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Old 07-21-11, 12:27 PM   #1
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Canal Fulton - Stoutdog - Historian Ohio Bicycle Adventure

Stoutdog couldn't make my first ride on the Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath, so it was a solo trip. And the ride set the tone of the rest of my vacation - warm, sunny weather, good trail conditions, and something to see every mile.

I started south of Akron, near Vanderhoof Road, and was struck by how beautiful the towpath trail was:









I passed through the historic town of Clinton, where I purchased fluid and took photos:



Then down the gravel path to Canal Fulton. I rushed to make the last ride of the day for the canal boat, and just made it. The visitors center held my bike for me while I spent an hour going up and down the canal:



Dan and Prince, our 'motor':



The towpath surface became rougher as I went on. The rains this spring caused some washouts, and the trail surface had a messy 'patch' job. After riding further down the towpath I crossed the river and road and took a parallel trail into Crystal Springs hoping for better conditions:



I crossed the river back to the towpath on the High Bridge in Crystal Springs. This historic span is closed to motor vehicles. A week later I'd be floating a canoe under it.



I stopped at seventeen miles and more than 100 photos for the day, at Bridgeport Quarry trailhead.
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Old 07-21-11, 01:26 PM   #2
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Very pretty. For some reason I always had the impression that Ohio was just more great plains. It looks like I was wrong.
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Old 07-21-11, 10:38 PM   #3
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Very pretty. For some reason I always had the impression that Ohio was just more great plains. It looks like I was wrong.
So was I. I found out the name "Akron" derives from the Greek word meaning "high place." When they built the canal through Akron they had to put in 15 locks in about a mile and a half, so great was the elevation change.

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Old 07-21-11, 10:40 PM   #4
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Very pretty. For some reason I always had the impression that Ohio was just more great plains. It looks like I was wrong.
North East Ohio is definitely not great plains. Far from it. Most green and rolling hills. Western Ohio flattens out but I still wouldn't consider it "Plains".
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Sweet pics, looks like a nice ride.
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