Barbara Brown, founder of Healing Rides, with her mother on the Constitution Trail in Illinois
Do you know the top handicap trails near you? Get inspired by what Barbara Brown is doing with the Illinois Wheelchair Bike Program, dedicated to restoring health and happiness one ride at a Time. One participant, T.J. is just one of 150 Healing Rides participants who benefit mentally and physically from regular trail rides along the Constitution Trail, a 36.4-mile rail-trail jointly owned and maintained by the twin Illinois cities of Bloomington and Normal. Brown recounts the success stories: a couple in their 80s who draw fellow trail riders into cheering contests for their beloved Cubs and Cardinals baseball teams. A woman from a local nursing home who, in thanking her pedaler, spoke her first words in two years. A terminally ill man whose daughter says he hardly ever smiled at the end of his illness—except for the hours after each ride.
You can find the top trails by state for biking, wheel chairing, or Nordic walking at https://www.traillink.com/ac…/wheelchair-accessible-trails/…