Saturday, November 21, 2009

Olentangy Bike Trails and Adrenaline Junkies



This weekend was the perfect time to hit the slopes. I wish I had gone snowboarding. But, since we're in Central Ohio and I won't be out West till late Winter, I thought I would do the next best thing. I grabbed my red iPearl Zumi jacket and laptop and headed to Upper Arlington instead, to meet up with my friends, watch the Ohio State vs Michigan game (we won for the sixth time in a row!) and then go on a long ride down the Olentangy trail.

This trail is breath-taking in the Spring and Summer. However, it felt even more breathtaking this weekend since even though it is the end of November it feels like crisp, sunny Spring. Being on my Ventura felt even better this time around. What I like about the trail is that I get to soak in the green around me, the at-times tummultous water of the little river which accompanies the trail, as well as feed off the energy of the other bikers and runners. My most favorite thing to do on the trail however is to get to the bridge that crosses the 315 highway, ride my Ventura hands-free, look up and let the adrenaline run its natural course. What's underneath me is the highway traffic and cars going an average of 70/75 miles per hour and the river running parallel to the road.

No matter what I'm thinking before I reach this point of the trail, when I ride the bridge, I feel, to quote the Perks of Being a Wallflower, infinite. I am including pictures of the bridge and the trail and, if any of you are fellow adrenaline junkies, do try it. Ergo, the tip of the hat this week goes to the Olentangy Bike Trail for always making me sense of clarity and happiness.


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6 comments:

Nicki said...

I wish I had done the same thing this weekend. I am a bit blocked and I need to get in touch with my own creativity. For some reason it's tough to feel creative with the winter right around the corner. The picture of the bridge inspires a sense of fitness to me.
I enjoyed the use of 'adrenaline junkies' in this piece.
By the way, I am really taken by K's Choice these days.

Nicki said...

Have you tried the iPearl Zumi jacket on the slopes? Does it work on the snow?

JJ said...

I take 315 quite often and have seen that bridge from my perspective as a driver. This weekend looked like the perfect time to be on the trail. Too bad I didn't take the opportunity.

Paul said...

Nice. We were biking the OMUT Saturday too, but during the game :D

B.R. said...

-It was a spectacular experience enhanced mostly by the unusually great November weather. The Olentangy trail has always been a highlight of my quotidianity here, especially during warmer weather.
-I intend to use the iPearl Zumi jacket on the slopes as well as it is light weight and it really insulates heat most adequately. Plus, it red.
-Good going, Paul. It was just the right day for it.

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