Trail: Little Miami Scenic Trail in Ohio
Start: Ellis Park trailhead near Yellow Springs Ohio
Route: Ride south to Xenia and back.
Distance 25 miles round trip.
Weather: Cloudy. Two Light Sprinkles. Temp: 60-75 degrees.
Low Elev 830, Hi Elev 990. Feet Ascended: 390
Trail Material: Asphalt.
Rating: Thumbs Up.
Today was a half day ride due to the threat of rain from an approaching front. I liked the trail because of the smooth asphalt and varying scenery. The trail markings in Xenia were a little confusing making it difficult to find the main trailhead on the south side of the City.
With downtown Xenia being the hub for the connection of five bicycle trails all going in different directions, I expected to see a progressive touristy type city and was quite disappointed to see a blighted community. Xenia even had a drive-thru convenience store where drunks can buy cold beer from the seat of their car. Yikes! After seeing the "Honk & Holler Drive Thru" store it was no surprise to see drunk shady characters loitering around the bicycle trails in downtown Xenia. It was no surprise to see litter strewn along the bicycle trail so it was no surprise to see trash in the creek too. Xenia reminded me so much of Mobile which bases a lot of its tourism on drinking establishments and the bar patrons delight in trashing the town.
Someone later told me that a F5 tornado tore through the heart of Xenia in 1974 and a F4 tornado following almost the same path twenty six years later tearing through Xenia again in 2000. He said town of Xenia has been through living hell and with so many people who had the financial means to leave Xenia gone, revenues would likely never go back to normal. That supposedly left Xenia as a town continuing to struggle for revenue. Well, at least Xenia now has a series of bicycle trails connecting to the City. Bicycling seems popular enough to cause McDonald's to put out bicycle racks and picnic tables for bicyclists. You won't find that in Mobile. Hope Xenia gets rid of the homeless looking drunks who think nothing of trashing the city.
Highlights of this trip: The only thing that I thoroughly enjoyed on this short ride was passing by a ranch where a lady was training young girls to ride horses for Show Jumping. I stopped, watched and listened to the lady hollering at the kids for about 15 minutes as they did loops around a short obstacle track. I never knew how nit-picky horse jumping events are with regards to rider form.