Riders were ready to roll when the gates to Two Rivers Bridge were opened Saturday morning.
Our friend Chrissy Fox was heading out for some crazy 100 mile Iron Man training ride. She's still the smartest rider in this photo, as she is wearing a helmet and not talking on the phone while riding through a gaggle of riders and oblivious pedestrians.
Two Rivers Bridge offers yet another point of perspective for the spectacular views along the river.
It appeared that many of the riders crossing the bridge were simply out for a morning of exploring Two Rivers Park, but many others were eager to head out to Wye Mountain, Pinnacle, the Barrett-Garrison loop and roads beyond. I think it will take awhile for us to fully appreciate the benefits brought by this new trail link. When you consider that we have a system of trails and road routes that extend from Harper's Loop to the east all the way to Pinnacle State Park to the west, all of the possibilities will take some time to explore. TRB is not just a bonus for road riders, either, as a gaggle of my bike-nerd mountain bike friends were heading over the bridge to ride the single-track of the Jack's Fork Trail near the Pinnacle visitor's center.
Two Rivers Park offers miles of shady trails, a welcome relief from the hot asphalt of the open road.
OK, much of the open road was shady, too, for awhile! There was little traffic on Highway 300 this morning, but that is not always the case.
Our little group rode out Hwy 300 past Roland and took Ross Hollow Road up the back side of Wye Mountain. Ross Hollow get very little traffic and is quite scenic. Of course, you still have to climb to get to the top of Wye Mountain, and Ross Hollow teases with a climb, followed by a long descent in which you give back most of your climbing gain, only to resume the climb to the intersection with 300. None of the climbing is too bad and the flying descent down Wye on 300 makes the climb worthwhile.
As we returned to town, Judge Villines was still there as folks signed up for the mail list of Friends of Two Rivers Park, and looking quite pleased at the number of citizens who were out enjoying the new bridge.
The new bridge is a hit! Tell your friends.