|Sunrise on the MoPac East Trail|
The trail reminded me a lot of the Wabash Trace in south-western Iowa (I walked it in sections earlier this year). The trail passes by horse ranches, farm land, and restored prairie. The trail surface is typical crushed limestone and is fairly well maintained. This portion of the trail crosses a couple bridges, the Stevens Creek Bridge (also called the Walton Bridge) east of Walton is the most impressive.
The trail, tree lined along most of the way, passes through Walton, Eagle, Elmwood, and Wabash. I decided to turn around at Eagle as it was ten miles from Lincoln and going any farther wouldn't have been a good idea. At Eagle I stopped at a tiny little grocery store and bought something to drink with the lunch that I'd packed. I sat at a picnic table in a large public park, siting in the sun to compensate for the temperatures in the 40s-50s, and ate my lunch, gaving my feet and legs a deserved rest.
Traffic picked up on the way back. I was passed by several bikers enjoying the trail. My favorite cyclist was an elderly woman on a pink bike with red and white hearts. The MoPac East trail is a terrific bike trail and I will return with my bike when I start training for RAGBRAI.
There are at least seven geocaches along this portion of the MoPac East. I managed to find four. My geosenses seemed a little off on this hike.
My right big toe was sore during the hike. Actually it was more the joint where the toe connects to the foot. Feels a little like tendonitis, which I have a history of. I'm going to rest the foot for the next week or so to let it heal a bit.
This was a good long hike that would be an even better bike ride. I managed to do 20.88 miles with 1,988 feet of ascent. I didn't really take any interesting pictures except for the one at the top of this post of the sun coming up over the trail.