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Issue Date: July 2010 Issue

On a Roll

Jim Vickers
The crushed-stone trail stretches out in front of you, narrowing to a thin white line in the distance as it's swallowed by the foliage of the Cuyahoga Valley. It's like this mile after mile, that white line always coaxing you onward. You could, of course, walk or run a portion of the 110-mile Ohio & Erie Canalway Towpath Trail, but the best way to experience it is from behind a pair of handlebars. No bike? No problem. Century Cycles in Peninsula, located near Lock 29, rents bikes for $8 an hour. While you're on the trail, keep an eye out for some of Century Cycles senior mechanic Derrick Kortvejesi's favorite parts. "I like these boardwalks they've put in," he says. "I also like the beaver marsh just south of Bolanz Road. You can pull off and sit down, and if Blossom Music Center is fired up, you can even hear the music." Lock 29 Trailhead, 1648 Mill St., Peninsula

More biking
Summit County Bike & Hike Trail
This 33.5-mile trail follows a portion of the course of the old Akron, Bedford & Cleveland Railroad, which carried riders from Akron to Public Square until 1932.

Findley State Park
The North Coast Mountain Bike Association maintains this nine-mile, single-loop trail that promises thrills for beginning and experienced riders alike. 25381 state Route 58, Wellington,

Cleveland Lakefront Bikeway
Explore the city's 17 miles of shoreline with this route that's a mix of paved trails and on-street riding. You'll pass by Edgewater Beach and through neighborhoods such as Bratenahl and Collinwood.

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