by Mike Price, Chapter Outings Leader |
A great trip down the Greenbrier River Trail, which was enjoyed by all so much that we just may have to do this one again!
Saturday Aug.18th was a great day for the bike trip from Cass to Marlinton. The weather had changed from hot and humid to a very pleasant cool and breezy. The group got started around 10:00am, everyone on newer mountain bikes except for me on my 1982 XJ 1200. Im sure everyone was wondering if it would make it the full 24.5 miles.
As we began our trip enjoying the cool air and scenery, we heard the loud piercing whistle of the Shay engine pulling into the station at Cass. The sound made you feel as if you were in the past when the trains still ran.
At the 78.5 mile post we passed the old bridge piers that crossed the river to the Warn Lumber Co. which operated there from 1914-1928. Near Stoney Bottom we again heard the distant whistle of the Shay engine leaving the station at Cass.
We stopped briefly at the old depot at Cloverlick and stopped for lunch at the trail campsite at 69.6 mile post. Soon afterward we passed through Sharps Tunnel and crossed the bridge over the Greenbrier River. Not far from there we paused to watch two deer crossing the river.
We stopped at the restored water tank at Marlinton before finishing our trip at the depot there. And yes, the old 1982 XJ 1200 made it the whole trip.
As a conservation issue we discussed the importance of preserving stream headwaters and the Clean Water Act. And the issue of mountaintop removal relating to streams.
This was a very nice trip and for everyone who missed this one, we will definitely do it again. Special thanks to Nate Parr and Ann Devine-King for helping.