'April Showers, May Flowers' ride recap

 The long boardwalk approaching Innis Park—part of the Alum Creek North greenway. Photo credit: Pete Heiss

The long boardwalk approaching Innis Park—part of the Alum Creek North greenway. Photo credit: Pete Heiss

Thanks to ride leader Gloria Hendricks for a fantastic experience and this write-up!

On May 13th, we had 45+ riders for the April Showers Bring May Flowers ride. The ride was 17 miles and took us out to Clintonville for Flowers and Bread, then back to Easton for Oberer's Flowers. This was my first time leading a Yay Bikes! ride and I was really nervous, but we had great weather and I was with great people. 

 A Cooke Rd processional. Photo credit: Pete Heiss

A Cooke Rd processional. Photo credit: Pete Heiss

Flower and Bread is located on High st. and is very unique to Columbus. This shop serves flowers, bread, and coffee all in one, but that is not the best part. All of the flowers come from local flower nurseries on that day. You can also take arrangements classes there. Flower and Bread works with all local businesses for all of the products they use.

 What a cute new place in Clintonville! Photo credit: Pete Heiss

What a cute new place in Clintonville! Photo credit: Pete Heiss

 Yummy samples! Photo credit: Pete Heiss

Yummy samples! Photo credit: Pete Heiss

 Hearing about flowers (or was it 'flour'??) and bread. Photo credit: Pete Heiss

Hearing about flowers (or was it 'flour'??) and bread. Photo credit: Pete Heiss

The last stop was Oberer's Flowers on Morse Crossing at Easton, a unique flower shop that allow customers to walk into the cooler and pick out their own flowers. This flower shop has a long history with Ohio—it has been family owned since 1890. They used to sell vegetables, and in 1922 they started selling flowers. Now they have six shops and four of them are in Ohio. The Easton store welcomed us with open arms during one of the busiest times of the year for them (Mother's Day weekend) and we are grateful.

 Descending upon Oberer's. Photo credit: Pete Heiss

Descending upon Oberer's. Photo credit: Pete Heiss

 Boom! Flowers! Photo credit: Pete Heiss

Boom! Flowers! Photo credit: Pete Heiss

After the ride we had a big surprise from Jeff Goves—donuts and cookies waiting for us at Whole Foods! Thanks, Jeff!

 Donut-buying goof! Selfie courtesy Jeff Gove

Donut-buying goof! Selfie courtesy Jeff Gove

Thanks to everyone who came out for this ride. See you next month!