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Old 07-21-11, 09:48 AM   #1
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Holmes County Trail - MrDanW - Historian Ohio Bicycle Adventure

On a drizzling Saturday morning Mr. DanW and I set off on the Holmes County Trail. We pulled up to a parking lot next to a baseball diamond, and watched as the grounds crew used leaf blowers to try to dry the grass for the game. "Buckeyes love sports" I thought as I set up my bike.

The trail is paved for about 15.5 miles, largely flat, and double wide.

The reason for the double width is that Holmes County is to Ohio what Lancaster County is to Pennsylvania - it's the Amish region. The trail is used by buggies, and we saw several of them during the ride. And local business, Amish or "English", often have a connecting path to allow buggies through. We followed one such short side trip to Wal-mart and noted the special buggy parking shed:

Glad I'm not working for that store. I'd hate to have to retrieve carts from there!

The trail continues through farm country ....

and a couple of small towns. It ends in Killbuck....

.... but the road is low traffic and flat enough you can continue your trip into town. We did, since we were both hungry. The only place open was a pizza shop, which made meatball subs that had Mr. DanW raving.....

... and a mural that reminded me how much Buckeyes love sports.

When we came out, the clouds had parted and we rode back in sunlight. We stopped again at the train station/bike shop/museum in Millersburg:

Mr. DanW trying to avoid being photographed....

We finished with 33 miles. And I finished with the desire to come back and ride this trail again.
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It is quite a beautiful trail! I had the pleasure of riding part of it last September during the Holmes 100 Cyclefest. Downtown Millersburg was one of the many highlights, and actually the ride start and finish. I'm planning to go back again this September if I can myself motivated to ride again. Been a rough on and off relationship with my bike this season for some reason.

Glad to hear you both enjoyed it,

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