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Update #17 - July 17
Roseland, Indiana

Year Total : 3,688.17 miles (5,901.07 km)



July 05 - R : Erie, Pennsylvania to Farnham (South Conneaut), Ohio : 29.29 miles (46.86 km)
69.38 C 38.62 R
Trip Total : 3,272.00 miles (5,235.20 km)

One Hundred-eighth day on tour.

The room was okay so I was able to get some sleep but I went to bed too early so I woke up several times during the night. I woke up a little after 5 am. The sun wasn't up. I could have gone to the restaurant to see if there was a free breakfast but I decided to eat out of my food pannier instead.

I left the hotel around 7:30 am. I rode down the road a couple of blocks to get some milk. From the gas station, I decided to stay on PA 5 instead of going to US 20. The ride along PA 5 was okay because the road had been improved. Before going down a steep grade west of Girard Junction, I stopped at a gas station for a break. I took about a 20 minute break.

I made it down the steep grade to an old railroad underpass and up the other side before it started to sprinkle. I was able to get my jacket on before the skies opened up with rain. The only thing that I could do was to park Allison and find some cover under some trees. A fast moving thunderstorm coming off of Lake Erie was coming through. I probably waited about 25 minutes until the rain lessoned and I was able to get back on the road. From where I had stopped, I had a little over a 9 mile ride to the OH state line. By noon, I had ridden around 22 miles. A couple of miles before PA 5 connected with US 20, I was able to take my jacket off and pack it up.

At the OH state line, I stopped to take the traditional picture. Ohio is my 20th state for the year. US 20 from the PA state line into Conneaut was pretty bad. There were a lot of cracks. I got into Conneaut around 1 pm. I stopped at a Dollar General and bought a few things. I was able to buy another pair of exercise pants. After the Dollar General, I stopped at the local McDs for some lunch.

Tomorrow, I've got about a 58 mile ride to Mentor.

From the McDs, it was about a two mile ride South on OH 7 to the Days Inn near I-90 where I had a reservation.

July 06 - F : Farnham (South Conneaut), Ohio to Mentor, Ohio : 59.17 miles (94.67 km)
70.38 C 38.62 R
Trip Total : 3,331.17 miles (5,329.87 km)

One Hundred-ninth day on tour.

The room was okay so I was able to get some sleep. This was the first breakfast where there was hot food. There was scrambled eggs and sausage.

I left the hotel around 7:45 am. It was a short backtrack to Conneaut where I got on US 20. The ride west went okay because the temperature was just in the 70s and there was a slight tailwind from the N W. The ride to Ashtabula was okay but there was no shoulder. For the most part, traffic behind me was corteous but there were a few vehicles that didn't give me much clearance. I rode my mirror a lot.

In Ashtabula and beyond it, I rode along sidewalks whenever there was any. I got about 26 miles by noon. In Geneva, I stopped at a Circle K to get some pizza and also something to drink. In the afternoon, I rode along US 20 till Madison and then I used Google Maps to find a safer route to the hotel in Mentor where I had a reservation.

I got to the Super 8 around 7:40 pm.

I'll be riding through Cleveland and stopping in the Bay Village area.

July 07 - SA : Mentor, Ohio to Westlake, Ohio : 36.79 miles (58.86 km)
71.30 C 38.70 R
Trip Total : 3,367.96 miles (5,388.74 km)

One Hundred-tenth day on tour.

The room was okay so I was able to get some sleep. I did wake a couple of time during the night to go to the restroom. This was the fifth night that I didn't have any pain in my upper left arm. It was like a pain switch had turned off. I do have some pain in that part of the arm while cycling. There wasn't much in the way of breakfast except for some pastries and yogurt.

I left the motel around 7:30 am. I backtracked a little bit and got on US 20 going west. I got on OH 640 and headed west to Lake Erie where I got on OH 283 (the Lake Shore Bike Path). I took a break in Wickliffe to work on the steering column. I got it more stablized. In Euclid, I stopped at a KFC for one of their special meal deals for an early lunch. After lunch, the ride through Euclid and the Brandenal area into downtown Cleveland went okay. In the downtown area, I found my way to Detroit Ave and the bridge across the Cuyahoga.

I stayed on Detroit Ave (Alt US 6) to Rocky River where I got on OH 254 into Westlake. From the west side of Westlake it was a short ride to the Super8 where I had a reservation for tonight and tomorrow.

July 09 - M : Westlake, Ohio to Rye Beach (West Huron), Ohio : 43.79 miles (70.06 km)
72.30 C 39.70 R
Trip Total : 3,411.75 miles (5,458.80 km)

One Hundred-twelfth day on tour.
The room was okay so I was able to get some sleep. I did wake multiple times during the night to go to the restroom. This was the seventh night that I didn't have any pain in my upper left arm. I got cleaned up and dresssed. A little after 6:30 am, I went to the office to see what was for breakfast.
I left the motel a little after 7:30 am. I headed North passed the Bay Presbyterian Road to Lake Road (US 6). Because there was no shoulder along this section of US 6, I rode on the sidewalks till at least Lorain where a bike lane started up. By noon, I had ridden about 23 miles. I stopped at a Wendys for some lunch. The afternoon ride was okay but a little slow because of the heat in the 80s. On the east side of Huron, I stopped at a DQ for a strawberry shake. From the DQ, it was about a four mile ride through Huron to Rye Beach and the hotel that I had a reservation at. I got to the hotel around 4 pm.

