Cal Watford at the Georgia/Alabama state line, where the Silver Comet and Chief Ladiga trails meet at a gateway park.
Tell Us ...
In December, we asked you to tell us about your rail-trail goals and resolutions for 2012.
Cal Watford — Roswell, Ga.
I am 79 and have been riding almost one year. I hope this coming year to be able to ride miles 46,47 and 48 of the Silver Comet Trail in Georgia without having to dismount and push my bike over the steep hills on that stretch. Great fun.
Sue Bruns — Bemidji, Minn.
I set a goal a few years ago to try to bike 50 miles in each of the 50 states while I'm still in my 50s. Many of the miles I've biked have been on rail-trails. I'm up to 36 states but only have a year and a half left of my 50s. Retiring a year and a half ago did, however, help me to inch (or mile) toward my goal. My husband and I have biked 19 states in the past 18 months. If I don't get to the remaining 14 states by the time I turn 60, I'll continue with my goal but change it from 50-50-50 to just 50-50. My husband is already in his 60s but has biked all of the states with me except Illinois and Missouri. We will probably return to those states so that he can catch up to me. I never mind biking another 50 somewhere new, or returning to a favorite trail!
We just returned from a trip to the Southeast, where we biked on the Silver Comet Trail in Georgia, the Chief Ladiga Trail in Alabama and the Longleaf Trace in Mississippi. We love being off the road when we bike, and most of the rail-trails we've visited have been in very good condition, well-maintained and pleasant to ride.
Living in Minnesota, we are spoiled by the fabulous rail-trails we have here in our own state, and we have biked most of them. When we travel and bike elsewhere in the country, we share trail stories with other bikers and encourage them to try our favorites. We always put in a good word for rail-trails, and especially for the extensive trail system in Minnesota!
Peggy Jernigan — Loveland, Colo.
My New Year's resolution for 2012 is to make a monetary contribution to Rails-to-Trails Conservancy every time I ride a rail-trail. What better way to thank you for all the work your staff and volunteers do!
Ian Maze — Martinez, Ga.
I want to start in Lubec, Maine, and ride to the West Coast using only rail-trails. By jumping north and south, I hope to cover ever degree latitude. Can it be done?
You probably won't be able to use rail-trails at all times, but if you aren't in a hurry, you can certainly weave across thousands of miles of this country using rail-trails. Good luck, and we'd love to hear how it goes!