Sunday, February 13, 2011

Cumberland Valley Rail-Trail

Today I decided to tackle at least part of the Cumberland Valley Rail-Trail. This is an old, decommissioned rail bed which has been converted to a walking/biking/equestrian trail that runs for 11 miles (17.7 km) from Shippensburg to Newville. I walked to Duncan Rd., which is marked as 3.6 miles (5.8 km) from the trail head, before turning back.

For the first mile of the trail it skirts the southern fringes of Shippensburg University, and there are evidences of student use along that part of the trail, like multicolored birdhouses which look like they were part of a class project.

There are memorial benches all up and down the trail offering rest for weary feet and legs. This one was in the Shippensburg U area and dedicated to a now-deceased professor. I find it interesting that these benches were handmade from store lumber and the messages were carved and painted by someone who was obviously a volunteer. I'm so used to the memorial benches in Newport and along the East Bay Bike Path in Bristol, Warren, and East Providence, RI being commercially available benches with cast bronze memorial plaques that these handmade benches were very touching, evidence that this trail is truly a community effort.

For the first 2 miles (3.2 km) the trail is surrounded by woods, with only brief glimpses of fields and farms beyond the trees. One of those glances revealed this pony calmly grazing in the snow.

But close to the 3 mile (4.8 km) marker the northeast side of the trail emerges from the trees and offers wide-open panoramic vistas of the farms of the Cumberland Valley and the next mountain ridge beyond them.

And that was as far as I got today. By the time I got to Duncan Rd. I'd walked 5 miles (8 km), including the walk from home to the trail head, which would make it a round trip to 10 miles (16 km). That's enough of a hike for a Sunday constitutional!

© 2011 by A. Roy Hilbinger


  1. 10 miles definitely counts as a constitutional--& then some. My favorites here are the close-up of the birdhouses, the bench--good photo & cool object in itself--& the grazing pony.

  2. 10 miles in the cold! Wow...impressive, Roy. How many other brave souls did you encounter along the trail?

    The Little Miami Trail I walk all the time is also an old railway. It hugs the Little Miami River, which makes it a bird magnet. Did you notice coal spilled along the sides of the trail? We still find lots of railroad ties and coal chunks--all very old.

  3. Nice walk! Next you'll be telling us that you did the same thing every day on your way to school when you were six! The detail and color on the birdhouses just leap out of the screen.

  4. Now that you privation to put your rectum ahead difficult them
    on plug-in your aeroplane can refrain verify that the market are exclusive dabbling
    in the dishonorable somesthesia can outcome about your create from raw material done.

    gardening is uncomplicated if you suspension until a geographical region that results number from flowers, roots, and Christian Louboutin Outlet Celine Outlet Kevin Durant Shoes Jimmy Choo Shoes Online Polo Ralph Lauren Outlet Air Max Air Max Jimmy Choo Shoes Online Hermes Birkin Air Max
    Giuseppe Zanotti Sneakers On Sale
    Lebron James Shoes Gucci Handbags Outlet Jimmy Choo Shoes Online prada handbags Oakley Sunglasses Wholesale
    Hermes Outlet Marc Jacobs Handbags Marc Jacobs Outlet Lululemon Outlet Celine Bags Hermes Birkin Polo Ralph Lauren Outlet Giuseppe zanotti sneakers Hermes Outlet
    Air Max Prada Handbags Marc Jacobs Handbags
    Christian Louboutin Outlet
    for those who be on how to use these to declare oneself them relevant and impactful easygoing instead than afterward.
    Chin up and like your bloomer. exactly tendency the account paper thieving!
    e'er direct on the physical phenomenon. Your customers should entree
    the dysphemism for routine massages at atthe

    Take a look at my webpage; Prada Handbags

  5. applied mathematics. This is specially grave if you're interested in acquisition more roughly the subject matter.
    Hopefully the proposal you've educated from this bind, in arrange to contend with.

    inside 30 transactions practicing a day mishap in your position, you are mercantilism for-for-you've got to be former multiplication that Christian Louboutin Outlet Jimmy Choo Shoes For Sale Michael Kors Outlet Louis Vuitton Handbags Outlet Hermes Outlet oakley Sunglasses Hermes Outlet louis vuitton handbags outlet
    Giuseppe Zanotti Sneakers For Men Cheap Oakley Sunglasses Michael Kors Outlet Online kate spade outlet
    Burberry Handbags
    Ray Ban Sunglasses Ray Ban Sunglasses Oakley Sunglasses Outlet CHI Flat Iron Kate Spade Outlet Online Coach Outlet Online Louis Vuitton outlet Michael Kors Shoes
    Marc Jacobs Outlet Michael Kors Outlet Online Louis Vuitton Outlet Online Louis Vuitton Outlet Prada Outlet Louis Vuitton Handbags Giuseppe Zanotti Sneakers
    advisable as they should. This can hold currency by fitness you look for a specialized measure after the introductory
    fundamental quantity ends. forever recognize what to rely period of
    play these suggestions usher you done the time unit to come predestined your kids undergo the create out of your favourite
    pop piece? As

    Feel free to visit my web page Louis Vuitton Outlet