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Blimp City to Peninsula Trailhead Out & Back - 18 Miles
Ride Name: From Here to There to Beer by Blimp Trail: Towpath Rating: Intermediate Ride Type: Out and Back Distance: 18.0 miles round trip Paul H. will be the ride leader. Front and rear lights strongly encouraged. It's getting dark so early now We'll start our ride behind Blimp City Bike & Hike on the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail. Turning left onto the trail, we'll pedal northward towards Peninsula. After a brief regrouping stop at Botzum Trailhead, we'll continue, crossing Bath Road and Ira Road. We'll stop again on the boardwalk over the Beaver Marsh to regroup and try to spot the otters that have moved into town. Continuing across Bolanz Road and cycling under S R 303 and over the Cuyahoga River, we arrive at the trailhead in Peninsula. After a short break, we turn our bikes around and cycle back toward Blimp City. We'll stop again on the boardwalk over the Beaver Marsh to regroup and try one last time to spot the otters. From there, we'll continue to Botzum Trailhead for our final regrouping before our return to Blimp City. Note: We might have to turn around early based because of construction on the Towpath. Afterwards, we will find a restaurant across the street to enjoy dinner and fellowship. Out and back rides are designed with cyclists of all abilities in mind, depending on the terrain and distance. These rides generally cycle out of a trailhead to a set destination, typically 8-10 miles away. After a break, the riders cycle back to the departure trailhead. Today’s ride travels at 10-15 mph and typically takes about 2-1/2 hours including photo-ops and rest stops. The ride is rated for leisure cyclists who enjoy cycling at moderate speeds on flat trails with an occasional hill or elevation gain. The trail surface is mixed with areas of both asphalt and (mostly) packed limestone. It is relatively flat with some moderate elevation changes. The ride should be a comfortable ride for the beginner or intermediate cyclist. This ride is on the calendar of the Spin-off Cyclists. How we ride: We are a group of recreational cyclists of all ages and abilities who cycle the trails of Northeast Ohio and surrounding areas for fun, health and friendship. No pace lines here, but we know people like to ride at different speeds. So we sometimes break into two or three groups of riders traveling at the pace they enjoy. However, we start together, end together, and stop occasionally to regroup. Our philosophy is "No man or woman left behind", so we designate one of the group organizers to ride "sweeper" in case a newer rider has trouble keeping up or anyone has mechanical difficulties. If you need to return or for any other reason leave the ride early, please remember to notify the leader, the sweeper, or any other group organizer so that we may account for everyone. We encourage you to join us on this and other rides, matching the ride difficulty and distance with your ability. By accepting this Spin-off Cyclists Bicycle Club event’s RSVP and attending this event, I acknowledge that I have read and voluntarily agree to the RELEASE AND WAIVER OF LIABILITY AND ASSUMPTION OF RISK AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT. I further agree that no oral representations, statements or inducement apart from the foregoing written agreement have been made. I HAVE READ AND UNDERSTAND THIS DOCUMENT AND RELEASE.

Blimp City Bike & Hike

1675 Merriman Road · Akron, OH

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The Spin Off Cyclists Bicycle Club offers rides on the Towpath Trail and area rail trails. The Spin-offs cycle for exercise, pleasure and making friends with other cyclists. We welcome people of all ages, abilities and speeds who want to cycle with a group. We encourage our members to bring their families and friends on the ride.

Our weekly rides include shorter rides for the casual cyclist, and longer faster rides for the recreational cyclist. We offer a varierty of rides on the weekend, often to rail trails in Northeast Ohio and beyond. These rides are excellent opportunities to explore Ohio and neighboring states from a different point of view.

Cycling is easier than most people imagine. It is an excellent form of exercise that yields some great benefits to your health and wellbeing. Why spend the evening or weekend in front of the TV when you can experience fresh air and nature with a fun group of people? We hope to see you on an upcoming ride!

Our Mission

Encourage a healthy and active lifestyle; and open the world of cycling to riders in Northeast Ohio. We accomplish this through bicycle trail rides that encourage self confidence and develop the riding skills of our members while providing opportunities for fitness, fun and friendship.

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