Cool cycling dude telling me about the upcoming EarthFest Parade in Kent.


I was expecting to see at least 20 riders on Saturday morning since it’s been a long time since we’ve had some decent weather but there was only one rider.

Maybe you guys don’t like us anymore?  A speech is forthcoming.  There’s going to be talk about giving away free candy or possibly raffling off a bike.  Come on guys, I need some content for the blog.  We also need some long miles.

I tried to talk myself out of riding but Joe O. said, “Let’s just take off and see what happens”.   Thanks for the motivation Joe.  The ride was enjoyable and after about 2 hours on the road, we ran into Matt H. at a park on Medina Line Rd.   He intersected the route and had been soft peddling to wait for the group to catch up.  Then there were 3.

When got to the first rest stop we stayed a while to take in the nice sunshine.  Oh, after we had ridden through the river ford on Sand Run Parkway.  On the way to Kent we used some routes that we hadn’t ridden before and the roads were smooth and quiet.  As we were getting off of one of the Hike and Bike trails, we saw some familiar faces.  We ended up going over to say ”Hi” and realized that we were at the ABC’s Think Spring Tour rest stop.  Kathy A. and Kristine L. offered us some food but we didn’t have enough time so we just rehydrated and moved on.

On the return home, on one of the hike and bike trails when we saw a cyclist on the side of the trail waving. We thought he knew us and as we were slowing down to speak, he yelled for us to stop.  He said, watch out for that fallen tree!  I just flipped over it!   Lucky for us because we didn’t see it either and it was only about 25 feet in front of us.  I don’t know how he flipped over it without breaking bones or bike but it looks like we would have crashed into it or each other if he hadn’t stopped us.   We checked him out and he seemed ok.  He had no scratches on his helmet.  He decided that he would go back to his car but as we were leaving, Joe found his car keys on the path.   That was a close call and the rest of the ride went on without incident.

What a nice day to be out.


Riders included:

Eric Overton
Joe Ochmanski
Matt Henely

Newcomers included: 0


Riders 3  
Max. Miles 104-110 miles  
Temperature 40-59 degrees (with winds at 4-9 mph) (SW)  
Close Calls 1 (Tree on the bike trail)  
Mechanical Failures 2 (Eric dropped a chain twice)  
Mishaps 0  
Fixed Gear, Single Speed, Cyclocross, or Mountain Bike 0  



This was the warmest Sunday and probably the warmest day so far this year. The morning was a little chilly and windy but it warmed up pretty fast.   We had a lot of wind out of the south and were looking forward to the tail winds (that barely came).  Anyway, it was a very nice day to be out on the road.  Some of the roads were really nice.  We even stopped to may a video and the video did not show the true beauty of the section.

Watch the video that we made, in case you didn’t see us in NOT Belgium

That whistling noise that you hear while I was coasting was the wind blowing through my whistle. Right after I stopped the video, Mark P. came flying by.  He must have been meandering through countryside while we were setting up the scene. 

As we were leaving Kent, we ran into cyclists from Mind Brain Social Club (of which I’m a member). It was nice seeing them and a couple of them have also ridden with LDCC.

Meeting Mind Brainers at the Franklin Square Deli in Kent

We took the several Hike and Bike trails back and there were millions of people enjoying the day. In spite of that, we still got through it without difficulty and made good timing getting back.

Another beautiful day to be out.


Riders included:

Eric Overton
Joe Ochmanski
Chuck Seitz
Mark Papajcik
Tim New

Newcomers included: 0


Riders 5
Max. Miles 101-110 miles
Temperature 52-74 degrees (with winds at 13-21 mph with gusts at 26 mph) (S)
Close Calls 0
Mechanical Failures 1 (Tim N. dropped a chain)
Mishaps 0
Fixed Gear, Single Speed, Cyclocross, or Mountain Bike 0


“The only thing better than a 12 hour challenge is a 24 hour challenge”   –John Clay


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