Today was a fantastic day on the bike. The schedule was wide open and with no place to be I headed south and east to Knox County, Ohio. Oh no more leaf pictures! Oh yes, I never tire of autumn splendor on display. The peak is well past and and a lot of leaves are on the ground but what color is left has shifted to the coppers and golds. Put a little sunlight to it and a blue sky in the background and I can't think of anywhere I'd rather be than kicked back on my recumbent just taking it all in.
I get a bit sentimental at this time of year because soon the fields and woods will be brown and dead. The days will be short and darkness will mostly have fallen by the time I get out of work in the afternoons. When I was younger ten or fifteen years ago I would spend an afternoon on the bike and always feel like I was missing something or could be using my time for something better. I don't feel that way anymore. I cherish every chance I get to be out on the bike. I guess that's just part of the process of getting older. Pastimes and interests get distilled down to what really matters and that's where we invest our precious time.
Today I planned to ride the Kokosing Gap Trail starting at the western end in Mt. Vernon and travel the full 14 miles to Danville and continue east from there. As I cruised down the trail I noticed a big clump of cyclists ahead and as they got closer I noticed the low height. Lo and behold it was a recumbent caravan! I reached behind my head and grabbed my camera managing to take a few shots as they passed by.
When I reached the end of the rail trail I headed east towards a small village called Brinkhaven. The shot above shows me cruising along Highway 62 at 25 mph. Knox County is home to a large Amish and Mennonite community. Their homes and farmsteads are easy to pick out. The houses are always painted sharply white and well kept.
This farm was on the corner of 62 and a county road so I had to circle around and take a picture. I rode up the dirt road a bit and when I was more or less even with the front of the house one of the upstairs windows slid open and a loud voice called out "Nice ride!" These people are no-nonsense folk and they know a good machine when they see it.
At Brinkhaven Highway 62 crosses over the Kokosing River and here I explored this quiet country lane that wound its way up out of the valley. This stretch was especially magical with golden deciduous trees on the left and a narrow band of pines on the right. At the twenty mile mark I took a break for a mid ride snack before turning around and heading back to Mt Vernon.
Kokosing Gap - Danville - Brinkhaven
Bike: HP Velotechnik Street Machine
Distance: 40.31 miles
Ride Time: 3:15:35
Average Speed: 12.3 mph
Max Speed: 27.4 mph