Monday, July 26, 2010

Mid-summer Towpath Ride!

Today was a milestone.  It was the day I had the pleasure of going with my girlfriend on our first bike ride together.  Yes, after much poking and prodding...and the purchase of a new bike (a Giant Cypress DX)...we finally set out on a date with our bikes to the Cuyahoga Valley National Park's towpath trail in Peninsula, Ohio.  Having ridden the trail many times myself, both during the day and on our Century Cycles' night rides, I was anxious to take Maria on this scenic cycling adventure.

Well, if the smiles below are any indication, a wonderful time was had by all!
On my classic Raleigh Peak

Maria and her sporty new Giant Cypress DX
Of course, like the Metroparks that surround Cleveland, the towpath has it's own remarkable scenery to show off.
Towpath through beaver wetlands
Dragonfly cruisin' the marsh
Towpath crossing one of Peninsula's historic canal locks

Geese enjoying a little sunbathing
Today's ride covered about 14 miles and saw temperatures in the mid 80's.  Afterwards, a cold beer, refreshing iced tea, and tasty food at Peninsula's Winking Lizard rounded out a perfect afternoon of cycling.  Great job, Maria.  I see a Tour de France in your future.  ;)

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