Written by Bonnie Walters
On August 25, 2007, a group of us made the short trip to Loveland, Ohio for an enjoyable day of bicycling on the Little Miami Trail. Tom and I took our grandson, Evan, who is three. He rode behind Tom on his attached seat. Sandy and Ken Duff came with their granddaughter, Katiria, an eight year old, and daughter-in-law, Barbie. Katiria and Ken rode the tandem as they have on many of the club rides. Julie Martin and husband, John Tresaloni also came along. They are frequent users of the trail, riding up there once or twice a month as their schedule permits. Susan Mullins brought her young nephew, Adam, who is eleven. At first he rode while Susan ran 12 miles. Jeff Mullins rode with Shelia and Keith Tolley for 105 miles. Adam ended up with about 40 miles in total.
As you can imagine, we were a diverse lot! But everyone had a great time. The Little Miami Trail around Loveland is tree covered and runs along the scenic Little Miami River. More experienced riders can readily ride over a hundred miles. Their challenge is the constant peddling. There are no hills to climb up or ride down! The average rider can figure what distance they wish to travel and plan accordingly. Just remember, how ever far you go out you must return the same distance. There are little towns about every 10-12 miles apart. This allows a nice rest at a park or snack/sandwich stop.
When you travel near a town, the traffic picks up, so please use care and ride defensively. The trails are multi use with walkers, runners, people on roller blades, and families with children on small bikes, who tend to look in the wrong direction. Part of the trail even allows horse back riding beside it. Our day started at Loveland which is an easy trip on I-75 north to the Cincinnati area. It takes about an hour and forty minutes. The recent hot weather wasn’t a problem due to the tree canopy which brought the temp down about 10 degrees.
Normally we like to travel north to Morrow, Corwin and Xenia. Xenia is ground zero and has 4 trails leading off like spokes on a wheel. However, riding with our kids we knew our trip had to be a bit shorter. The trail south has been extended past Milford to a small park with a golf course. The golf course has a putt putt course and a snack area with their pro shop. It was lovely sitting under the trees with hot dogs and ice cream while the kids played miniature golf. It was an easy 15 miles out. Of course, after our ride back we had to have burgers at the one of the restaurants.
Evan even had time to play in the park on the slides and swings The area is a wonderful destination for a family outing. It is an opportunity to ride with our youngest and future members of the BCC. Hopefully, we will eventually have a similar situation closer to home. The Brighton Trail, which opened this spring is very short, but provided our Evan with his first road trip. He and Papa rode 2 miles at 5 miles per hour. Pretty good for a Thomas the Train bike with training wheels!