There is something about the feeling of fresh asphalt under the wheels that, to a road cyclist, is akin to the smell of freshly tilled soil to a farmer or the smell of freshly baked bread to, well, damn near any human being. It is a visceral pleasure that makes you just take deep breath, smile, and exhale with a long "ahhhh...".
New Trail! Not open officially for business, but close enough for a short sampling.
I headed out from home on my mountain bike last Sunday to ride some single track at Burns Park. I decided to go by way of Fort Roots/Emerald Park in order to check out the progress on construction there and found the newly paved trail section over the Big Rock Quarry to be a delight! The trail winds through the woods with glimpses of the river valley below. Construction barriers are still up, so I won't be a total scofflaw and suggest that you check it out, but.....
There is still a short section at the east end that has not been paved, but the base is down and it's ready to go.
The evening that Michael Mattox and I checked out the trail repairs between the Burns Park launch ramp and the quarry, the asphalt was still warm and soft, so we just admired from afar. Work continues!
Here's a more recent update (Tuesday afternoon) on the work from NLR Parks:
ARKANSAS RIVER TRAIL - The section between Riverview Park and the Rock Quarry should be completed tonight. Work should begin tomorrow morning around 8:00am on the section at the Burns Park Boat Ramp by the golf course (weather permitting).
Jeff Caplinger, CPRP
North Little Rock Parks and Recreation