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January 11, 2013

Chocolate Walk offers fresh air, friendship

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No one bikes, and many people don’t even walk on the Chocolate Walk, preferring to travel by snowshoes or cross-country skis, although these methods didn’t work last winter.

“Last year was more of a mud walk,” Cilley said. “But the previous year, there was beautiful, fresh snow.”

The Chocolate Walk passes through undeveloped landscapes, “wooded, swampy areas that are very picturesque during any season,” Cilley said. “You do see a different perspective with all the leaves gone.

“If we have time, we will be walking out on the elevated boardwalk called the SwampWalk, which is only accessible by the rail trail.”

Cilley said that newcomers to the rail trail are often surprised to find out how quickly they can move through town without using a car.

And she appreciates meeting people who may be new to the Bi-Peds, but have lived in Danvers all their lives “and know a lot and share their knowledge.”

These encounters are enhanced by the camaraderie that develops from making this journey in the middle of winter.

“The most fun is meeting folks, because normally, you don’t have a chance that often to get together with people in winter,” Cilley said.

If you go

What: Fourth annual Chocolate Walk with Danvers Bi-Peds

When: Tomorrow, 1:30 p.m.

Where: Meet at Putnamville School House, 224 Locust St.

More information: www.danversbipeds.org or 978-777-4661

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