Sunday, May 18, 2014

To Streetsboro, Ohio: May 18 (Day 36)

Today I cycled 60.3 miles with 2,093 feet of climbing. 6.5 hours on the road. 

The day started cold (I had frozen eyeballs!) but at least it wasn't raining! It turned into a beautiful cycling day--sunny and cool. More picturesque countryside. 

I took a snack break on a bench in the town square in Medina. 

Here is the view I had from my bench:

Our route included crossing the Everett Road Covered Bridge. (Ohio had over 2,000 covered bridges back in the 1800s. This particular bridge was reconstructed in 1986 after the original was ruined by a storm in 1975. It is the only remaining covered bridge in Summit County.) I had to walk around some barricades to get here because the road leading to the bridge was closed to traffic. (A number of roads in this county have severe erosion issues due to the recent heavy rain storms.)

I also cycled a short section (three or so miles) of the Ohio & Erie Canal towpath. It was hard packed gravel, so easy to ride on.  

Along the towpath are some no-longer-used locks. Once known as Lock 27, the lock below became known as Johnnycake Lock because a flood in 1828 pushed silt into the canal and caused several boats to run aground. Stranded passengers only had cornmeal pancakes (johnnycakes) to eat when supplies ran low. 

Lock 28, also known as Deep Lock, could lift a boat 17 feet, the highest of any lock on the Ohio & Erie Canal. Most locks had about a 9-foot lift. 

I guess it's not too obvious from this photo, but this is the one short section of the towpath that I had to walk due to erosion damage. 

Crossing the Cuyahoga River...

Wouldn't it be nice if all busy roads had bike lanes like this?

Tonight we are camping at the Streetsboro KOA campground in Streetsboro, Ohio. 

Today's route, part 1:

Part 2:

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