Kokosing Gap Bike Trail
Kokosing Gap Bike Trail is one of the most scenic and greatest bike trails in Ohio we believe. It stretches about 14 miles from Mount Vernon to Danville. Of course, we didn’t go the whole route, we just went to Howard, Ohio and walked probably a little over a mile but we made many stops to take pictures of the Kokosing Gap Bike Trail and just enjoyed each other’s company as a couple who has been married over 21 years and still in love…taking in the sights, sounds, and smells.
Nature is so soothing and healing to me. It brings such peace and tranquility into my heart, body, soul, and mind. I think most would agree. It’s weird because I wasn’t sure how I would feel being back to Kokosing Gap Bike Trail (just one of the many places) where 4 years ago we were searching for my best friend of 15 years. body as she had went missing. She was unfortunately murdered at the hands of a mad man and although, it’s not a subject most want to talk or hear about…the reason I share this with you is because of my need to speak on the importance of claiming victory over the victim mentality.
I never thought I would be able to look at the beauty and color in the leaves without feeling the dread of that time, but I do now. I’ve healed and it’s partly due to the personal development we partake in on a daily basis, partially due to my faith in God, and partly due to the healing qualities of what nature offers. How can you only see the bad, when nature’s beauty is so miraculous, so magical? You can’t deny there’s something bigger than us. You can’t deny that nature can teach us so much…in the ways of patience and trusting all our needs will be met.
I want others to know that when you face any tragedy, there is so much power in overcoming. We have strength in us that only when you experience these challenges, do we find how to dig deep and pull ourselves up and out into a more enlightened, more confident person that we’re meant to be. So, enough about that…just know if I can do it, YOU can too! If others who have suffered much worse can do it, YOU can too.
“I believe that there is a subtle magnetism in Nature, which, if we unconsciously yield to it, will direct us aright.”
~Henry David Thoreau
So, back to our fun time at the Kokosing Gap Trail…I was overjoyed seeing the plethora of different colored butterflies that followed us along our journey. We saw a chipmunk, a blue jay, and an eagle soaring above which to us represents the freedom we’ve found because of THIS opportunity we’re apart of.
We laughed at times, we walked in solitude at times but in general we just had a grand time. We highly recommend you spend time taking in the sights at the Kokosing Gap Bike Trail. You’ll be glad you did!
If you want to see some more fun facts about the Kokosing Gap Trail, click HERE.
In the meantime, enjoy the pics, I think they say it all.
Oh, and did you know?
Kokosing Gap Bike Trail is great for the following reasons…..
Many meditative practices offer a path to creating an awareness that transports the individual into a higher state of consciousness, but few incorporate the benefits of walking quietly and slowly in nature. Walking provides moderate exercise that promotes cardiovascular health for people who are ambulatory. Since the pace of silent walking is slow and gentle, mild arthritis and respiratory problems are improved without strain. Walking decreases back pain and chronic fatigue.
Walking outdoors as a regular workout has been found to be easier to maintain than walking on a treadmill indoors. Any workout of large muscle groups has been found to be beneficial, and working outdoors provides psychological benefits beyond regular indoor workouts (Larkin, M. 2000).
Walking as an aerobic exercise improves immune function, improves general fitness, is shown to decrease symptoms related to depression, and reduces response to stress when practiced regularly in conjunction with anaerobic exercise (Morse and Walker, 1994): after six months of walking 15 to 45 minutes, three times a week, adults between the ages of 60 and 75, showed an increase in memory up to 25 percent compared to groups focused on toning and stretching. The improvement of mental function is believed to be linked to increase in oxygenation to the brain (Kramer, A. 1999).
So basically get up, get out, and get moving and your life will end up grooving! I don’t know, I’m just being my silly self. Haha!
More GORGEOUS pics from the Kokosing Gap Bike Trail….maybe we need some bikes, ya think? lol
“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” ~Lao Tzu
Are you starting to see a theme here? Maybe we all need to slow down and enjoy the benefits of nature, spend more time with our kids, do more of what makes our hearts sing! We may have the SOLUTION for more time freedom.
Kokosing Gap Bike Trail
is a wonderful place to have fun, walk or ride your bike in solitude, and just be present and at one with all of God’s blessings abound!
Although I took many more pictures because I’m camera happy (which drives my hubby bonkers..haha), I’ll leave you with the last three.
Gotta get the sign of course….that’s a given!
Last, but not least….
Bye bye for now…until next time!
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