What an absolutely gorgeous adventure to be invited to Athens County! I will admit, I wasn’t all to convinced about this adventure when I heard it was bike riding. I mean I have a bike, but it is an old fashioned, chrome fenders, baby girl pink, big seat, look at me I am pretty bike. Obviously, I am not an avid cyclist, but I decided why not?!
Mona and I drove down early on a Saturday morning and our first stop to fuel up for this biking adventure was at Fluff Bakery in uptown Athens. Lots of amazing bakery items were in the display cases, but we decided that breakfast burritos would be better fuel for biking. We grabbed a window seat with a street view of Athens, looked at the trail map and figured out our plan for the day. Mona had the Veggie Burrito and to her surprise it was made with sweet potatoes. After breakfast we headed over to Athens Bicycle.
So, Athens Bicycle staff are super nice! When I first walked in I was a little paranoid that maybe they would not have a bike for me since I’m short! The guys got a good laugh out of my short person worry and said they had a bike! The staff adjusted the bikes for Mona and I and off we went to find the bikeway and some breweries!
First thing I figured out was Mona and I have ZERO sense of direction. We completely stink at reading maps. Mona got her phone out and decided to use the GPS and that proved to throw Mona off too on which way to go. So after a few deep breaths, I spotted the Bikeway entrance and off we went! Finally, we were on the bikeway and what a gorgeous view! Sunshine, fresh air, flowers, trees…Southern Ohio is a gem. We pedaled our butts off into the countryside to come out of the bike path and see Little Fish Brewery up on a hill. We got up the hill and headed into Little Fish and the air conditioning was blasting and the beer was ice cold. We sampled a few brews and I settled on the Amber Bier. Lovely coriander taste. Next we headed to the edge of town to West End Cider House. I do not usually like ciders, but they had a refreshing strawberry and ginger-lemon cider. Mona and I were also drinking tons of water as the bikeway is in the full sun and it was approaching 80 degrees. Make sure and hydrate if you go! Last stop was Jackie O’s in the heart of Ohio University’s campus. Jackie O’s had food and ice cold brews. I looked at the menu, but I went with my favorite, Mystic Mama IPA and why not throw in some fried cheese curds after all that biking? Delicious.
We returned our bikes and drove over to the OU Inn, showered and headed back towards campus for a Mediterranean dinner at Restaurant Salaam. It was nice to just sit down at the end of the day. I ordered the Lemon Chicken Kabobs and Mona had the Moroccan Lamb Wrap. I was surprised that there was such an upscale ethnic restaurant in Athens. After dinner we walked around campus and I have to admit Ohio University is a beautiful lush green campus. The sun set and we were zonked from our adventure. It was an early to bed night for sure!
This would be a wonderful day trip from Columbus! If you go, please consider your ability to endure hills in the Athens region and to navigate maps and some roadway biking.
Full Disclosure: Social Moms Around Columbus was hosted by Athens County for this biking adventure. As always, all opinions are our own!