The Local Bike Route

IMG_0477I had always seen signs for a bike route near my place of residence, so I decided to take my bicycle for a Saturday spin to see what this trail had to offer. Amazingly, this route actually connects to the Arkansas River Trail and downtown Little Rock. This discovery was definitely a pleasant surprise as the river trail is a network of several miles of designated walking and biking trails along the Arkansas River. My enthusiasm was dampens a little when I realized there is a little stretch of this local connecting route which passes through a rougher part of town. I think my first clue to this fact was the police car with sirens blaring accelerating towards the development of Section 8 housing. Nonetheless, I made it through this area unscathed and proceeded to enjoy my Saturday afternoon.

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One point of interest along the way was Dickey Stevens Park, home to the Arkansas Travelers. This minor league baseball team is a farm club for the Anaheim Angels. I think the stadium is undergoing some repairs as several sink holes had developed in the outfield recently… Probably can’t play ball with small craters scattered throughout the diamond.

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I then proceeded to the downtown area. Now downtown Little Rock is not a major metropolitan area, but it does have its charms. The trolley system could probably be counted as one of these charming features as it hearkens back to the days of electric transportation.

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I also discovered a bust of Count Pulaski; he is the man for whom Pulaski County is named. Born in Poland, he served in the army there and then came to the American colonies to serve in the Revolutionary War. Believe it or not, this man actually saved George Washington’s life and helped strengthen the Continental Army’s Calvary divisions. Despite these facts, I still think the county sales tax is too high.

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I then proceeded to leave the downtown area for the scenic ride along the River Trail. I passed some construction along the way. I’m not sure what is being built in the middle of the river, but my guess would be a bridge.

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I then proceeded to ride on the trails, over the bridges, and through the various parks of the river trail. The temperature was really mild and made for good cycling weather. The four hours on my bike passed really quickly. I rode a total of forty-eight miles, which was probably a little excessive as my right Achilles tendon started hurting, and I discovered why cyclists wear shorts with extra padding in certain areas. Nonetheless, definitely an enjoyable Saturday afternoon.

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