July 10 - T : Rye Beach (West Huron), Ohio to Norwalk, Ohio : 24.79 miles (39.666 km)
72.92 C 40.08 R
Trip Total : 3,436.54 miles (5,498.46 km)

One Hundred-thirteenth day on tour.

The room was okay so I was able to get some sleep. I did wake a couple times during the night to go to the restroom. This was the eighth night that I didn't have any pain in my upper left arm. I got cleaned up and dresssed. A little after 6:30 am, I went to the office to see what was for breakfast. There was a lot of hot food choices. There was a pancake maker instead of a waffle maker. There was also scrambled eggs and sausage. I got a plate full of pancakes, scrambled eggs, and sausage along with a container of yogurt.

I left the motel a little after 7:45 am. The temperature was already in the low 70s. I followed US 6 into Sandusky. I rode passed the entrance to the causeway to Cedar Point. I was going to get on US 250 near it's start but I got stopped by a bridge overpass over a railroad. Something happened before I got up to the overpass. Allison started to act up. I thought that I had a soft tire or something was broken but nothing was wrong. I walked up to the overpass but there was a sign that restricted pedestrians. When I turned around, the problem with Allison lessoned. I backtracked about a mile but this just got me to another entrance to the same overpass bridge. I had to backtrack almost to the road to Cedar Point before I was able to find a road that took me over the railroad track and then I followed local roads back to US 250 about 1.5 miles South of the bridge. The farther that I had gotten away from the overpass the problem totally disappeared. Once I got US 250, I sidewalk rode for a little bit. I stopped at a McDs for a break. The temperature was in the low 80s.

After about twenty minutes, I got back on US 250. I rode on to Avery just north of I-90. I got almost 20 miles in by noon. I stopped at another McDs for some lunch. The afternoon ride was a little slow because of the heat. There wasn't much of a breeze to cool me down. Near Milan, I walked up a hill. I was going to go into downtown Milan to check out the birth place of Thomas Edison but I didn't do it because of the heat.

In the northern outskirts of Norwalk, I stopped at the EconoLodge where I had a reservation.

I heard good news on the radio. All of the kids of a soccer team in Thailand and their coach along with some Thai doctors and divers were out all out of a cave that they were trapped in for almost three weeks.

I'll be riding to Fremont tomorrow. I'll be riding most of the way on the paved bike path (rails to trails) between Bellevue and Fremont.

July 11 - W : Norwalk, Ohio to Shannon (North Fremont), Ohio : 38.69 miles (61.90 km)
66.35 C 35.65 R
Trip Total : 3,150.63 miles (5,041.01 km)

One Hundred-fourteenth day on tour.

The room was okay so I was able to get some sleep. Before going to sleep, I took a couple of cold tablets. I only woke up once to go to the bathroom. It was almost 6:30 am when I woke up. There was a little breakfast.

I left the hotel around 7:40 am. I rode south on US 250 into the downtown area of Norwalk. I wandered around the downtown area to find the entrance to the North Inland Coast Bike Trail (rails to trails). The surface started out packed stone but then it went to just dirt. I followed the bike path to Monroeville and then I got on US 20. on the east side of Bellevue, I stopped at a McDs for a break. I found the bike trail again on the west side of Bellevue. It was paved.

The temperature was in the low 70s. The high was supposed to be in the upper 70s. There was a breeze from the NE.

By noon, I had ridden around 20 minutes. The ride to Clyde went okay. Between Clyde and Fremont, I met up with another long-distance cyclist. The guy was either from Japan or Korea. He had started from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada two months ago. He was on his way to Nova Scotia. Even though it was around 1 pm. he told me that he was riding to Avon near Cleveland. He was cycling over one hundred miles a day.

About twenty minutes after we parted company, two other cross-country cyclist came up from behind me. They were two ladies. The first lady passed me by but the second lady stopped to talk to me. She was from Minnesota and had started from Cleveland. The lady up front had ridden around Lake Erie.

The ride into Fremont went okay. It was a little tricky getting off of the bike trail into downtown Fremont. I followed local roads going north until I was able to get on OH 53 going north. I stopped at a BK for a late lunch. From the BK, it was about a two mile ride to the Days Inn north of the Ohio Tollway that I had a reservation at.

Instead of backtracking into Fremont, I'm going to find a route north of I-90 into Toledo.

July 12 - R : Shannon (North Fremont), Ohio to East Toledo, Ohio : 34.89 miles (55.82 km)
74.76 C 40.24 R
Trip Total : 3,510.12 miles (5,616.19 km)

One Hundred-fifteenth day on tour.

The room was okay so I was able to get some sleep. I did wake up a little before 5 am. There were some eggs and sausage for breakfast.

