Biking Team: Dave Miller, Rosie Miller
Date: Sunday, September 10, 2023
This fun bike tour began downtown at the Urbana Depot, a former Pennsylvania Train Station. We biked south on this rails-to-trails bike path that gave some shade but mainly had trees on one side and wildflowers on the other. The Simon Kenton Trail was an enjoyable flat path and we averaged 10 to 12 mph. I was taking an antibiotic and thought I might only be able to bike 3 or 4 miles, but my breathing settled down and I ended up biking 18 miles. We were both signed up to bike the 31-mile route, so I rested back at the depot and Rosie continued biking and finished at 30.5 miles. I enjoyed a hot veggie bowl with potatoes from a food truck while waiting for her. Nearby was a 1913 wooded box car used as a caboose during WWII.
Along the trail was a state historical marker signifying that President Abe Lincoln’s Funeral Train carrying his body back to Illinois stopped at that location in Urbana back in 1865. We met a family that had a bicycle built not for two but for five! Dad, mom and the three children all pedaled.