over the weekend: high trestle trail ride
On Saturday, T. and I joined a bunch of other cyclists, walkers, and runners for the opening day of the High Trestle Trail and Bridge in central Iowa. The trail is built on a former railroad bed, spanning over 25 miles and connecting several towns in the area. The trail’s highlight is the 13 story high and half a mile long bridge, apparently making it one of the largest pedestrian bridges in the world. The bridge was completed in 1973, replacing the original 1912 railroad trestle. The area around the bridge is known for its coal mining and so the 41 steel ‘frames’ that were added to the top of the bridge were designed to mirror the look of a coal mine. Approaching the bridge, pedestrians and cyclists are given the impression of looking into a mine shaft. At night, the ‘frames’ light up in blue (they’re lined with LED lights), making the bridge equally impressive in the dark as in the daylight.
T. and I had so much fun enjoying the flat paved trail among fields and farm land. It was so peaceful and relaxing out there – no cars, just cyclists, families, dogs, runners, and walkers. I felt like we could have kept cycling forever (if it weren’t for my pregnant body, which suggested otherwise). So we stuck to about a 15 mile ride on the trail and some perusing of the events in one of the towns.
If you’re in the Iowa area, take your bike to the High Trestle Trail, you won’t be dissapointed. The flat and paved trail makes for an easy ride and the grass shoulder with the occasional bench provides the perfect spot for a trail side break and picnic. I hope T. and I can squeeze in one more trip (a bike date, perhaps?) to the High Trestle Trail before I get too big to ride. I’m just starting the third trimester now and I’m thrilled for every bike ride that I can still take and enjoy.