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Cycling from Kingsview Industrial Park to Morrow Loop

April 18, 2009

Because today was such a gorgeous day, we’d planned a much longer ride, but life gets in the way sometimes, and we had to take care of some other things that are tough during the work week…. in fact, we ended up adding something extra to the day as well.  We took a drive out into Clermont County to look at a home that come on the market.  We love the setting and have an appointment to look inside of it tomorrow… but anyway, I digress!

By the time we got all settled out for the day, it was about 5:30pm, so I told Penny that I wasn’t real spunky, but a nice relaxing ride would be in order.  Once we got loaded up, we decided to head up to Morrow and then back.  The evening was still excellent, but the clouds were starting in, hinting at the rain projected for Sunday.

The first leg of our ride was non-spectacular, aside from the small child that tried unsuccessfully to ride head-long into Penny’s path (you could hear the parental tongue-lashing of the child as we rode past).

The pace was relaxing… I think we barely got above 12mph most of the time.  When we arrived in Morrow, we stretched, enjoyed 1/2 of an energy gel packet that Penny found tucked away in her gear bag, took a couple of pics, and then lazily rode back toward the vehicle.

Somewhere around Morrow-Cozaddale Rd, I was chatting that this is a nice area to pick up the pace since we have to stop at Stubbs Mills Rd anyway.  No sooner than saying “Keep up if you can”, we were off like a shot… well… for folks in their mid-40’s anyways… lol… and were holding over 25mph with Penny tucked into a nice draft behind me.  She made some smartass comment about hardly having to work at all behind me.  Looking up, I saw the stop sign way up ahead for Stubb Mills, so I hammered it, giving it all I could in my mid range chain ring.  I felt like a hamster in a cage as I pulled steadily away from Penny.  Seeing almost 30mph on the computer, I started slowing for the stop sign, and Penny quickly caught up with me.

We sat at the sign for a minute or two before resuming our ride, and I was pleasantly surprised by how quickly we caught our breath from the “sprint”.  I guess all the CrossFit workouts are paying off!  Resuming a cadence around 100rpm in a lower gear, I figured I’d keep the blood moving in my quads, as they signaled their presence… in a dull ache sort of way.  After I zinged another smartass comment at Penny, I heard her pace quicken as she bolted past me. Fortunately I was already in a low gear and started turning even faster to mitigate her pulling away.  Before I upshifted, my calves started informing me of their presence too, but I quickly pulled even Penny.  I joked about feeling it in my calves, and she grunted in response and pushed a bit harder.  Crap!  I didn’t feel like staying beside her, so I tucked in behind as she pulled along a very slight uphill grade at between 18-19mph.  She kept up this pace until we reached South Lebanon.  That girls got some legs!!

She joked that after my smartass comment she was going to show me what to do with my “relaxing ride”, ’cause she knew she could keep the pressure up and I would be too stubborn to be dropped….lol…. Oh… she’s a gem!! 🙂

We did finish out the last mile at a benign pace so that our legs wouldn’t “setup” when we got in the vehicle…. all in all… a nice evening to go cycling on the trail!

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3 comments

  1. […] The verbose details of the ride can be found on our Great Outdoor Adventure blog. […]


  2. I ride that connector down to the trail nearly every weekend in the spring, summer and fall. What a beautiful stretch……not to mention that it gets even better the farther North you go. I’ve nearly been to Xenia a few times.
    But, I’m trying to figure out what the incline/grade is % of that grueling hill that is on KIngsview Drive up to Fujitec Drive. Do you know?


  3. The elevation gain is approx 125ft from the base of the hill at the 4 way stop to the top where it “flattens” out… right at 1/4 mile long.



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