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@ a_d_a_m I completed the preliminary route on ride-with-GPS, verifying that it was ~1048 miles, and surprisingly almost 24,000' of climbing.



The hack marks along the bottom are each 100 miles. The hacks on the left are 100' increments, with the lowest hack at 500' The first 110 miles is following the Lake Erie shoreline from Lorain to Conneaut at the OH/PA border. That higher elevation profile from ~110 to 210 is the bit along the OH/PA state line. Then 210-685 is following the Ohio River from East Liverpool to Cincy, with the section from 210-265 is mostly 4-lane highway (but NOT an Interstate). There is the option of riding on the West Virginia side where there is a bike trail along the river from Wellsburg to Wheeling (~20 miles) The climb out of the Ohio River Valley by Cincinnati is also not as bad as it looks. The dip at ~830 is the Maumee River valley ( that runs from Fort Wayne IN to Toledo) The next 'peak' is at the OH/IN/MI border, then gradually back down to Lake Erie in Toledo at 940, then 110 miles back to Lorain OH.

Don't be alarmed at the abruptness of elevation changes - they got compacted since the route is so long. The steepest grade is 7%, and not for very long - 431' of climbing in 1.7 miles for an average climb of 4.7%

The route MAY be 35 miles shorter if I cut out the loops around the Catawba and Marblehead peninsulas by the Lake Erie Islands and (illegally) riding across the Sandusky Bay Bridge -- I looked into the logistics of getting across the Sandusky Bay, and the two ferry rides from the tip of the Catawba peninsula to Put-in-Bay (South Bass Island), would run about $8 plus another $2.50 for the bike for the first leg, and $23 plus $5 for bike for the PIB-Kelly's Island-Sandusky. BTW, the stop at Kelly's Island could also turn into an excursion to the State Park (camping available - reservations required!) and to see the Glacial Grooves....
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