I’m normally not much of a greenway cyclist. I enjoy riding with traffic and in the city as it makes me feel like I’m part of the Nashville organism and I like that quite a bit. But I decided to check out the Cumberland River Greenway as my New Years ride. This was a short ride of 17 miles and the weather was relatively nice for winter.
The above photo doesn’t really do it justice but I love this view. It’s right as I’m starting my ride and you can see the Nashville skyline in the distance and I know I’m going there. There’s just something about it that gives me a lot of pleasure. Also, I’m about to bomb down a pretty big hill!
As I was making my way to the greenway trail head, I pulled up to a stop sign and noticed a hawk or falcon of some sort sitting in the grass. I was shocked that it didn’t immediately fly away and it waited until I was reaching for my camera before doing so. It wasn’t until it flew away that I noticed that it had been clutching a pigeon in its talons! After being freed, the pigeon fluttered around and seemed to make its way to me. My mind wanted to assign some human intentions and emotions to the thing, like perhaps the pigeon was coming towards me for safety from the hawk. As you can see in the photo, it was bleeding pretty badly and it died within 30-45 seconds of the hawk flying away. I was a little shocked and didn’t really know what to do. At first I felt bad for the pigeon but then I felt bad for the hawk because I scared it away from its meal and now the pigeon died for nothing.
The greenway itself was pretty nice as you can see in the photo above. There were only a handful of pedestrians as I was making my way to Nashville. There were little bike sized stop signs at the appropriate places and cutesy “Smile” signs (I did) as you’re starting down some of the hills. There’s a section of the greenway as you’re getting closer to Nashville that snakes between businesses in an industrial section of the city. This section had a run down feel to it but you’re thru it pretty quick.
I was able to stay on the greenway for nearly the entire way and stopped near the Shelby Pedestrian Bridge to take in the view and watch as construction workers were taking down the New Years Eve stage from the night before. By this time it was time for some lunch so I met Jen at Taco Mamacita. Afterwards, I just put the bike on the bike rack and drove home as we had plans and we didn’t have time for me to bike the rest of the way home.
This was a great ride. I explored part of Nashville I’d never been to before and the weather was pretty great. I certainly see myself using the greenway more to reach downtown or even Germantown in the future.
Below are some of the photos I liked and here is the set.