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Knox County Construction

August 2020

Mount Vernon construction updates: Several traffic projects are underway in Mount Vernon that will improve the cycling infrastructure for trail users.

Mount Vernon Avenue: Work continues the replacement of the Mount Vernon Avenue bridge over the Kokosing River. Work has shifted to the westbound lanes with the eastbound bridge construction complete. The Kokosing Gap Trail travels on a 12’ protected bike lane on the bridge to a traffic signal at Cougar Drive. Trail users can safely cross Mount Vernon Avenue and continue to the trail on the levee. The westbound bridge beams will be set into place from August 24-26. There may be delays during the movement of the beams. Trail users can continue through the construction zone at the direction of the construction crew.

Main Street: The construction of a trail underpass at Main Street is underway. A new underpass trail will begin on the Heart of Ohio Trail at the western edge of the CA&C Depot and pass under the Main Street Viaduct on the river’s edge. It will return to the levee and Kokosing Gap Trail east of the iron viaduct. The trail is open with intermittent delays for the movement of equipment and supplies. A detour will be in effect and marked once the construction reaches the point of merging the exiting trail into the new underpass trail. Trail users can continue using the trail until the contractor places barricades on the trail and directs trail users to the detour.

Status Alert for Towpath Trail in Massillon 2020-2021

Towpath Trail Closure And Unpredictable Trail Conditions

Expect unpredictable trail conditions through July 2020 while a project near the Massillon Sewer Plant is happening. Use caution and plan on walking bikes through the area. An ongoing levee project near the Tuscarawas River in Massillon by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will impact travel for an extended period. The work will cause intermittent closures of the Towpath Trail. Weekday closures between Lake Ave. Trailhead in Massillon and Finefrock Rd. in Massillon will begin in Aug. 2020. The trail will be open on weekends. Please obey all construction and safety signs and be cautious of unpredictable trail conditions. This is a long term project that will affect various sections of the Towpath Trail in this area throughout 2020 and 2021.

Couple Celebrates their 43rd Anniversary on the Trail!

Louise and Lawrence completed a round trip on the trail, riding 675 miles in 11 days to celebrate their 43rd wedding anniversary.  Due to detours and finding accommodations along the way, the overall mileage exceeded 326 x 2=652.

They started in Xenia, then rode south to Cincinnati, then north to Cleveland and rode south again to return back to Xenia.

Congrats on your anniversary Louise and Lawrence!

Camp Chase Detour in Effect


Construction Closure: Camp Chase Trail is closed from Wilson Road Park to Derrer Road for road improvements on Wilson Road bridge above the trail. Follow signs for the detour.

National Park Service to close Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail section for repairs May 4 – 15, 2020

BRECKSVILLE, Ohio – The National Park Service (NPS) will close a section of the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail, between Canal Exploration Center and Frazee House in Valley View. The trail will be closed 7 am – 5 pm on weekdays, May 4 –15. It will be open for use in the evening and on weekends. Contractors will be repairing the Tinker’s Creek aqueduct bridge decking and stone retaining walls.

No detour is available. The closure is necessary for public safety, please respect all closures.

CVNP encompasses 33,000 acres along the Cuyahoga River between Cleveland and Akron, Ohio. Managed by the National Park Service, CVNP combines cultural, historical, recreational, and natural activities in one setting. For more information, visit www.nps.gov/cuvawww.facebook.com/cuyahogavalleynationalpark, or call 440-717-3890.

Featured 326 Member – Angela Dotson

Hometown: Lodi, Ohio

Age and occupation: 55 years old, dog trainer

Date of Trip: June 12- 15 2019.

Other multi-day trips? None but had done a multi-day bike ride with multiple short rides but coming back to the same headquarters in the afternoons.

Travel direction? We did the route starting in Cleveland.

Lodging: Our first night we stayed at the hotel Millersburg which was very bike-friendly with excellent food I may add. The second night we stayed at the Cambria in Westerville and the third night we stayed at an Airbnb in Xenia.

