Monday, September 17, 2007

Beyond the Forest and Over the King's Highway

We've been threatening to do it all summer, and today we did it—Allysen and I rollerbladed all the way to the end of the bike path in Bedford, and back. It was about 17 miles roundtrip. We had done it once before, a few years ago, and weren't sure we'd ever manage it again. But today we made the trek in just a couple of hours.

This took us well past the Forest Perilous, and even way beyond the Lexington Wall. We crossed through the King's Courtyard, fallen into disrepair now, since there's been no king for centuries. (Some know it as Lexington Center.) And we passed over the old King's Highway (known to the local folk as I-95). It's now teeming with hard-carapaced orcs and trolls, speeding along on their evil business. We moved quickly on, before anyone could notice us. Finally, at the far end of the trail, we came to a reminder of the old rail line we were skating on—a nicely displayed old Budd railcar, along with a bike shop and some benches.

Upon our return home, we promptly made some frozen margaritas to celebrate our odyssey!

"One of the most difficult things is the first paragraph. I have spent many months on a first paragraph, and once I get it, the rest just comes out very easily." —Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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At 9:27 AM, Blogger skottk said...

Good for you! If you did all that, you passed quite near my house.

The bike path continues considerably further than that adorable little train station, on through Bedford. It's not easy to find the continuation, and it's hardpacked gravel instead of pavement, but it keeps going.

Skott Klebe

At 11:40 PM, Blogger Jeffrey A. Carver said...

I didn't remember that you lived out there, Skott.

We're thinking of trying again this weekend. We knew about that extension to the path, but couldn't actually see it, since we were limited to places we could roll on small wheels.


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