It’s now two weeks since the last day of my vacation, when I took this not very good photo on the Heartland Trail between Walker and Akeley, Minn. It was a moment I wanted to remember: The trail was like a lesson on perspective in art class, heading perfectly straight to its vanishing point. The air was rich with forest smells. Not for the first time, I thought of what a gift these old railroad routes have become, and what a great way they are to travel through the woods.
For my money, the Heartland is the best, but I also admire the more challenging Paul Bunyan. What’s the best bike trail in the state?