So this week's post about the world of vintage comes to you not from a store but a trail.
Several years ago, a paved path was built connecting the east side of our town to the west. It's a mile and three quarters long, connecting several little city parks, and has no cross traffic. It's been great for walks and runs but is kind of short for cycling.
So I was really excited to learn a couple of years ago that a new trail, following the path of a defunct rail line called the Pomeroy and Newark, was being installed, with its southern end connecting to the existing trail and the northern end spilling out on a beautiful, little-used road that winds along the White Clay Creek. They've installed some cool signposts:
Rails-to-trails is really just another form of recycling, kind of like turning trash into treasure. And the old rail line really had deteriorated into a weed-infested trash pile that now looks like this:
The trail isn't quite finished--parts still need to be paved, kiosks completed, transitions built at the cross streets, and a small bridge constructed--but its quite usable and it's kind of fun to see what's new every couple of days.
A couple of weeks ago, this cute awning appeared under the CSX crossing:
This morning, I was riding my bike on the trail when I came upon this object set on a little cleared spot off to the side:
At first I thought it was a stylized barbell, laid next to the trail to inspire walkers, runners, and cyclists to lift weights when they finish their aerobic workout.
But when I got off my bike to take a closer look, I saw this detail on the inside of the wheel:
It's a salvaged train wheel, placed there to remind everyone of the trail's former life as a rail line.
And whoever refurbished it definitely shares my appreciation for what you can accomplish with a nice can of glossy black paint.