There are many foods known and loved in Ohio, but we chose a Polish Boy sandwich for today’s recipe. With its grilled bread and polish sausage, kielbasa, it is a sure bet for your guests to enjoy at your next backyard party. Some would even say it is better than a Philly cheesesteak… but we will let you be the judge. (Hint, hint, our cyclists will bike through Pennsylvania soon too). Try this recipe for a Polish Boy from The Lazy Gastronome and let us know what you think. Use hashtag #BBQAcrossAmerica on Twitter or Instagram so we’re sure to see your post! And, for more info on Ohio, read on.
Several major cities in Ohio are best explored on biking trails. Dayton, Ohio, is considered a Bronze Level Bike Friendly City with 30 miles of central-city trails connecting to a network of over 300 miles of paths. These paths offer something for everyone from beginning riders to competitive cyclists. National Park Service rangers even lead bike riding tours of Dayton’s aviation history, which includes the Wright Brothers’ original bike shop.
Bicycle trails in many other Ohio cities offer unique ways to see the sights with cycling experiences for anyone and everyone. If you don’t have a bike with you, consider renting one or using one of the public transit options in many of these cities to see the sights.
A good starting point would be Columbus, the state capital and largest city in Ohio. Did you know that 50% of the United States population lives within 500 miles of Columbus? Another unique thing about Ohio is that they are the only state whose flag is not a traditional rectangle. Their state flag is a pennant design.
Things to do in Cincinnati include the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, Cincinnati Art Museum, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, and the Cincinnati Museum Center.
Located on the shores of Lake Erie, Cleveland is a popular tourist destination with their professional sports teams and cultural attractions. Cleveland is home to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, filled with music artifacts from early music to current day. In 1914, Cleveland became the first U.S. city to have a traffic light.
Marblehead Lighthouse located on the Marblehead Peninsula that juts into Lake Erie is the best known and most-photographed landmark. Built in 1821, the Marblehead Lighthouse is the oldest lighthouse still standing and in continuous operation out of all of the Great Lakes. The state park surrounding the lighthouse offers camping, picnicking, and breathtaking views of Lake Erie, Sandusky Bay, Kelleys Island, and South Bass Island.
Other interesting stops in Ohio are the Pro Football Hall of Fame located in Canton, and Oberlin College, the first interracial and coeducational college in the United States. We’re sure it’s hard for Team Thin Energy to race past all these sights without stopping!