BeanQuest

August 13, 2006

Sunday Ride

Filed under: Uncategorized — Brian @ 1:58 pm

The weather today is beautiful. About 80 degrees, sunny and calm. After church today, I came home & grabbed a quick lunch before heading to the bike trail along the river.

This time, I went from the head of the trail up north to downtown Columbus and back. Almost 27 miles! How very cool that we have such a long, clear, smooth trail to play on.

All of the trail north of Ohio State is in trees and shade. The river is on one side, and it’s mostly open grassland on the other. A few houses, but none closer than about 75 yards from the trail. A high school, a few parks. There’s even a small (maybe 15 acre) wetland restoration project that the trail goes through. Last time, I stopped to watch a turtle cross the path there. We’re big on turtles around here.

Past OSU, it’s a little more urban (as you might expect, approaching downtown Columbus), but still well maintained and fun to ride. One of these times I’ll have to bring the camera and take my time with the ride.

Docked on the shore of the river in downtown Columbus is a “museum-quality” replica of the Santa Maria. That’s about where I turned around to head home. It’s much smaller than I’d expected – only 98 feet long.

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3 Comments »

  1. Sounds like a great trail…wish we had such a thing around here.

    Comment by Gwynne — August 13, 2006 @ 2:55 pm

  2. Yeah, I’ll reiterate my envy, although I have to wonder: can you really cycle at speed on the path, or is it too busy with slower traffic, bladers, hikers, etc.?

    Comment by Eric — August 14, 2006 @ 1:29 pm

  3. There’s a posted 15MPH speed limit, and I average about 15 or 16 on these trips.

    I slow down around people, but – to average 15 over an hour’s ride, I’m usually cruising around 16 or 18.

    It’s not very crowded. Occasionally I’ll have to stay behind someone while oncoming traffic passes, but not enough that it’s annoying.

    It’s a great trail.

    Comment by Brian — August 14, 2006 @ 4:14 pm


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