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Saturday, September 22, 2007

Steepest streets in the world for all you hill climbers

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Ride Report September 17

We headed northeast of campus and rode around until we ended up in some small park that had a little pond with a wooden bridge over it. (Still trying to figure out what park it is) Duncan rammed into a concrete parking block, but he and bike were OK. I left a roaming gnome at the park on one of the barier poles. We rode south and did a loop up to Walhalla. I waited for the stragglers and we lost the group. A few of us crossed above Valhalla while the main group was heading down it. We totally lost the group when we got back out to High Street. So we rode down High Street. Mike peeled off near Italian Village and we continued to the High Beck. We beat the group to the bar. No trouble finding a seat and no lines for the pizza. They had lost a lot of people by the time they arrived at 12:45. Matt had a birthday cake waiting for him so we all had cake. I guess the group rode to the southwest side of town near COSI and the cops pulled them over because they were concerned for their safety in that neighborhood.

Project Roaming Gnome AKA Gnomad

If you have received a roaming gnome from me please let me know where you and the gnome have traveled. You can post comments or send your info and photos to me at raymondmgeorge [at] I will post the travel information/photos.



Sunday, September 16, 2007

Takes Two to Tandem Ride Report

This ride was a benefit for the ACB-Ohio first Annual Building Blocks for a Brighter Future. It centered around the Kokosing Gap Trail.

We rode the trail for about 5 miles to Gambier before we headed south on a variety of roads including Big Run, Beckholt and Grove Church. In Martinsburg we headed east on Divan which was had a few climbs and rollers. We turned north on 32 and stayed on it until it crossed 62. We rode Millwood into Howard for lunch at the trail. We had sandwiches, chips, cookies and drinks. Ice cream was part of the deal, but no one was interested. It may have been the temperature.

We then headed back to the starting point, Phillips Park, by way of the trail. It is paved, clear of debris, but had a lot of traffic. It crosses the river, passes through corn fields and ends/starts right at the parking facility in Mt. Vernon.

Since this was the first year there are some aspects of the ride that Mary can improve on in year two. I think the matching of riders for the tandems should be better planned. There were riders who were novices heading out on the 30 mile route, which actually was 40 miles with hill climbs, and conversely, advanced riders disappointed in the pace set by the captain of the tandem. The route needs to be marked on the pavement. We had no problems because I have GPS, but one tandem I talked to did get lost.

I think the route was great, a good mix of flat and terrain. The weather was a little cold to start, but turned warmer as the ride progressed. We ended up with 40 miles. I hope that Mary can organize this ride again next year with even better turnout.

Bicycle Museum of America

Located in New Bremen Ohio