I’ve been waiting for this day for a decent while now – my first return to Gambier since graduating in 2007. I also knew it would be the hardest day of riding yet, and I wasn’t looking forward to compounding that with a weary cold. Per Bill’s wise suggestions, I took Hwy 661 north out of Granville, and was promptly stopped in my tracks at least 3 times by terrible Ohio hills.
I visited Scarlett Payne’s goat farm along the way, ate lunch next to a cornfield, blew a spider out of my nose and into my handkerchief after much painful sniffling, and decided to explore a detour on my way up to Mt. Vernon. Since this was Ohio, I was hopeful…but after a mile or two of struggling through patches of gravel, I returned to the busier, but much smoother, Hwy 661. And I was rewarded! – with beautiful Knox County barns.
Before the last push up the Gambier hill, I pulled off the beautiful Kokosing Gap Trail at the Brown Family Environmental Center for a memorial photograph and brief doze by the fishpond in the butterfly garden.