Northern Tier 2010

August 23, 2010

Terra Cognita

Filed under: Indiana, Ohio, Section 09 — Henry Scott @ 4:00 pm

I’m not superstitious. That said, I wish I didn’t brag about the good winds I’ve enjoyed recently in yesterday’s post. Perhaps even worse was describing the directional fluctuations as breathing because this morning’s north wind gradually picked up an easterly component and gained strength all day. Further, I foolishly checked the forecast, and the wind should continue to get worse for the next couple of days. Optimistically, I’m hoping Mother Nature is taking one last deep breath so I can sail through New England when she exhales again.

If I can tough out a long day tomorrow I’ll make it to Cleveland, where I’ve already made arrangements for a place to stay, right on the route, through Warm Showers. I haven’t used the service before, but it is a database of people who agree to be listed as hosts for touring cyclists. As far as I know, there aren’t any camping options in the Cleveland area, so I decided to give it a shot. The first host I contacted is available so hopefully I’ll make it.

If I do make Cleveland, it will put me within a very long day’s ride of North East, PA. North East has been a family gathering place since before I was born, so I’m looking forward to get there and visit with my parents, a niece and a nephew. I hope the frequent indoor accommodations I’ve been getting recently haven’t spoiled me for the rest of the trip.

I’ve been riding high daily miles since leaving South Bend both because I’m anxious to reach North East and because I rode the South Bend – North East section of the Northern Tier in 2006. It is fun to see which roads and towns are familiar and which I don’t remember well; I’ve been surprised to see how much is in the latter category.

For tonight I’m camped in a county park just outside of Gibsonburg, OH. Wish me luck for an early start tomorrow so I have time to enjoy Cleveland.



  1. Prof. Scott,
    I am the parent of one of your spring 2010 students, Nathan Payne.
    Nathan got me started checking your blog daily, probably because he
    knows how much we love the National Parks. We live in Maine-about an hour
    west of Acadia National Park in the summer. We will be here until mid October.
    We are located about 40 minutes by car off of route 1 on the Blue
    Hill Peninsula. (West Brooksville to be exact). If you would like a shower,
    a bed or a hot meal, we would love to accomadate. I imagine you already
    know that the park has a very comprehensive public transportation system
    of propane fueled buses. You can park your bike on the outskirts and
    use the Island Explorer buses to get to almost an location in the
    area. If we can be of help to you in any other way, please feel
    free to e mail us at the above address.
    Michelle Payne

    Comment by Michelle Payne — August 24, 2010 @ 3:31 pm

  2. Glad you are in Terra Cognita, looking forward to seeing
    you tomorrow or Thursday. So nice you’ll be here when
    ‘Stoffer, Sofie, Jake, and Zoe are.

    Comment by Celinda Scott — August 24, 2010 @ 11:35 pm

  3. Forgot to say we thought of you yesterday when we
    had high winds here! The kids had great fun riding
    the waves.

    Comment by Celinda Scott — August 24, 2010 @ 11:35 pm

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