Friday, July 15, 2011

Bike trails, Covered Bridges and Wineries

Who’d-a-thunk that Ashtabula county, Ohio would be such a treasure trove of sights and activities?!  We’ve really enjoyed our stay here.  And, we even got some exercise riding our bikes on the Western Reserve Greenway Trail.  It’s one of the Rails-to-Trails system that has spoiled us so much for bike riding.  Once you get used to these near-wilderness paved bike trails, you just can’t ride anywhere else!
A 'Rails to Trails' - the Western Reserve Greenway Trail

A 'Rails to Trails' - the Western Reserve Greenway Trail
Jim on the Greenway Trail

Jim on the Greenway Trail

Flowers along the trail
Flowers along the trail
Next day we decided to check out a few more covered bridges, then have dinner at the winery that Howard and Linda of RV-Dreams had recommended.  Geeeeeezz – this country is so picturesque!
One of the many covered bridges in Ashtabula County, Ohio
One of the many covered bridges in Ashtabula County, Ohio
Jim at the State Road covered bridge
Jim at the State Road covered bridge
I was really kicking myself for not grabbing my good camera before we set out on this little jaunt – I could have spent all day just taking pictures of covered bridges.  I’ve gotten so complacent with just taking out my phone (Droid) to snap photos.  For little, onscreen pictures like this – I think it does a pretty good job – so I’ve gotten lazy.
State Road covered bridge
State Road covered bridge

Then it was time for the wineries.  Believe it or not, there are lots of Ohio Wineries.  We drove just a little further to the town of Conneaut which is right on Lake Erie and has several wineries.  Homes are up on a hill and this picture shows a staircase leading down to the beach.  Very inviting.  As we drove around, both Jim and I were commenting on how much we liked this area.  BUT, we reminded each other that it’s July … I’m sure this is covered in snow and VERY cold in the winter time.
Beach on Lake Erie at Conneaut
Beach on Lake Erie at Conneaut
The Pièce de Résistance to end our day was dinner at the Tarsitanos Winery and Café.  OMG was it delicious!
A 'Must Stop' and 'Must Eat' place
A 'Must Stop' and 'Must Eat' place
Beyond Delicious!
Beyond Delicious!
Appetizer: Homemade bread, roasted red pepper stuffed with gorgonzola and Proscuto and basil.  Good, chewy, wine.  The best part was the homemade raviolis.  If Jim ever sees me licking my lips while I’m sleeping … I’m dreaming of Tarsitanos!
Ready for dinner at Tarsitanos
Ready for dinner at Tarsitanos
Basil - from the garden to your plate!
Basil - from the garden to your plate!
Satisfied and satiated, we went back to Kenisee Lakes Thousand Trails.  Ready to hit the road after a two week stay here.  On to Vermont and the FMCA NE Area Rally.  See our Facebook page for details on the seminars we’ll be doing there.

9 comments:

Jammin' Along said...

Looks like a great time! Bike rides are fun and the bridges beautiful! All I can say is...bucket list, LOL!

Cheers! ~M

Bob and Connie Sims said...

Glad you are enjoying our former homeland. It is lovely in the summer with the lake view areas. But, come winter time, Ashtabula County is the picture in the dictionary beside the term "Lake Effect Snow"!

See ya down the road...
Connie
http://simslandyacht.blogspot.com

wheelingit said...

Had no idea there were wineries out there. Now THAT I really like :)
Nina

wheelingit said...

Had no idea there were wineries out there. Now THAT I really like :)
Nina

Janie and John said...

After reading yours and Linda and Howard's blog, makes me ready to pack up for Ohio. We love the rail to trails bike trails. Another great state with abundant paved trails is Minnesota. We hope to ride the Paul Bunyan trail and the Lake Wobegon trail this fall.

Chinatours said...

I prefer going around on bike, if time permitted, i think it is both environmentally friendly and we can stop at anywhere we like, we needn't consider whether it is a place allowed to park and if go out on foot, i will feel a little bit tired, agree? Greetings from China. I am also a fan of tour and travel, welcome to have a visit at my blog, Wish you the best!

LBJ said...

Looks like great riding. I do some RV-ing in the summers, and I take along a Montague folding bike - rides great, and folds up so it's easy to fit inside.

Laura Baker said...

Hi Chris. We're revising our TTrails reservations because of all the flooding in the east. We are looking at reservations at Kenisee Lakes in October. Hmm, one week or two, what do you think?
Laura

Bloomer Blowe said...

Such fun and enjoyable bike riding in the Rails to Trails - the Western Reserve Greenway Trail.But i love the covered bridge, very strong and accident-free bridge.Is it applicable for a covered bridge wedding?What do you think?Covered bridge weddings are very romantic and remarkable as well.