Big Ride update: Day 40
Today we biked 92 miles from Sandusky, Ohio to Burton, Ohio. We rode along Lake Erie to downtown Cleveland and got caught in a torrential downpour for about 20 minutes. One of the Big Riders, Liz, lives in Cleveland so her mother cooked us delicious food for lunch and brought it to our checkpoint. Liz also showed us around the estates of Cleveland Heights and Shaker Heights and took us to a great pastry shop and a bakery. We finished by climbing through some steep hills until we reached the town of Burton. We are camping at the Geauga Fairgrounds.
The first half of our ride was along the Lake Erie Ohio Coastal Route, a 293-mile stretch that passes island, coastal marshes, prairies, rivers and waterfalls.
The city of Huron, originally part of the Connecticut Western Reserve, lands largely in northeast Ohio (originally the Northwest Territory)offered to residents of Connecticut who had lost properly to British raiders during the American Revolutionary War.
The boat basin in Huron, once a major port and shipbuilding center which still receives iron ore and limestone cargoes.
On the coastal route between Huron and Berlin.
Old Woman Creek State Nature Reserve and National Estuarine Research Center, part of a network of 28 coastal reserves connected nationally through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to address state and regional management needs.
Big Riders, all wearing the official bike shirt, cycle through Ruggles Beach
Vermilion, Ohio,once a shipbuilding center which remains a draw for boating and vacation homes
An electricity plant owned by FirstEnergy, the largest, investor-owned electric system in the country.
Crossing the Black River near Lorain. There’s a Ford assembly plant nearby.
Homes along Sheffield Lake.
Big Riders enjoy a special lunch cooked by Liz’s mother including pesto pizza, caprese salad and home baked cakes.
Entering downtown Cleveland shrouded in fog just after a downpour.
The neoclassical Cuyahoga County Court building, an example of City Beautiful design
A Big Rider paws a guitar with one gloved hand in front of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in downtown Cleveland. The building, with a pyramid protruding from a tower, was designed by I.M. Pei.
Biking along Lake Erie
A local reporter, her mother and a few friends wait to greet Big Rider Liz as she cycles through her neighborhood in Cleveland Heights.
Liz takes us to On the Rise bakery and pastry shop in her neighborhood.
Some stately mansions in Shaker Heights Park
A farm as we near Burton
The Geauga County Fairgrounds where we are camping.
Big Rider tents, guarded by a tank in honor of American Legion veterans from Burton and environs.
Tom and Jerry’s Grille, where we ate dinner.
A horse and buggy pass us on the street. There is a significant Amish community near Burton, founded in 1798.