Miss Ohio Takes Us on an 850-Mile Bike Tour
By Meg Berno

Miss Ohio Takes Us on an 850-Mile Bike Tour

Check out this first in a series of guest blog posts from Ellen Bryan, Miss Ohio 2011, as she takes us along on her 850-mile bike tour of Ohio!

I grew up in Celina, Ohio–a small farming community with flat land that hosts open fields of beans and corn. This was my impression of Ohio – flat, farmland. Well, as I trek across Ohio on my 850-mile bike tour, I’m finding that’s not so true.

I’m biking to raise awareness and money for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals through the Miss America Organization. It’s a 27-day journey where I’m discovering more about Ohio then I ever thought possible.

Traveling through Ohio on a bicycle is a really good way to capture each community because I feel like I’m part of my surroundings. And, I pay a lot more attention to the landscape too – especially when there’s a hill up ahead. 

I’ve learned that Ohio is diverse in its landscape and its communities. If you are down in the southeast portion of Ohio, there’s not a piece of flat land around. Same goes for the seven hills of Cincinnati – which I conquered in 100 degree weather.

But on my first day of the tour, the person I was cycling with looked out over the beans, farmhouse and blue sky and said, “This is God’s country.” And while we laughed about how many times I would hear that on this bike tour, he was right.

Ohio’s landscape – whether hilly or flat – is beautiful and serene. The countryside can be one of the most peaceful settings ever. And the larger cities can by bustling, exciting and energizing. 

I’ll be blogging more as I travel around the state! But until my next post, follow the Miss Ohio Bike Tour website at www.missohiobiketour.com.

 

About the Author

Meg Berno is a freelance writer and Marketing Coordinator with the Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau. Meg graduated from Miami University with a degree in Strategic Communications. Outside of work, Meg enjoys photography, writing and finding new places to explore in Ohio.