Day 1 Wednesday, July 6, 2022 Fun Bike Ride to Ramada by Wyndham Xenia
66.8 miles, 1706 elevation, https://ridewithgps.com/routes/38381118
We start our journey we meet at Mile 0 of the Ohio to Erie Trail, bike over the Ohio River via the Purple People Bridge to get to the delightful Smale Park. The ride through this section of Cincinnati is scenic, with photo opps at Sawyer Point and the International Friendship Park, then Little Miami River. The trail skips back and forth over the Little Miami River with majestic trees and probably some flowers too.
You will notice the beautiful abandoned munitions factory from World War II. The highlight of the day may be the chance to take a short detour to Fort Ancient Earthworks, where miles of earthen walls enclose a high flat bluff created by the Hopewell Indians thousands of years ago. Our objective is Xenia, once an Underground Railroad stop for slaves escaping to freedom. 68 miles
Day 2 Thursday, July 7, 2022 Fun Bike Ride to
Hyatt Place Columbus/OSU- Superb 9.0
57.6 miles, 835 elevation https://ridewithgps.com/routes/38381137
Bike to state capital Columbus. In the next section we will see corn, soybeans, grain silos and more as we bike through Ohio’s farmland.
Our next stop is the State Capital of Columbus. We’ll be staying in the heart of the Arch City’s downtown, with plenty of great restaurants for you to explore—dinner is on your own.
Day 3 Friday, July 8, 2022 Fun Bike Ride to
54.1 mi 1,171 ft https://ridewithgps.com/routes/38381151
Today’s cycling is a sampler plate of urban, suburban, small town and park-like surroundings along multiple regional trails that are part of the Ohio to Erie Trail system. Of note is the Alum Creek Multi-Use Trail, with its woodsy surroundings and multiple boardwalks that make it hard to believe you are not in the wilderness.
Be sure to set aside time to visit the Ariel-Foundation Park on the outskirts of Mount Vernon. The old glass factory has been repurposed into a charming green space and public art venue with an observation tower, park museum, labyrinth and three lovely lakes that were once gravel quarries. We’ll be staying the night in Mount Vernon, a well-groomed college town.
40.8 mi1,168 ft elevation https://ridewithgps.com/routes/38381160
Bike to Millersburg. Enjoy Ohio’s Amish country and the second largest settlement of Amish in the United States after Pennsylvania’s Lancaster County. Expect to share the trail with other cyclists but more so the local Amish residents traveling by horse and buggy.
Perhaps the most photogenic part of the day is when we cross the Mohican River near Brinkhaven via the Bridge of Dreams. This 370-foot covered bridge is the third longest covered bridge in the country. Listening to the clip-clop of horse-drawn buggies traveling the bridge is a sound to cherish. We spend the night in Millersburg, known for its Victorian architecture.
38.1 miles 1,345 elevation https://ridewithgps.com/routes/38381172
Bike to Massillon. Some of today’s route goes off trail and onto picturesque rural roads with rolling hills. You’ll be able to watch Amish farmers working the land with their horse-drawn plows. Then it’s a gentle downhill into Massillon, our home for the night.
Bike to Akron, Ohio history is on the horizon as we enter the Ohio & Erie Canalway National Heritage Area. The Ohio and Erie Canal, completed in 1832, connected Cleveland on Lake Erie and Portsmouth on the Ohio River, creating the state’s most important superhighway. More importantly, it connected the Ohio frontier with New York and New Orleans that helped fuel westward expansion.
While in Akron, we‘ll be within walking distance of the Akron Art Museum and other cultural attractions.
Day 7 Tuesday, July 12, 2022 Fun Bike Ride to
Cleveland, Lake Erie our destination!
48.3 mi 1,297 ft elevation Bike Route Planner - Ride with GPS
Bike to Cleveland. On our last day of riding we continue on the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail through Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Look for locks that raise and lower the boats and savor the forests, fields and wetlands that flank the trail.
The tour’s final stretch comes to a picturesque end at Edgewater Park on the shores of Lake Erie, with the famous Cleveland sign and the downtown skyline as the backdrop. We will celebrate the completion of our journey at dinner.
You’re free to take a taxi, Uber or Lyft at your leisure to the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport or Cleveland Lakefront Train Station. If you have time to stay longer, our ending hotel is within walking distance of The Cleveland Guardians formerly known as Cleveland Indians) Major League Baseball field, or the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. If you need to return to your car, we will shuttle you back to Cincinnati, arriving by 2:00pm.