Thursday, July 17, 2014

Bikes and Sights: Cycling On The K&P Trail

As I mentioned last Monday, the most amazing man in the world and I went bike riding one evening on the K&P Trail; an off-road recreational trail that is about 15 kilometers long (9 miles). And today, I’d like to write a little about that area and include some photos.

There is parking available at various points along the trail where you can leave your car.

One of the most popular trails in the Kingston area, the K&P winds its way through and around gorgeous lakes and fields, and presents a very scenic experience with its open landscape, rock cuts and wetlands.

Here I am looking all active and stuff.

It is a semi-urban and rural trail that is open year round, offering a variety of recreational uses including hiking, walking, horse-back riding, ATV driving, snow-shoeing, running, cross-country skiing and, as in our case, cycling.

Lots and lots of greenery surrounds you.

Incorporated in 1871 by a group of Kingston businessmen, the K&P was originally a rail line intended to run from Kingston to Pembroke to gain access to the lumber and mining industries, as well as the agricultural economy in eastern Ontario.

We've got a long road ahead of us.

By 1884, approximately 180 kilometres (111.8 miles) of mainline and sidings had been laid that reached Renfrew, but by this time, the Canada Central Railway had already built a line from Renfrew to Pembroke, and since it no longer made sense to continue, the K&P was terminated.

You spot some farms along the way.

Because of financial difficulties, the rail line was leased to the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) for 999 years in an agreement formalized in 1912. Beginning in the 1950s, the line was gradually abandoned.

And once in awhile you get a glimpse of wild turkeys.

The K&P, affectionately remembered as the ‘Kick and Push’ railroad, was transformed section by section into a scenic trail, and is now lined with trees as it crosses through the small towns it once promised prosperity to.

A tunnel runs underneath the highway bridge.

It is a very peaceful trail that we have walked through a few times since we moved here, and on our most recent visit, we choice to cycle instead, and ending up covering a total of about 13 whopping kilometers (8 miles) to and fro!

A silhouette under the bridge.

And to reward ourselves halfway through our ride, we parked our bikes outside a Tim Hortons (largest fast food service, and national icon) and enjoyed one of these:

Nothing like an iced cappuccino after a good cycling workout.

Then we headed home as it started getting dark.

Waiting for me to catch up as I stop to take photos.

It was a beautiful evening to spend on this amazing trail.


A mama duck and her babies enjoying a swim.

Have a great day, everyone.

28 comments:

  1. Holy geeze Martha sweetie you look like your daughter I mean the same age, beautiful photos I love them all saw the most wonderful man in the world, it's all so beautiful and I am so happy for you, keep on smiling

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    1. Oh yes, Lorraine, I'll keep on smiling! Life is short, and I try to make the best of it. Thanks, sweet stuff!

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  2. A bike ride through farms, tunnels, and wild turkey!? That sounds amazing. What a beautiful area to bike in :)

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    1. It's a great area to bike in. Very quiet, and very scenic. And I always get a kick out of seeing wild turkeys. There's something so entertaining about that!

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  3. Wow it's a beautiful trail. What a wonderful day out you both had...and healthy too.

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    1. We're trying to be somewhat active, and biking seems to be a fun way to do that.

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  4. I am glad to see you are wearing a helmet!

    Beautiful pictures. :-)

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    1. Always, Birdie, always! There are a lot of things I am willing to chance, but having a head injury is not one of them!

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  5. That trail is a wonderful resource for you Kingstonians . . . Kingstonites . . . .Kingstoners? Or whatever the hell you call yourselves!

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    1. King-stoners sounds kind of neat. LOL.... But from what I know since I've lived here, were are referred to as Kingstonians. Not as entertaining...

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  6. Wow your trail is lovely. We have a rail trail through here (Simcoe County, ON) that I love cycling on. Isn't biking in the summer the best? So lovely that you both cycle together. Sounds like the perfect day. Especially with the Ice Cap too! :)

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    1. Oh yes! Biking in the summer is the best. We hadn't done it in a long time, but it's becoming a favourite activity. And that cold coffee thrown in is pretty cool, too :)

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  7. Some wonderful shots of your biking outing.
    I love biking and go out with hubby in the cool of the evenings.
    Smiles

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    1. Thanks, Margie! Biking together is a lot of fun!

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  8. Cycling always gives opportunities for great scenery and photos. Plus we get some good exercise.

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    1. You bet, Red! Lots of fun and lots of good exercise.

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  9. Nice bike trial, I haven't rode mine in awhile

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    1. Sometimes we get caught up with other things. I'm sure you'll get back to it at some point.

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  10. Love it. What a great adventure. Wonderful pictures too.

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    1. It's so much fun. We can cover a lot of ground on bikes, so we get to see so many things along the way. Such a great way to explore your area!

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  11. Looks like you had a wounderfu time.

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  12. What a great place to cycle! It would be like being out in the country. Very peaceful looking.

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    1. That's exactly what it's like, Tina. Very peaceful.

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  13. I love it when old railbeds are converted to recreational trails. Looks like you found a nice one. Lovely photos!

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    1. It's a great idea to put these things to good use!

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  14. What a wonderful trip...I was thinking about the opportunity to start with the cycling as well, but nor started it yet... Maybe once...

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    1. It's a wonderful way to spend time and get some good exercise. I think once you start, you'll really get into it.

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