Friday, August 8, 2014

TRAYSH ISLAND to CHICAGO

TRAYSH ISLAND


Traysh Island Burning Mang II was held at 8550 OHIO. Artists in residency, musians, and festival goers converged on a farm in Southeastern Ohio for the weekend of August 1st and 2nd.  I got a ride there with my bike and music gear.


-photo from Reid Kerris-

Flux Bikes played in the forest with the solar powered rig.  You can listen here.




Then it was off through the hills of Ohio on a 450 mile ride back to Chicago.



The goal was to link up as many rail-to-trails as possible.  My route went from Chesterhill to Athens, OH.  Following US 50 and taking side roads when possible led me to Chillicothe, OH where I jumped on the Tri-County Triangle.  This 30 mile trail stretches to Washington Court House, OH where I followed Old US 35 to connect to the Miami Valley Bikeways, a network of over 250 miles of old railbeds converted into paved trails.



An old train station in Xenia, OH serves as a hub for this awesome regional network.



I road the Xenia-Jameston Connector, the Creekside Trail, and the Wolf Creek trail outside of Dayton, OH.  Then I pedaled on US 40 into Richmond, IN.



The Cardinal Greenway starts in Richmond and goes about 60 miles to Marion, IN.  Near the beginning of the trail in Richmond, you can visit the old Gennet Records and Starr Piano factories along the Whitewater River.



From Marion, I zig-zagged my way across the rest of Indiana, linking up the Nickel Plate Trail and the North Judson Trail, and spending time on numerous small county roads.  There were many birds and insects, and the prairie flowers were in bloom.