A local inventor of people-powered rail transportation will share a very different travelogue Wednesday, April 6, at 7 p.m. I the Community room at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave.
Children and adults will enjoy this free program.
Richard Smart of Coeur d’Alene, who developed the railbike to make use of abandoned and inactive railroad tracks, will share one of the most exciting adventures of his 35 years of riding the rails with the film, “The Great Patagonian Railbike Adventure.”
Revisit Paul Theroux’s “The Old Patagonian Express” by joining four railbikers on their trek across the Patagonian steppe in Chile. The film follows two Swedes and two Americans for an 11-day expedition starting at the resort city of Esquel in the southern province of Chubut and ending at the dry windy city of Jacobacci in the northern province of Rio Negro.
The one-hour presentation introduces the sport of railbiking, and begins to share the feeling of what it is like to pedal a small fold-up bike loaded with camping gear over this abandoned South American narrow-gauge railway.
As you travel along with the foursome in the shadow of the Andes, you will discover the secrets of this rugged and remote land where the vistas are spectacular, the wildlife is fascinating, the people are inspirational and, if you are not careful, where the wind can blow you off your bike!
Smart’s loaded railbike will be on display at the library for two weeks prior to the program.
Patrons who need accommodation to participate in library programs or services are asked to contact the staff prior to the activity by calling 208/769-2315. News about the library and other city departments is also available on the City of Coeur d’Alene news blog: cdacity.blogspot.com.