Bike Ride – May 9, 2015

Heading south I cut through the Battelle complex.  They had hundreds of lilac bushes in bloom.  It smelled great.

Battelle

This is looking down from Goodale Blvd. on to where I crashed last week.  They fixed the lip on the ramp by putting down another layer of asphalt.

Looking west.

Looking east.

Goodale Blvd.

I headed east on Goodale towards the arena district.  The bike path doesn’t go very far and you just get dumped onto Goodale which turns into the Goodale Neil Connector.  That is basically a freeway until it hits Neil Avenue.  When an exit lane from I-670 joins the road on the right you are basically in the middle of multiple lanes where the traffic is doing 60 mph.

Arena district, across the street from Huntington Park.  New Columbia Gas building.

Columbia Gas Building

Apartments/condos next door.

Flats

I went west on Brodbelt Lane next to Huntington Park into the undeveloped area of the district and came across this old building being torn down.

I posted a picture of the building on September 6, 2014.  It was a neat old building and I hate to see it torn down but I’m sure I’ll be posting a picture of something new going up in a year.

The building next door has been turned into offices.

Arena District

Downtown, Huntington Building.

Huntington Building

Huntington Building lying on my back on the sidewalk looking up.

Huntington Building

And from the Ohio Statehouse across the street.

Huntington Building

From the same location but looking just a little north.  Old Huntington Building, LaVeque tower & US Bank Building.

Schiller Park in German Village

Schiller Park

There are a lot of beautiful old houses south of the park.

E. Deshler Avenue

E. Deshler Avenue

E. Deshler Avenue

E. Deshler Avene

This house always has a beautiful garden.  It was beautifully decorated at Christmas too.

E. Deshler Avenue

E. Deshler Avenue

Back up north on High Street.  It must be graduation day.

Ohio State Graduation Day

Went up to Indianola Avenue briefly where there a bunch of fraternities and sororities.

Indianola Ave.

Indianola Elementary School – 1808

Indianola Elementary School

Usually when I head back I cut through campus but today I took High Street all the way to Lane Avenue.  I couldn’t believe how much new construction is in progress in that area.  It goes over a block south on High and over a block west on Lane.

High Street near Lane Avenue

Lane Avenue west of High

Lane Avenue west of High

Back to Whetstone Park, 22 miles.

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Bike Ride – May 2, 2015

We finally had a Saturday where both the weather was nice and I had no commitments.  The weather today was actually beautiful.  As is often the case, I started at Whetstone Park and headed south on the Olentangy Bike Trail.

I posted a picture of this building under construction on November 16, 2013.  Here’s the finished product.  (This is Tuttle Park looking south towards campus.)

This is from the same spot, Ohio Stadium on the left, St. John Arena on the right.

Further south I came upon a bunch of road construction on the trail.

Olentangy Bike Trail

They put a ramp up to Goodale Street.  I decided to pull over onto the ramp to take a picture.  Unfortunately, the ramp had a rather high lip at the start.  When I hit it I lost control and did my version of a trapeze act as I flew over the handle bars of my bike.  I crashed approximately where my bike is parked below.

Olentangy Bike Trail

As luck would have it I wasn’t seriously injured, just some scrapes (five fingers, knee & chin) and embarrassment.  Some of the construction workers and a young lady on the trail came over to check on me.  Everyone was very nice.  One of the construction workers got a first aid kit and I applied band aids to my fingers.  I continued the ride.

Picture of downtown from North Bank Park.  I was trying to be artistic with my photo composition.

Downtown from North Bank Park

I posted a picture of this building under construction on September 27, 2014.  It’s come a long way since then.

250 South High Street

Further north on High Street the Cap City Half Marathon was finishing up.

Cap City Half Marathon

The celebration was in full swing at the Columbus Commons.

High Street was closed for the race so I went east to 4th Street which was real busy because of the High Street closure.  On the corner of 4th and Gay Street are some nice fairly new condos that extended for over a block east.

Gay Street Condos

A little north and east of there at Normanday & Long are the new Normandy Condos.  I posted a picture of them under construction on May 11, 2014.  They’re looking good.

Normandy Condos

I’m glad they’re building lots of residences downtown.  It will add some life on the weekends.  There have been times when I’ve felt all alone downtown.

Up in the Short North is this building I posted a picture of on September 27, 2014.  Here’s what it looks like now.

Short North

You may have noticed that the theme of this post is updates on construction sites I have previously visited.

Back to Whetstone Park.  When I got there I still felt pretty good, despite planting my face in the concrete earlier, so I went a little further north to Antrim Lake.

Antrim Lake

Back to Whetstone Park, 26 miles.

P.S. The traffic in the North Side Fix was God awful.

