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Biking Around Athens

Lydia Seiter

Lydia Seiter,
Senior, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Athens, OH 9 April 2020

As my time in Athens comes to a close, I find myself reminiscing on all the wonderful memories I’ve made here, and all the unique facets of Athens that make it such a special place. One of the best parts about Athens that I’ve enjoyed the most is its natural beauty. Athens is the perfect place for so many outdoor activities, like hiking, rock climbing, running, and cycling.


I started to cycle as a hobby at the beginning of my first semester of senior year and wish I had started exploring Athens by bike much sooner, for multiple reasons.

First of all, there is the bike path, named the “Hockhocking Adena Bikeway,” which stretches from near Ohio University’s campus, all the way to Nelsonville. This path is frequented by all sorts of athletes—from cyclists, to runners, to rollerbladers. On any given ride, you can glimpse toddlers taking their first spins on tricycles, couples on tandem bikes, and elderly folks on recumbent bicycles. Not only is the bike path a fun place to ride, but there are also a multitude of hills around Athens to get the legs pumping.

Second of all, Athens has a wonderful cycling community, and many independent bike shops, such as Athens Bicycle, Black Diamond Bicycles and Rental, and Cycle Path Bicycle. Starting out as a beginner, I was able to get all the equipment I needed, like pedals, shoes, and a proper fit, from these helpful folks.

Lastly, the scenery in Athens is truly beautiful in all seasons. Whether in fall, when the leaves are changing, disintegrating with a gentle crunch under the wheels, or in spring, when the beautiful scent of blossoming flowers travel on sweet winds, Athens’ natural beauty is perpetually on display. Riding a bike through Southeastern Ohio takes one past farms with horses and turkeys, past rushing rivers and streams, and alongside railroad tracks and trains. I can’t recommend exploring Athens enough, whether it’s by bicycle, hiking, or running. I will miss the one-of-a-kind charms of exploring outside in Athens when I move away!

Getting a Break from Stress

Allie Gabbard

Allie Gabbard,
Senior, Engineering Technology & Management

Athens, OH 23 February 2020

College can be a stressful place. In fact, college is a very stressful place. If it was easy, it would not be worth the challenge or the added value that comes with it. So how do students handle the stress of classes, homework assignments, lengthy essays, senior capstone, and working part time?! Well, there are many different ways to cope and I have three favorites: cooking, exercising, and taking the time to spend time with friends.

Cooking can be a guilty pleasure in a way because with cooking, there is food to be eaten. And with excess food sometimes comes emotional eating so you have to be aware of what kind of food you lean towards to cook. I actually tend to eat healthier when I am stressed because I choose things to cook that take concentration. Last night for instance I made chili and a few weeks ago I made vegetable soup.

This is simple cooking, but the preparation is tedious as each ingredient needs measured, and all the vegetables need to be diced. For me, focusing on these each individual task, takes my mind off of school. In turn, I have a good meal which helps keep me focused and prevents me from getting sick.

Another form of de-stressing is simply exercising. I love to run on Ohio University’s campus when it is warm outside, especially in the spring when the cherry blossoms bloom!

Running along the bike trail keeps you on a flat surface but puts you on the outside of campus looking in. There is the beautiful scenery of campus on one side and the Hocking River and hillside filled with trees on the other. This is a great view but puts you outside of campus life without really being off campus. If you do not like running, I encourage you to grab a skateboard, roller-skates, or a bicycle and check it out!

As a senior, I also enjoy taking a jog through campus as a lot of things are changing that I do not get to see every day. My freshman and sophomore year I lived on East Green and commuted to West every morning. Now I walk from West Union to West Green and that is about the extent of my adventures unless I take a stroll to Ping.

Enjoying the Hocking Hills

Logan Veley

Logan Veley,
Junior, Mechanical Engineering

Athens, OH 18 February 2020

College is filled with stressful assignments and quizzes, and time management can become overwhelming for even the most proactive students. With all of this stress, it is important for everyone to have something that helps them unwind and de-stress throughout the weeks of the semester. My favorite way to decompress is to spend time outdoors.

The area surrounding Athens provides countless opportunities to spend time hiking, fishing, or hammocking. I love trekking through the trails surrounding Dow Lake to find views overlooking the water, but my favorite plans are to go fishing in the evenings after class.

On weekends when I have more time available, I am able to travel to Hocking Hills to explore the trails and caves. My favorite attraction is Ash Cave. I love the massive overhang and the cool air that sits under the rock shelf.

On my last trip to Hocking Hills, we were lucky to see the waterfall at Cedar Falls flowing in full fashion. With the mist churned up into the crisp air, the worries of classes and homework always fade away. I love how being outdoors helps to clear my mind and prepares me to tackle another week.

Cedar Falls Hocking Hills

My First Ski Trip

Logan Veley

Logan Veley,
Junior, Mechanical Engineering

Athens, OH 16 January 2020

Winter break always allows for the opportunity to spend time with friends and try new activities. Heading into the break, I was excited to spend time outdoors and looked forward to some snow. Typically, my brother and I have fun in the snow by riding four-wheelers or sledding behind the four-wheelers.

Before break however, I was invited by my friend to go skiing. I had never been skiing or snowboarding before, but I approached the day with an open mind. With the weather just cold enough for the resort to produce snow, we headed to Mad River Mountain for the day.

First, we started snowboarding. Snowboarding proved to be more difficult than I anticipated. I crashed many times going down the hills, but eventually I traversed the hill without falling.

Around noon, we headed into lunch, and we chose to switch to skis. Strapping the awkward ski boots on, we headed back to the slopes. Initially, I was worse at skiing than snowboarding, but then everything clicked. Within a few minutes, I was shredding down all of the hills including the black diamond.

We skied the rest of the day and into the night. Even though I was sore from the wipeouts, I had a ton of fun laughing with friends and look forward to skiing again.

Mad River Mountain

Enjoying Golf in Athens

Tim Napoli

Tim Napoli,
Junior, Aviation

Athens, OH 18 October 2019
One recreational event here on campus that I really enjoy is golfing. Just being outside and enjoying the view of the Hocking river that splits the course allows me to relax and I am happy that Ohio University makes it possible to participate in that sport.

OU has a wide range of sports and many spaces for those sports to be played. For golf, this mean either the university’s driving range or the challenging 9-hole golf course.


The driving range is in close proximity to campus and is a large open field where you can hit balls until your heart’s desire. I am happy that OU offers this usable space to practice, because it is cheaper to improve my game at the range than on the course, and I don’t have to worry about losing any balls.


When I feel confident enough in my skills, I will usually get a group of friends together and play on the campus golf course. The 9-hole course, although half the number of holes as a regular golf course still offers full length holes and challenging pin locations. Great for golfers of all experience.

There’s something about being outdoors that allows me to relax and to forget about school temporarily. I’m able to relieve stress and just play the sport I enjoy so much. I have met many new friends out on the course or even at the driving range, and I continue to meet new people all the time. I even have fellow pilots who enjoy playing, since that seems to be a popular sport among aviators.


If you haven’t visited the driving range or the golf course here on campus, I highly recommend going to see either one, because there aren’t many other colleges that will offer this experience.