Monday, September 14, 2015

2015 Underground Railroad and Erie Canal Ride


Perryville, OH (Mohican State Park) to Wellington, OH

The day started late because the restaurant at the hotel didn't start serving breakfast until 8:00 am and I needed a good breakfast to brace myself for the climbing...

All I can say is that today was a 'Hike & Bike' day....I hiked up the mountains and biked back down! 

The first 20 miles were brutal with climbs I think in the double digits...had to walk some parts ... But I made it up...I really enjoyed the Garmin registered a max speed of 38 mph! It was awesome on the way down, but that just meant that I had to climb up another flatland today...

As the climbing continued with no end in sight, The more pickup trucks that past me the more I was willing to pay if the driver would let me put my bike in the bed and they would drive me to Wellington!

I made a command decision and adjusted the planed route which cut off 11 miles but only reduced the climbing by about 500 feet, but was at a much more doable gradient...still climbed 3500 feet...glad the day is done. Total miles 48.

Had a nice lunch in Jeromeville, OH before finishing the last 26 miles.

We ended our ride in Wellington, OH at the The Wellington Country Inn B & B, built in the 1880s and on the National Register of historic Places, run by a very nice couple, Evelyn and Gene. The building used to be a funeral home way back when.

We had dinner at Demitri's Corner Family Restaurant...good food, filling, and great service. Then it was back to B & B to call it a night.

Tomorrow we are off to Hudson, OH about 54 miles northeast of here.

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