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    Neil_B
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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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    Senior Member goldfinch's Avatar
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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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    Neil_B
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    Quote Originally Posted by goldfinch View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by goldfinch View Post
    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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