Cycling Southern Ohio

The two happy travelers are in Xenia, Ohio, at the beginning of a 9 day multi-sport adventure!  First up, cycling on the Ohio to Erie Trail, designated as Ohio Cycling Route 1.  Xenia is cycling central.  Xenia Station is the hub.

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An almost unbelievable number of long-distance trails emanate from here.  Cyclists come from far and wide to ride these trails.

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The Ohio to Erie Trail is a recreational trail spanning the entire length of the state of Ohio, from Cincinnati to Cleveland.  At this time, about 280 out of the 326 total miles are paved trails separated from automobile traffic.  The overall trail is a collection of 22 local and regional trails, mostly following abandoned railroad and canal rights-of-way.

We are not doing the entire trail this time, but instead will explore the section in southern Ohio around Xenia over a two day period.  Follow our route, or plan your own, with this interactive map.

The section heading north from Loveland was the most scenic, in our opinion.  Most of the trail is through a canopy of trees.

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The trail here parallels the Little Miami River, and there are a few interesting bridge crossings.

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Some sections of the trail extend through wooded natural areas.  Others skirt typical Ohio farmland.  We saw plenty of corn…

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And wheat…

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Reminding us that our food has to be grown somewhere, and the Midwest is the nation’s breadbasket.  The trail goes by quaint  small towns such as Spring Valley….

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Many with  red-state-leaning political beliefs as is frequently found in the heartland.  It’s always good for city folk like the two happy travelers to be reminded that our great country is composed of people with varying viewpoints.

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While in Loveland, we coundn’t resist the call of Graeter’s, a fond memory from our days in Cincinnati.  It wasn’t quite noon yet, but we figured that we were burning a few calories on the trail.

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The bike path here parallels the Little Miami River.  But why just cycle alongside when you can get out on the water?  We rented a canoe and had a great time.

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We would recommend the outfitter we used, Little Miami Canoe Rental.  The 6 mile option was plenty after a morning of cycling.

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Back in town, we enjoyed the small town vibe of a typical local bar/restaurant, Nick’s…

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The walls are covered with plaques.  One of our personal favorites, and a fitting philosophical end to our sojourn into the heartland and away from the hustle and bustle of the city, is this one:

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And on that note, we  pack our bags and head west to Indianapolis.  Until next time, thanks for traveling along with us.  We’ll be back next week!

 


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