Dee and Dennis and I headed out to the Great Miami River Trail this evening for a ride. We hit the section near Franklin again and started from the trailhead near the Sunfish lock. It was a beautiful ride as usual, and we explored a closed section of the trail. Apparently, the trail was undercut by the river and eroded away.
We also scouted out launch and take out areas for a geocache that’s on a bridge abutment in the river that we’re planning to access by kayak.
I snapped a few pictures on the way (like that’s a surprise) and got a few seconds of video too. Check it out:
After a couple of days off because of the weather and other activities, Dee and I got back out on the bikes today. This time we went back to the Port Union trail and this time we took Dennis along. It was a nice ride. We had done some tweaks to both Dee’s and Dennis’ bikes so they were testing them out. Dee got in 6 miles, including a lengthy sprint! Dennis and I opted to go chase down a couple of geocaches on the trail so we had about 8 miles in by the time we got back to the truck.
The first one we went for was GC104HK, The Ice House. This cache is located at the remains of one of the ice houses that dotted the canal where they stored blocks of cut up ice from the nearby lake for shipment to customers along the canal. Finding the cache was more challenging than it had to be because the cache information was wrong. What was supposed to be a regular sized container like an ammo can turned out to be a micro under a rock….
In any case, we found it and we enjoyed the history of the area.
Next on the list was GC47TAF, Spring Chicken. I’m not sure why this one is called “Spring Chicken”, but it was an easy find once we made our way through the dense bushes.
Going for two days in a row, Dee and I made another outing with the bicycles this evening, this time to the Port Union bike trail. This one is an interesting one that runs from SR747 almost to SR4 Bypass for a total of about 6 miles round trip. It runs along the route of the old Miami Erie canal either on the berm, on the towpath or in the right of way depending on the area.
In addition to the nicely paved trail, the route also includes informational signs on the history of the canal (which I really enjoy) and several old canal features are still visible. It’s well worth a visit. If you’re a geocaching fan, there are several geocaches along the trail. If you’ve followed my entries here for any length of time, you may remember the geocache that led me to this trail and the discovery of one of the locks from the canal in the area.