A more-than-pleasant surprise on what might have otherwise been a dreary weekend
RAIL TRAIL HEAVEN. The first Xenian I asked answered my questions. Xenia is the center of rail trail development for the state. Years ago, Greene County Commissioners had a vision to make bicycle trails readily accessible to all county residents and, ultimately, to all residents of the state. I was directed to Xenia Station (in the photo), the old railway station that now serves as the hub for four major rail trails that extend through the county and beyond. I was told that one can ride a bicycle on a paved trail from Xenia to Cincinnati or Columbus. Ultimately, rail trails will link all parts of the state.
ALONG THE MIAMI RIVER. So, I rode some of the trails in and around Xenia. They're paved, well marked and well maintained. Posted signs show the color-coded trails and give directions to local points of interest. I was thoroughly impressed. Early Sunday morning, I rode to Miamisburg and followed the wooded Miami River trail down to Franklin and then made my way back to my hotel, a nice 25-mile ride that included fog rising off the river at sunrise, numerous deer on the trail, and a few challenging hills.
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