Iron Belle: Ypsi to Ann Arbor

Today was an absolutely beautiful day for a walk, and this might have been the most pleasant section yet. But while the walk was only ten miles, I really felt drained and exhausted. The only difference I can think of is that, because of the cooler temps, I’m drinking less water and thus walking around with 3-4 more pounds of water for a longer period of time.

I started in Ypsilanti, walking through town and eventually out to the Huron River. If you don’t mind missing football, I highly recommend walking during the Michigan game. Car and pedestrian traffic were both very light, making for a serene day.

Some architectural views on the way out of town.

And small scenes of nature.

This…dam? was really dramatic and unexpected.

This section of the Iron Belle is the same as the Huron River Greenway Border-to-Border Trail (B2B): “a non-motorized pathway that connects cities, parks, and many destinations throughout Washtenaw County. More than 40 miles of trail exist as a part of the B2B today, with 70 more miles planned. The B2B is the product of an ongoing collaboration of communities and organizations who are dedicated to safe, accessible, shared-use, non-motorized recreation and transportation.”

Here’s a detailed map of the master plan for the trail.

The signage is really well-done and helpful.

Some sculpture-enjoying at the end of the hike.

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