Click here for part 1. We find the spot where the Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail meets Canal Street / Hudson Drive, there are Parks on both sides of the street and trailhead parking. It is about 4 o’clock. It is getting dark already. We are not that surprised that our route, Brinker Street, is uphill as we were in the Tuscarawas River Valley. Where there is river, there is ridge. We we were surprised that it was so long. It was a seven mile jaunt, all basically uphill. There were a few rollers but not very helpful. We arrived at the campground at 6:15. 59 miles total for the day.
Of course the girl at the desk told us our cabin was “just up the hill!”
The campground is set up for RV’s and is not our style. Obviously they have the title of resort due to their horses. It was fun that that the horses were right outside our window.
We settle in, get showered, build a fire and order some food. Perfect.
We are careful not to stay up too late so we don’t miss the train.
Next morning we have fried chicken for breakfast while loading up the bikes. No coffee. We are pedaling by 8:30 a.m. It is cold. I am wearing everything I brought–except my raincoat.
Soon the fog breaks away, the clouds start to thin and we see blue sky!
Its still hilly. Definitely in our favor in this direction but we chose to walk several of the hills so we wouldn’t get sweaty, then chilled.
You can see the bad towers in this photo.
We arrived at the trail at 9:45 a.m., about an hour faster than the reverse route the night before.
We arrive in Akron for enough time so get some real food. We have been eating leftover pizza and nuts all day. We arrive at the train station 15 minutes before the train is due to arrive.
We don’t mind waiting on the train except daylight is fading, fast!
We arrive safely at home just before 10 p.m. Wow what a ride! We are so tired all we can figure out to eat is the rest of the left over pizza. At least we could warm it up in the oven!
We are really glad we went on this trip and are hoping for another chance for a quick tour before the snow arrives.