Iron Belle: Belleville to Ypsilanti

Since my previous walk was a bit of a debacle (stuck in a Metropark, too hot, hives), I was kinda dragging my feet on getting out on the trail again. This next section, too, had the first unfinished portion of the trail that I’ve encountered, so the uncertainty fed my procrastination.

Finally I got myself in gear and drove back to the outskirts of Belleville. Unfortunately I couldn’t park at the exact place I stopped last time, so I ended up skipping a small, unfinished section.

After a short walk I stumbled upon a lovely art show. Really good stuff, in a variety of media. And FREE SNACKS. Look at that lemon poppy seed muffin! I was so excited about the snacks that I forgot to look for a tip jar or donation box. I hope I didn’t stiff anyone!

I purchased this magnet featuring a Major Mitchell’s cockatoo by artist Tim Marsh. What a great start to the day!

Okay so here’s a photo of the unfinished section. It’s slightly weird, because obviously it’s not a “zone” for walkers. But it doesn’t really feel dangerous, either…there’s usually enough shoulder to keep clear of the traffic.

It was a beautiful day–here’s a view of Ford Lake.

People like photos with people with them, so here’s one of me. I have to figure out some other variation on the “trail selfie.”

One thing I love about these hikes are all the small bits of anonymous beauty and creativity you find along the way.

As I was approaching Ypsilanti…oh no! Road closed! But while it was closed to cars, I was able to walk around and stick to the path.

Making my way into town, the sidewalk turns into a real trail for a bit, eventually feeding into Riverside Park in Ypsilanti. This bridge over the Huron River was quite striking.

I ended the walk in Ypsilanti’s Depot Town, grabbing an ice coffee before getting a Lyft back to my starting point.

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  1. Nice mix of town and country on this section seems like. Like the observation of “small bits of anonymous beauty and creativity” along the way. The open cube sculpture is especially interesting, although I had to smile at the chain-link fence that framed it in the background. Ubiquitous in Allen Park when I was growing up, an easily scalable barrier for us kids if we hit a ball into the neighbor’s yard. Just check to see if they were watching and get over and back quick.


    1. The open cube sculpture was quite large, as tall as a person I think. There were other metal works around the yard…you can kinda see the light pole made of metal with rocks inside the cage. But yes also the chain link fence!


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