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    Good Ride Yesterday

    I took my motor home in for some work before vacation yesterday. I was able to wait, so decided to take a bike and ride. Bedford Reservation was only a mile away. Having never ridden there, I wasn't sure what to expect. I was able to find out the trail was 6.5 mi. and figured a few times around would kill some time, and give me some good time in the saddle. The trail is paved and hilly; predominantly downhill in the direction I was going. In places there were the signs with a bike on a hill indicating steep hills. The trail ended at a bike & hike trail that runs from Bedford to Stow, Oh. From there it's basically flat with a couple of short, steep hills. I headed south toward Stow. The trail follows a road for a mile or so at one point. I met a nice guy there who knew the trail, so I rode with him for awhile. We split up when I needed something to eat. After that, I headed south again making it nearly to Stow when I saw my new friend coming north. I turned around and caught up with him, and rode back to where his car was parked. From that point I had to go back through the Reservation..........up those hills. I was crawling up the steeper ones in the little ring. All in all, I had a great ride, made a new friend, and rode 42 mi. The longest ride for me to date. Rode my Trek 7500, BTW. This ride could be done on my road bike. I may just do that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pdq 5oh
    I took my motor home in for some work before vacation yesterday. I was able to wait, so decided to take a bike and ride. Bedford Reservation was only a mile away. Having never ridden there, I wasn't sure what to expect. I was able to find out the trail was 6.5 mi. and figured a few times around would kill some time, and give me some good time in the saddle. The trail is paved and hilly; predominantly downhill in the direction I was going. In places there were the signs with a bike on a hill indicating steep hills. The trail ended at a bike & hike trail that runs from Bedford to Stow, Oh. From there it's basically flat with a couple of short, steep hills. I headed south toward Stow. The trail follows a road for a mile or so at one point. I met a nice guy there who knew the trail, so I rode with him for awhile. We split up when I needed something to eat. After that, I headed south again making it nearly to Stow when I saw my new friend coming north. I turned around and caught up with him, and rode back to where his car was parked. From that point I had to go back through the Reservation..........up those hills. I was crawling up the steeper ones in the little ring. All in all, I had a great ride, made a new friend, and rode 42 mi. The longest ride for me to date. Rode my Trek 7500, BTW. This ride could be done on my road bike. I may just do that.
    I sometimes think that the rides that just happen are the best. Great ride and a nice story. I'll bet you could really kick butt on your road bike...let us know how that goes.
    The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.
    --Ben Franklin

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    I averaged 10.5 mph, the pace the guy I rode with was at. I generally average 12.5-13 by myself. On the road bike I think 17 or 18 wouldn't be out of the question.

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