Day Ninety-five

Rails to Trails

For my walk today, I headed back to the Old Plank Road Trail, a twenty-one mile paved trail converted from an unused rail line.  I haven’t been walking here in awhile, because the un-walked parts of the trail are getting farther from my home as I head west.  I am committed to walk this entire trail though, so I planned ahead to tie it in with some errands and made it work today.

I walked from Mile 11.2 and 13.2 and back.  Right away I noticed the recent controlled burn along the trail.  This is common practice in these prairies, and I even passed a burn in a county forest preserve on my drive over.

BurnsRails to trails2I was surprised that remains of the railroad line were still next to the trail every place the trail curved.  The rails were gone, but the wood ties were still there (and now partially burned).  I liked seeing the old ties.  It really brought “rails to trails” to life for me.

BurnRails to TrailsI took WordPress’ Weekly Photo Challenge-Color today on my walk as well.  Find it here!

Good day, good walk!


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