The weather was simply gorgeous and everything looked stunning in the bright morning sunlight. There were a few bird lovers already out on the trail but I was the only biker.
The ride was fascinating not only because of the verdant and unusual bog plant growth all around me but the signage detailed the railroad’s history as well. Back in the late 19th century, this railway was built to transport tourists from Saratoga Springs to Saratoga lake where they could ride a steamship named “The Lady of The Lake” around the lake!
I rode all the way to the end. At about two-thirds of the way in, there’s a wide boardwalk over a really wet area. I stopped to enjoy the incredible silence—only broken by the occasional deep sound of bullfrogs croaking.
Some sections of the trail—as mentioned—were still full of ties and man my butt hurt from all the bouncing!
Nevertheless it was a great ride and a wonderful taste of a side of nature most folks normally don’t get to see up close.
NOTE: Further details on the entire abandoned railroad line can be found here >
|The trek eastward|
|A lovely little spot (benches, etc.)|
|The profusion of railroad ties made it a very bumpy ride :-(|
|Deep in the bog the forest begins|
|The Beautiful Boardwalk|
|The ride back - the section was magically surreal!|
(Gandalf where are you?)
|So picturesque!! - the morning sunlight was perfect :-)|
Super Short Video of the Ride