The Roanoker September/October 2017 - RVA14

TAKE A WALK

THE RIVERWALK
AT LYNCHBURG, VIRGINIA
This pleasant, flat walk combines out-in-the-woods with right-next-to-town.
STORY AND PHOTOS BY LEONARD ADKINS

Walkers of all ages
and levels will enjoy
the activity and
beauty of a pleasant stroll along the
Riverwalk.

14 | RETIRE-VA 2018

MY MORNING OUTING starts with a cappuccino inside

sorbed in looking at her smart phone that others have

Dublin 3 Coffeehouse located just a few steps from down-

to swerve away to avoid being walked into.

town Lynchburg's Riverwalk. Enjoying the ambiance created

Just beyond the rental bicycles displayed on the

by the wooden beams and exposed stone walls of a con-

lawn of Bikes Unlimited, the trail turns to cross the

verted tobacco warehouse, the espresso is soon coursing

James River on a curving, former railroad bridge, pro-

through my body, indicating it's time to get moving.

viding grandstand views up and down the stream. Cou-

Grade schoolers are streaming into the Amazement

ples, emulating a European ritual, have hooked pad-

Square Children's Museum as I walk eastward, surprised

locks onto the bridge's chain link fence as a symbol of

by how many people are on the trail at 9:30 on a Friday

their unbreakable love.

morning: young mothers pushing baby carriages, joggers

The paved trail on Purcival Island, once a busy rail

of various shapes and sizes, senior citizens taking leisurely

yard for Norfolk & Western, is arrow-straight and lined

strolls, dog walkers, dozens of bicycle riders and-what

by fringed phacelia and other wildflowers in spring.

seems to be inevitable in today's world-someone so ab-

The not-quite-ripe wild strawberries have me making

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