Day 26: Granville to Gambier, OH

9 Sep

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.

It’s oh so gorgeous, though, if I weren’t sniffling and pedaling a hundred-pound bicycle rig.

See those fall colors emerging??

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.

Hello Kenyon!

2 Responses to “Day 26: Granville to Gambier, OH”

  1. Ken September 12, 2010 at 5:35 pm #

    It’s the recurring straw hat!!!!!!
    It’s been on the entire adventure and just as she gets off the bike she dons the “yogurt hat” and all peoples are at ease, relaxed, and ready for her tales of community!

    • Mandy B September 13, 2010 at 11:22 am #

      Gorgeous pics! I’m sorry about your cold — and the spider — but can’t wait to hear more about your adventures when you return. Carry on, Yogurt Pedaler!

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