Riding around the neighborhood

Quite a pair

M and I went out for a bicycle ride around the neighborhood yesterday evening.  It’s something I ought to be doing more often. 

Near what used to be Hilgert's strawberry fields

We have a big bike ride coming up soon.  It may not be as big (or as long) as we originally hoped for as neither of us has taken the time to get in shape for what we planned.  That said, it should still be a good bike ride no matter how long or short it turns out to be.  We are going to explore an area that I have long wanted to explore on foot or on bicycle.  More on that another day.

Former strawberry fields are now soybean fields

Yesterday was a great day for a ride.  Warm, but the clouds kept the sun from joining the already warm temperature and beating us with more heat.  I still managed to work up quite a sweat.  It’s the hills.  There seem to be very few flat spots around here.  The land rolls with ups and downs.

One of the great things about going out with M is that he likes variety.  I could (and would) ride the same roads every time I go out for a ride on my bike.  M, on the other hand, prefers to explore every back country road he can find.  Yesterday was no exception.

With M in the lead, we passed some interesting old barns and sheds, went over the creek that carves and undulates across the landscape in this area, and found a small cemetery where the newest grave belongs to Sally Upson who was born in 1792 and died in 1890.

Some of the gravestones were barely legible.

The unprocessed version of the black & white shown above.

I love exploring old graveyards, and wondering about the people who are buried there.

Someone obviously cared enough to have a new gravemarker carved and installed.

This particular one was a family plot with only two families buried there (the Upsons and the Meachams).  The names fascinate me too.  You don’t find many people named Freeman (born in 1788 in Connecticut, married to the aforementioned Sally), Erastus, Jerusha, Philinda, or Alvira these days.  I wonder how Freeman and Sally ended up in Ohio?  (I wonder how Freeman met Sally.)  Before Ohio became a state, the northeast corner belonged to Connecticut, and they called this territory the “Western Reserve,” so it could be said that they were, in some ways, still in Connecticut.  If you visit the towns of Chardon and Hudson, and some of the eastern suburbs of Cleveland, you’ll find the Connecticut influence in the architecture of some of the homes and layouts of the town squares.

Freeman Upson was a private in Capt. Timothy Culvers Company of the Ohio Militia during the War of 1812.  That is about all I was able to come up with about Freeman and his family as I didn’t have time to do more than a little digging today.  Digging might be an unfortunate choice of words since it was the cemetery that influenced this post.  Research sounds better.

Heading home

I am very happy M and I purchased bicycles.  I wasn’t sure I’d like it at first.  But I do enjoy our bike rides.  Very much.  It gives us the means to explore at a pace that is faster than walking, but still slow enough to look around.

The Peace Barn

That’s it from the Bogs for today.  Thank you for joining me on my bike ride.  You never know where the roads will lead or what we’ll find when we go out exploring.  🙂

25 Comments on “Riding around the neighborhood”

  1. tedgriffith says:

    I love the idea of riding down back lanes. That picture of the first shed tucked away in the trees is marvelous! Thanks for the trip. 🙂

  2. Joanne says:

    Thank you for letting us join you on your bike ride today Robin, and look at the colours of those leaves! Autumn has really arrived at the Bogs.

    Graveyards fascinate me also, with the suggestions of the history surrounding those people and wondering how they may have lived their lives so many years ago. The Upson and Meacham families must have relatives still living in your area perhaps, who wished to honour the existance of their ancestors. 🙂

  3. Kel says:

    i think bike rides are perfect in autumn
    not too hot
    just right
    and what lovely scenery to absorb

  4. Ha, Ha–you all sound like Sara and I. I would walk the same route day after day, when we walk the dogs, but she wants variety. And I’m all the better for it!

  5. bearyweather says:

    I want a nice comfortable bike like you have … and the nice fall weather to go exploring with it.
    Love the picture of the shed and all the fall colors around it.
    The names on the gravestone are very interesting … wonder what their ethnic background was to have such unusual names. And we think some of today’s new names are strange …

    Thanks for sharing your ride … i am envious.

    • Robin says:

      Oh, that bike seat is not very comfortable at all, Bearyweather. The good news is that my netherparts become numb after a while. As long as I don’t lift up from the seat, the numbness protects me from the pain. lol!

      I found this about the Upsons:

      “Thomas left his wife and daughter in England and sailed for America in 1639, landing in Saybrook, Connecticut from whence he made his way to Hartford and then, a year later, to Farmington. His line has been traced in The Upson Family in America, published in 1940 by the Upson Family Association.

      Freeman Upson departed from Connecticut for Portage county, Ohio in the 1810’s (also arriving in Ohio, but a little later and into Lake county, were Job and Maria Upson from Suffolk in England). One Upson line from Ohio moved out to Wisconsin. Other Upsons settled in Berrien county, Michigan. Charles Upson, a lawyer, served as Michigan Attorney General at the time of the Civil War.”

      • bearyweather says:

        Hmmm… English? I would not have guessed that.

        I have a mountain bike I can not ride any more … the seat and handle bars are the same height. Too hard on my back and my carpo-tunnel wrists … so your bike looks much more comfortable to me. My friend found a “big” seat for her bike .. we joke that she bought a tractor seat. Exercise is easier when it is comfortable .. and bikes make exercising fun, you get to travel with the wind in your hair at the same time.

  6. nigel says:

    Cute bike photo 🙂

  7. penpusherpen says:

    I love the Name Erastus, Robin, brings to mind a Man of erect stature, with a mind of his own….(could be way off track but that’s of fun of guessing about the past) …. Happy Bike riding , and I do love the feeling of movement without the speed, (unless going downhill at such a pace that your brakes fail, and you fall off… As I did once..) … But as you point out, at a ladylike leisurely pace, you can see and enjoy everything about you…Wonderful… xPenx

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Pen. 🙂

      The name Erastus sounds familiar to me for some reason, but I’ve been unable to place it. I’m thinking it might be from a sci-fi book… ?

  8. That’s a beautiful neighborhood.

  9. Pat Bean says:

    Me too, re riding around on my bike more. Thanks for the encouragement — and photos

  10. giselzitrone says:

    Gruss schöne Fotos wünsche eine gute night Gislinde

  11. What interesting finds on your bike ride. It would be fun to research When Freeman Met Sally!! Or would be a good topic for the 100-word Challenge! The field of orange grass is pretty.

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Teresita. 🙂

      I did look into Freeman a bit more (see my comment to Bearyweather). It is fun to find out more about the inhabitants of the local graveyards.

  12. ElizOF says:

    You took some amazing photos on your bike ride and the road shots are awesome… all of them are. I love that last one with the peace sign on the roof. 🙂

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