Type of bike: My bike is a Trek checkpoint sl5. I absolutely love that gravel bike

Tips for others: I carried a small bike trunk with my maps,rain jacket and snacks on my back bike rack, a small top tube bag. And under seat bag for bike tools and a pannier for clothing.

Biggest challenge: The weather was definitely the biggest challenge because we had two late afternoon /evening storms that we ran into. The one we actually took shelter behind some shrubbery!!

Favorite part of the trip: I got to see so much more of our beautiful state then I anticipated . I have since gone back and ridden other parts that I wanted to enjoy again in the daylight without rain. Next year I’m going to do it again but I’m going to go south to north!

Trail Videos

To Learn about the next Moffitt Memorial Ride visit our Events Page.

 

Visit our Youtube Channel for more videos about the Ohio to Erie Trail at the LINK.

 

Featured Rider – Brinkley Graves, age 8

Dear OTET friends,

I’m Brinkley Graves from Madeira, Ohio.  I’d be thrilled if you’d consider me as a Featured 326 Club Member.  

I did not complete the entire 326 miles of the trail.  However, during Labor Day weekend last year – my Daddy (Bryan Graves of Madeira) and I biked 110 miles of the OTET trail in 48 hours on my 20’ Redline Cyclocross bike.  This may not be a big deal by itself; however, I did this two months after my 9th birthday.

Whether biking, hiking or walking, I’ve always loved adventures which push my limits and amaze my parents.  In the spring, I first thought of this ride when my Daddy mentioned the bike trail. My Mommy and Daddy were hesitant to go along with this idea, warning me I would need to practice a lot and even then, the trip may still be too far for my 48-lb body to handle.  But why would they ever doubt me for a minute? Haven’t they learned anything in the last nine years?

From that point, I asked my Daddy every day to take me to the bike trail.  He seemed to always have a convenient excuse preventing us from going, but after relentlessly pressing him for weeks and months, Daddy finally took me out on the trail.  On my first outing, we completed a non-stop 15-mile ride. After that, Mommy and Daddy were on board and willing to let me give it a try.

On Thursday evening, we began our journey from 50 West in Newton.  I became a bit anxious once I realized I’d be away from Mommy for a long time.  However, Mommy stayed in constant contact with us and agreed to be close by at all times.  

That night, Daddy and I tackled the bike path passing through Milford and Loveland.  As the sun began to set, we came upon the abandoned factory resting along the Little Miami River.  This was a familiar site since Daddy and I passed the old plant while training during the summer. However, this was the first time I saw the building at this time of day.  I can tell you for sure that the old war factory looks a lot scarier when it’s getting dark.  

That evening, we finished our ride in Morrow – which was good for two reasons:

#1 – it gave us 28 miles for the day (a new record for me)

#2 – the next day, Daddy responded to all phone calls by claiming, “yesterday, we made it to Morrow.” (I quickly grew tired of him saying that)

On Friday, we rode all the way to Cedarville.  That day we rode underneath the huge Jeremiah Morrow Bridge; ate lunch with tough-looking Harley Bikers at the Little River Café in Oregonia; and explored really small towns like Corwin and Spring Valley.  We also took a break at the Xenia Station Splash Pad/Playground. Daddy says that I’m probably the only person to ride from Cincinnati to Columbus that also insisted on climbing all over the Xenia Station playground for more than an hour.

On Saturday, we passed through South Charleston and then I wondered if we’d see another town again.  We were riding through the middle of nowhere forever. There were some farms, but we never saw any people and we didn’t even see cars on the nearby road.  But we kept pedaling through the brutal heat and eventually reached London and visited the local street festival. Later that afternoon, we dodged thunderstorms; went dirt bike riding through Darby Creek; and I even learned how to ride “no hands” style.  That evening, Daddy and I made it all the way to downtown Columbus.

