Huron to Bowling Green 73 miles

6/16/19

I got up at 5:30 a.m. and got packed up.  Since we slept in the gym I had put most of things together so it was easy to pack up.  I had some extra time so I cleaned and lubricated my chain.  With all the rain we have ridden through the chain need some special attention.

A group of about 6 of us went back on up the route about 0.6 of a mile for breakfast.  It was the only full service café close to the gym.  It was definitely worth the  little extra mileage.

The morning started out nice but in the first 2 miles the rain began again and it basically continued until we got to rest stop 1.  We hit a bike trail just before rest stop 1 and the trail continued for 8.5 miles after rest stop 2.  That is nice since you don’t have to worry about traffic except where we crossed a road.  The trail ended at Fremont Ohio.  An interesting fact about Fremont is this is the home of Rutherford B. Hayes.  This is also the home of his presidential library, museum and home.

Before getting to rest stop 2 we ran into a charity ride that was going in the opposite direction.  This confused some of the riders.  When we got to Gibsonburg, the site or our second rest stop, there were bike riders going in all directions.  The riders ranged from young children to elderly adults.

We rode on the outskirts of Bowling Green to get to our camp site for the night. After a rather difficult day on the bike we were surprised by a young couple had prepared our dinner and will also be preparing our breakfast tomorrow morning.

We couldn’t ask for anything better.  They have been doing this for the BiketheUSforMS for 13  years.  What a blessing. They made everyone feel right at home and have such loving souls.

I would like to introduce you to Stimmel’s Market, which is ran be Mathew and Michelle.   As I have said many times we meet the greatest people and these are the crème of the crop.

Geneva-On-The-Lake to Cleveland 60 miles

6/13/19

Last night it rained on us.  Not a hard rain but steady.  By the time we got up the rain had stopped but our tents were soaked.

We got around early and waited in camp before heading down the road to the Sunrise Cafe.  It didn’t open until 7:00 a.m. so we had to wait outside until then.  The café stick was to be rude. We called it the “attitude correction place” but we didn’t care since the food was very good.  Before we got finished 16 of our riders had stopped there.

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The morning was cool but pleasant.  No real climbs and the roads were fair.  The route had a lot of turns which would have been very difficult to follow without a Garmin.  Ed had to stay on his toes and even then we had some minor back tracks.  Before our second rest stop we had a heavy rain but we found a Mc Donald’s to get out of it, warm up, eat some lunch and let Ed charge his phone that has our route on it.  As stated earlier without the route we would have had a hard time.

After leaving McDonald’s we stopped at our last rest stop to sign in.  We rode into Cleveland and Ed was leading us through downtown to the Cleveland Hostel.

Going to our last turn of the day Ed was ahead of me and vehicle got between us.  Ed pulled up to a light and stopped and I was stopping behind the vehicle between us when 2 young men started across the street in mid-block ahead of me.  They were not paying attention to the traffic coming toward us and had I not yelled at them to watch out they would have walked right out in front of the oncoming truck.

When they stopped, just in time, one of said “my bad”.  I thought “your bad” could have been your last statement.

All this time the rain was pouring down.  We were having a hard time seeing thru the rain and we were completely soaked for the second time today.

As we were getting close to the Hostel we got on the sidewalk and some of our fellow riders ran out and yelled at us as we road by.  Trip complete for the day.

Our home for two nights