High Trestle Trail for the first time this weekend. My friends and I entered the trail at Woodward and biked east. Our main goal was to see the new High Trestle bridge. We were not disappointed.
A converted railroad bridge, the High Trestle is a work of art and an unparallelled observation point, as well as a means of getting from Point A to Point B.
Signage along the bridge explained the coal mining history of the area, a history that was also embodied in the artwork of the half-mile long bridge. Dramatic girders at angles across the bridge represent the 'cribs' of coal mines. The 42-foot tall towers that frame the east and west entrances to the bridge symbolize the river and coal veins in the area.
Though we began our ride at 3 p.m., we picked a pretty good day. Both heat and humidity were a (tiny) bit lower than a week ago. We enjoyed every bit of breeze that came our way. An ice cream break at a little stand in Madrid gave us a chance to refresh for the return ride.
We expect to return to the High Trestle Trail - maybe even at night when the bridge is lit. It's a great addition to the Iowa trail system.