One of my favorite things during our trip was getting to test all the sno-cone shops we could find.  In the end, our hometown favorite, the Trailside Ice Shack at the Loveland Bike Trail, was easily the best of all.  Maybe sometime soon I’ll get to try all the sno-cones from Columbus to Cleveland!

 

Featured 326 Member – Chuck Perry

I am 71 years old and our grandson was born with a rare genetic defect called Creatine Transporter Deficiency (CTD). His body creates creatine but is missing the transporter necessary to get it to the brain cells and muscles for development due to a mutation.

I decided to ride across the state in June 2018 to raise awareness and funds for the Association for Cerebral Creatine Deficiency Syndromes.

I rode my 1988 Cannondale from Cincinnati to Cleveland for 6 days, stayed at B&B’s or Inns along the way and met many amazing people who were interested in hearing my story and gave emotional as well as financial support.

I rode 60 to 70 mile days between Westerville and Cleveland on the highest temperature and humidity days of the year. Sometimes I didn’t see another person for hours and thought I was suffering until I thought of the children and families dealing with CCDS and my ride was put back into perspective for me. I raised a total of $5500 for the foundation.

OTET salutes you, Chuck!

Pedalshift Podcast about the Ohio to Erie Trail

The Pedalshift Project 157: Bicycling the Ohio to Erie Trail
The Ohio to Erie Trail spans 326 miles diagonally across Ohio, linking up Cincinnati, Columbus and Cleveland and everything in between. On this episode, we chat about the trail and the experience biking across Ohio!

Host Tim Mooney interviews Lisa Daris and Jody Dzuranin on this virtual visit to the Ohio to Erie Trail at https://pedalshift.net/157

 

Featured 326 Club Members – Jimi Nixon

Name: Jimi Nixon
Age at time of trip: 47
Trail Experience: This was my first! I trained for several weekends to insure that I could do high mileages, but due to cooler weather, the trip turned out to be easier than some of my single day trips.
Month of Trip: September 7 – 8, 10 – 11 (9/9 was a layover due to rain)
What made you decide to bike the entire trail in one trip: Wanted the cachet of cycling the OTET.
Lodging along the way: Camping, including the Bridge of Dreams in Brinkhaven. Another stop at the Quarry in Massillon was planned, but aborted.
Model/Type of Bike: Jamis 25” El Cheapo model road bike. Happy to say it held up nicely and I didn’t even have to change a single tire!
Biggest challenge on the trip: Riding the remnants of Hurricane Gordon on Saturday. Also fell for the first time ever on some leaves that day. On the other hand, I made my best time that day.

National Park Service to Temporarily Close Towpath Trail Section 12/17/18

Cuyahoga Valley National Park News Release

Pamela Barnes, 440-546-5994, 440-241-5857 (cell), or pamela_barnes@nps.gov

For Immediate Release Friday, December 14, 2018

National Park Service to Temporarily Close Towpath Trail Section

Brecksville, Ohio – The Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail between Deep Lock Quarry and Hunt House will be closed beginning Monday, December 17, while a contractor installs a steel pedestrian bridge. The closure will likely continue through late winter or early spring.

The temporary closure is necessary for public safety. There will be no detour available. Please respect the closure.

This bridge is the last of four slated for replacement. Earlier in 2018, installation was halted when workers encountered a previously undiscovered stone culvert that was original to the Ohio & Erie Canal. Engineers have been working to redesign the abutment, and the bridge can now be installed without adverse effects on historic resources. The temporary detour that has been available since mid-summer will not be open during this phase.

Ken Knabe of Knabe Law Firm is OTET’s Newest Sponsor

Introducing Attorney & Fellow Cyclist Kenneth Knabe: Protecting Cleveland’s Cyclists through injury representation, sponsorships, publishing, lecturing and Vision Zero safety legislation. www.KLFOhio.com

Ken is the newest sponsor of the official OTET trail guides that will be published in January.

Thank you Ken!

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