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    Peter, we usually just park at Ernie's and ride north to Canal Fulton and back. It is around 18 miles round trip. You can take the towpath south to Bolivar or even Dover.

    Then there's the rail to trail in Massillon who's name escapes me at the moment. Anyway, it runs from Massillon to Dalton. The Holmes County Trail is a nice change of pace. It runs from Fredericksburg to Killbuck.

    BTW, what kind of vehicle are you looking for a rack to fit? If you need one that mounts on a rear mounted spare I have one in my garage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter_C View Post
    Fit Into a Diner Booth .
    You know, something that simple would be quite the win! Being able to buy jeans and shirts at Wally World again would be another! Be able to sit in a chair without worrying about the width or the arms... heh - the simple things in life - that is what I am after!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Danw View Post
    Then there's the rail to trail in Massillon who's name escapes me at the moment. Anyway, it runs from Massillon to Dalton. The Holmes County Trail is a nice change of pace. It runs from Fredericksburg to Killbuck.

    BTW, what kind of vehicle are you looking for a rack to fit? If you need one that mounts on a rear mounted spare I have one in my garage.
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    I wonder if there is any kind of map or something on the internet that shows all the paths? The "Tow Path" - I didn't realize it was so long! All the way to Dover! That is too cool! I wonder if you can do some kind of round trip without riding the same path both ways?

    As for bike racks...I have a Tuscon, and I assume the Trailer hitch type rack is the cheapest? I have a 2" reciever now, so I guess just watch the garage sales for one one? Do you or anyone else have any experiance with one of those types?
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    TowPath Info

    WOW - answered my own question! Tow Path Info

    The Cuyahoga Valley is fast becoming one of my favorite areas in Ohio to trail ride. The Emerald Necklace, Akron Bike & Hike Trail and the Towpath will cover roughly 190 total miles when the 3 trails are completed. Much of this mileage lies directly in the heart of the Cuyahoga Valley which provides a wonderful refuge from nearby cities and suburbs. The biking trails and the natural beauty of the valley form a winning combination. You'd be hard pressed to find a better match anywhere in the state of Ohio.

    Akron Tow Path Info

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    Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail
    The Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail (or just "The Towpath" for short) is a biking and hiking trail that runs north and south, generally following the path of the Cuyahoga River and the old Ohio & Erie Canal. The surface is mostly smooth crushed limestone, with occasional paved sections. The terrain is mostly flat and suitable for children and adults of all abilities.

    The Towpath passes through a variety of wooded environments and neighborhoods, with scenic natural beauty and historic and cultural landmarks, including the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. There are numerous trailheads that provide parking and access to the trail. Our Peninsula store is located right on the trail; if you don't have a bike, you can even rent one from us there. Or, join us for one of our Night Rides on the Towpath!

    There is a new short section of the Towpath near the Steelyard Commons shopping plaza south of downtown Cleveland. The longest continuous stretch of the trail runs about 35 miles, from Harvard Road just south of Steelyard Commons, to downtown Akron. There is a completed section from the south side of Akron towards Barberton, then a long stretch from Clinton, through Canal Fulton, down to Massillon. The trail picks up again south of Massillon all the way to Bolivar. The eventual plan is for the trail to run continuously from the shore of Lake Erie all the way south to New Philadelphia.
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    I wanna do this sometime with someone! never been on a train before either!!!

