This was a pretty day and it was mostly relaxing and enjoyable to us,
just the way life should be when you're retired and full-timing in an
We left the campground in North Adams early this morning and drove south
about ten miles to the town of Adams. We parked in the "Discover the
Berkshires" visitor center
parking lot, which is the northern terminus for the 11.2-mile
Ashuwillticook Rail Trail:
The old train depot near the
beginning of the rail trail in Adams has been renovated into a pub
that's popular with cyclists:
We really enjoyed this wide paved multi-use trail that extends south to
the town of Lanesborough.
It has a slight
(200-foot) elevation gain going southbound = upstream along the Hoosic
River. The trail basically follows the Hoosic for several miles in
the northern half and the Cheshire Reservoir, a large lake, for
several miles in the southern half.
below: Cheshire Reservoir
There are also several miles with different kinds of wetlands. One was
filled with noisy frogs; I liked that!
Much of the trail is wooded and some sections near Adams reminded
us of the New River Rail Trail in VA:
Jim stops to
read one of the interpretive panels along the path.
There were lots of flowers in the more open areas and red-berried
deciduous shrubs all along the route. I asked several people what they
were but the folks I chose were all from out of state and didn't know,
either. I couldn't find them online later.
I liked the flowers at this greenhouse along the
The views of the northern half of the reservoir were very nice, with Mt.
Greylock and other mountains/hills on the far side:
Fishing on Cheshire Reservoir; Mount Greylock is in the center
The lake is a popular
place to fish from a boat or on shore:
Many more people were biking, hiking, running, and roller-blading on the rail
trail. Most were considerate and stayed to their right. It was great to
see so many younger and older people enjoying the scenery and getting
some good exercise.
Jim stayed a little bit ahead of me on the way out (south) and stopped a
few times so we could talk. We stopped at the far end of the trail in
Lanesborough to eat Clif bars:
I encouraged Jim to go faster on the way back so he got done a few
minutes faster than I did. My legs were tired from yesterday's hike and
I wanted to enjoy the views and take photos.
Here are some scenes from the way back:
We were both amused by this unusual lakeside cabin on the way out so I
took time to photograph it on the way back:
When we got back to the truck we walked through a small farmers' market
set up in the same parking lot at the visitor's center and enjoyed the
music for a little while, then returned home.
If you're interested in more information about riding, running, or hiking the trail here's a
different web link from the one in the
quote at the top of this page.
Next entry: from the Berkshires in MA to the Green
Mountains in VT for three days
"Runtrails & Company" - Sue Norwood, Jim O'Neil,
Cody the ultra Lab, and Casey-pup
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