Monday, June 20, 2016

Airline Trail

Date: June 11, 2016
Report Type: TA Report
Trail Name: Airline Trail
Town: Colchester to Willimantic
Trail Conditions: Generally good

Observations/Information: I led a group ride on the Airline Trail with 8 people from the Route 2 parking lot east into Willimantic. We rode over the recently-decked bridge. The trail continues for another 1 mile past the bridge where it is paved (the rest of the trail is stone dust) and ends at a kiosk about 0.2 miles from Rt. 32. We also rode on the half-mile paved section of the Hop River Trail (its only paved section) out to Route 66. The trail is generally in good shape, although some of the gates are tight to get around and often have a sandy surface underneath. Two people joined me for a second loop west that included a loop through the Salmon River State Forest. The forest road is in good condition; last year it was a kidney buster. The section between Route 149 and River Road always seems to be a sandy mess. My GPX track, which includes a map:

Trail Ambassador Name: Tom Ebersold
Trail Ambassador E-mail: bikehikekayak123[at]sbcglobal[dot]net
How did you use the trail? MT Biking
Trails Ridden: Airline Trail
Time of day: Morning
Time/Duration (hours): 5
Approximate Distance (Miles): 35
Image 1: Airline Trail start, Willimantic, 6-16.jpg 
Image 2: Airline Trail bridge over Willimantic River from trail, 6-16.JPG 
Image 3: Airline Trail bridge, view to Lebanon, 6-16.jpg Image 
Description(s)/Instructions: The Airline Trail Bridge over the Willimantic River and a view from the bridge toward the Hop River Trail.

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