As an avid road bicyclist, one of my favorite types of rides is the Breakfast Ride. A Breakfast Ride is exactly what is sounds like: a ride to a restaurant to have breakfast! Think of it as the calorie-free way to enjoy a fabulous breakfast: you burn all the calories you get from delicious bacon, sausage, eggs and pastries on the ride to and back from the breakfast restaurant. Lucky for us, Hancock County provides many outstanding choices for great breakfast rides!
Living in Findlay, my favorite short-route Breakfast Ride destination is The Baker’s Café in Downtown Findlay. Find your way to Corey Street, Findlay’s north-south bikeway connecting Mound Park with the University of Findlay, and head to downtown. From the bike racks next to Chase Bank, its but a hop-skip and half-a-jump to your calorie-free breakfast. My favorite: the Breakfast Sandwich, a fresh cup of coffee and of course something delicious from the bakery!
Vanlue’s Wildcat Café is my go-to spot for a mid-distance Breakfast Ride. At a little under 25-miles round trip from Downtown Findlay, Vanlue makes for a very doable ride along quiet county roads. And the food… well worth the ride! You cannot go wrong with the Wildcat breakfast bowl with bacon, coffee, and a side pancake! (Remember, calories are FREE on a Breakfast Ride!) If 25-miles is a bit to long for you, starting from Riverbend Park will cut it down to about 16-miles round trip.
For the long-distance Breakfast Ride, head to LuLu’s Diner in Bluffton. This 46-mile round trip ride takes you over some of the best riding in Hancock County including CR 54, the 5-4, just north of Rawson. For a 46-mile ride, the breakfast had better be pretty good, and LuLu’s does not disappoint! Their four-egg omelet gives you all the energy you need to ride back to Findlay. Shorten the route to 19-miles round trip by starting from the Village Park in Rawson.
When someone suggests a ‘breakfast ride’, I think ‘(calorie) FREE breakfast’! So, get on your bike, ride safe, and enjoy a great start to your day!