A Lunch Ride to The Eclipse and Little Fish’s Cajun Clucker

The Hockhocking Adena Bikeway runs parallel to the Hocking River on this stretch just west of the Stimson Avenue bridge.
A gorgeous day on The Hockhocking Adena Bikeway

The calendar claimed it was July 9, but it felt more like a cool, sunny autumn day — perfect for a ride on the Hockhocking Adena Bikeway.

We set off from our house in Athens’ Near Eastside neighborhood and were confronted with a somber scene at White’s Mill, where workers were trying to recover the body of a kayaker who drowned in the Hocking the previous day. We’d had a lot of storms, lots of rains, and the Hocking was very high.

When we arrived at The Eclipse, the folks at Black Diamond Bicycles were kind enough to add air to our tires after we couldn’t get the public bike pumps at the Habitat House or the Eclipse to work.

Athens Ohio bike shops: Black Diamond Bicycles is at 11325 Jackson Road in the Eclipse Company Town. In addition to renting, selling and repairing bikes, they usually have ice cream and cold drinks for sale.
Black Diamond Bicycles is at 11325 Jackson Road in the Eclipse Company Town. In addition to renting, selling and repairing bikes, they usually have ice cream and cold drinks for sale.

And of course, we stopped at the Eclipse Company Store for a beer. We both went for Sixth Sense Brewing’s Intuition IPA. Not too hoppy and perfect for sipping on a sunny day. (16-ounce pour was $5; ABV 6.4%)

At Little Fish, I started with a Kalsarikännit Baltic Porter. Great beer. Strange name. It’s Finnish for “drinking alone without pants on,” but rest assured we stayed fully clothed. (12-ounce pour was $4.50; ABV 8.75%). While I loved this porter, it was still summer and I wanted something lighter for my next beer so I switched to a Karman-Fest Vienna Lager (16-ounce pour was $4.50; ABV 6.2%).

We saw several of these signs during our ride to The Eclipse Company Store and Little Fish Brewing Co. Hope Charlie finds his way home ... we'll be keeping an eye out.
We saw several of these signs during our ride to The Eclipse Company Store and Little Fish Brewing Co. Hope Charlie finds his way home … we’ll be keeping an eye out.

The lager went great with the true reason we stopped at Little Fish: to have lunch at their Cajun Clucker food cart. I opted for my usual: crawfish etouffee over fried catfish ($14.75). I was not disappointed.

After eating, we hopped on our bikes and headed home. In all, we rode about 17 miles over 4 hours. I had lunch and three beers during that time. For a more detailed look at our route and peregrinations, click the map below …

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