On my trip to Ohio I finally did something I've wanted to do for years. I paddled a canoe. Unfortunately Stoutdog was busy that day and couldn't come out and play, so I went solo six miles down the Tuscarawas River north of Massillon. My arms felt spent the next day, but it was worth it.
The Tuscarawa is a mild river, about 4 feet deep this time of year. Still, I was so nervous I was wearing the PFD in the van taking me to the put in spot. After five minutes instruction from the driver, I was afloat. Here I'm approaching the pedestrian and bike bridge in Crystal Springs.
Approaching one of the few trouble spots I had. I was so intent on navigating the ripples ahead I missed the overhanging tree. I lost my baseball cap. Oh well. A small price to pay.
The put in, at Ernie's Bike Shop and Canoe Rental.
After I rode the canal towpath trail for about ten miles or so. Here's the nice part, before the mess that is Massillon.
Here's where the trail deteriorates to detours, broken glass, and youths throwing firecrackers on the path. Turn around and head back north!
The connecting Sippo Valley Trail. The bridge was burnt down by arsonists a few years ago and never fixed. I decided one set of detours was enough and returned to finding the towpath.
My ride ended at a small trail park south of Messillon, err, Massillon. The highlight is a sculpture of Ohio native and American hero John Glenn.