One of the things that excites me most is exploring new trails or new sections of trail that I have not previously run, hiked, or biked.
Yesterday, I got a huge surprise when I was running one of my "home" bike paths and discovered a brand new section of path branching off from it. I was planning on just a short run. And I didn't know how far this new section would go or where it would end up. But I couldn't resist checking it out even if it added more time and distance to my outing.
It turns out that it connects the Paul B Henry Thornapple Trail to what used to the the eastern most terminus of the East-West Trail in Kentwood. I love both of these lovely paved paths, so this made me skip and squeal just a little bit.
The new section boasts smooth fresh asphalt and I'm guessing almost a half mile of wide, beautiful boardwalk elevated over the marshy ground along the power line corridor. Super cool!
So I turned off from the Thornapple trail, ran the new connector, and then took Kalamazoo Ave back home creating a loop of about the same distance as if I had run the Thornapple trail between 44th and 52nd as an out-and-back.
I look forward to enjoying a new route this fall and will incorporate this section into longer bike rides and runs!