    Ride the Rail - Bike the Trail


    Bike the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail, then hop on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad train for a relaxing ride back to your car! For only 2 bucks you can load your bike aboard Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad for a one-way trip. Pick the boarding station where you want to get off and enjoy biking back to your car along the Towpath Trail. Or, do it in reverse!
    • Please arrive at a boarding station 10 minutes prior to the train's scheduled arrival.
    • The train can be flagged down at boarding stations by waving both arms over your head.
    • Purchase your ticket when you board.
    • One way between stations, once per day.
    • $2 per person for ages 3 and up, includes your bicycle.
    • This fee only applies to cyclists.
    • No guaranteed seats.
    For more information, please contact the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad at 800-468-4070 or www.cvsr.com.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter_C View Post
    You know, something that simple would be quite the win! Being able to buy jeans and shirts at Wally World again would be another! Be able to sit in a chair without worrying about the width or the arms... heh - the simple things in life - that is what I am after!
    Ah, I remember that moment well. I was meeting a friend for lunch. We went to a small diner, and without thinking we chose a booth instead of a table. When I realized I could fit in it without my belly protruding on the table I got excited and said "I can fit in a booth!" I may have gotten back up so I could sit down again, but I don't remember. I do remember at several points in the meal saying "I can fit in a booth!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Historian View Post
    Ah, I remember that moment well. I was meeting a friend for lunch. We went to a small diner, and without thinking we chose a booth instead of a table. When I realized I could fit in it without my belly protruding on the table I got excited and said "I can fit in a booth!" I may have gotten back up so I could sit down again, but I don't remember. I do remember at several points in the meal saying "I can fit in a booth!"
    Yup! I am not about to say that just fat people have issues. But from a daily perspective, a few of them woulduplift my life in such a way! It's funny (or sad to some) - most people (the non-obese ones) would think things like self-image, health, and the desire to be like the herd should be all the motive we'd ever need to love weight. Speaking for myself, it's the stuff like the booth at a favorite diner, being able to sit at a non-handicap chair at a McD's (every other seat at a McD's, or Taco Bell I can not fit in) - or!!! HOW bout the plastic lawn chairs you run the risk of destroying if you ever sit in one! These are the things that on a daily basis will make me happy.

    I have no expectation of every going below 200lbs ever - and am fine and happy with that! But at 250 I can shop at Wally World, and sit anywhere anyone else can, and yup! Can ever go on rides again at the amusement parks - so I can get sick like everyone else can!

    Anyhow, 'nuff dreaming one one day.

    Thought for the day... What would a truly skinny person (male or female) think if they read this entire thread? I mean one who has never been "overweight", ever?! Scary thought...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter_C View Post
    Yup! I am not about to say that just fat people have issues. But from a daily perspective, a few of them woulduplift my life in such a way! It's funny (or sad to some) - most people (the non-obese ones) would think things like self-image, health, and the desire to be like the herd should be all the motive we'd ever need to love weight. Speaking for myself, it's the stuff like the booth at a favorite diner, being able to sit at a non-handicap chair at a McD's (every other seat at a McD's, or Taco Bell I can not fit in) - or!!! HOW bout the plastic lawn chairs you run the risk of destroying if you ever sit in one! These are the things that on a daily basis will make me happy.

    I have no expectation of every going below 200lbs ever - and am fine and happy with that! But at 250 I chashop at Wally World, and sit anywhere anyone else can, and yup! Can ever go on rides again at the amusement parks - so I can get sick like everyone else can!

    Anyhow, 'nuff dreaming one one day.

    Thought for the day... What would a truly skinny person (male or female) think if they read this entire thread? I mean one who has never been "overweight", ever?! Scary thought...
    It's not just the "truly skinny" who would have problems understanding. I've spoken with at least one Clyde poster here who got bent out of shape when I suggested extreme weight loss of the kind Stormcrowe and BDinger and TakingControl - and I - have undertaken is different than someone trying to lose 20 or 30 pounds. But it's true. Folks who want to lose a small amount of excess weight or improve their fat to muscle ratio often can't understand what happens to a fellow who loses the weight of an entire person. Heck, I lost a peleton rider and their bike!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter_C View Post
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    I wanna do this sometime with someone! never been on a train before either!!!

