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World Record Holder Sets Out on 475-Mile Wheelchair Trek on the Great American Rail-Trail
September 23, 2022
Ian Mackay formally started the ride accompanied by his teammates and dozens of supporters who rode alongside him in wheelchairs and on bikes from the National Mall to the C&O Canal Towpath trailhead in Georgetown. Chants of “Let’s go, Ian!” filled the background.
Ian’s ride on the Great American Rail-Trail began with a ceremony on the National Mall. | Photo by Anthony Le, courtesy RTC
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Trail Moments | Equestrian Finds Emotional Freedom on the Trail
September 20, 2022
My motto has always been “emotional freedom starts on the trail,” and it’s something I’ve trademarked for my business, as I truly believe in it. In the process of being out there on the trail—if you have lost yourself somewhere along the way—I promise you that trails will help you find yourself again. Hope is always there, and you are never, ever alone.
Megan Gray | Photo by Jovanka Novakovic, courtesy RTC
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#TrailMoments with Vanessa @vanessa_chav
September 14, 2022
According to The Historical Marker Database, there are more than 176,000 historic markers, and there will be even more historic markers dedicated to elevating the stories of people and places along the Great American Rail-Trail®
Photo by Micheli Oliver
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Indiana State Rep. Carey Hamilton Named 2022 Rail-Trail Champion
September 12, 2022
RTC is pleased to announce Indiana State Rep. Carey Hamilton as the 2022 Doppelt Family Rail-Trail Champion for her leadership in founding the Indiana Legislative Trails Caucus, a bipartisan group of state legislators committed to building out the state’s trail network.
Rep. Carey Hamilton on the Nickel Plate Trail in Indiana in 2022 | Photo courtesy Rep. Carey Hamilton
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Best Of: Great American Rail-Trail Adventures With the Traverses
September 12, 2022
In June 2021, my husband, Pat, and I began our trek on the Great American Rail-Trail® in Seattle, Washington, at the western end of the 3,700-mile developing route.
Shevonne and Pat Travers | Photo courtesy Shevonne and Pat Travers
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Trail Moments | Our Quest to Visit All of America’s Hall of Fame Rail-Trails
July 05, 2022
For the last three years, we have concentrated on pedaling different regions of the country using two important planning tools: the Rail-Trail Hall of Fame guidebook and TrailLink.com. We have also expanded our agenda by incorporating other interests such as canoeing and geocaching. Our journey started with an F150 pickup carrying two solo canoes on the roof, bicycles and hiking attire in the truck bed, and a very comfortable 20-foot travel trailer towed behind.
Hall of Fame milestone on Florida's Fred Marquis Pinellas Trail | Courtesy Carol Alexander
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Trail Moments | A Conversation With Chelsea Murphy of She Colors Nature
June 10, 2022
RTC sat down with Chelsea Murphy to talk about her Trail Moments. Chelsea loves getting outdoors and inspiring others to do the same.
Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail | Courtesy of Chelsea Murphy
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Bridge to Everywhere: Examining Signature Gateways Across America
June 09, 2022
Examining the Connectors, Builders and Signature Gateways Across America’s Trail Networks
Wendy Park Bridge along the Cleveland Foundation Centennial Lake Link Trail | Photo by Jason Cohn
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20 Iconic Bike and Pedestrian Bridges in America
June 08, 2022
Across the country, bridges are literally serving as gateways for communities to achieve critical strides in active transportation, conservation and economic development. Here, we take a look at 20 iconic bridges and trestles in the United States (in no particular order) that have played—or are playing—transformative connectivity roles in their regions.
Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge connecting Council Bluffs, Iowa, and Omaha, Nebraska | Photo by Matthew Nissen
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A Path Toward Healing
June 03, 2022
The events of Fort Robinson, while seminal in the Northern Cheyenne’s quest for freedom and autonomy, were not a well-known history.
Northern Cheyenne Monument | Photo courtesy Northern Cheyenne Journey Home Committee