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Afternoon Bicycle Ride

I went on a 3-mile bicycle ride this afternoon.  I took the Warren-North Warren Bike/Hike Trail from our house in North Warren to Morck Park in Warren and then back home.  I rode to Morck Park alone; however, I had company for the ride back.  Bob rode his bicycle into work this morning, which is a 3-mile ride from our house.  I surprised Bob by meeting him at Morck Park.  We rode home together.

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Flowering Trees at Morck Park

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P5090763 4x6The Warren-North Warren Bike/Hike Trail is near the Conewango Creek.
This is my favorite view of the Conewango Creek from the Bike/Hike Trail.

Bicycle Ride

Bob and I went for a bicycle ride through our neighborhood and across the grounds of the Warren State Hospital to Pioneer Arboretum.  I asked Bob how far we rode.  He said 2 miles.   I brought my camera along for the ride.  I didn’t take too many photographs, only three.

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The Pioneer Arboretum is at the north end of the Warren-North Warren Bike/Hike Trail.  This train stands as a reminder that the trail was once a rail corridor.

P4070493 4x6On our way back home we rode past this patch of crocuses.

P4070494 4x6This is Peek-A-Boo.

I haven’t ridden a bicycle much in the 15 years (almost) that I have lived in Warren.  It was very windy today.  I found the pedaling easy, when the wind was at our backs.  The pedaling was very hard, though, when we faced the wind.  We faced the wind the whole way back home from Pioneer Arboretum.

Breakfast at the Train Station

Today is the first day of Spring.  Bob and I started the day with breakfast at the Train Station, a restaurant located in our hometown.

the Train Station

My husband has lived most of his life in our hometown. The Train Station has been serving food for as long as he can remember. The food quality is excellent; prices are affordable; and the service is great.

We enjoyed our breakfast of scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage (Bob), and pancakes (me). Bob’s breakfast didn’t include any toast, home fries or pancakes because he is on a low carbohydrate diet. He is doing well on the diet. He started watching carbohydrates the middle of February. He had been cutting back on food prior to going on the low carbohydrate diet. He has lost a total of 23 pounds, 15 of them since the middle of February.

After breakfast we went on a drive around the Allegheny Reservoir, the subject of my next blog post.

An Afternoon Stroll on the Warren-North Warren Bike/Hike Trail

Bob and I have the good fortune to live near the Warren/North Warren Bike/Hike Trail. The bike/hike trail is an abandoned railroad corridor that has been converted into an off-road trail for recreational use. The current trail goes from Warren’s East Street, alongside the Conewango Creek and Route 62, to North State Street in North Warren. The trail is 2.7 miles long.

Plans are in place for extending the trail an additional 4,300 feet. The 4,300-foot extension will begin at the intersection of North State Street and Route 62, where the trail now ends, and continue north to the northwest corner of the Warren Mall parking lot close to the Conewango Creek.  This past Sunday Bob and I went for a walk through our neighborhood and entered the bike/hike trail at the intersection of Jackson Run Road and Route 62. We passed by the grounds of Warren State Hospital.

Warren State Hospital

Warren State Hospital

We walked past the Warren State Hospital grounds but didn’t quite reach the end of the trail. My knee was hurting. Even though we took a break at a bench along the trail, I was afraid if we walked to the end of the trail that I would not be able to walk back home. I took a few more pictures on our way back home.

The Train Station

We’ve eaten at The Train Station restaurant a few times. The food is of good quality and reasonably priced. The bike/hike trail is built on an abandoned railroad corridor. This restaurant was an actual train station when trains went through this corridor. To the left of the restaurant is the Warren State Hospital grounds.

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Two bicyclists cycling on the Bike/Hike Trail

Robin on Tree Stump

 

When I first saw this robin it was standing on the ground, looking for worms. As I slowly approached, the robin flew up on top of this tree stump.

North Warren’s Pioneer Arboretum

Located almost in my back yard is a gem of a park known as Pioneer Arboretum. The arboretum is located at the northern end of the Warren-North Warren Bike/Hike Trail that I wrote about earlier. The arboretum contains a gazebo, a few birdhouses, many flowering bushes and several tree species each identified by name. I have lived in Warren since June 1998. I have passed by the arboretum many, many times. Never once had I stopped to wander in its midst. This past Monday evening my husband, Bob, and I went for a walk in the arboretum.

State Street entrance; gazebo in background

I had to laugh out loud when I saw this well. My friend, Tara, asked me a while ago if I knew of a nearby water well that she could photograph for a CD album cover. My response was no. Well, look here … a water well right in my back yard! Tara has since released her CD, “Have Some Love & Hope & Let it Show”. A water well does not adorn the CD cover. Tara, if a water well will fit in the theme of your next CD, I know where to find one now!

What a cool-looking birdhouse!

The Warren-North Warren Bike/Hike trail passes alongside the Pioneer Arboretum. This train stands as a reminder that the trail was once a rail corridor.

The northern end of the Warren-North Warren Bike/Hike trail passes alongside the Pioneer Arboretum.

Bicycle Ride on Warren-North Warren Bike/Hike Trail

Bob and I have the good fortune to live near the Warren-North Warren Bike/Hike Trail. The trail is an abandoned railroad corridor that has been converted into an off-road trail for recreational use. The trail is 2.7 miles long. In February this year our local newspaper reported that the Warren-North Warren Bike/Hike Trail will be getting longer. A 4,300 foot extension is planned. I look forward to being able to go further on the trail. The trail is popular with bicyclists, walkers (with dogs, with children, with babies in strollers, or just plain walkers), rollerblading enthusiasts and joggers.

This afternoon Bob and I went for a bicycle ride on the Warren-North Warren Bike/Hike Trail for the first time this year. We didn’t ride the entire length of the trail today. I didn’t want to overdo it, as I continue to experience pain in my knee and foot. As a matter of fact, when we first started our ride, I didn’t know if I would be able to ride very far at all. My leg felt as though it would break if bended too much; that’s how stiff my leg felt. The stiffness gradually lessened, and I was able to enjoy the ride. I rode farther than what I expected. Bob said we rode 2 1/2 miles. Here’s a few photographs of the Warren-North Warren Bike/Hike Trail.


The forsythia are blossoming.

The bike/hike trail runs alongside the Conewango Creek.
That’s Bob on his bicycle.

Conewango Creek
This is my favorite spot along the bike/hike trail.

The Warren-North Warren Bike/Hike Trail continues alongside Route 62, past Dairy Queen and, what used to be, Quality Market. (Quality Market closed its doors soon after Walmart came to town.)

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