|View of the Trinity Trails 3.31.11|
For high school graduation I got an awesome mountain bike, which I used to ride around in neighborhoods and through parks. One day I decided to go outside of my comfort zone, which was Overton Park and Foster Park, and head out into the wide open. I was amazed. Fort Worth had a huge backyard that I had never seen, or even heard of. I felt like a little kid ready to explore the unknown.
"Should I head east or west?" I asked myself before my first journey. East would probably take me to familiar territory so I felt most comfortable with that decision. I ended up behind my favorite Starbucks on University Drive. A little further I ended up by Forest Park. When I got home I realized I had a lot more territory to cover so this was going to take the whole summer. I bought some biking shorts and a CamelBak to make it official.
|View from the Trinity Trails 3.31.11|
I would go a little farther every time I hit the trails. One day I ended up in Benbrook at a beautiful waterfall. Another day, a forest in Benbrook. These spots soon became my destination where I'd stop, ponder life, drink some water and then head home. I ended up riding two to three hours about three days a week. Oh college ... the good old days. I miss having that kind of time.
After 11 years of being a good friend to me, I had to retire the bike and will donate it to Bikes for Tykes. Last weekend I went to Bicycles Inc and got myself a new friend — a Specialized mountain bike. Now that I live in a different part of town I have a new section of Fort Worth's backyard to explore.
It has turned into a lifelong hobby. I recommend a little exploring to anyone with a child-like spirit and to all Fort Worth residents.
|Trinity Trails Map|
|Downtown's Backyard 4.2.11|
|Railroad on the Trinity Trails 4.2.11|