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Overnight Tour (OT2) in Cleveland, OH - Cycle the Emerald Necklace Trails

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Middleburg heights, OH 44130

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3 day - 2 night adventure in Cleveland, Ohio - Experience Berea's 4th of July Grindstone Festival - Cycle the scenic Emerald Necklace Trails

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Overnight Tour (OT2) in Cleveland, OH - Cycle the Emerald Necklace Trails

Event Organizer - Jef Crew

Expect an easy-peasy pace of 11 MPH or less - sweating is optional. The route is 98% bikeway with trails that follow the natural contour of the area - some of it goes up, and some of it goes down. Fear not being left behind on the inclines - nobody is in a hurry to get anywhere. Plan on ample time for touristy stuff like picture taking and stopping to look at interesting and scenic spots.

This is day 2 of CycleNuts 3 day/2 night OT (Overnight Tour) in Cleveland, Ohio. The 10 mile route on this second day will start out along the Lake to Lake Trail. "Cleveland Metroparks’ Lake to Lake Trail links Lake Isaac and Lake Abram in Middleburg Heights via an asphalt- and boardwalk-surfaced path. The two lakes are the largest remaining glacial wetlands in Cuyahoga County and both are critical habitats for local wildlife." (source: Trail Link)

Continuing south the route then connects with Big Creek Parkway Trail and then north along Cleveland's famous Emerald Necklace parkway trails. Along the route will be Ohio's most infamous covered bridge that isn't a real covered bridge - Walter F Ehrnfelt Covered Bridge. "This bridge, while at first glance has the appearance of an exceptionally unusual covered bridge where instead of a system of timber trusses, the bridge is supported by a massive timber stringer, is actually a fake." (source: Bridge Hunter)

Continuing along the bikeway route will be Wallace Lake. "This 17.6 acre lake was once a quarry that produced some of the finest sandstone in the world. In 1941 the site was flooded to create a lake complete with a sandy beach for summertime fun." (source: Cleveland Metro Parks).

Further along on the Valley Parkway Trail will be a stop at Berea Falls Scenic Overlook- Barret Overlook before heading back to the 4th of July Grindstone Festivities at Coe Lake. "The raging waters of Rocky River that formed the Berea Falls are a piece of glacial history. Post-glacial river water found its way along the Berea sandstone, seeping through fissures and cracks to the soft shale below. As the shale eroded, the sandstone on top was undermined and began to break off. Those breaks in turn became the Berea Falls. Berea sandstone, named for exposures near the City of Berea, is the remains of ancient river deltas. This highly rated sandstone is world famous. Originally quarried at an early date for grindstones, it was also used in building, both locally and oversees. This rock put Berea, Ohio on the map." (source: Cleveland Metro Parks)

See also days 1 and 3 of CycleNuts Overnight Tour in Cleveland, Ohio.

State in an email if interested in forming a carpool, caravan, or sharing overnight or travel accommodations. Those sharing an interest in these options will be put in touch with each other through a group email.

STARTing spot and tasty midway stop details are revealed with your ticket purchase. Watch the email address you have associated with CycleNuts for last minute changes, tour updates and helpful reminders. This is a rain or shine event except for dangerous weather conditions, such as a hurricane, tornado, or lightning storms which will trigger either a reschedule or tour credits for a future event.

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Q: How interesting! I've yet to do a destination ride like this and am interested! Is this a trip all gear has to be packed on board for 3 days?

A: Great question! This adventure is three tours in three days that starts in one spot (where your vehicle will be parked overnight) on day one and returns on day three. The general plan is for all to arrange their transportation to the starting spot and their accommodations for nights 1 and 2 in the designated overnight area (Berea/Middleburg Heights, in this case). Each attendee will be lugging their clothing and personal items on their cycles (unless they make plans, otherwise). Except for the riding of the actual three tours, attendees are at will to do as they please.

In this designated overnight area – Berea/Middleburg Heights, Ohio - there are several hotels/motels and Airbnbs. Since it is a popular area, it is a solid idea to book/reserve early.

If an attendee is interested in sharing transportation and/or accommodations, they can simply send an email stating so and their email address will be added to a group email so that each can get in contact with one another to sort out options and details.

Please feel free to ask more questions or add suggestions. Jef at CycleNutsUSA@gmail.com

More great questions and answers at CycleNuts FAQs page

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CycleNuts Suggested Coronavirus Defense Strategy - Here is a safe social distancing strategy to practice on tour at starting spots and tasty stops during the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. For the safety, consideration, and well-being of all it is a great idea to consider the following:

1. Small group rides with individuals other than family members and close contacts CAN BE RISKY. Risk can be mitigated with basic risk management guidelines and procedures in place. 2. All riders should be symptom free for at least 14 days prior to any ride.3. Individuals with flu like symptoms or preexisting medical conditions should be discouraged from participating.4. Ensure riders are aware of the proper physical distancing policies and procedures. ❖ Note: USA Cycling recommends riding by side or more than 20 feet behind (about a pickup truck length). 5. Riders should be encouraged not to draft and only pass other riders if necessary.6. Riders should maintain physical distancing during breaks.7. Riders should feel free to wear a cloth face mask during the ride or during breaks (no mask shaming).8. Riders should avoid touching their mouth, nose, face, and eyes.9. Riders should wash their hands with warm soapy water for at least 20 seconds prior to the ride (and prior to consuming refreshment during breaks) and carry hand sanitizers with them during the ride.10. Riders should avoid sharing water bottles or food.11. Riders should be informed not to spit on rides or around other riders.12. Riders should use proper cough and sneeze etiquette (cover your mouth).13. (Riders should feel free to remind each other en route to use the above safe riding considerations.)"The above recommendation source (brackets mine) are from LAB (League of American Bicyclists), American Specialty Risk Services (CycleNuts' Insurance provider), and USA Cycling: https://americanspecialty.com/lab/covid-19-return-to-ride-cycling-checklist.pdf

