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News from Friends of Madison County

Campsite in Works for Prairie Grass Trail

A small primitive trail-side camping area is being prepared at the Prairie Grass Trailhead in London. There is a restroom, water, electricity, shelter-house, and picnic tables available at the trailhead (no shower). Plans are to have two wooden tent decks and on-grounds tents sites available. This limited facility is not intended to fund-raise, but as a service for long-distance trail users. Camping will be on a first come first service bases with donations accepted, but not required. We encourage campers to take advantage of the large map and London Cyclist Guide in the shelter-house for the location of local restaurants and amenities. The facility is expected to be opened on April 16th in celebration of the RTC Opening Day For Trails.


Welcome Long-Distance Runner Passing through Madison County

Come help us cheer on a very special person on Saturday April 2nd. A long-distance runner will be running non-stop from Columbus to Xenia on the Ohio to Erie Trail! This is a training exercise for Sunshine’s goal to run the 153-mile Spartathlon from Athens to Sparta in Greece. Her only request is that you come out and help cheer her on to encourage her to press on. She plans to start at the beginning of the paved section of the trail on West Sullivant Avenue at 7 a.m.. Then arrive at the Battelle Darby Creek Parking Lot at 8:17 a.m., and London around 10:30 a.m. She will follow the signed business street route across London. Shops plan to be open and ready to welcome folks coming in to cheer. Please consider getting a bite to eat and check out the stores while you’re here. Since Sunshine is planning to run non-stop, she will have a police escort across London so it will be easy to see where she is at. She plans to reach South Charleston around 12:27 p.m., Cedarville approximately at 2:13 p.m., and Xenia about 3:55 p.m. This is rare to find long-distance runners on this section of the trail so we are delighted to have Sunshine pass through and wish her the best of luck! Please come join us and bring your family and friends.

RTC Opening Day Activities

As we noted above, Saturday April 16th is the National RTC Opening Day For Trails. Celebrations are located all over the United States. A few groups will be celebrating along the Ohio to Erie Trail on the 50-mile sections from Columbus (Haydocy Airstream and RV) to Xenia Station from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.. The London Coffee Peddler will be the sponsor location in Madison County. Trail Sentinels will be stationed on the East and West sides of London to help riders across town and to the coffee shop on South Main Street. Watch for the Welcome cyclist signs in business windows and stop in for cyclist’s discounts that day.

April 22 is the next Full Moon Ride. Join us at the Prairie Grass Trail in London at 7:30 p.m. for a fun go-at-your-own-pace ride!