Randy and Nova from Randy & Nova’s Bicycle Scrapbook recently rode the Prairie Sunset Trail, finding about four miles of the rail-to-trail project open — one mile in Garden Plain, and three miles in Goddard.
We’ve been all over the US and even Canada riding rails-to-trails but had still not ridden the one in our own back yard, the Prairie Sunset Trail. The trail is still not finished but we decided to ride what segments we could that were open.
We started in Garden Plain. To get to the trail head we exited hiway 54 to Garden Plain and parked at the Garden Plain Park which is just North of where the trail begins. We rode East for 1 mile and then back. For the first few hundred feet the trail runs alongside the old railroad tracks that are still in place.
Next we hauled the bikes to Goddard where there is a nice trail head/park in the middle of town. Just drive down Main street and it’s easy to find. We rode one mile West out of Goddard and back, then 2 miles East and back. So total we rode about 8 miles and this appeared to be all that was open.
The trail surface is a nice fine crushed rock that could probably even be ridden on a skinny tired bike. In Goddard the trail is paved. After the ride we ate at Gerrard’s on hiway 54 in Goddard.
Here’s a video they recorded of their ride:
Thanks for the update!