The Other Rail to Trail: NRV Trail

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Sort of a busy week ahead, with many hours of sitting in metal folding chairs. Committee animal this boy is not, and yet I will be because it is required. Hopefully the human end can tolerate the required hours to achieve the organizational means.

At the end of the week, on the other hand, I expect to be entertained in pleasant surroundings–by Wayne Henderson and friends.

And to visit Draper Merchantile for the first time. [Directions]

The occasion a celebratory focus on the New River Trail–a 57 mile linear bike park that for a good bit of its length follows the New River.

I confess, with regret, that other than walking a few miles on it, I have never really explored this regional jewel–another reclaimed rail bed available for all kinds of recreation and study.

So I’ll be there this Sunday. Click the image to see the larger version for details. See you there!

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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