of this ride you’ve seen before, but what’s new is the West River Trail. The trail currently exists in two sections. There’s a lower section that runs from Brattleboro north to Dummerston, and then an upper section that runs from the town of Jamaica to South Londonderry. There are hopes that someday those sections will be connected to create a a 36 mile trail following the route of the West River Railroad. The railroad operated from 1880 to about 1936, and was infamously referred to as “36 Miles of Trouble” because of the numerous accidents that occurred during it’s operation. Today’s ride took me on the southern section of the current trail. Here’s some photos.
The southern end of the trail ends at the Marina Restaurant, which is also an operating marina, located at the confluence of the Connecticut and West Rivers.
So, I think this post has everything covered. It’s got some blues, it’s got some chains, and it even has a porta-potty. A nice morning ride.