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Old 10-30-10, 10:03 PM   #1
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A ride on the Cuyahoga Valley towpath for some 50+ers

After a one day delay due to rain I loaded up the bike hauler, picked up “the boys” (rtool and John) and started the 3 hour drive to northeast Ohio. We were accepting an invitation from Louis and his wife for a ride on the Cuyahoga Valley Towpath and dinner afterwards.

After coffee and pastries with Louis and his wife we headed out to the Cuyahoga Valley Towpath. It was a little chilly but warmed slightly as we rode from the Botzum trailhead north to the Canal Visitor Center.

The valley was in full fall color!
Cuyahoga Towpath &.jpg

Here are a few of the places we visited along the trail.
Brecksville Station
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The Beaver Marsh
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The river near Peninsula
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On the return trip to Botzum we stopped in Peninsula to enjoy the required pie and a visit to Century Cycles. The pie and ice cream was wonderful....warm apple with caramel.
]Cuyahoga Towpath &.jpg


The favorite part of the trip was the delicious Italian dinner, wine and conversation we enjoyed with Louis and his wife Maddie. We would have loved to stay longer but with another 3 hour drive home we reluctantly left for the trip home.

More pictures of the trip at
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Old 10-30-10, 10:17 PM   #2
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I love seeing the fall colors--something we don't get much of in Southern California.
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Thanks or sharing. That looks like great fun. I really enjoyed the slides. Looks like a National Park Service site.

For those interested: I googled up a map: http://www.nps.gov/cuva/planyourvisi...path5Web-2.pdf
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Looks like a great ride. Enjoyed the fall colors, something I haven't seen for a few years. Almost makes me want to head north.
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Very nice pics Bev - thanks.



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Looks like a great ride. Enjoyed the fall colors, something I haven't seen for a few years. Almost makes me want to head north.
In a few weeks we can post pics that will nip those thoughts in the bud.
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Cuyahoga Valley is part of the National Park system. That picture of the river in Peninsula is suppose to be heavily polluted, like toxic polluted, but it looks nice. How come you didn't stop at Century Cycles in Peninsula?
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Cuyahoga Valley is part of the National Park system. That picture of the river in Peninsula is suppose to be heavily polluted, like toxic polluted, but it looks nice. How come you didn't stop at Century Cycles in Peninsula?
We did stop at Century Cycles.....I even purchased a lock for my touring bike
I didn't need to purchase one of the t-shirts since I purchased one a couple years ago on GOBA.
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Great pics Beverly. Looks like you all had a great day!

Thanks for taking the time to share.
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Yes, but what was your average speed?
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Just guessing she can eat a piece of pie in 15 minutes.
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Nice pics Beverly. I hope you all enjoyed the pie.
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Cuyahoga Valley is part of the National Park system. That picture of the river in Peninsula is suppose to be heavily polluted, like toxic polluted, but it looks nice. How come you didn't stop at Century Cycles in Peninsula?
Many years ago the Cuyahoga River was a mess. Local industry readily and thoughtlessly dumped toxic chemicals without opposition from authorities or residents. About forty years ago the cleanup began. Today it is something we NE Ohioans are proud of.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cuyahoga_River

Bev - thanks for posting. I had a blast hanging out with you and "the boys". Maddy is always thrilled to watch our guests heartily consuming her culinary delights, as well as joining in the lively conversation.
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Many years ago the Cuyahoga River was a mess. Local industry readily and thoughtlessly dumped toxic chemicals without opposition from authorities or residents. About forty years ago the cleanup began. Today it is something we NE Ohioans are proud of.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cuyahoga_River

Bev - thanks for posting. I had a blast hanging out with you and "the boys". Maddy is always thrilled to watch our guests heartily consuming her culinary delights, as well as joining in the lively conversation.
That's right, and the part that most people have "burnt" into their memory is close to the outlet to Lake Erie in the industrial area. The river closer to Akron has had to deal with effluent from the Botzum sewage treatment plant. As upgrades have been made over the years, the river health has improved greatly.

Many beautiful parts of the valley park, such as the Great Blue Heron rookery. http://www.nps.gov/cuva/naturescienc...-Heronries.htm

The park is a great resource for NE Ohio.
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That stretch of the river is still very polluted to the point where people are told not to go in it at all. Cuyahoga River has improved, it no longer catches on fire. But there are still areas where things are bad.
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Thanks for sharing the lovely pictures Beverly.
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Very nice report, Beverly, and a great looking route. I might add that every time I've had occasion to ride with BF 50+ cyclists, it's been enjoyable. From the pics, it appears you guys had a great ride and visit.
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Great pictures, Bev, especially the one of the 50+ers. I think I would really enjoy a bike trip in this area, maybe next summer.
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Your post is why biking is such a great sport and experience. WOW, that is just gorgeous. Makes me want to visit my OH relatives.
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I guess that I ride in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park for the wrong reasons. It is less than 15 miles from my home and I'll ride to the park as a warm up then ride up the valley hills for a workout since they are the tallest/steepest in the Cleveland area. Louis and I did take a ride there last spring, but we were talking too much to do any looking around.
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