Newly arrived songbirds sing and call in the trees and shrubs. Violets are in bloom, producing purple splashes by the trail. Red maple buds are specks of scarlet in the trees. To the left, a water view; to the right, woods.

Busy Route 10 in Cheshire is a short distance away, but there’s no need to worry about cars and trucks as I pedal the bicycle. All is well. My highway for the morning is the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail, open only to foot and bicycle traffic.

STEVE GRANT, The Hartford Courant

“Unbroken Beauty: Walking Or Biking The Farmington Canal Heritage Trail,” April 23, 2011