If you’ve followed along over the past (almost) four years, you know that I am devoted to my motorcycle. Some of my favorite moments are spent exploring the countryside on my HD Softail Slim.
What you may not know is that before I fell in love with my motorized bike, I was a regular cyclist. No, not one of those athletes that you see riding the roads in their colorful jerseys, but I’d ride 10 – 12 miles in the mornings before work, and would take an 18- 20 mile ride almost every weekend.
Sadly, over the past 7-8 yrs, I’ve averaged just 8 miles per year as an organizer of, and participant in, the Ride of Silence.
The motorcycle definitely rules my heart!
In my determination to rekindle my love with the bicycle, and to get in better shape, I was up and out early yesterday, cycling The Riverway (all images were captured with my cell phone).
The Riverway is Radford’s bikeway / walkway system. 18 years ago, a group of citizens worked to secure federal and state grant funding, which when matched by Radford’s local government, led to the development of our wonderful bikeway. As a founding member of Pathways for Radford, it is still a thrill for me to ride on the Riverway, and to see what the City of Radford, and the Citizens of Radford accomplished together!
One of our fundraising efforts was the brick Pathways Plaza. Several of my family members are remembered in brick, including my paternal grandparents.
Benches, situated along The Riverway, also provided fundraising opportunities.
The bikeway / walkway runs right along the New River, and is a favorite place for walkers, runners, cyclists, and dogs walking their humans.
The Riverway runs right under Main Street through this tunnel. The approach to the Tunnel on either end is preceeded by a climb, so the tunnel provides a chance to catch a breath!
While I am just getting back on the bicycle, it already feels great, and I am committed to improving my health by riding at least once weekly. I figure if I get up early enough, I’ll find time to ride both bikes each weekend 🙂