Oh dear a girl could get used to that!!! I know this one could and hopes to!
So yesterday was also supposed to be really warm and mild before the rains came in today, tomorrow and Tuesday. Naturally what would be my first thought for a perfect fall day in New England? Yes, of course a ride! I've got a one track mind that way.
I know Ohio is not really part of my beloved New England, but it reminds me of it in some very pleasant and surprising ways. Not the least of which is the fall air and plenty of trees turning different colors. So my sinister plan for the day was to get up and going earlyish for me, finally try a burger place so many people have said is amazing, and then fly! Cause you just know flying had to be in there somewhere!
|Photo Courtesy The Food Hussy and her review|
So "Five Guys" it was. First surprise was that they encouraged me to spend the extra 20 cents for the plastic drink cup. Why? Because I'd never have to buy a drink from them ever again. Should I go back, and after my first time there, I WILL, I bring the cup and get unlimited refills as long as I own the cup. Forever... If' I happen to be out shopping and am thirsty but not in the mood for a burger I said? Come on it, it's your cup, and our rule is it should never have to be empty. What if I go to a Five Guys in Colorado Springs, Colorado or Oakland Bay California I asked. Same rule she said, your cup should never be empty! Just like that. So I ordered a burger with cheese and a bunch of vegetables on it, and a small fry. She took my money, handed me my cup and receipt and said enjoy your meal ma'am!
Few minutes later my number was called while I was sipping some lemonade, and I got handed this huge bag. Small fry my arse! Imagine three large fries from say McDonald's or Wendy's and that's what was in my bag along with this frankly enormous burger. I carefully opened it up and aside from the serious amounts of veggies I had them put on it, was REAL cheese and TWO burgers. Turns out their regular burgers are DOUBLES by default. Unlike other chain restaurants, they don't skimp with, or charge more, for the extras! So I wound up eating half of it and saving the rest for after my ride. And the epic fries? Sprinkled them with Malt vinegar and ate about a quarter of them. The rest I took for after the ride and dinner. So two and a half meals and a truly bottomless drink cup, and I'd say this was money well spent! The fries were fresh out of the fryer, hot, crisp, and oh so yummy! To be fair, they are not at all unlike Peen Stations award winning fries which is another local sub place that has awesome food. Anyway, the fries themselves are mana from loving food Gods. Really.
|Little Miami Scenic Trail|
Now I've ridden this trail a number of times before, but this was my first trip in the fall. Winding along the Little Miami River it follows an old railway line from the bygone days of steam. So much so that on a previous trip in a spot where the pavement was worn by time and thousands of riders, you can actually see the top of a piece of steel rail. Anyway, the ride is scenic, peaceful, and of so lovely any time of year, but so much more today with the trees on both sides of the trail, and the river, thousands of different colors! My plan was to ride out ten miles (which would put me around South Lebanon Ohio) and then turn around and ride back. This scenic, peaceful, well maintained stretch of trail while not nearly as complex as climbing into the rockies, isn't exactly flat either, and while the grade change is only a 100 feet or so vertically, it's regular, so it's a decent work out as you keep riding up and down hills, over and over. Some of them are just kind of seemingly long endless climbs. At least to those of us badly out of shape and over weight.