SoJourn Part II: Shoreline Greenway Trail Ribbon Cutting
With ominous clouds and thunder rumbling in the distance a large group gathered near the entrance of Hammonasset Beach State Park for the ribbon cutting of a new section of the Shoreline Greenway Trail. The goal of the Shoreline Greenway Trail is to have a 25-mile continuous path for walkers, hikers, and cyclists from Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison down to Lighthouse Point in New Haven. This section was particularly important as volunteers spent countless hours building a “walkway across the marsh.”
A good crowd was gathering while awaiting the arrival of the group of SoJourn riders who had spent the night at the campground. The hardy group was led to what was suppose to be the start point of the day’s ride by Ranger Russ of the Meigs Point Nature Center. Everyone gathered around a tent at the beginning of the new boardwalk to listen to the ceremonies.
On hand were many members of the Shoreline Greenway, Boy Scouts that helped work on the boardwalk, representatives of the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP), local politicians, along with media, and the general public. Speeches had to be cut short due to the approaching dark clouds. Things got a little dicey as camera flashes were being replaced by lightening bolts. So much so that the SoJourn riders decided that the best bet was to seek shelter from the impending store in the Hammonasset Beach State Park Offices.
The green ribbon over the boardwalk was cut and some of the crowd headed on to the boardwalk to check it out. The walkway surface is not made with traditional wood one might expect on a boardwalk. The surface instead is a material that provides better traction then wood or even traditional Trex Decking.
With the thunderstorm almost on top of us the crowd quickly went their separate ways. It would have been nice to hang out some more and mingle but lightening is not something to mess with. Almost the moment I pulled out of the park entrance the rain drops started to fall. The SoJourn riders ended up having to take cars instead of their bikes to their next stop, the Henry Whitfield Museum in Guilford.