Bicycle touring has always been an interest of mine. The idea of spending days or weeks on a bike riding from place to place just screams amazing. Someday an extended trip will happen, but for now, there is the overnight trip.
Usually trips like these sort of materialize out of thin air. While planning a trip to Columbus for a birthday party and a State Fair excursion, logistics worked out in my favor for a ride to Columbus. I have done this trip in a day, but putting the Fargo to the test camping seemed like a much better idea.
My route started with the Little Miami State Park, which is around 70 miles of continuous bike path that cuts directly through the town of Yellow Springs. Yellow Springs is a cool town with a very laid back vibe, and nearby John Bryan State Park is the perfect spot to overnight. After spending the majority of my riding time on the bike path, I reached my first planned stop for the day: Yellow Springs Brewing Company.
Yellow Springs Brewing was conveniently located right beside the bike path. Lots of bike parking, a ton of bikes out front, and a great overall vibe. After waiting a bit for someone to take my order, I settled in to a flight of beers to replace some carbs from the ride. The beers were okay. Nothing really jumped out of the glass and made itself memorable. Their Captain Saison was good, the brown ale tasted like a brown ale, and their IPA was an IPA. I did enjoy their collaboration beer with Columbus' Seventh Son Brewing, but overall I was not too impressed.
I was not really impressed with their customer service either. I can never understand in the age of social media, with everyone and their brother reviewing craft beer, that bad customer service exists. I would imagine that the laid back vibe of Yellow Springs contributed to the mellow, taking your time service. If I see their goods again I will give them another go, but I will not be seeking them out anytime soon. After a couple beers, it was just a short ride to my campsite at John Bryan State Park.
After a morning cup of tea, I was off to explore some of the area's farm roads to make my way back to the bike path. I ended up off of my planned course, but eventually found my way in the right direction. The scenery stayed pretty much the same.
A small town IGA breakfast 12 miles in supplied some breakfast, then I found my spinning cadence to take me into the Columbus area. A few short sections of gravel were a great change of pace.
Riding the majority of my trip on a bike path really dumbed down my cycling senses, which quickly came back to life once the path ended. After a few side streets, I found myself on Broad Street making my way to the Olentangy path as quickly as possible. There are lots of cyclists in Columbus, and lots of bike paths/bike lanes for them, but neither exist on Broad Street. Once I was on the Olentangy though, it was an easy spin to my in-laws and their backyard hammock that awaited me.
Overall, it was a perfect trip. Not an exotic mountain excursion in a far off land, or a week long trip, but just a simple overnight. Adventure is everywhere; sometimes you just need to look a little harder for it.
After resting for a day, I found a culinary adventure at the Ohio State Fair: Deep Fried Buckeyes. You know you are intrigued...
Adventure is Everywhere. Go Find It.