Here are pictures from the Pelotonia charity bike race I participated in on Saturday. Proceeds went to the James Cancer Hospital at OSU. I rode 25 miles, but some riders went 50, 100, or 180 miles. The 180 mile riders ended up in Athens.
I woke up at 5:15 to get ready, and arrived there at about 6:15.
The race began near the intersection of Olentangy River Road and Lane Avenue. There were thousands of people everywhere. Lots of free food.
Here I am in my Vorys team Jersey.
There were so many riders that those of us in the back had to wait 10-15 minutes to start moving after the race started.
It was fun riding on roads downtown without having to worry about traffic. There were lots of people there to cheer us on.
Riding through a small town near the end of my portion of the race. Notice the friendly woman waving on the left.
We ended up in the parking lot of a gym/senior center. Lots of local restaurants had stalls set up and gave out plenty of free breakfast food. I wasn’t very tired and I sort of wished I had signed up for a longer ride, but that would also require raising more money.
More and more people move to downtown Columbus each year, but the area still lacks many amenities essential for sustaining a community, such as grocery stores. After moving downtown, my friends and I quickly learned that the closest place to buy beer in the evening is a Sunoco gas station near the Courthouse building, about ten blocks away.
So when a friend of mine told me there is a Kroger downtown on Front St., I told him he must be mistaken. I looked it up later out of curiosity and learned that my friend was partly right – there is a Kroger on Front St., but it is in the Brewery District just outside the limits of downtown. I walked over there one day to check it out and took some pictures:
Even though it’s not technically downtown, it’s close enough to provide some support for the downtown community. It’s presence there shows how far the area has come in the past few years.
As you can see, it’s a pretty nice Kroger. It has a much more urban feel than most locations. The brick design of the building is clearly meant to follow the Brewery district style. The inside reminds me of Whole Foods and Giant Eagle, with a large selection of alternative, “organic” foods.
Downtown residents may have a better option soon. An expansion plan for the Arena District calls for a Giant Eagle to be built close to the North Market. Unfortunately, plans have been postponed because of the recession.
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