Last issue, spring was just emerging in these parts. Now, here we are three months later in the midst of what looks destined to be one of the hottest summers we've seen in quite a while. If you believe summer heat means staying indoors, think again. Next time the mercury is inching over 100, make a visit to the Oxford Trail or the nature trail by the Yellow River in Porterdale. You'll be amazed what tree cover and shade can do for air temperatures. The cooling effective of greenway trails is another prime benefit we don't want to lose.
Speaking of summer, vacation season is a time when active Americans venture far and wide in search of trail adventures on bike and by foot. We felt this was an appropriate time to share a few feature stories about vacation travel via trail.
Also, since this newsletter is our way of reaching supporters who may not be connected to Newton Trails by our Facebook page, we've included recommended reading to catch you up on what you've been missing.
Where ever your travels take you this summer, stay safe and enjoy!
L. Maurice Carter Jr
Chairman, Newton Trails
|Hitting the Trails this Summer|
|Bicycle tourism is big business across America, and trails are a great draw. In keeping with the season of vacation travel, we thought we share a few good reads about two-wheeled adventuring on America's greenway trails:|
Path to Prosperity in Downeast Maine
The Grand Tour: How Bike Tourism Helps Local Economies
Florida Top 10 -- the Withlacoohee Trail
Iowa's High Trestle Trail from Ankeny to Woodward
The Path Less Pedaled
|Caution: Visionary Results Are Closer than They Appear|
We often write about inspiring stories from trails in other parts of the US. But, some of the best examples are just up I-20. On May 19, the City of Conyers and Rockdale County opened the first phase of their countywide multi-use trail network. The 2.3-mile segment known as the Olde Town Trail connects the Nancy Guinn Library to Wheeler Park and the Rockdale Career Academy.
As Conyers City Councilman Vince Evans said at the ribbon cutting: "Once the Johnson Park trail joins the South River Trail at the Monastery you can get on a bike here and ride all the way into Alabama." It's a grand vision, and one enthusiastically endorsed by the crowd of 80-100 supporters and trail users of all ages who turned out for the ceremony. Click the image above to view a short video.