By Natalie Cagle
There’s a little tucked away jewel in Northwest Arkansas that has earned a good reputation in the cycling community. Amid the clear creeks and Ozark mountains are miles and miles of trails both singletrack, as well as dedicated trail systems for running/walking/riding.
A friend of mine invited me to ride the Razorback Greenway Trail that stretches from Bentonville to Fayetteville, Arkansas. In its entirety the trail stretches 36 miles one way and is completely off the road, away from cars, except for a few intersections you must cross. It winds around lakes, springs, through forests and farmland until you reach either Bentonville or Fayetteville, depending on your start. We started out in Bentonville, and before we started had to fuel up at, The Meteor, a local coffee/wine/bike shop that fits perfectly into the cycling vibe that Northwest Arkansas has built.
This was my first time to use the Garmin® Forerunner® 945 so please learn from my mistakes. 😊 This is an incredibly robust training device. As a Corning® Gorilla® Glass employee, I knew that the 945 uses Gorilla® Glass DX on this device. I also know the material science behind why it’s helpful. However, using it in action on my ride made the value of having it on the device even more apparent (no pun intended). Essentially Gorilla Glass DX is a glass composite that helps you to see the watch face better when outdoors, with the bonus of providing durability. That’s important when you’re training because you frequently look down at your Garmin to see how far you’ve gone, how much you have left, if your heart rate is up too high/too low etc. you get the idea. And for someone who is clumsy like me, having the durability is nice when you accidentally bang your watch against the railing on a bridge, like I did right before I snapped the picture below.