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Friday, August 24, 2012

Warren to Ashtabula 2012

08/24/12 236# 80m
Rode from Warren, OH to Ashtabula, OH round-trip for 80 miles on the Ohio Western Reserve Greenway. OhioBikeways has a cool G-Map showing their developing trail network. (2011 report)

We mustered in Beaver PA and left most of the vehicles in the courthouse garage. It took about 1+15 to get to the Sunside trailhead at 547 Center Street East, Warren, OH 44481. Conditions were excellent, clear blue skies, light wind.

Snowmobiles use the trail in the winter months, so this bridge deck has rubber mats to protect the timbers:

The trail ends in a non-descript residential neighborhood in Ashtabula, and we rode a few blocks to Compadres Restaurant for lunch and it was excellent. After a really good meal we got back out on the trail before we yielded to the temptation of a bike-nap.

One of the bikes had a mechanical with the rear derailleur and K's mad skillz fixed that; the rest of the ride was pretty uneventful. We did realize that we'd had a tailwind on the first leg, and now we had a slight headwind on the second leg.

We rode 80 miles in 6+02 moving time, with 3+00 spent on lunch, breaks, and bike tweaking. We got back to Beaver twelve hours after we started. It was an excellent day for a longish ride with friends.

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