While researching what to do for the year one event I found that was highlighted in red letters not to miss is Dangerwheel – Adult bigwheel racing down a hill in Cincinnati!
East 12th Street in Over The Rhine is not the steepest street in town, but it is more than sufficient to get the riders moving quickly.
Aided by sometimes over exuberant pushers, the racers head down the hill.
Not satisfied with just going down a hill on a trike with no brakes or pedals, the audience pelt the contestants with water balloons.
The second round featured large balls in the course for the racers to ride through.
Costumes, and props are encouraged.
Without brakes mayhem usually ensued at the bottom.
In the end the entire event was great. We unfortunately were unable to stay to the end (they take about 7-8 hours to compete, we only had 4 hours) – next year we will spend the night in Cincinnati and stay for the entire event.
While in Cincinnati for the day we took the ‘Ultimate Underground Cincinnati’ tour. While the tour guide was funny, informative and insightful, the tour itself seemed to lack in content. While we did go under a church to see a crypt and in an old brewery to see some long forgotten underground rooms, for a 2 hour tour they seemed to not have enough places to see – filling much of the two hours with amusing stories.
Still once we were in the two underground portions, they were fascinating. We did come away knowing much more about the ‘Over The Rhine’ neighborhood of Cincinnati.
The neighborhood had a mix of gentrification and scruffy.
The crypt under the St Francis Church was filled with graves of Irish immigrants from the 1800s, which is unusual given the neighborhood was noted for the German immigrants. The Irish had been there first.
An old brewery that is being rehabbed into condos included some ‘art’ that are the burnt columns from a church that had caught fire in 2008.
The massive rooms underneath the old brewery (as well as the modern day Moerlein Brewery) were great to see.
A mural on the front of the old brewery.
The tour ended at the Moerlein Brewery.
The town of West Chester, Ohio is located between Cincinnati and Dayton, with a rapidly developing suburban feel to it. It was here that we attended our second cardboard boat races ever, the first being a couple of years ago in the Ohio River town of New Richmond.
While both were entertaining this one was clearly geared more to youth, although there were some adult competitors. Still, the boats were creative, the competition at times fierce, and the opportunity for photography excellent.
The concept of a snow shovel for an oar must have seemed like a good idea at first – but it was an epic fail.
The victors of a heat return to cheers.
The ‘Five Peas in a Pod’ quickly realize one of their competition have sunk.
One of the more creative boats was the US Airway flight that landed in the Hudson, complete with a grey stash on Sully.
One young lady decided it was best just to close her eyes and paddle in any direction.
A couple of the adult heats clearly knew what they were doing and were extremely intense in their competition.
These young ladies made it back to the dock first, then promptly sunk.
Rounding the 3rd buoy and heading for home.
Another sinking at the dock.
The Rookwood Pottery company has been making very high end products since the 1800s. Started in Cincinnati, but having moved a number of times, they are back in Cincinnati in a facility in the ‘Over The Rhine’ neighborhood.
The open house had a large selection of tiles for purchase.
The showroom had a number of interesting items.
A tour was offered of the facility.
A day in Cincinnati for a couple of tours (other posts) resulted in some ‘scenes of the city’ shots…
The view from the Incline Pub on the west side of Cincinnati.
With a major bridge under construction causing massive traffic jams, we took the Anderson Ferry to Kentucky.
The Pride Parade had just ended as we arrived downtown.
The Cincinnati Bengals are celebrating their 50th season (still without a Super Bowl win!)
Cincinnati Streetcar barn
Rookwood Pottery Mural
The Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum was designed in the 1840s by Adolph Strauch, a renown lanscape architect who’s view was to have a ‘garden cemetery’ made up of trees, lakes and shrubs.
It is the second largest (in area) cemetery in the United States, with over 700 acres, including 400 that are landscaped. As we toured in our car we passed trams leading tours, as well as numerous walkers. It clearly was different than most cemeteries with the spaciness and landscaping.
The Cincinnati Observatory is located on the aptly named Mount Lookout. As one of the oldest observatories in the country, they feature two fantastic telescopes. A visit to the Observatory is highly recommended.
The main building has a 1904 Alvan Clark & Sons 16″ refractor telescope. The docent who took us up to the telescope allowed us to open the large metal roof with amazing ease with the rope and gears. Once open we spun the telescope over so we could look into the lens.
The second building houses what is thought to be the oldest continually used telescope in the world, a 1945 wooden and metal Merz and Mahler 11″ refractor scope. While not as functional as new ones, you will not find a more beautiful telescope!