As the winter weather sneaks up on us and the Holidays are getting close, it is time
to assess our past deeds and plan for days to come.
As always, my first activity of the year will be the New Year's Daze Ride, a fun,
free community ride starting in Frankfort at 1 p.m. on January 1, 2013. Bring your
bike, wear warm clothes, and leave your brain at home. Invite all of your crazy biker
friends so we can enjoy it or freeze together. It has become a New Year's tradition.
Next, you need to get into shape for the 6th Annual TTT 5k/Half Marathon to be held
on Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 9 am, starting at Brad Lightle Park in Frankfort,
Ohio. This is one of our major fundraisers, so plan to come out and support your
trail, tell your friends who run about it, volunteer to work the event, or cook beans
and bake cornbread or cookies for the event. If you can help, please let us know
Our August "Cookie" Bike Ride was a huge success. We had a record turnout of 183
riders and made over $3,300 to be used for trail development and maintenance. The
lure of the new section of trail from Austin to Fairview Road, new ride routes, the
greatly hyped "Cookie Ride" name change, and Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure (GOBA)
exposure brought out many first-time participants. The 2013 ride will be Sunday,
August 18. Mark your calendar and bring family and friends to support one of our
biggest fundraisers. If you would be willing to work the event or bake cookies—we
need LOTS of them contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, we need a "Cookie
Ride" logo for a t-shirt. Any artists out there who could help develop one?
The newly organized volunteer maintenance program is a huge success, with many dedicated
trail users working hard toward the upkeep of their adopted portions of trail. We
now have a tool shed in Frankfort with a variety of tools for volunteers to use The
purchase of a Gator greatly reduced designated maintenance funds. If you have not
made all of your tax deductible donations for 2012, remember us in your plans. If
you would like join other volunteers in maintaining our trail, send us a note at
email@example.com. Any amount of time you can donate will be appreciated. We
will also have a Spring maintenance day, April 6, 2013.
Xenia, Ohio is a recreational trail hub, with trails coming in from all directions.
Thousands of riders each year provide a financial boon to their economy. Washington
C.H. will be in a similar position as planned trail development continues. For that
reason, I feel it is imperative that Fayette County form a park district to help
with in the creation and promotion of this hub. Tri-County Triangle Trail now has
32 miles of paved trail and we can already see a significant increase in riders and
trail users. If you have the opportunity, please contact your governmental leaders
and support creation of a park district to benefit Fayette County.
Christmas shopping will be going into fast forward very soon. Remember that Tri-County
Triangle Trail t-shirts are stocked by Central Center Hardware in Chillicothe, priced
at $14 for short sleeve and $18 for long sleeves.
The annual meeting, including the election of officers, will be at the Northside
Library in Chillicothe on January 15, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. All members are invited to
attend and vote.
I have served my time as Corresponding Secretary, so this will be my last newsletter.
I want to thank all of you for putting up with my insanity and for your loyal support
of trail projects. We have other dedicated members – someone will take over my duties,
starting in January, and do a good job. I just got a total knee replacement on November
13, so with less work and more fun in mind, I want to sign off by saying "See you
on the Trail!"