    Ride the Rail - Bike the Trail


    Bike the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail, then hop on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad train for a relaxing ride back to your car! For only 2 bucks you can load your bike aboard Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad for a one-way trip. Pick the boarding station where you want to get off and enjoy biking back to your car along the Towpath Trail. Or, do it in reverse!
    • Please arrive at a boarding station 10 minutes prior to the train's scheduled arrival.
    • The train can be flagged down at boarding stations by waving both arms over your head.
    • Purchase your ticket when you board.
    • One way between stations, once per day.
    • $2 per person for ages 3 and up, includes your bicycle.
    • This fee only applies to cyclists.
    • No guaranteed seats.
    For more information, please contact the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad at 800-468-4070 or www.cvsr.com.
    If you'd like company on that ride let me know.
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    There is a spiral bound book, I think it is called The Towpath Companion, with more info. I have a copy. It has thick glossy pages to survive being mishandled and carried around in one of your bike bags
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    Speaking for myself, it's the stuff like the booth at a favorite diner, being able to sit at a non-handicap chair at a McD's (every other seat at a McD's, or Taco Bell I can not fit in) - or!!! HOW bout the plastic lawn chairs you run the risk of destroying if you ever sit in one! These are the things that on a daily basis will make me happy.
    I feel ya man! I was at the point where I was getting to big for booths, without squishing in. I never broke a chair, but I did 'lose' the armrests "That chair had armrests?".

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    My tipping point was having to ask for a seat belt extender on an American Airlines flight. Never again!

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    Peter,

    You should sign up for Spinner Saturday. Shoot a PM to Stormcrowe for details.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Danw View Post
    If you'd like company on that ride let me know.
    You bet! And if any others live within range - this could be great fun! For me, it will have to be in the future as we are counting down days til my surgery, so it will need to be in the future, rather than soon. WOW - only eight more days to go!

    I'll be doing a lot of reading about the paths around here -sounds like there are a lot of places to go!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pancho McTavish View Post
    My tipping point was having to ask for a seat belt extender on an American Airlines flight. Never again!
    Been there too many times
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Historian View Post
    It's not just the "truly skinny" who would have problems understanding. I've spoken with at least one Clyde poster here who got bent out of shape when I suggested extreme weight loss of the kind Stormcrowe and BDinger and TakingControl - and I - have undertaken is different than someone trying to lose 20 or 30 pounds. But it's true. Folks who want to lose a small amount of excess weight or improve their fat to muscle ratio often can't understand what happens to a fellow who loses the weight of an entire person. Heck, I lost a peleton rider and their bike!
    Ya, I do not even want to talk to someone who is so depressed about the need to lose 15lbs for this reason, or that reason - I can think of a very crude comment to make, but I will not. We all have our own trials, and crosses to bear, but people that "need to lose a few holiday pounds" simply do not, and can not understand what the "Morbidly Obese" are working with. People say it's our own doing, and stuff like that, and that if we cared we would have never gotten this way...

    The point is, none of that is revenalt to the issue at hand. We want to lose weight. We have a lot of it to lose. We want to ride bicycles (some of us) while doing it...

    But - to switch gears, my wife, is 4' 11" tall - she wants to say 5' - but only on a good hair day! In the years that I have known here, I have learned of issues that I never ever would have though about in a million years! I am not really tall - bout 6' 1/2" is all - but there is a world of difference between what I can reach, and what she can reach! Yup - her feet both really do touch the floor, just like the rest of us, but WOW - talk about a handicap! I don't see it that way (she's cute as hell trying to reach box of crackers off the shelf at the store! Jumpinmg, and all that)

    LOL -

    I guess my point of all this rambling is that people that have not been in my shoes, do not really know many of my daily trials, and a few comments back just helped me sink home that I will be getting rid of a good many of them - simply as a side issue of other issues I am trying to deal with. - - Did any of this make sense to anyone?

    If not - tune in next week, and you'll really be scratching your head!

    SHh... a secret that makes me giggle...I had to get my wife a set of those grabbers that makes it easier for older folk to reach something off the floor? You know the ones you see on TV? So she can use then to get socks out of the bottom of the washing machine! The last time she asked me to hang a mirror for her she could only see her nose, eyes and hair...that was a bad day in this house...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter_C View Post
    The last time she asked me to hang a mirror for her she could only see her nose, eyes and hair...that was a bad day in this house...
    LOL! I'm 6'1", and my wife is around 5'4". I think every picture in the house is just fine. She thinks otherwise. Not to mention every single note I have left taped to the front door over the years for her, that she has never seen (But honey, I put them at eye level! How could you miss it??)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Danw View Post
    There is a spiral bound book, I think it is called The Towpath Companion, with more info. I have a copy. It has thick glossy pages to survive being mishandled and carried around in one of your bike bags
    Amazon is my friend! I believe this is it?

