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Sunday, November 23, 2008

Columbus to London (and back) in one day...

London, Ohio of course. After I posted the information about the trailhead for the Prairie Grass Trail, I decided to investigate myself. I started at High and Broad and rode straight out to West Jefferson. Once in West Jefferson look for "bike route" signs. The route heads south and turns at Wilson Road and ultimately ends at the trailhead. It took me exactly 1 hour and 30 minutes to reach the trail. The Prairie Grass Trailhead has parking and bathroom facilities. It is paved and marked with mileage which is a nice touch. Typical fare for Ohio trails, a combination of cornfields and residential areas with a couple of road crossings. From downtown to London is roughly 27 miles. I stopped and sat at the trailhead on the way back through. Then headed north back to Broad and back to town. No incidents with autos except for an errant honk. Saw two other bikers out riding near West Jefferson. I thought that I had never been in West Jefferson, but realized that the Ride the Darby ride passes through West Jeff. Total mileage 58 miles from my starting point. Averaged 15.5mph. From downtown to London and back should be about 54 miles. Temps reached the 50's and it was sunny and clear.

West Jefferson

Bike Route sign and a corn field

Looking west down the trail

End of the trail in Prairie Grass Trail in London

End of trail at Wilson


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