Northern Tier 2010

August 24, 2010


Filed under: Ohio, Section 09 — Henry Scott @ 8:00 pm

The wind wasn’t nearly as bad as I feared today. It slowed me down so it was another long day on the bike, but I enjoyed the ride and made Cleveland by six, thanks to a 5:45 a.m. start. It is hard to get up for such an early beginning, but watching the sun rise while biking east is a good payoff, especially on foggy mornings like today.

I arrived right as my Warm Showers host, Drew, got home from work. Drew is a casual cyclist and a competitive runner so we had lots to talk about. Notably, he has competed in Hong Kong’s 100 km ultra marathon, on trails and over mountains — yikes!

For dinner, Drew took me to Melts, one of his favorite high-calorie restaurants over in Lakewood. They specialize in, essentially, grilled-cheese sandwiches, but they are huge, with options stuffing them with just about anything one can imagine. Mine was loaded with pierogies, and it was awesome.

As I’ve mentioned, all of today’s ride was along a route I rode a few years ago. Much of it followed the Lake Erie shoreline. There were long stretches with no public access and countless mansions to block the view, but I didn’t mind today because I think they also helped to block the wind.

My legs are very tired and a bit sore, surely from averaging 105 miles per day since leaving South Bend, so I doubt I’ll make North East by tomorrow. That said, the last forecast I checked predicts a west wind, so we’ll see!



  1. good luck Henry! I hope you make N.E tomorrow and see your family.
    pedal hard…..

    Comment by Tim Franklin — August 26, 2010 @ 2:15 am

  2. Nice picture of the road, rail crossing, ground fog, telephone poles….I almost can feel the saddle under me.

    Comment by Jeff Sutter — August 26, 2010 @ 3:15 am

  3. I really like that first picture in today’s post.

    Wishing you good winds for tomorrow and a good time with your family in North East.

    Comment by monika — August 26, 2010 @ 3:37 am

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