Presidential History and More Autumn Leaf Peeping in Niles, Ohio

Metroparks RailTrail Autumn

I had been spending so much time riding on trails and cities throughout Pennsylvania and Maryland that I hadn’t been back to the Metroparks Trail near Youngstown, Ohio for months. That was a mistake, because it turns out that I missed a few interesting spots since the the last time I wrote about this area.

Starting at the Pilot Travel Center near Austintown, Ohio I hopped onto the Metroparks bike trail that runs right along the back of the parking lot, and headed north. After a couple of miles the trail becomes the Niles Greenway, and ends in the city of Niles, Ohio, the birthplace of William McKinley, our nation’s 25th president. I stumbled upon the presidential library and birthplace museum completely by chance; my discovery was simply another unplanned surprise resulting in travelling a little farther up the trail than I had previously ventured. Niles is like many nice mid-sized Ohio towns founded during the 19th century. Its roads are fairly bike friendly and its downtown area is well preserved.

By the way, I passed a J.B. Hunt terminal on this ride. I used to work for them, but I didn’t keep a bike on the truck with me then. I don’t remember ever having to stop at the Niles terminal, but seeing it reminded me of all of the times while driving 48 states that I would have to spend my 34-hour breaks at terminals like that. In larger cities, I would walk or rely on public transportation to get around. In Oklahoma City, for example, I walked a mile to the nearest bus stop when I was stuck at a J.B. terminal for repairs. I then took a bus downtown, where I visited the Murrah Building memorial, and other OKC landmarks, restaurants and stores. That was several years ago, before they got a basketball team, so I would imagine there is even more to do there now.

That trip to Oklahoma City would have been even better if I had my bike back then.
But I digress.
Here is a map of the route I took from the Pilot to downtown Niles (click here).



The William McKinley Library

The William McKinley Library


William McKinley statue

William McKinley statue

The Niles Greenway

The Niles Greenway



About kevinmckague

I left my former dead-end job in 2006 in order to become a truck driver. I wanted a career that was recession-proof, and that offered more opportunity for adventure. Now I travel the country with my bike in the passenger seat, and look for new places to visit whenever the opportunity presents itself.
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5 Responses to Presidential History and More Autumn Leaf Peeping in Niles, Ohio

  1. Todd McCann says:

    Sheez Louis, Kevin! You can’t just go adding a giant picture of your face at the end. I was scrolling along and suddenly I nearly jumped out of my skin. Scary. 😉 You sure do look happy in that picture though. I haven’t been that content since Hostess went out of business.

    Keep up the great work! Happy trails.

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