Exploring Lewes’ new rail trail and beyond

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Here’s a photo from near where the rail trail ends now. (Vanessa Junkin photo)

The timing couldn’t have been better for me to check out the first part of a new rail trail in Lewes.

I had a pack of 10 barre classes to start using at Sea Barre Fitness in Lewes, and I had just seen the news that the first part of a rail trail in Lewes had opened. I love exploring new places on runs, and as I’ve been upping my mileage some, I’ve been getting a little bored of the areas near my house.

I saw in the photos with the story, linked above, that the trail was near the Lewes Public Library, so I made my way to the library after leaving early from work on Monday. There was plenty of parking near the library, which was right on the trail, along with bike racks and bathrooms — something every runner can appreciate.

I wanted to run the entire open part of the trail, which my watch logged as about 1.1 miles so far. According to the News Journal article, it will eventually go to Georgetown.

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Here’s a mid-run selfie. I tried to take an action shot, but I still need to work on the self-timer. (Vanessa Junkin photo)

I started out on the trail toward the right, which is to the northeast. After about a half mile, it ended, but I realized there was another paved trail. A sign said it was the Junction and Breakwater Trail, but I hadn’t realized there was this paved section.

I realized I had made a circle, seeing the Lewes Public Library once again, but I continued on the trail until I was at a little more than 2 miles total, retracing my steps back to the rail trail so I could run the rest of it and see how long it was.

I was curious about this added part of the Junction and Breakwater Trail and even posted in the Rehoboth Seashore Marathon Facebook group mid-run to ask about it. This part of the trail has been here about a year or so, I learned from the comments. (And here’s a news story that I saw today when looking for the other one I linked to.)

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Here’s a part of the new rail trail that was early on in my run. (Vanessa Junkin photo)

It was awesome to find that additional part of the Junction and Breakwater Trail while out on my run.

Back on the rail trail, I continued past the library to make it to the other end of the finished part. I crossed the street to see if there was anything else, but I ended up turning around at Route 9, as it appears that’s where it ends for now.

I ran a total of 5.4 leisurely miles, which included taking photos and, as mentioned above, even posting on Facebook, before heading off to my non-leisurely barre class. (Read about that here.)

I’d love to bring my bike back to explore these trails in a new way.

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