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Day trip bike paths, what is your favorite?

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    derm
    derm
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    Wow, type bike paths into the CU search engine and you get some info. I really enjoy riding my bike and doing so with my family. I dont like riding on streets as I think it is a death trap/Mad Max Thunderdome experience. (Master Blaster runs bike paths) Kudos to those who ride with the cars everyday.

    What I really like is getting onto a dedicated bike path, especially one in the woods somewhere. Next week I will be riding with family and friends the Black Hand Trail at Black Hand Gorge State Nature preserve, cant wait.

    So what do you all recommend as a similar path? I want to do the Ohio Erie trail with my daughter, but dont want to do the CBus to Cleveland leg with its 75% roads. Might do the Cincy to CBus part. Newark to Granville looks good. Anything else recommended by the CU day travellers?

    #499426

    ohbonobogirl
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    Newark to Granville and beyond is pretty nice. It’s an easy ride with lots of potential for detours into towns. The one out in Gambier around Kenyon (Kokosing gap?) is also really nice. Search for rail trails on google and you’ll get some results.

    #499427

    Anonymous
    Inactive

    Since my 5 year old became ecstatic on the bike trailer w/handlebars and pedals, this thread is pertinent to my interests. Anybody install one of those trailer hitch type bike racks on a Prius? Sorry to kinda derail.

    #499428
    derm
    derm
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    0Angle said:
    Since my 5 year old became ecstatic on the bike trailer w/handlebars and pedals, this thread is pertinent to my interests. Anybody install one of those trailer hitch type bike racks on a Prius? Sorry to kinda derail.

    You do!

    Trailer hitches, especially if you are not doing a trailer, are extremely easy. You just order a hitch.

    http://www.amazon.com/CMFG-Trailer-Hitch-Toyota-Receiver/dp/B007R9S98W

    And bolt it into the already tapped holes in the frame on your Prius(this is an assumtion on my part, but some models have them)Go to Giant Eagle to get the Amazon gift card to buy this and get gas perks, that you really dont need anyhow because you have a Prius.

    Since you are not pulling a trailer, you dont need hitch wiring for the brakes and lights. You just get a bike rack to slide into the reciever, or one of them platform thingeze that hold coolers or what not. Literally takes 15 minutes.

    http://www.amazon.com/Allen-Deluxe-3-Bike-2-Inch-Receiver/dp/B001M4KXDM/ref=sr_1_1?s=automotive&ie=UTF8&qid=1339288728&sr=1-1&keywords=1+1%2F4+bike+rack+hitch

    #499429

    Anonymous
    Inactive

    Dang Derm, you are all kinds of awesome. Have we met?

    #499430
    derm
    derm
    Participant

    Maybe. I have a crummy memory for names and faces. Of course if your Prius does not have tapped holes in the frame it is tough to do and then I become way less awesome. I would crawl under the car to check. I would bet it does tho. I had a Toyota Sienna minivan years back that I put the hitch on myself into holes that were already there. Very easy. Then I had to retrofit the hitch wiring for the trailer brakes and lighting. Not very easy. So with no wiring, might be very easy.

    #499431

    RoJoNo
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    Closer to home are the Alum Creek / Three Creeks trails, which are wooded. The trails will take you a couple blocks away from lunch in downtown Groveport, whose streets do not resemble your perceived dystopia. Within walking distance of the trail end is Little Italy. Here is a 24 mile out-and-back trip that starts at Cleo-Dumaree rec center (http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/101414439) The length of the trip can be adjusted by parking closer to Groveport.

    #499432
    rus
    rus
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    derm said:
    (Master Blaster runs bike paths)

    I admit it. This made me laugh.

    #499433

    hungrywoolf
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    I really enjoyed the Kokosing Gap trail
    http://www.kokosinggaptrail.org/

    Miami Valley has some nice trails
    http://www.miamivalleytrails.org/

    Ohio Bikeways
    http://www.ohiobikeways.net/

    Ohio rails to trails
    http://www.trails.com/stateactivity.aspx?area=13279

    #499434

    j mcclane
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    RoJoNo said:
    Closer to home are the Alum Creek / Three Creeks trails, which are wooded. The trails will take you a couple blocks away from lunch in downtown Groveport, whose streets do not resemble your perceived dystopia. Within walking distance of the trail end is Little Italy. Here is a 24 mile out-and-back trip that starts at Cleo-Dumaree rec center (http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/101414439) The length of the trip can be adjusted by parking closer to Groveport.

    Very cool, thanks!

    #499435

    NerosNeptune
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    If you want to make a day of it and go outside of Columbus, the trail through Xenia and up to Yellow Springs is nice, and once you get to Yellow Springs you can spend a pretty nice day there. Just looked it up and the total trail length is 75 miles, so you could definitely make the ride as short or long as you want. Xenia to Yellow Springs would be a pretty short ride, good for kids though.

    #499436
    derm
    derm
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    The Black Hand trail is awesome. We saw a bald eagle for goodness sakes. Many places to pull over and explore, and in fact, if you go, I recommend pulling over to check out the river, the quarry, the cave areas and then check the locks at the end. I highly recommend that trail. If you are hot, cross the road at Brushy Creek and jump in the Licking. Nice sandy put in right under the bridge.

    #499437
    derm
    derm
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    Also a little heads up, was at Handy Bikes this weekend and picked up a free map of the bike routes and road usage for Franklin County. A great map and very helpful.

    #499438

    lifeontwowheels
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    derm said:
    Also a little heads up, was at Handy Bikes this weekend and picked up a free map of the bike routes and road usage for Franklin County. A great map and very helpful.

    Are those the MORPC maps? Just updated and republished.

    #499439
    Porky
    Porky
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    I love the Hockhocking Adena Bikeway.
    http://www.seorf.ohiou.edu/~xx088/

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