The Roanoker September/October 2017 - RVA14
TAKE A WALK
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
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