Friday, June 29, 2007

Conneaut, Ohio -- One week after Resuming our Trip

We are now in Conneaut, Ohio. We arrived here yesterday after the 64-mile trip from Burton. We've now done 1650 miles of the UGRR route, and about 1800 miles of actual biking.

Conneaut is a very pleasant resort town on the shore of Lake Erie, and right on the Ohio / Pennsylvania state line. After 7 days of travel, we are choosing to make this our first rest stop since being back on the road. So today will be a day off, and we will resume traveling tomorrow (Saturday).

Yesterday, (Thu June 28), we left Burton early (after a very comfortable night in Annette's RV!), and rode some fabulous country roads through some extensive Amish communities. It threatened rain most of the morning, and by late morning we hit several bands of rain as the air turned perceptably colder. Later though, the clouds passed and the sun came out.

We then hit the Western Reserve Greenway Bike Trail -- a nice rail-to-trail path much like those in the Cincinnati area. This path took us to Ashtabula, Ohio, which has quite an UGRR history to it. A number of markers commemorating the UGRR events were placed along the bike path, and then our route took us near the "Hubbard House". This home was a terminus point for a number of the UGRR routes. It sits on the shoreline of Lake Erie, and would be used to stage fleeing people from where they would get transportation from sympathetic boat captains across the lake to Canada. The final part of the day we rode along the shore of the Lake to Conneaut.

The hotel we are staying at is called the Lakefront Motel. It is basic but clean, and has a great location, sitting atop a small hill overlooking the Conneaut marina and the Lake beyond. The proprietor arranged for us to have an extra large room with a kitchenette so that we would have room for our bikes. I think we will enjoy spending the extra day here.

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