    Towpath Companion: A Traveler's Guide to the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail (Spiral-bound)
    by Peg Bobel (Editor) --- this sound right to you? According to Amazon, it is not for sale any longer - if this is it, I will keep searching.
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    I think they still have some at Ernie's.
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    Thanks, I'll have to swing over that way and see if they still have it.

    Pre-OP testing tomorrow at 0700. Should be a piece of cake, but am scared as hell. Pray for me please? I can't have them deciding to wait or push back the surgery date

    Just got done staring at and looking at my Bike. I noticed how the front and rear brakes do not feel just the same when you squeeze them - perhaps it is the cable length that makes it feel a touch different. In time I hope to go 'clipless' - even though it isn't a road bike, I do think that by doing so I will be able to increase my performance some over plain old pedals.

    Back in the day I used to use rat-traps, but at my age (and everything else) I fear I would kill myself if I went back to that type of setup. Whereas I have heard with clipless, all it takes is a simple slight twist to come free from them. Of ocurse, there is no hurry - I have many hours and miles before I get to the point that I need to think about getting the upgrade.

    First on my list will be a rack bag (rack-pack) for the center of the rack to carry stuff for the shorter daily rides. I need to get a lock, and patch kit, spare tube, some spoons - few things like that. Is "Halt!" still what to buy and carry for big dogs coming at you? Out-racing will not be an option for sometime I think.

    This last six days is going to drive me completely batty I fear! Testing early tomorrow, then the Kidney/renal DR on Wednesday, then nothing til surgery day...

    All the dogs got bathed today, brushed, and their nails clipped. Even though I have completely mowed and picked up all the leaves on the property, I have yet to convert the tractor to plow because I maky need to mow again before the snows - which means that it had better not snow for the next 6-8 weeks or else I am SOL as my drive is bout 400 yards, and it drifts...

    I need some votes here please? Both cars have "winter only" tires mounted on wheels. Do I swap them early (just in case) before the ninth, or not and hope for no snowy roads til 12-01 or later? Cin works in that snow-belt out by Fairlawn that gets hit so hard - so if it snows in Cleveland, or Akron, she gets it bad on her daily commute. - I just can't decide whether to do it now, or wait and hope I won't need to until after I am mobile enough to do it?

    Anyone know how to make a "POLL" work here?

    And yes, I am stressing bout most everything and driving my poor wife bonkers...
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    With clipless pedals, you can set any adjustable ones loose to start so that any "help i'm falling" movements will unclip your feet. It makes you feel more connected and you never have to think about your feet unless for some strange reason you want to stop.

    I would put on the winter tires.. at least on one car.

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    Swap those snow tires now, it'll give you something to do besides worry. ;p

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    Amazon is my friend! I believe this is it?

    Towpath Companion: A Traveler's Guide to the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail (Spiral-bound)
    by Peg Bobel (Editor) --- this sound right to you? According to Amazon, it is not for sale any longer - if this is it, I will keep searching.
    After you ride the O & E Towpath, make the trip over to Pittsburgh and spend a week or so riding to DC on the Great Allegheny Passage and C & O Canal Towpath.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Danw View Post
    I think they still have some at Ernie's.
    Thanks for all the great info! Hopefully they'll still have some available when I am able to get one. I can see that I will have a LOT of riding places to go around close to home, and I think that is GREAT!

    Coming from Portland, OR (way back when) - it seemed back then that Portland was leading the way for bike lanes, bike paths, etc...so ending up here in Ohio, I thought I was sort of going backwards and that finding great places to ride was going to be rough. I can see that I am am really wrong! The years have changed things quite a bit, and both in OH and PA there will be more riding areas then I will be able to run out of in some time!

    This is very pleasing to me! So, now it's just getting back up to speed, so I can actually ride...
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigPolishJimmy View Post
    Swap those snow tires now, it'll give you something to do besides worry. ;p
    Amen to that! I nbelieve that will be the plan this week-end. This day has lasted like 35hrs so far, so I have got to do something.

    I went through the deep freeze today, cleaned it out, and thawed it out, so now that's done.
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