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Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail Ride Report

On Saturday July 28 we rode the Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail. We drove from Canal Fulton north to Brecksville Reservation. We rode south toward Akron for about 20 miles. The path is flat and is crushed limestone. It was wet from rain the night before so we were covered with the limestone dust.

The ride is beautiful. It parallels the old canal and the Cuyahoga River for sections. The locks are still visible, but the canal itself is filled in for most of its' length. Canal Fulton does maintain a working section of the canal with mules and canal boat. Most of the path is protected by tree cover, but the path does cross cornfields and major roadways. It follows the river valley so the river is visible for most of the ride. It was fairly busy with foot and bicycle traffic. I would recommend a mountain or comfort bike with wider/knobby tires.

We stopped at the Valley Cafe for lunch. We all had their gyro sandwiches which were delicious and quite reasonably priced.

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