Tri-County Triangle Trail to sponsor community bike ride


On Thursday, Oct. 6, Tri-County Triangle Trail will be sponsoring a community bike ride.

At 6:30 p.m., this 14-mile round trip bike event will begin at the Hopewell National Park service parking lot located at 4731 Sulphur Lick Road (corner of Maple Grove Road). From there, participants will make their way to the halfway point, Dairy Cone located on Springfield Street in Frankfort.

Bikers can purchase pies and ice cream at the Dairy Cone, rain or shine, and then be served at the Frankfort Mason’s Lodge #309.

The homemade Amish pies will be $5 a pie, or $6 for a pie with ice cream.

On the way back, it will be nighttime, so lights are necessary and helmets are encouraged.

This event has taken place for at least 18 years with the help of different businesses, according to Sandra Clark, secretary of the Tri-County Triangle Trail. “Due to the pandemic, we had to cancel last year’s ride and the year before.”

Admission for the ride is completely free and welcomes all ages to participate. “We take donations at the site of, to the Tri-County Triangle Trail. All donations go directly and 100% to trail repair and maintenance,” explained Clark.

Clark added, “I remember what first drew me to this event was seeing all the crazy outfits, lights, and bikes. It’s definitely a sight to see. Not everybody dresses up or does spectacular shows, but there’s enough that does to make it unique.”

On Sept. 27, the Ross County Park Board’s Public Trail Closure Meeting will take place at the Christopher Conference Center at 5:30 p.m. Here, they will discuss closing this trail due to it “not being used nor visited by enough people.”

Clark explained that the importance of this event is just to get people out onto the trail. “This ride is so important to get people out to see the trail who never had a reason to go out before and to show the community that this is something that might be taken from us soon.”

The trail is 32 miles long and has been extended recently to reach Washington Court House. “Not many trails have what we have that aren’t connected to the main trailways.”

“If we can get one more Pie Ride in and have people enjoy it, that will make me happy but it would be nice to have more in the future too,” added Clark.

Clark encourages people to come out, enjoy the ride and goodies, and see just how much the trail has to offer.

To estimate the number of pies that will be needed, an RSVP to Dairy Cone would be beneficial, but isn’t required. You can contact them at 740-998-6845 or Sandra Clark at 740-466-6694 with any further questions.

Bikers who attended the last ride wait in line outside the Dairy Cone for their pies and ice cream. who attended the last ride wait in line outside the Dairy Cone for their pies and ice cream. Courtesy photo

By Abby Shrout

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