The Rhode Island Division operates along the Old Colony Railroad, built in 1862. The rails meander alongside spectacular Narragansett Bay offering riders views of Jamestown, the Mount Hope Bridge, Hog Island Lighthouse, and coastal woodlands. Yet, this isn’t the typical riding the rails scenario you’re probably thinking of.. seated comfortably in a cushioned seat and watching the scenery whizz by as the train chugs along. Nope. You have to work a little bit for these views. To be a rail rider for this excursion requires pedaling!
Riding the rails on a pedal-powered “Rail Explorer” is a one-of-a-kind experience! It’s a great way to catch a glimpse of some views that you can only get from the tracks. And, it’s great for all ages! I took my five year old with us, and although he couldn’t fully pedal, he thought it was super fun.
We rode the rails in Rhode Island enjoying a leisurely 6 mile expedition along Narrangansett Bay. All riders are spread out so the distance between the bikes allows everyone to go at their own pace and enjoy the scenery in solitude. We took the Northern Ramble route which was a one-way railbike tour that traverses private waterfront estates, 2 golf courses, the Newport Preservation Society Topiary Gardens, and the Audubon Society Nature Preserve. A school bus will shuttle you back to the beginning after you finish.
Our roots will forever be from here, America, born and raised. Yet, life requires us to move more frequently than we care to count. Whether living stateside or abroad, you can always find us traveling somewhere. We scout out places that you only think you can dream of one day seeing and we seek out those that aren’t found in guidebooks. We then bring them to life here in our travel memos, so hopefully, one day you too can visit them or at least be able to live vicariously through us. This blog isn’t just about crossing off places from a bucket list. It’s about absorbing and learning how other cultures grow and fit into the same world that we do. Life is short and the world is big. Enjoy and get out there!