Today’s Route: Lakeview, Cleveland, Bratenahl, Euclid, Willowick, Eastlake, Mentor-on-the-Lake, Painesville, Perry.

Today: 50 miles. Total miles: 3507 Riding time: 4 hrs 38 min Elevations: Lakeview: 994′ Perry: 699′ Total ascent: 1903’ Total descent: 1857’ Calories: 2511 Avg speed 10.68 mph Max speed 25 mph

We left Chardon early this morning to drive about 45 minutes back to Lakeview to continue the ride thru Cleveland in the rain. Rode on a bike trail along Lake Erie and then into downtown Cleveland where the skies opened up. Hid out in a covered bus stop for a short period of time. Headed through the downtown area to the shore of Lake Erie and arrived there just in time to share the road with thousands of people going to the Air Show which I learned is an annual Labor Day weekend event in Cleveland. Wanted to get through Cleveland on the weekend to avoid weekday traffic!

The drive along the lake in Cleveland was hampered by the extremely poor condition of the pavement on Marginal Drive. Got some photos of the downtown area and the National Rock and Roll Hall fo Fame. North of Marginal Drive, I picked up a bike trail along the lake for about 7-8 miles. The remainder of the ride was on secondary roads through small towns, some without shoulders. Had a nice conversation with a gal bike rider in Painesville who was very interested in the ride. Met Jeanne in Perry which ended the ride for the day. After a stop at DQ, we made our way back to Chardon for another night in the Eagles parking lot. Enjoyed another pleasant, relaxing evening with our Chardon friends Bobi and Ron who again cordially opened their home to us for dinner and showers!

Had an interview with FOX TV8 in Willowick outside Petie’s Family Restaurant which got a lot of attention from passersby. The manager of the Giant grocery store next to the restaurant came out to see what was going on and said he should have been asked if it was okay to film there! He seemed to back off when he found out what it was for – the reporter/photographer commented that the manager probably wanted to make sure it was a positive story and not something that would reflect negatively on his store!

Unfortunately the TV8 editing department cut out some of the most important points made on camera about C.O.P.S. and left out our blog information!

“Sure am glad I’m in the truck! Wonder who that silly guy is out there in the rain!”

Welcome to Cleveland!

With Officer Jeff, Willowick PD

Great mural. . .

. . .the rest of the mural!

Chardon Town Square by Moonlight (on the right!)

Geauga (Indian for Racoon) County Courthouse on Chardon Square

One of many beautiful old homes along the way today. . .

Bridge in Cleveland

Downtown Cleveland

More downtown Cleveland. . .

National Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland

Wet view of Cleveland from inside a bus stop shelter!

Boulevard of Flags

Peaceful swing overlooking Lake Erie. . .

Another awesome courthouse!

Quote for the Day: “The human contribution is the essential ingredient. It is only in the giving of oneself to others that we truly live.” Ethel Percy Andrus

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