In a nutshell - CycleNuts is an alternative cycle touring experience where seeing and socializing take emphasis over speed and (ugh!) sweat. Join along on bikeway touring adventures to destinations near and far as we strive for the

• Goal: to create bikeway touring opportunities for cyclists of all types to enjoy together

• Mission: to encourage casual cyclists and cyclists interested in casual cycling to tour together

• Vision: a united cycling community that tours together on bikeway adventures for the holistic benefit of all

What to expect - Casual social cycle touring where exercise is optional, everybody finishes together, and nobody is dropped, abandoned, or left to fend for their self (unless they wish to be). Anticipate a slow pace under 11 mph average with CycleNuts’ 50% downhill guarantee. Sweating is optional. Pictures, merriment, and other tourist activities heartily encouraged. Allow ample time for the nature of CycleNuts tours including

• Trail-side breaks

• Eating and drinking

• Picture taking and posing

• Pacing with the slowest riders

• Looking at cool stuff along the way

• And other sorts of tourist activities – as well as unforeseen detours, breakdowns, and delays of various sorts.

Helmets are not mandatory - CycleNuts tours give preference to bikeways - bicycle trails and protected bicycle lanes. Routes may include dedicated bicycle lanes on streets, bicycle ‘friendly’ streets, and of necessity, regular streets, parking lots, sidewalks, and unpaved trails. Darkness may be experienced on evening or early morning rides. Lights in good working order at all times on CycleNuts tours are a great idea – to be seen and to see!

SAG-free - CycleNuts tours, including travel and over-night accommodations, are self-supported with the slightest of guidance. SAG is not provided. Carpools and caravans are individual choices. Emergency road support – if necessary – may be a creative, collective group effort or you may need to fend for yourself. Be prepared with options.

Recommended Gear - A cycle (uni, bi, tri, tandem, E, recumbent, or cycle/trailer rig). Protective gear of your choice. ID. Front and rear lighting. Communication device. Spare tube. Patch kit. Air pump. Wrench kit. Cycle lock. Water. Energy bar. Funds for refreshment breaks and emergencies. Sun screen. Pest repellent.

Recommended Preparation – Pre-check (before you load that bike for transport to the starting spot) brakes, tire pressure, lights, and rideability. Consider what you are wearing on tour and what you may need for changing weather conditions.

Yes – CycleNuts tour year-round.

Got questions? - Get answers! – http://CycleNuts.link FAQS


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"The Cleveland Metropark reservations are linked together to form the giant green (emerald) necklace around the outskirts of the city." (source: Great Runs)

"The Grindstone Festival is Berea’s signature Fourth of July celebration. This two-day event includes activities for all ages. There are paddleboat rides on Coe Lake, live entertainment with band concerts, inflatables and food vendors. A spectacular fireworks display over Coe Lake ends the event and attracts thousands of visitors from throughout the region." (source: City of Berea)


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In a nutshell - CycleNuts is an alternative cycle touring experience where seeing and socializing take emphasis over speed and (ugh!) sweat. Join along on bikeway touring adventures to destinations near and far as we strive for the

Goal: to create bikeway touring opportunities for cyclists of all types to enjoy together

Mission: to encourage casual cyclists and cyclists interested in casual cycling to tour together

Vision: a united cycling community that tours together on bikeway adventures for the holistic benefit of all

What to expect - Casual social cycle touring where exercise is optional, everybody finishes together, and nobody is dropped, abandoned, or left to fend for their self (unless they wish to be).

Expect a slow pace under 11 mph average with CycleNuts’ 50% downhill guarantee. Sweating is optional. Pictures, merriment, and other tourist activities heartily encouraged. Allow ample time for the nature of CycleNuts tours including

Trail-side breaks

Eating and drinking

Picture taking and posing

Pacing with the slowest riders

Looking at cool stuff along the way

And other sorts of tourist activities – as well as unforeseen detours, breakdowns, and delays of various sorts.

Helmets are not mandatory - CycleNuts tours give preference to bikeways - bicycle trails and protected bicycle lanes. Routes may include dedicated bicycle lanes on streets, bicycle ‘friendly’ streets, and of necessity, regular streets, parking lots, sidewalks, and unpaved trails. Darkness may be experienced on evening or early morning rides. Lights in good working order at all times on CycleNuts tours are a great idea – to be seen and to see!

SAG-free - CycleNuts tours, including travel and over-night accommodations, are self-supported with the slightest of guidance. SAG is not provided. Carpools and caravans are individual choices. Emergency road support – if necessary – may be a creative, collective group effort or you may need to fend for yourself. Be prepared with options.

Recommended Gear - A cycle (uni, bi, tri, tandem, E, recumbent, or cycle/trailer rig). Protective gear of your choice. ID. Front and rear lighting. Communication device. Spare tube. Patch kit. Air pump. Wrench kit. Cycle lock. Water. Energy bar. Funds for refreshment breaks and emergencies. Sun screen. Pest repellent.

Recommended Preparation – Pre-check (before you load that bike for transport to the starting spot) brakes, tire pressure, lights, and rideability. Consider what you are wearing on tour and what you may need for changing weather conditions.

​Yes – CycleNuts will offer cycling events in all four seasons – what else could be expected from CycleNuts?

Got questions? Get Answers! CycleNuts FAQs

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