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Old 11-15-07, 05:53 AM   #1
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Cleveland Metro Parks/Towpath

I will be riding there this Sunday and wondered if bicyclists can still catch the train in Peninsula and ride it back for 2 bucks to Cleveland?

I wanted to stop at the Winking Lizard maybe have a beer or two and a nice lunch and was hoping not to have to peddle back. Anyone know?
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Old 11-15-07, 03:04 PM   #2
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wardie, they still do it, though I don't know the details. They have a website, just put in cuyahoga valley scenic railroad in a rsearch.
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Old 11-18-07, 07:19 AM   #3
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Let us know if they still do run this late in the year, I thought it was seasonal thing...great trail and Winking Lizard wings and beers....yes that is beers...you know more than one....
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I saw the train running last Sunday, the 18th. Raced it along Riverview heading north toward Peninsula.
Pretty sure they still had the bike car attached.
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Is it all paved or is some of it crushed stone?
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Is it all paved or is some of it crushed stone?
From Harvard to Rockside is all paved. From Rockside to Akron is about 90% crushed stone, with a few short paved sections just to tease you.
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From Harvard to Rockside is all paved. From Rockside to Akron is about 90% crushed stone, with a few short paved sections just to tease you.
How far is that from Harvard to Rockside?
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According to Cleveland MetroParks, it is 5.7 miles. Kind of a boring ride and smelly when there has been little rain. For recreational rides on MUP's, I prefer the other MetroParks better. The parks on the westside are basically flat with one or two hills. Eastside parks are much more hilly. Being from Columbus, you might not know, but the MetroParks are basically a system of parks that surround Cleveland, with a couple of additonal parks. You can almost make a complete trip around Cleveland through the parks. If you are unfamiliar with the park system, you might not even notice that you left one park and entered another.
http://www.clemetparks.com/
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How far is that from Harvard to Rockside?
Hey PG,
Not very. It's the new section, just finished for summer '07. If I had to guess I'd say 7-8 miles one way.
It's pretty interesting, heavy wooded park, then old industrial, then pedestrian etc.

Did the whole route couple weekends ago with a couple friends. Good trip early spring or late fall when the trails almost empty. Total round trip end to end is 64 miles. It's do-able on a road bike, depending on your tolerance for vibration.
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According to Cleveland MetroParks, it is 5.7 miles. Kind of a boring ride and smelly when there has been little rain. For recreational rides on MUP's, I prefer the other MetroParks better. The parks on the westside are basically flat with one or two hills. Eastside parks are much more hilly. Being from Columbus, you might not know, but the MetroParks are basically a system of parks that surround Cleveland, with a couple of additonal parks. You can almost make a complete trip around Cleveland through the parks. If you are unfamiliar with the park system, you might not even notice that you left one park and entered another.
http://www.clemetparks.com/
Ya I love these park. I meet my brother up in different area and ride. A lot of other rider and cars pretty much look out for you. Wish we had something like the necklace down here.
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The Harvard / Rockside segment is a little short for biking but great for skating. No auto traffic, no people but lots of Canadian Geese. Two neat foot bridges over the major roads. It's hard to tell that you're in the heart of the city in what was heavy industry.
The county planning web-page for the future Northern part of the path is the best page I have seen.
They made maps by (I think) overlaying a Google-Earth map over a typo-map then an artiest drew over that.
http://planning.co.cuyahoga.oh.us/towpath/
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