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Saturday Rides

 

Saturday’s ride options include mileages of 33, 47, 63(metric century) and 82.  The 63 mile route has the option of adding a 19 mile loop resulting in 82 miles for the day.  The GPS designations for the rides are:

 

MTR2017 SAT 33 REMOTE

This 33.1 mile route, with an elevation gain of 399 feet, has a remote start and end at the Plain City Elementary School, 580 S Chillicothe St, Plain City, OH 43064.  The rest rooms will be open at the school.  This route has one rest stop at 14.9 miles at the Monroe Elementary School prior to returning to Plain City for lunch and the end of the ride.

 

MTR2017 SAT 47

This 47.3 mile route, with an elevation gain of 518 feet, begins and ends at the Marriott Northwest.  At 19.5 miles there is a rest stop at the Monroe Elementary School and then lunch at 37.7 miles at the Plain City Elementary School prior to returning to the hotel.

 

MTR2017 SAT 63 Metric

This 63.2 mile route (metric century ride), with an elevation gain of 756 feet, begins and ends at the Marriott Northwest.  At 19.5 miles there is a rest stop at the Monroe Elementary School and then lunch at 33.5 miles at the Plain City Elementary School.  After lunch there is a rest stop at 45.7 miles at the Millcreek Township Hall (see the 19 MILE ADD ON loop info below).  

 

At 52.5 miles the route will pass thru the Glacier Ridge Metro Park, which has restroom facilities.  Glacier Ridge was named for the end moraine or glacial debris left behind when the glaciers retreated some 12,000 to 17,000 years ago. Much of the 1,037-acre park was once covered with farmland. 

 

At 56 mile you will enter the Honda Wetlands Area.  Visitors can traverse a boardwalk through the Honda Wetlands Area or climb a 25-foot observation tower to see waterfowl and other animals.  From there you will return to the hotel in Dublin.

 

MTR2017 SAT/SUN 19 MILE ADD ON

A add on loop of 18.6 miles and 357 feet of elevation gain is available on one of the Saturday and one of the Sunday routes to extend your mileage for each day.  The loop begins and ends at the Millcreek Township Hall on both days.  With the addition of the 18.6 mile loop the Saturday 63 becomes 81.8 miles and the Sunday 64.9 becomes 83.5 miles.

 

The loop will pass the entrance to the Blue Creek Park at 8.1 miles.  Rest rooms are available inside the park.  At 15.5 miles you will pass over the Thompson Road Covered Bridge (also known as the Mill Creek Bridge).  This is a new covered bridge, completed in 2010.  The new bridge replaced an outdated steel truss, single-lane bridge built in 1913.  This new two-lane covered bridge spans 125 feet of Mill Creek.

 

 

Sunday Rides

 

Sunday’s ride options include mileages of 31, 50, 64 and 83.   The 64 mile route has the option of adding a 19 mile loop resulting in 83 miles for the day.  The GPS designations for the rides are:

 

MTR2017 SUN 31 REMOTE

This 31.3 mile route, with an elevation gain of 280 feet, has a remote start and end at the Plain City Elementary School, 580 S Chillicothe St, Plain City, OH 43064.  The rest rooms will be open at the school.

At 10.7 miles you will pass to the south of (but not over) the Bigelow Covered Bridge (also known as the Axe Handle Bridge) on Axe Handle road.  The bridge was built in 1873 and spans 114 feet of Little Darby Creek.  The bridge was named in honor of Eliphas Bigelow, a nearby resident.  In 1990 the bridge underwent an extensive renovation.  Massive nail-laminated arches were seated into a new concrete foundation.  The arch system now carries the weight of the traffic on the bridge.  It was painted red in 2008.  Be sure to examine the inside of this remarkable bridge!  It is a great photo opportunity.

 

This route has one rest stop at 20.9 miles at the Fairbanks School prior to returning to Plain City for lunch and the end of the ride.

 

MTR2017 SUN 50

This 50.4 mile route, with an elevation gain of 519 feet, begins and ends at the Marriott Northwest.  At 9.5 miles the route will pass the Plain City Elementary School where the rest rooms will be open.   

