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Issue Date: June 2007 Issue


We have a national park in our backyard.


Amber Matheson, Photography By Greg Terepka
Want to get lost for an afternoonand love it? Grab your bike and hit the Cuyahoga Valley National Park’s Ohio & Erie Canalway Towpath Trail.
Start here

1:30 p.m. We rent my bike at Century Cycles. It “s the only rental place in town, and while it does have a shed full of bikes, it’s been known to run out on the weekends. Get there early (the shop opens at 10 a.m. on Saturday, noon on Sunday). Bikes are$7 per hour and are charged by the quarter hour after the first hour. Trailers and tagalongs available for rent, but they don’t offer bikes with training wheels.

2 p.m. Wildlife alert: We discover a snapping turtle buried in thes and up to his shoulders in the mucky water of Lock 30.

2:15 p.m. We’ve traveled 1.3   Stumpy Basin, aboard walk with sweeping vistas and a bench -- the perfect place for a snack.

2:20 p.m. The Boston Store area is as far north as we’re heading. Check out the art gallery in an old gas station, a canal way museum in the former general store and the ice cream shop across the street (and hit the restroom).
 
3:10 p.m. We're heading south now, past Peninsula. Our first stop is Deep Lock 28, the highest lock in the
 
3:30 p.m. A right-hand turn after Johnny cake Lock takes us onto the open road to see the Everett Road Covered Bridge (signs on the trail will point you in the right direction).
 
3:45 p.m. It “s been 10 miles now, and we’ve finally reached Szalay’s Farm Market. After a sandwich enjoyed on the massive bench swing, it's off to Beaver Marsh. Keep your eyes peeled for blue herons! Map by Rustbelt Cartography Cuyahoga River
4 p.m. Our final stop whole system. Is Beaver Marsh, an automobile salvage yard that beavers converted into a marsh land. Lots of spots on the board walk to stretch your legs. I’m a little tired, a little sore, but the though of the Winking Lizard patio (and a big ol ‘daiquiri) keeps me motivated for the last leg of our trip: the path back to Peninsula.

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