Saw a billboard for the Dynamos, Greensboro's pro soccer team, yesterday. It revealed that they played at Bryan Park. "Where is Bryan Park?",
I asked Ann. She didn't know.
This morning, that little scene from yesterday forgotten, I set out to try to get on the other end of the Lake Townsend Trail, which I ran on, from its southern trail head, last week.
My NC map showed that NC 29 gets one quite close to the north end of Lake Townsend. Using my GPS, I saw that, as I neared being parallel with the top of the lake, I was coming to the exit for Bryan Park!
Drove by the turn to the soccer fields, thinking I wanted to get to the water's edge. Drove through some of Bryan Park's golf course to picnic shelters and parking.
Parked and started running. Searching for a trail head. Soon I was at the marina, where a nice employee gave me directions to the trailhead, a good two miles away.
Jogged back to the car. Drove through the middle of the golf course to the soccer complex. Instead of going in, I turned right, looking for the trail head on the left, as I was directed. Ignored the trail head for the trail to a couple of the soccer fields (also on the left). Came to the Sierra Club sign for the real trail head.
Ran for about five minutes on a well kept, narrow, wooded trail before coming to a bridge and then stone steps, with crude hand rail, for a steep climb out of a ravine created over the centuries by a little stream that contributes to the current Lake Townsend.
After following the crest of the ravine, the trail crosses the brick and cinder block foundation of a home which once overlooked what is now Lake Townsend. The trail then dropped, for the first time, to the shore of the lake itself (about 8 minutes into my trail run).
In 15 minutes I reached the same rickety foot bridge over a low wet spot that I had come to after about 25 minutes from the other trail head, last Sunday.
So I got to run much new territory again this week. Its great to keep finding these new trails!
In an hour on this trail, on July 3, mid-day, I saw no one.
Top nature views were birds. A hawk, ducks and song birds.