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Old 07-10-19, 08:16 AM
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Originally Posted by T Stew View Post
Did you do your ride? I'm grateful to have easy access to the Ohio to Erie trail nearby my house (the Heart of Ohio Trail section). I've done from Columbus to Fredericksburg. Toying with doing the south half from Cinci maybe later this summer, and maybe the whole trail next year. Not really sure though depends on days off. Its just too hard to dedicate multiple days to a bike ride for me.. most of my vacation time is spent out of state. Something more than 2 days I need to plan a year out lol.

It seems every year or two they are paving new sections, its really progressing. When I moved into the area in 2008 none of the Heart of Ohio Trail was paved, but now its almost complete just 1 mile gap remains and I believe they have plans to complete it soon as well as the continuation of the trail in Delaware County, they just went through and cleared the brush east of Sunbury on the old railbed.

Yes, I did. I meant to provide an update but forgot. My mate and I departed Edgewater Park in Cleveland on the morning of June 1 and finished in downtown Cincinatti around lunchtime on June 5. It was a wonderful ride, especially the Cleveland to Columbus sections. There are a few odd detours in the Akron area as there is still some work being done but I think we did a grand total of about 45 miles on roads, mostly in Amish country where there were no cars around anyway (the best part of the whole trip in my opinion). Nearly all of the trail ride was on well maintained dedicated bike trails. We went pretty slow, stopping at 1-2 breweries each day (look for the free "Ohio on Tap" smart phone app!) and generally taking our time seeing the sights. I plan on doing the whole thing again over 3 days in November with a lighter setup and more speed, planning to average about 115 miles per day.

My house is right off the trail where Galloway Road intersects the Camp Chase Trail SW of Columbus so we stayed there on night 3. We camped in Massilon, Danville, and Morrow for the other three nights. The only hiccup we had was a wrong turn at the start of our day 2 in Massilon where we continued to follow the Erie Canal towpath instead of veering off towards Apple Creek. It was about an hour before we realized our mistake so that day ended up being about 85 miles. Here are my Strava entries for each day:

Ohio-to-Erie trail day one (Cleveland to Massillon) -
Ohio-to-Erie trail day two (Massillon to Danville) -
Ohio-to-Erie trail day three (Danville to Galloway) -
Ohio-to-Erie trail day four (Galloway to Morrow) -
Ohio-to-Erie trail day five (Morrow to Cincinnati) -

Here are a few pictures from the trip:

Let me know if you have any questions, I am happy to share details or provide some advice. The ride from Columbus to Cinci is VERY flat and honestly, kind of boring. It is probably the easiest 120 miles you will ever do. If you are going to do just 1 day on the trail, I recommend the section between Akron and Columbus as the best part of the OTET.

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