Sunday, September 30, 2012

Washington Court House 9/16/12

Washington Court House

Today we made our own ride from Frankfort to Washington Court House on the Tri-County Triangle Trail.  We stopped at Ranchers and had lunch.

Pretty scenery along the trail.

Today I am tailgating Todd.

Watch for trains.

If I ride up on the back of this truck, I won't have to pedal so much.

City of Washington Water Tower.

This is a pretty park we ride through.

More stuff to see.

This is where they make bacon!

I was mesmerized by Todd's swirly flag.

My favorite bridge.

Yellow fields.

It was a beautiful day for a ride!

Pedal For Pets, September 15, 2012

Pedal For Pets
Columbus, Ohio
September 15, 2012

Today we Pedaled for Pets.
It was an organized ride, but a little amusing...

We had to go around many barriers.  On bikes it's easy to go around, but on trikes?
Luckily we fit under the barriers easily.

We also had to ride on a closed road through a construction site.  We had to carry our trikes passed the big machinery in the road.  Luckily there was a port-a-potty at that site because I really needed it.

We did ride over this reservoir.  It was very scenic.

Danger danger, don't fall off.

Hancock Horizontal Hundred - September 9, 2012

Hancock Horizontal Hundred 
Findlay, Ohio

Today we ride the Hancock Horizontal Hundred.  
I'm sort of cheating and only riding the 100k option, not the 100 mile option.  
This will be my furthest ride yet.

We get the trikes ready in the wee hours of the morning.

We crossed the interstate several times.

Some views along the way.

Findlay water tower.

We ride next to the interstate for a bit.

And cross it again.

Here is my odometer at the finish line.  66 miles!  That's even a little farther than 100k.

Tour De Donut. September 8, 2012

Tour De Donut

Tour De Donut is finally here.  I waited all year for this ride. 
Donuts are my favorite food in the whole world and this year I planned to eat a dozen.
Prior to 2012, no women were in the "Dozen Club" and I knew I had to be first.

The morning started out rainy, but as we got closer to Arcanum, the skies started clearing.

Emery, Todd and Don Smith are ready to roll!

The opening ceremonies are underway.  There go the balloons!

Everyone is eager to start.

We are ready to roll!

We rode about 10 miles to the first donut stop.  
I ate six donuts.

Then we rode another 10ish miles to the second donut stop.
I struggled hard, but here is my 12th donut!

Emery is enjoying the break at the second donut stop.

This is what it feels like to eat a dozen donuts.  
Your brain screams "STOP" but the crowd encourages you on.

Last bite of donut #12!
Oh yeah, and I still have another 10 miles to ride to the finish line.

I did it.
Here I proudly display my medal for "most donuts eaten" in my age category.  
I'm also now a member of the Dozen Club.

I hope you'll join us next year!

I got the dozen donuts out of the way, so next year I can ride and just eat a few.
I swore that I'd never eat another donut as long as I live.
That lasted about three days.

That night we stated in a hotel in Findlay, Ohio.  I took my medal to bed with me.
I also wore it at work all day Monday.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

The COOKIE Ride! 8/19/12

Today was the COOKIE ride!  It's the fundraising ride for the Tri County Triangle Trail.
We rode 51 miles... My first half-century.

There was a barn star counting contest and we won!  Todd and I counted 39 stars along the route and there were actually 41, but we came the closest.  I will get free admission next year.

Part of the ride is on the trail, and part of is was on surface streets.

The trail through Washington Court House goes through a pretty park.

It also goes along a murky river.

The street portion was hilly.  Up Up Up we go.

There were some very pretty views, though.

Pretty views to the right... but more hills ahead!

It was a great ride!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Saturday, 8/18/12, we rode the HockHocking Bikeway in Athens, Ohio.  We rode from end-to-end, and back (about 40 miles).  It was a beautiful day and a beautiful trail.  All photos were taken as I was riding my trike, so please excuse the crookedness.  

Here, we saw deer along the trail.  They stayed there and didn't seem bothered that we were riding by.

Cool train bridge...

Here is a train that was full of people.  They were taking pictures of us as we drove by.

We passed some train graveyards.

I love the old abandoned trains.

Here we rode along the river, near Ohio University.  

Todd reminded me I could flip my camera around and take a picture of myself.

I can't prove it, but I think Todd was trying to kick me in the head.

Here's another pretty shot along the river.

Not quite a flat tire, but close...

August 11 & 12, 2012

Todd and I decided to embark on our first overnight trike adventure!
We rode from home (Chillicothe, OH) to Portsmouth, OH.
It's about a 45 mile ride - one way.

We spent the night at the Holiday Inn, Portsmouth.
It was tricky getting our trikes in the very small elevator, but with much creativity, we were able to do it, one at a time.

Good thing my trike folds, we stowed it in the closet area of our room.

We had to move some of the furniture around for Todd's trike to fit.  Shh, don't tell the housekeepers.

This beautiful bride was near the hotel - it crosses the Ohio River to Kentucky.

Sunday morning, we decided to ride to Kentucky, just to say we did.

Welcome to Kentucky!

The ride home was crazy - the last 11 miles or so was straight up!  The hills were relentless.  I was so happy to get home.

This was my tire after we got home.  At one point, Todd rear-ended me and his chainring slashed my tire.  It didn't cause a flat, but he ordered me a new tire for next time.