A nice group of rail trail fans celebrated National Trails Day June 1 by riding or walking from the old Gerrish Station trailhead in Boscawen to Holy Cross Rd. at Webster Place in Franklin and back. It was a lovely morning and the views of the Merrimack River and adjoining farm fields was magnificent.
Seen in the picture are Ken Leonard from Mass., Steve Darling, Steve Rayno, Bob Ward, Giesela Darling, Joyce and Ellsworth Morton. Lindy Heim who was taking the picture. Behind the group is the brand new informational kiosk that Ellsworth Morton constructed which will feature rail trail information, maps and rack cards.
While riding along, everyone admired the restored mile posts and new Franklin/Boscawen town line marker for which volunteer Ed Hiller is responsible. Also it was learned that large numbers of discarded tires, TVs and other debris had to be removed by board member Steve Rayno. With the help of prison workers and the town of Franklin, Steve patrols the Franklin section of rail trail with gusto. Don’t even think of throwing anything on Steve’s rail trail!
Two other riding groups were seen heading out on the rail trail that morning; a mom and two kids getting ready to ride to Webster Lake and a couple of friends, Ken and Bunny of Litchfield and Bedford, N.H. respectively who had a longer ride in mind with a possible stop at Naughty Nellie’s for lunch and/or ice cream. Locals as well as folks from some distance away are aware of this fabulous 4 season recreational trail and are coming out to enjoy it.
Altogether, the occasion was well celebrated.