Sunday, 24 February 2013
A chilly ride up into Butler township on the Great Miami Bikeway. I went a bit north of the underpass of Needmore, and explored the short roads that intersect the path at Birch: to the right to find a small, neighborhood of run-down homes near the river, then to the left past a mobile home park and up to the intersection with Wagner-Ford Road.
I wondered if this area was once Johnson's Station that was east of Chambersburg (as known in 1875, map shown). But looking again at the map, I think my ride actually missed reaching Butler township. Dayton township abuts Butler township at its southern edge, and Wayne township reaches a bit more north, on the east side of the river. Just south of this three-township junction, in a swansneck of the river is the little settlement I explored.
Temperature: 39°F at 16:40
Clothing: Skinsuit, longsleeve undershirt, contton undershirt, ankle socks, tights, light jacket, full-finger gloves
Bike: Lotus Legend fixed 48x16
Time: 01:25 for 20.16 miles
Bikeway users: 5 cyclists, 3 pedestrians, 2 dogs