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Old 07-20-11, 08:35 AM   #1
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Bike Hike Trail and Swim - Stoutdog - Historian Ohio Bicycle Adventure

Another day Stoutdog couldn't come out to play. With my time in Ohio coming to an end, I wanted to revisit the Bike and Hike Trail. I'd ridden it the week before with Homeyba, gone into the redzone, and had dry heaves on someone's lawn. I don't like being pwnd, and I wanted to see the part of the trail I hadn't ridden. So off I went, over the bridge towards Peninsula.

After a roller-coaster descent I was on a mildly rolling trail. The most scenic portion of the entire ride was the railroad cut known as the Boston Ledges:



After some road crossings there's a mile long on road section that's a complete mess. I went through it and got back on the trail to face this for miles and miles:



Flat as a pancake, under the power towers. Finally the Bike and Hike Trail ended at the juncture with a park path called the All Purpose Trail, five rolling miles leading to the Tinker's Creek Gorge overlook and a waterfall. I rode partway, decided I didn't give a tinker's damn about Tinker's Creek, and went back.

I continued south past my starting point, down the section I'd had the problems the week before. After this set of rollers:



I stopped at a TGIFriday's for dinner. Fortunately it had an entrance on the trail. I propped my bike on the fence and downed three strawberry lemonade slushes while waiting for my order......

Fueled, I continued on. My destination was Munro Falls MetroPark, about a mile from the trailhead in that area for the Bike and Hike Trail. I arrived at 7, changed into my swimsuit at 7:05, and jumped in the lake. What a refreshing end for 38 miles of riding in 90 degree weather.

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Old 07-20-11, 11:54 AM   #2
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the flatland with the power towers is a lot like our prairie path here in Illinois...it's pretty demoralizing, IMO. I thought it was funny that I saw "TRAIL IMPROVEMENT IN PROGRESS" signs right next to those big metal junkers
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Very sweet, that water would be a great end to a long hot trip.
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I am enjoying your reports--thanks.
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the flatland with the power towers is a lot like our prairie path here in Illinois...it's pretty demoralizing, IMO. I thought it was funny that I saw "TRAIL IMPROVEMENT IN PROGRESS" signs right next to those big metal junkers
Trail improvement is taking place on the Bike and Hike Trail. The road portion I mentioned above is going to be bridged. Summit County was constructing the trail as I rode by. The big problem is bridging the four lane highway with a trail bridge.
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Very cool Neil! Now if my local area would get cracking on decent MUPs...
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