2017 Jim Schmid bicycles Rail-Trail Hall of Fame 63-mile Wabash Trace Nature Trail – IA

The 16th member of the Rail-Trail Hall of FameWabash Trace Nature Trail.

rail-trail hall of fame logoThe Wabash Trace Nature Trail is a 63-mile long crusher run surfaced trail. Always glad that I switched to wider tires last year. Make for a much smoother ride. This one of the few trails that charge a fee. I hope they collect enough for maintenance. The Trail is largely maintained by volunteers and they have a dollar a day fee to ride the trail.  I saw six bike riders on my three day journey.

Day 1 – May 16, 2017

I  got an early start from Council Bluffs and biked 23 miles to Malvern and 23 miles back for a total today of 46 miles. That may not sound like a lot, but when you are biking on crushed granite you tend not to go fast. More time to enjoy the scenery. I’m sure glad they were able to save the corridor beyond the trail surface itself. With all the farm land around here I do believe the trees along the right-of-way are it. I sure appreciated the shade.

Day 2 – May 17, 2017

Today the rain slowed my progress. I did end up getting in 37 miles. I’m glad I stuck it out because I got to meet Sara Dykman on her  ButterBike adventure. She had started out in Mexico and was following the migration of the Monarch butterfly.

Day 3 – May 18, 2017

Biked 48 miles on my last day. Once again I don’t understand these long trails that just peter out. You know you are at the end because they stop cutting the grass. What a missed opportunity. I would have loved to take a picture next to a sign proclaiming that I had made it. And while I’m on my soapbox, if you are in the Rail-Trail Hall of Fame how about putting up a sign. This is my 30th Hall of Fame trail and I was surprised that a number of them did not have signs letting you know they are a member of this special group.

When I got home I learned that Rails-to-Trail Conservancy added a 31st – The Tammany Trace – to the Hall of Fame. I had biked it back in 2015 when I was biking all the rail trails in the southeast. I really hope they will keep up the tradition of adding one a year. Will give me and adventure each year to look forward to.

Time to head back home to Black Mountain, NC.