Riding the Rails
While at the lake this summer I discovered a new "sport", riding the rails which is actually known as railbiking. Okay, I was in...what do you do? On what? What about the trains? And the adventure begins...what? No, not me. I was the happy, intrigued photographer trying to catch the group as they cruised the rails.
First off what kind of contraption is used to ride the rails? Well, a bicycle of course.
Not just any bicycle, but one that has had guidewheels and an outrigger attached to it.
Who does this? Is it popular? Well, a group of guys spent a few days in the area riding the Oregon rails. The trains had not been running between Coos Bay and Eugene for a few years so in my mind, no problem. The members of this adventurous group were from multiple countries, sharing the one thing that they loved, riding the rails and seeing the countryside and wildlife that most folks never do. They had pedaled in many countries and mentioned that they had actually taken the rails across Argentina!
I can see this becoming a popular activity but not one without risk. My mom always told me not to play on the train tracks. Good advice.
What about riding on them? Well, it takes some research on the part of the rider.
Are the tracks in use? If they are in use, when does the train run?
What happens if the schedule changes and you are surprised?
What if you forgot something and had to return to camp and find yourself on the train tressel with track repair equipment coming your direction? Do you pedal faster? Where do you go when there is a tunnel? Well, getting out of the way is good advice. One can only hope that there is a place for the rider to get out of the way!
One would not want the light at the end of the tunnel to actually be a train!
And it is not...
Wow, what a way to see the countryside, the trees, lakes, rivers and wildlife.
Wednesday rolled around quickly...it is time to share the great outdoors with one another! Susan at A Southern Daydreamer hosts Outdoor Wednesday. Stop by and take a look at the many outdoor acitivies.