Today, I ventured off on my first of two major training rides for my GAP/ C and O through bike.
I tackled the Western Reserve Greenway trail in Ashtabula and Trumbull counties in Ohio. I started at the trailhead in Austinburg. I had wanted to start in Ashtabula but the trailhead there was rather sketchy.
I was packed down with all my camp gear and a simulated load for my food and town clothes, around 20-30 extra pounds on the bike.
I would cover 80 miles round trip, averaging a speed of around 12 miles per hour, right where I wanted to be. Fueling went splendidly and nothing fell off or broke. Only one run in with an unruly dog and it’s oblivious owner.
I saw lots of wildlife, multiple deer, birds, a raccoon, a snapping turtle and a fox.
In all, a good day.