South of the Border


Innkeeper Pam prepared a delicious breakfast for the guests this morning. I could get used to this kind of pampering! We have a beautiful day for our bike ride, sunny and warm. From Jackson House in Railroad it is only a mile and a half to New Freedom. Even though we just polished off cheese and sausage strata, baked oatmeal, biscuits and jam, fruit, coffe and juice, Gary thinks we need to grab sandwiches at the deli for a picnic. OK! I'm in!

We take some time to look through the railroad museum inside the restored train station. Volunteer docent, Chuck, is fascinating in his knowledge of the railroad and the history of the area. New Freedom is the highest elevation on the rail line and it required two “pusher” engines to get the train up the mountain. From here, the grade drops 400 feet. I'm looking forward to flying down, but it may take a “pusher” engine to help me peddle back up…
One last look and a wave good by to the steam locomotive because the rails for the train, end here. The bike trail continues on the actual railway, now paved with limestone ballist.
Our ride crosses the Mason-Dixon Line and south into Maryland where the trail is called the Torrey C. Brown Rail Trail, formerly the Northern Central (NCR) Trail and extends another 20 miles to the Hunt Valley, Maryland area. We've decided to ride to Parkton, about 9 miles. This downhill is great!
Quite a different kind of ride, much of the next 20 miles goes through Gunpowder Falls State Park.
Frequent stops to scope out the fishing possibilities.
Great place for a picnic lunch! All along this amazing rail trail, there have been numerous picnic tables, benches, parks, restrooms, and amenities, sites to see and much to learn. No wonder Heritage Rail Trail County Park was named one of the top ten trails in the United States.
I've had a wonderful Mother's Day. Thank you to four great kids and one fantastic husband. Love to you all!


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  1. Beautiful!

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