At 20.3 miles you will pass to the south of (but not over) the Bigelow Covered Bridge (also known as the Axe Handle Bridge) on Axe Handle road.  The bridge was built in 1873 and spans 114 feet of Little Darby Creek.  The bridge was named in honor of Eliphas Bigelow, a nearby resident.  In 1990 the bridge underwent an extensive renovation.  Massive nail-laminated arches were seated into a new concrete foundation.  The arch system now carries the weight of the traffic on the bridge.  It was painted red in 2008.  Be sure to examine the inside of this remarkable bridge!  It is a great photo opportunity.

 

At 23.4 miles you will make a right turn to go visit the Culbertson Covered Bridge on Winget Road.  Culbertson Covered Bridge was built in 1872-1873 by Reuben L. Partridge at a cost of $1,375, using his "Partridge Block" truss design. This bridge was originally constructed across Treacle's Creek on State Route 4, south of Milford Center. In 1921, the bridge was replaced, but the wooden superstructure was saved for reuse for a new bridge on Winget Road. The bridge was put into place in 1922 on abutments built by Reed & Snyder. In 1988, Union County employees rehabilitated the bridge by installing wood girders inside the wood trusses and suspended the floor from the girders. The Partridge trusses currently carry only the weight of the original bridge. The steel piers under the bridge are not original.  After visiting the bridge you will return to Homer Rd and continue on the Milford Center.

 

At 30.5 miles there is a rest stop at the Fairbanks School.  The lunch stop is at 40.9 miles at the Plain City Elementary School.   From lunch it is a short 10 mile ride back to the hotel.

 

MTR2017 SUN 64

This 64.9 mile route, with an elevation gain of 758 feet, begins and ends at the Marriott Northwest.  At 9.5 miles the route will pass the Plain City Elementary School where the rest rooms will be open. 

 

At 20.3 miles you will pass over the Bigelow Covered Bridge (also known as the Axe Handle Bridge) on Axe Handle road.  The bridge was built in 1873 and spans 114 feet of Little Darby Creek.  The bridge was named in honor of Eliphas Bigelow, a nearby resident.  In 1990 the bridge underwent an extensive renovation.  Massive nail-laminated arches were seated into a new concrete foundation.  The arch system now carries the weight of the traffic on the bridge.  It was painted red in 2008.  Be sure to examine the inside of this remarkable bridge!

 

At 24.3 miles there is a rest stop at the Fairbanks School and then lunch at 34.6 miles at the Plain City Elementary School.  After lunch there is a rest stop at 47.5 miles at the Millcreek Township Hall (see the 19 MILE ADD ON loop info above).  

 

At 54 miles the route will pass thru the Glacier Ridge Metro Park, which has restroom facilities, prior to returning to Dublin.  Glacier Ridge was named for the end moraine or glacial debris left behind when the glaciers retreated some 12,000 to 17,000 years ago. Much of the 1,037-acre park was once covered with farmland.

 

At 59 miles you will pass thru Muirfield Village and golf club.  From there you will return to the hotel in Dublin.

 

Monday Breakfast Ride (on your own)

 

The Monday morning breakfast ride has two restaurant options where you can enjoy a leisurely breakfast and ride back to the hotel.  A 22 mile ride to Der Dutchman in Plain City or a 25 mile ride to Cracker Barrel in Hilliard.  Both of the restaurants are at the half way point in the rides.  If you are not riding, enjoy the breakfast at Marriott Northwest Hotel or one of the many restaurants close to the hotel.

 

The GPS designations for the rides are:

 

MTR2017 22 DERDUTCH

This is a 21.3 mile route, with an elevation gain of 250 feet.  The Der Dutchman is located at 445 Jefferson Ave (Route 42) in Plain City, OH 43064.  This is an out and back route.

 

MTR2017 25 CRABAR

 

This is a 24.5 mile route, with an elevation gain of 191 feet. The Cracker Barrel is located at 1313 Hilliard Rome Rd, Columbus, OH 43228-9799.  The return trip to the hotel will include approximately 5 miles on the Heritage Rail Trail (former Pennsylvania Railroad) of the Homestead Metropark.