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Saturday, September 15, 2007

Lancaster Ride Report

I asked and I received. I sent out an email to ask if anyone was riding on Saturday, and Barb answered by leading the ride from Canal Winchester to Lancaster. It was 46 when I first woke up, and it dropped two degrees before I headed out the door. By the time we started at 8:30AM it was 48 degrees. Four riders, including me braved the cold.

We wound our way toward the southeast by winding our way through the backroads. We passed through Amanda. They were having their annual town fair which blocked Main Street. We stopped at a gas station for a snack.

The highlight of the ride south was Revenge Road, which has a mile long climb (max 13%) that passed a prison at the peak. We turned down Blue Valley which headed down off the hill toward 33. We crossed 33 into Sugar Grove and were passed by several fire trucks (more on that later).

We followed Sugar Road all the way into Lancaster. We were at 43 miles and had only stopped once in Amanda.

Lunch stop was at the Four Reasons Deli and Restaurant. Sandwiches, coffee and ice cream are on the menu. The cool thing was instead of a number they gave you a plastic vegetable so they knew who to bring the food out to. I had a turkey reuben and it was great.

When we left the restaurant we turned down the alley next to the restaurant and turned onto the street and lo and behold we ran smack into the fire trucks that had passed us. Unfortunately someone's house had caught fire on the second floor.

I believe we headed out old 33 toward Canal Winchester. Election House Rd NW to Havensport to Plum and past the Carroll Bloom HS where we parked for the Millersport Corn Ride. We crossed 33 and followed Winchester Road back toward Canal Winchester. We wound through several streets back into town and back to where we started.

62 miles total. Sunny skies and ending temperature was 64 degrees.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Tara Llanes Website

Kokosing Gap Trail

I will provide a ride report next week...

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

September 10 Ride Report

There were about 50 people. We had a bugle solo during stops. A taco rim after an encounter with a pothole. The resurfacing of North High in the Short North area caused a mishap when one of the riders hit a pile of chewed up ashpalt. She went down in slow motion from my vantage point. Other than that it was uneventful. We rode around southeastern Columbus and ended up in German Village, where we bewildered locals by riding the paths inside Shiller Park several times. Then, it was the sprint to High Beck Tavern. We rode 17 miles, a little shorter than normal.

OSU Back 2 School Commuter Cyclists' Pit Stop

When: Friday September 21 10am - 6pm
Where: 15th and High Street
More info: (at)

Participating groups

Commuter Cycling Club @ OSU
OSU Cycling Club
B1 Bicycles
Third Hand Bicycle Co-op
Restoration Bicycle
City of Columbus & MORPC
COBAC / Pedal Instead
OSU Police Bug-a-Bike
COTA Bike 'n Bus
The Piano Peddler -

And more...

Free tune-ups, lessons, bike registration, info, music and art, sales.

Takes Two to Tandem Rally Sunday September 16 Details

ACB-Ohio Tandem Bike Rally to be held
September 16, 2007
Kokosing Gap Trail
Mount Vernon, Ohio

Times:

o For 65 mile route—8:00 a.m.
o For 30-mile route-9:00 a.m.
o For 15 or fewer miles—10:00 a.m.

Lunch—11:00—1:00 a.m. at the Shelter House at the trail head

Registration includes:

Maps, directions, in print and Braille, water, snacks, lunch, free stuff, and chances for door prizes.

One registration form per person, please.

The American Council of the Blind of Ohio, (ACB-Ohio) is hosting its first annual tandem rally-fundraiser. Visually impaired stokers and sighted captains will have three routes to choose from, 15, 30, and 60 mile-routes, each starting and ending on the beautiful Kokosing Gap Trail. Sighted tandem teams and single bikes are also welcome. The two longer routes will include the gently rolling hills and some more challenging ones through the beautiful Amish countryside, while the 15-mile route will stay on the trail, which is noted as one of the prettiest and most well maintained rails-to-trails bike paths in Ohio.

Many Ways to Participate:

1. Bring your tandem and your stoker and enjoy a beautiful ride and meet some other folks who enjoy tandem cycling.
2. Bring your tandem and meet your stoker for the day, who might be visually impaired. Many blind folks love to ride, but they need a captain and/or a bike.
3. Volunteer for transportation, registration and/or food stops.
4. Pledge on a rider or sponsor a tandem team.
5. Donate door prizes or give-aways to promote your business.

The American Council of the Blind of Ohio is a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality and equality of life for persons who are blind or visually impaired. We offer information and referral for resources for equipment, talking books, training programs, emotional support, scholarships, and more.

The proceeds from this ride will help sponsor the first annual Building Blocks for a Brighter Future, a seminar for families of children who are visually impaired to be held September 15, 2007.

Sign Up Today!
Registration Donation—
$20 or more, per rider
Snacks! Lunch! Prizes! New friends! Great ride! Support a worthy cause! Free stuff!

Questions? Call Mary Hiland at 800-835-2226 or 614-221-6688.
A pre-registration packet will be sent to you.
To learn about ACB-Ohio, visit our website at

Takes Two to Tandem Rally Sunday September 16

Phillips Park Start Point

We will meet at Phillips Park, where there is a shelter house and real restrooms. Look for the sign that says ACB-Ohio/Takes Two to Tandem. When you sign in, you will receive a map, a lunch ticket, a ticket for door prizes, and a goody bag. Registration for the 65 mile route starts at 9:00 a.m. For the 30 mile route and the 20 mile route, registration begins at 9:30. Registration will close at 10:00 a.m. Lunch will be available starting at 11:00 a.m. at the picnic area on the trail near Howard, ten miles from the start. You will need your ticket to receive a lunch. Door prizes will be drawn at this time. Lunch will close at 1:00, so please plan your rest stops accordingly. Please have your cell phones charged fully and keep them on during the ride, so that if you do not appear back at the lunch stop on time, we can find out where you are. We have no sag for this ride, so please ride in pairs in case of injury or mechanical problems. Use your cell phone to call the county emergency number on the map or Mary Hiland at 614.940.5307. We hope you won’t need this number, but we will not leave you stranded. Helmets are required for this ride. If you have an extra one, please bring it, in case somebody forgets theirs. When you return to the start, at the shelter house, please sign in to let us know you have returned safely. There will also be a place for you to make comments about your experience. Suggestions are always welcome for planning for next year. There is no rain date. If it is raining lightly, we will still ride. If there is thunder and lightening, we will make a decision then as to whether or not to stay and see if the skies clear. Pray for sunshine! If you have any questions, feel free to contact me. See you on September 16.

Mary Hiland
Executive Director

Email Mary for the brochure. The registration donation is $20 or more per rider and this goes to a good cause.

Monday, September 10, 2007

COP 17th Tour of the Hocking Hills

Date: Saturday September 15, 2007
Time: 7:00 am - 9:00 am
Location: Circleville, OH
Notes: 7-9AM Start. Circleville. 75-100 mile routes. All options are hilly. Tune-up for Columbus Fall Challenge. Budget tour. Jon Schaer 614/447-2200 jschaer (AT)