'Prohibition' ride recap

Thanks to ride leader David Curran for a fantastic experience and this write-up!

The Prohibition-themed Year of Yay! ride on March 11 started out on a sunny, brisk 23-degree morning from Whole Foods. 

 Hi there! Photo credit: Deo Martinez

Hi there! Photo credit: Deo Martinez

The 20-or so riders braved the cold all the way up the Alum Creek Trail to downtown Westerville to visit the main library and the Anti-Salon League Museum contained within. Nina Thomas of the museum gave us an introduction to it, and a great history lesson about Westerville's place in the Prohibition era.

 Nina Thomas, welcoming and educating our group. 

Nina Thomas, welcoming and educating our group. 

Next, on a quick tour into downtown Westerville, we saw a couple of locations of significant events that heralded the beginning and the end of the city's long prohibition of alcohol. We saw where it all ended in 2006, at Michael's Pizza (now closed). We then saw where the original Corbin's Tavern stood, which was bombed by angry Temperance supporters at the beginning of Westerville's Whiskey Wars in the late 1800s.

 Michael's Pizza, celebrating the end of Westerville's long dry spell in 2006.

Michael's Pizza, celebrating the end of Westerville's long dry spell in 2006.

 Corbin's Tavern, upon being bombed by Temperance supporters. 

Corbin's Tavern, upon being bombed by Temperance supporters. 

We then returned south via the Alum Creek Trail and a quick spin through Easton Town Center. Since we all had our cold-weather gear already on, we relaxed afterwards around the outdoor fire pit at Whole Foods and celebrated with legal and well-deserved libations of choice.

 Socializin'. As we do. Photo credit: David Curran

Socializin'. As we do. Photo credit: David Curran

Total mileage for the ride was about 17-miles. A big thank you to everyone who helped make the ride possible.