The morning was very pleasant. It was one of those days to wear shorts and short sleeves.   If there was any wind, we weren’t aware of it at the start.  Most of the course is sheltered from wind and hills anyway.  We ran into a couple of riders at Shawnee Hills who warned us about the winds but we didn’t feel it until we started heading in the direction of Kent.  There was some heavy winds out there on some of the open stretches.  I remember once or twice going down an incline and maxing out at 21 mph.  There were several other times where the gusts were rocking the bike. 

Near Chagrin Falls we ran into Andre Hussain who hung out with us for a few minutes. Also in Chagrin Falls, at the water stop, was Bob and Mary, who were doing the route in reverse on their tandem.  What a coincidence to run into them at the rest stop and what a course to do on a tandem but I’m sure that they made easy work out of it.  At Chagrin Falls also was James, who joined us for the remainder of the route to Kent and beyond. 

The roads out there weren’t the smoothest but everyone appreciated how quiet they were.

One of the odd things about the ride was how so many people had to split off in different directions to get back to their start points.   2 riders broke off early.  Another 2 split off at Shawnee Hills.  2 riders rode the course in reverse.  Near Old 8 and Rte. 303 there were 4 of us.  One rider needed to go east and south, 1 rider needed to go east, and 2 of us needed to drop down into the valley.  Finally at about 12 miles from the end, 1 rider need to break off and that left 1 to ride solo back to the start-finish.

What a day!


Riders included:


Bob Anthony James Grady
Bryan Sharp Jeff Kompa
Chuck Seitz John Hoopingarner
Don Aldridge Mark Papajcik
Eric Overton Mary Anthony


Welome to the group: 0

Riders 10
Max. Miles 110-115 miles
Temperature 58-68 degrees with winds at 11-28 mph (with 37 mph gusts) (ESE)
Close Calls 0
Mechanical Failures 0
Mishaps 0
Fixed Gear, Single Speed, Cyclocross, or Mountain Bike Bob and Mary were on a tandem


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


About Eric Overton

Long Distance Cyclist in the Cleveland area

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