Sunday, April 24, 2011

Ohio Bike Trails, Holmes Bike Shop


Trail Accommodates Buggy Traffic

The Holmes County Trail, a 29-mile multi-purpose corridor is part of the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy which has established a statewide, interconnected trail network, providing solitude and breathtaking beauty to citizens, friends, and visitors.  It is a part of a cross-state trail connecting Cincinnati to Cleveland through Columbus.  The current 15 miles of completed Holmes County trail accommodates Amish buggies and equestrian riders on a "chip and seal" surface, with an adjoining asphalt lane for walkers, runners, bikers, roller-bladers, or wheelchair visitors.  The Holmes County corridor is the first in the nation to accommodate Amish buggies, providing Amish travelers between Fredericksburg to Killbuck safe passage without motorized traffic.


Hipp Station
 Make the Holmes County Trail one of your vacation stops.  If you are a bicyclist, bring your bicycle or rent one from Raber's Bike Shop, which operates their smaller location inside the Millersburg Hipp Station Depot.  The depot store is open during summer months, Monday and Tuesday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Wednesday, 1 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Friday 9 a.m.- 6 p.m., and Saturday 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.  Restrooms are provided at the depot station.

The Amish owned, main location of Raber's Bike Shop is located at 6515 SR 241, and has expanded it's inventory to include brands such as Pinarello, Eddy Merckx, S-Works, and Specialized.  Owner, Alvin Raber, who is comitted to professional quality service and repair, provides to all new bike purchasers, a free basic fit, 10 percent discounts on all accesories for a year, a free four-month checkup and a free lifetime of minor bike adjustments.

Plan a Holmes County, Ohio visit and include the Holmes County Trail and Raber's Bike Shop in your plans.   Make the Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast , your lodging choice, where you will be served a hot country breakfast and where the owners can safely store your bicycles inside.

Submitted by Loretta Coblentz
April 24, 2011

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