TITLE: Riding in Muncie AUTHOR: Eugene Wallingford DATE: September 07, 2013 9:02 PM DESC: ----- BODY:
mile marker 82 on the Cardinal Greenway
It's been three years since my most recent Running on the Road entry, from the Oxford, Ohio, area. Little did I know at the time it would be my last. I've started cycling in place of running, though until now when I've traveled I've either hit the hotel's fitness room or walked outdoors. This is the first trip since Oxford that I have taken my exercise with me. I put a Thule bike rack on the trunk of my Taurus and brought my bike with me. I'm back again in Muncie, which I reported in my second Running on the Road entry back in October 2004. This gave me a chance to revisit the Cardinal Greenway, an old favorite for marathon training. I've several times done 20-milers by running from the Wysor Depot north to Gaston and back. This time, with my bike, I headed south to see new ground. The result was a ride down past Losantville and 50 miles total. A good ride. Biking when I travel is tougher than running. I need so much more equipment, and it takes so much more space to pack. Unless I can find ways to rent or borrow a bike at my destination, I will be limited to riding in places to which I can drive. But I'm willing to give it a try. If things go well on upcoming trips this fall to St. Louis and Allerton Park, Riding on the Road may become its own series of posts. -----