Today it got up to 60 degrees F so I went for a recumbent ride. All the snow has melted away the last couple days and only a few places along the trail had any left over ice so it was an excellent day to get outside and spin. In the off season I do ride my titanium general purpose bike to work and back but that is just a quick fifteen minute commute each way so it doesn't do much in the way of keeping me conditioned to the standard bike seat. I can hop on the recumbent and do a three hour ride in perfect comfort. One of the many reasons why recumbents are great.
North Lake Park lies at the northern terminus of the B & O Trail. The creek that feeds the pond was frozen over and I'm glad I took the time to roll down by the water and take a few photos.
By nature of design the HP Velotechnik keeps the rider dry when the road surface is wet. The hard shell seat and the boom in the front block off all wheel spray but it does leave a mess on the frame. I'm just about to the point where I am ready to put fenders on the bike just to keep it cleaner during the winter months.
At the other end of the trail in Butler, Ohio I spied this old barn with the ubiquitous Mail Pouch hand painted advertisement. This barn art can be seen all around Ohio and other Midwestern states. There's many pictures of these old timey tobacco adds on the web and an interesting back story on wikipedia.
Beside the tobacco barn was this old 1800's log cabin. Very cool!
Richland County B & O Trail
Ride Time: 2:48
Distance: 37.13 Miles
Average Speed: 13.26 mph