Inspired by a growing green consciousness and fantastic weather, Chris DeVille and I rode the Olentangy Greenway Trail from the Whittier Peninsula to Worthington, about a 30-mile roadtrip with a few side excursions.

If you've never been on one of the Central Ohio Greenways trails, you're missing a low-impact, relaxing ride that allows you to rack up some serious miles, avoid street traffic and experience the beauty of the Olentangy River and the city's strong park system.

Here are a few highlights that you'll find along the way, heading north from the Brewery District: Scioto Audubon Metro Park: a great birding locale, as you know from previous blog posts, with fishing access and a boat launch Tuttle Park: a giant valley with tennis courts Clinton-Como Park: offers basketball courts and athletic fields Northmoor Park: a woody wildlife area with plenty of picnic spots Whetstone Park: a great recreational spot, also known as the Park of Roses, with 11,000 rose bushes, various themed gardens, baseball diamonds and walking trails Antrim Lake: a lovely blue body of water with a loop trail, overlooks and plenty of picnic areas