Dina Rudelson and Ji Ye, sophomores this fall at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, decided over the Fourth of July holiday weekend to take a biking adventure in search of small town fireworks. The girls pedaled the seven hour journey to Wauseon.
Inspired by their friend’s 1,600 mile bike ride to Colorado, the girls decided to create their own biking adventure. Their journey took them through several small towns. Rudelson says, “The best part of our trip has been the small towns. The locals, everyone has been so nice.” Ye adds, “I think Wauseon has been my favorite small town.”
Much different from the urban culture of Ann Arbor, the girls have enjoyed the small town, everyone seems to know everyone, feel of Wauseon. They experienced the spectacular firework display on the Fourth. “They were unique. I’ve never heard them to music,” Rudelson expressed.
Staying overnight at Hudson State Park on the way and then Sunny’s Campground in Wauseon, the girls slept in a small tent which fit in their backpack and ate Cliff bars for simple meals. They appreciated the flat geography of Ohio which made biking easier than the hillier terrain of Michigan. Preferring to stay on the back roads rather than main roads, they relied on the GPS and map system of their Smartphones along the way.
After a visit to the Wauseon Farmer’s Market Saturday morning, the girls planned to begin the trek back to Ann Arbor. Both agree that it’s been a memorable, fun ride.