First - Some exciting BiCi Co. news. We just created a BiCi Co. Facebook community page. This will be where announcements for the new shop go up. Please - Like and Share! We are still recruiting for the Fall youth Build-a-Bike / Earn-a-Bike program (online recruiting survey), and we are about to kick off a shop membership campaign.
In bike tour news, I did reach Santa Claus, Indiana this morning. Not exactly the way I planned. After a short mileage hot day on Wednesday, I woke up in the middle of the night with severe intestinal distress, and continued to make visits to the woods every twenty minutes and on into the daylight hours. With potentially two more 95F days of hilly riding ahead (~100 total), I made a survival decision from my horizontal position. A 7am phone call home brought a bail out by Bill and Sue Cherolis (AKA Dad and Mom). Not too proud to make a phone call when the prospect of riding the next day might include an ambulance.
|Dehydrated and horizontal|
|A lightweight touring setup, for comparison|
|Another state line. I heart riding on state highways. That's a joke.|
Prior to arriving in Versailles, we individually rode through Lawrenceburg, IN and picked up a fabulous bike path that would have connected to the neighboring city of Aurora. This was a welcome development because the alternate state highway 50 is a monster of high speed, multi-lane, and no shoulders. Welcome, except the path was closed (multi-month construction) and only does one find this out once you've committed 2 miles into the trail - no signs at the trail head. Meghan and I both experienced this frustrating trail and the stressful route 50 detour. One lesson learned in both Ohio and Indiana that bike paths are great, and state highways are a horror. IN DOT and ODOT need to get a clue about Complete Streets.
|View from the preserve gazebo.|
|Lotus in the swampy lake. Native Americans made flour from the seeds.|
|A fabulous trail between Lawrenceburg and Aurora, except... closed.|
|Would have been great to know the trail was closed at the trail head.|
|Aurora, IN has a bike killer grate right in the middle of a bike lane|
After coming across this "bike killer" grate, I had to take a photo. Right in the middle of the bike lane, aligned with the direction of travel. I stopped by the splendid bike shop in Aurora, Weber Sports, and showed it to them. Of course it was already on their radar as an important issue and it had been brought to the attention of their public works. This kind of stuff is what happens when bicycle facilities are designed by non-cyclists. Stay vigilant. Bad bike facilities can be worse than no facilities at all.
|West Middletown Bridge - AKA home territory|
|The remains of the homestead tree house. Tire swing still up after 25 some years.|
We had a spectacular tree house and tire swing at the homestead in Middletown, OH. The tree house is mostly gone, with just a few floor boards remaining. The tire swing is hanging on, although I wouldn't recommend a swing on a 25 year old poly rope. It was worth the half mile ride up Route 122, AKA West Middletown Hill.
|Shed tears at the grassed over Sunset Pool|