We set off for another bike trip a couple of days ago. It would surely be more successful than the last one when we found ourselves in a car with no brakes.
We chose the Norwottuck Rail Trail, which like so many bike trails today, is built over a former railroad bed. The rail trail cuts across Damon Road in Northampton, and we usually begin there - theoretically for the large parking lot, but there is a reeely good ice cream stand nearby.
It’s kind of neat to have a major road named after a member of the family. Issac Damon was my spousal unit’s many-times-great-grandfather.
According to the January, 1895 issue of The American Architect and Building News, old Issac was the leading architect in the area through the 1800s. It went on to say that he designed and built at least thirteen churches in Western Massachusetts and nearly all the town halls and courthouses. His specialty, however, was bridges.
The trail in this section begins appropriately enough, with a bridge, a remade railroad span over the Connecticut River.
It was a weekday so the trail was pretty much ours.
This was a relief to me since I'm still a little unsure of my biking skills. Letting go with one hand to whack a bug off my leg is a major undertaking.
The scenery reminded us of the long history of agriculture in the area.
The trail's been refurbished lately and now offers spots to rest
If you grow bored along the way you apparently can stop off for some fresh ink
or a quick beer and veggie burger.
We turned around after four miles and pedaled back, tattoo and cocktail-free, but that ice cream stand at the end was calling our names.