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First Snow of the Winter

Too early in the season for this much snow but it’s kind of pretty.  I took these from my back yard.  It’s a little dark but I wanted to get them before the wind blew the snow off the trees.

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Bike Ride – September 27, 2014

Spectacular autumn day in Columbus, Ohio.  I wasn’t able to ride last Saturday because I sprained my ankle the Friday before in the woods behind my house.  Oops.

I started at Whetstone Park & went south on the Olentangy bike trail until I got to Ohio Stadium about seven and a half hours before the game so the traffic and crowds weren’t bad yet.

The Bearcats had arrived.

Bearcats

Lincoln Tower in the background Morrill Tower in the foreground.

Lincoln & Morrill Towers

Further south, this building is the south campus chiller plant.

South Campus Chiller Plant

I followed Cannon Ave. until it dead ended at King Avenue then cut through the Battelle complex.  I didn’t have any destination in mind so I just wandered around.  I went west and got on Sixth Avenue in the Dennison neighborhood.  It’s a nice quiet neighborhood with big old houses, similar to Victorian Village.

Dennison

When I got to Pennsylvania Avenue I headed south.

Pennsylvania Ave.

At some point I think I crossed into the Harrison West neighborhood.  Came upon this place at the corner of Pennsylvania & 3rd called Katalina.  I had never heard of it but there was a line to get in so I’m guessing the food is good.

Katalina

Came across First Avenue School at 1st & Harrison built in 1874.

First Avenue School

More First Avenue.

First Avenue

This alley looked interesting so I went south.  It turned out to be Delaware Avenue.

Delaware Avenue

Further south, almost to Goodale Blvd., I came across this construction project.  I think it is part of Thurber Village.

Thurber Village Construction

I didn’t want to go against the traffic on Goodale Blvd. so I backtracked and headed towards High Street on Buttles.

Across the street from Goodale Park were all these incredible old houses.  All the times I’ve been in Goodale Park I can’t believe I never noticed these houses before.

Buttles Avenue

Buttles Avenue

This one looks newer but it’s just as grand.  This is about a block from High Street.

Buttles Avenue

Goodale Park, across the street.

Goodale Park

Almost to High Street.

Buttles Avenue

I mentioned these two buildings under construction in the Short North in my April 12, 2014 post.  Here’s the progress.

Short North

Short North

This is looking down from High Street to the place I was two weeks ago.

Two weeks ago when I was looking up from down there at the Nationwide building I noticed a building I had never noticed before.  This is the building.  Turns out it is another building used by Nationwide.

New Nationwide Building

I was looking in the windows of this neat but run down old building at 51 North High Street.  It is being gutted on the inside.

51 North High Street

It is apparently being restored and converted to condos.  That will be a nice improvement to the area.

This is the back of the building from W. Gay Street.  I thought the alley looked interesting  so I headed that way.

Alley behind 51 N. High Street

Palace Theater & LeVeque Lincoln Tower at the end of the alley.  I’ve previously posted pictures of the tower here (background center), here and here.

LeVeque Tower

This is the Wyandotte Building across the street.  It was built in 1897-1898 and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Wyandotte Building

This construction project is underway at Main & High.  It’s going to be mixed use, office & condos.  Looks like it is going to be a great building – details.  It’s just south of the Columbus Commons.

250 South High Street

Eddie George’s Grill in the campus area. It always looks like this on game day.

Eddie George’s Grill

Back to Whetstone Park – 21 miles.

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Bike Ride – September 6, 2014

So I haven’t posted in a while.  Well I haven’t gone on any “long” rides because I’ve been having foot issues.  Doctor says it is tendonitis.  It seems to be getting better so here I am.

As is often the case, Tom C. & I started at Whetstone Park and headed south on the Olentangy Bike Path.

We got to Ohio Stadium eight hours before the game.  ABC 6 was broadcasting “Buckeye Football Fever.”  They wanted me to appear on the show but I declined because I didn’t have time.

Buckeye Football Fever

We continued south.  This is the back of Battelle Memorial Institute.  The bike path goes past it.

Battelle

When we got to Third Avenue we got off the trail and went through the Harrison West neighborhood.  It’s a very nice neighborhood with lots of new construction.

This is Side by Side Park just off Third Ave.

Side by Side Park

More of Harrison West.

Harrison West

Harrison West

Harrison West

This is a school building built in 1874.

Harrison West

Saint Francis Assisi church.

St. Francis Assisi

Heading downtown we went past this residence across from Goodale Park.

This is their back yard barbecue.  Pretty nice.

Our destination today was the Arena District.

Arena Crossing apartments.

Arena Crossing Apartments

The street we were on took us under High Street so we followed it.  This is looking up at the Hyatt from below High Street.  As you can see it was a very overcast day.

