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Blackstone Valley to Narragansett Bay • April 11, 2020
This course is chock full of historical infrastructure including old canals, locks, dams, railroad bridges, etc. The photo above shows the Blackstone River beyond a thin band of trees to the left, while a canal bypassing the river is on the right. The trail we ride on here was once the path for the horses that would tow the barges along the canal.
One of the photos in this description (near the end) is of a lock built around 1820 used to bypass some rapids on the Blackstone River. We will also cross the Blackstone River gorge as our bridge passes over an active railroad bridge, and between abutments of a third unfinished railroad bridge. While most of this course is rural, we will briefly ride on city streets in Woonsocket, Central Falls, Pawtucket, and Providence areas. For your safety, we suggest you bring your red rear and white front lights for enhanced visibility.