The Washington Secondary Bikeway is four connecting rail to trail conversions in Rhode Island. The Cranston Bike Path, The Warwick Bike Path, the Coventry Greenway and the Trestle Greenway
Riding a rail to trail converted bike way is a great way to meet people and strike up conversations. Today was no different on this ride of just under 40 miles. A conversation with a man riding his electric assist bike was cut short when I happened upon a man walking his very shy Airedale, Max. I told the owner that I had a miniature version, a Welsh Terrier. As he looked over my bike he mentioned that he rides a motorcycle with a sidecar for Max. The sidecar is equipped with a safety belt and Max rides proudly wearing his leather helmet and goggles. When Max is riding in his sidecar you can envision him, when he sees another dog saying, “look at me. I’m the prince of the dog kingdom”.
On the return leg, I stopped at The Hot Dog Cafe in Coventry, R.I. This was a place that welcomed best friends to stop in. The front was a people place offering hot dogs and other light foods. The coffee was good and today, because it was election day, the coffee was on the house. The side entrance was a bakery specializing in dog treats. Peanut butter and oatmeal treats made it impossible not to bring some home for my two best friends. Since the bike trail was extended to pass within a few feet of the Dog House Cafe, their business has improved considerably. They will be closing for the winter soon, but if find yourself riding the Coventry greenway make it a point to stop in for a treat for yourself and while there, get something for rover. You will both be glad that you did.
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New England was know for it’s textile mills for many years. The owners moved the operations south to take advantage of cheap labor and in time the vacant buildings began to deteriorate. Many were saved by investors who converted them into outlet malls. When those failed the same building were converted into housing, mostly for the elderly. There were many buildings that remained vacant for decades that lately began being converted to high end condos and apartments. The Royal Mills in Warwick R.I. is one of those turn of the century brick monoliths. The complex has gone
Here is the video of todays ride.