Hyatt

Looking up at the Nationwide building from the same location.

Nationwide Building

And finally, looking up at the new Hilton Hotel.

Hilton Hotel

Further back, the road took us under the convention center.  It was a real interesting place but I’m not sure I’d want to be down there at night.

Under the convention center

You can see the Hyatt & convention center in this one.

Under the convention center

Under the convention center

OK.  Enough of subterranean Columbus.  Going back up to be with the surface people.

Back to the Arena District.  Apartments.

Arena District

This is a foot bridge going over the road we were on earlier.

Arena District

Heading over to an area with a lot of nice restaurants.

Arena District

Arena District

Looking towards the back of the Nationwide Building.

Arena District

This is an arch from the old train station and McFerson Commons Park.

Arch Park

More of the Arena District.

Arena District

Residential area.

Arena District

Arena District

Harold Cooper statue at Huntington Park.

Harold Cooper Statue

Huntington Park

This is the new Columbia Gas building under construction across the street.

Columbia Gas of Ohio

This is further west on Nationwide Blvd.  It is an old factory converted to loft apartments.

Arena District loft apartments

This is as far west as you can go on Nationwide Blvd.  It’s kind of off the beaten path.  It’s in the undeveloped area of the Arena District.

Inside there is some very neat old equipment.  We had no idea what it would have been used for.

This building is just east of the one above.  It was the old Municipal Light Plant.  We both wanted to go in but couldn’t find an open door.

Municipal Light Plant

Municipal Light Plant

That was the end of our exploration of the Arena District.

We went downtown along the river front.  Wow, did it look different.

River Front

Here’s what it looked like before.

Headed back north.  Five hours before the game.

Ohio Stadium five hours before the game

Lane Avenue.

Lane Avenue

Lane Avenue

Back to Whetstone Park.  Wow, I must have been in a picture taking mood.  20 Miles.

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Columbus Arts Festival – June 7, 2014

No bike ride today.  I went to the Columbus Arts Festival with Ceena B.  Bunch of pictures below.

Columbus Arts Festival

Columbus Arts Festival

Columbus Arts festival

Columbus Arts Festival

Columbus Arts Festival

Columbus Arts Festival

Columbus Arts Festival

Columbus Arts Festival

Columbus Arts Festival

Columbus Arts Festival

Columbus Arts Festival

Columbus Arts Festival

Columbus Arts Festival

Columbus Arts Festival

Columbus Arts Festival

Columbus Arts Festival

Columbus Arts Festival

Columbus Arts Festival

Columbus Arts Festival

Columbus Arts Festival

Columbus Arts Festival

Columbus Arts Festival

Columbus Arts Festival

Columbus Arts Festival

Columbus Arts Festival

Columbus Arts Festival

Columbus Arts Festival

Columbus Arts Festival

Columbus Arts Festival

Columbus Arts Festival

Columbus Arts Festival

Columbus Arts Festival

Columbus Arts Festival

Columbus Arts Festival

Columbus Arts Festival

Columbus Arts Festival

Columbus Arts Festival

This is woven glass.  It’s incredible.

Columbus Arts Festival

Columbus Arts Festival

Columbus Arts Festival

Columbus Arts Festival

Columbus Arts Festival

Columbus Arts Festival

 

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Bike Ride- May 11, 2014

I met Tom C. at Whetstone Park.  After taking some time to deal with some flat tires we got started.  Today was our “Mother’s Day Orphans  Ride.”

The weather was pretty chilly when we started.  The sun finally came out when we were about downtown and it got really nice.

The path was closed for construction at North Bank Park so we went on the road.  When we got to Long Street we headed east.

This is the AEP building.

AEP Building

Federal courthouse across the street.

Federal Courthouse

YMCA further east on Long Street.

YMCA

Further east we came across this office building with an interesting sculpture.

Office building

Sculpture

Found this new building under construction on Long street.  It’s going to be apartments, called the Normandy.

The Normandy

This lovely building is across the street.

This is the old COSI  building on Broad Street.

Old COSI Building

We went south on Grant Avenue into German  Village.

Grant Ave. German Village

We stopped at Planks Bier Garten and had lunch on their patio.  I didn’t have any beer.  I have enough trouble staying upright on a bike already.

On the way back up north we stopped at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum located in Sullivant Hall on campus where they were having a Calvin and Hobbes exhibition.

Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum

Calvin and Hobbes Exhibition

Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum

Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum

Flowers on the Oval.

Ohio State University Oval

Sculpture on Neil Ave. on campus.

Ohio State Sculpture

Architecture building across the street.  Man, that is one ugly building.

Ohio State Architecture Building

Back to Whetstone, 20 miles.  Happy Mother’s Day!

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