Derry-Windham Rail Trail Ride - May 26, 2012
Activity and trip report by Ken L.
After a morning
working on the Derry Rail Trail's
new "pocket park" near the Derry Depot...
<- From this...
...to this ->
...it was time for a bike ride along the Derry-Windham Rail
Oh, yeah, right...Your Webmaster looks ready to go, huh?
Heh, it was actually great that Dave K. came along around
1pm. The ride along the rail trail would be a nice break from the
planting, raking, digging, and other things we were doing to get the "pocket
park" ready for Trails Day on June 2--and the "official" opening of the
Derry Rail Trail.
After a quick bite to eat, Dave and I hopped on our bikes
and made our way to the end of the trail at the bicycle shop in Salem, NH.
In total the trail is roughly 14-15 miles round trip, and the vast majority
of it is nicely paved, with the exception of about 1/2 mile in Salem--easily
passable on a hybrid or mountain bike.
We pedaled south along the newly paved section of the Derry
Rail Trail to Windham, New Hampshire.
Retired caboose just before Windham Depot
Dave pulls into the nicely restored Windham Depot
From there it was another few miles until the pavement ran out, and Dave
and I went along the unimproved dirt trail to the cycle shop in Salem for a
Your Webmaster and Dave K. at the cycle shop in Salem, NH
From there it was time to turn around and head back.
That's as far south as the trail goes for now.
Heading back along the dirt section near the bike shop
Watch out for the dangerous woodland creatures!
Round trip, this one's about 14-15 miles. As usual
there were plenty of people enjoying the trail, but not too many to make it
feel "crowded". Bikers, skaters, walkers, joggers, people pushing kids
in strollers, and even kids bringing their fishing poles along on their
bikes to fish in the many waterways near the trail mean this section gets a
nice variety of use.
The trail will extend south through Salem, NH and Methuen,
MA to the Lawrence, MA line. Methuen's section has a recycled asphalt
surface now, and work on Salem is expected to start south to north in the
not too distant future.
To the north the trail will extend through Londonderry to
the Manchester Airport and eventually beyond.
For more information, see...