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July 31, 2017

Dayton - Urban hike and bike

We’re in Kettering just a block from Oakwood, and the contrasts can be seen whether hiking or biking between the two.  There is a sidewalk in front of the Kettering house (that’s Rufus between the trees by the house), but not one on the adjoining street nor are there always curb cuts when both streets have sidewalks.  All of Oakwood has sidewalks and curb cuts.
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Our typical route starts out on the sidewalk, thru the wet grass and then walk on the street a block into Oakwood.  A few blocks of residential Oakwood leads to an area known as Hills and Dales.  A great place to walk with tree lined streets.
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Dirt paths are short cuts between streets while paved bike paths connect to neighborhoods.
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Our walk takes us past gardens and parks.
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Eventually leading to Hawthorn Hill, the final home of the world’s first aviator.  The Wright mansion is open for tours on Tuesday and Saturday with advance registration required. 
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The return walk takes us past the Oakwood park where Fran and her brother play tennis.  The basketball court gets more use than the tennis courts, but the waterworks look like the most fun.  Even the sandbox has a water fall.
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But Kettering has parks too.  Nice large grass area with traditional equipment where the kids can be creative with their games.  This loop is just under 5 miles with a few hills and dales.
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There is a contrast in urban biking as well.  The Kettering bike route K-19 can be picked up at the other end of the street.  The Kettering bike route will join the Oakwood bike path to the University of Dayton about 1.5 miles from the house.
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Coming out at the UD ball fields.  This day future Flyers are having soccer practice.  The main campus is past the parking lot.
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The Dorthy Lane Market in Oakwood has a salad bar with prime salads that rotate daily.  On Friday this would be seafood selections of salmon, crab and tuna.
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Our grocery has a sald bar too, but it’s always the same.
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But our grocery has wine tasting!
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Today’s fun fact: in 1909 a Dayton built Stoddard won the the first race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with an average speed of 57.3 mph.

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