I left the hotel around 7:35 am. The temperature was in the upper sixties. I backtracked about a half mile and then I followed local roads for about six miles until I was able to get back on the North Inland Coast bike path. I followed the bike path through Lindsey to Elmore. There was a little more bike path on the other side of a long bridge over a creek but the path was underdeveloped. I got on OH 51. There was a paved shoulder along the highway. I got into Genoa around 11 am. I stopped at a Dollar General for a loaf of bread. There was a McDs so I got an early lunch. Even with the lunch break, I got about 24 miles in by noon.

The afternoon ride went okay. I rode OH 51 to Northwood and then I followed local roads to the Days Inn in East Toledo where I had a reservation.

I'll be riding through Toledo tomorrow. The high is supposed to be in the low 90s.

July 13 - F : East Toledo, Ohio to Swanton, Ohio : 21.67 miles (34.67 km)
75.30 C 40.70 R
Trip Total : 3,531.79 miles (5,650.86 km)

One Hundred-sixteenth day on tour.

The room was kind of run down. I was able to get some sleep even though there was a lot of noise. There were some people upstairs who were really loud. There was some problems with the television. I woke up once during the night but I was able to sleep till around 6:10 am. There wasn't much in the way of breakfast. There were signs that said that you couldn't take anything out of the room. I grabbed some cereal, milk, and orange juice.

left the hotel a little after 8 am. I backtracked a little bit and then road along the Maumee River to the Clayton Street bridge across the River. It was a little tricky finding the route to the walkway across the bridge. The walkway was too narrow to try and ride it so I carefully walked across the bridge into the downtown area.

I stopped at a Circle K for a break. From the downtown area, I got on Broadway. I rode through South Toledo. There was some activity at the Outreach Center of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. There were some ladies getting ready for a shipment of food for their pantry to arrive. I parked Allison and helped the ladies and a couple of guys unload a pickup truck of food and carry it into the center. I was probably there a little over an hour. I packed up a large sandwich bag of cookies and a couple of pastries.

The ride through South Toledo went okay. I followed the River on the West side passed the Toledo Zoo. The roads were sort of bad. I got on River Road in Maumee. Near the Ohio Tollway, I followed a new rails to trails bike path for about 1.5 miles. In the Heatherdowns area, I stopped at a Wendys for a lunch break. After lunch, I headed west on Heatherdowns and took it to it's end and then I follosed Garden to it's end in Swanton. Once I got on Airport Road, it was a short ride to the Days Inn near the airport where I had a reservation.

The temperature was in the upper 80s.

July 14 - SA : Swanton, Ohio to Holiday City, Ohio : 44.79 miles (71.66 km)
76.30 C 40.70 R
Trip Total : 3,576.58 miles (5,722.53 km)

One Hundred-seventeenth day on tour.

The room was okay. There was a little outside noise to deal with since the room was close to an ice making machine and a soda machine. There was an okay breakfast.

I left the hotel around 7:30 am. The temperature was in the low 70s. The sky was overcast and there was a slight headwind to deal with. I headed West on US 20 Alt. The ride was okay. For the most part, there was a good shoulder. I got about 20 miles by noon. In the Wauseon area, I stopped for some lunch at a BK.

About 2 miles out of Wauseon, I was surprised at meeting up with another cross-country cyclist. This guy was from Japan. His English wasn't that good. He supposedly had left Los Angeles fifty days ago and he was riding to New York City. The guy didn't have a lot of hear. He had a large round camping bag on top of the rear rack and on top of that was a large yellow plastic box. He didn't have any camping gear.

The afternoon ride was slow because of the heat that got into the upper 80s. I drank a lot of water bottles. In West Liberty, I stopped at a gas station for a break and to also fill up the water bottles for the last push to the motel in Holiday City that I had a reservation at. Between West Liberty and the EconoLodge, I followed local roads. I got to the EconoLodge a little after 5 am.

I'm going to make a push to get into Indiana tomorrow. Hopefully, I will find a church along the way between here and Angola, IN.

July 15 - SU : Holiday City, Ohio to West Liberty, Indiana : 32.04 miles (51.26 km)
77.10 C 40.90 R
Trip Total : 3,608.62 miles (5,773.59 km)

One Hundred-eighteenth day on tour.

The room was that good. It was pretty run down. There was a large hole in the top sheet. There was just a bath towel in the bathroom. There were no washcloths and bath towels. I had an extra wash cloth that I could use and leave. The wifi network didn't work. It was good that I had my cellphone and hotspot. I went to bed around 10 pm. I did wake up once to go to the bathroom and I was able to fall asleep till around 6:30 am. It was good that I did have a change of clothes. I've got to get to a laundromat soon. There wasn't much for breakfast.

I got on the road around 7:30 am. The temperature was in the seventies. The high was supposed to be in the low 90s. Instead of backtracking, I decided to finish up US 20A and get back on US 20.

Around 9:25 am, I came upon the Eagle Creek Presbyterian Church north of Montpelier, Ohio. It was an old church. There was a less than a dozen people in the pews. The lady pastor was about halfway through her sermon. After the sermon, there was time for Joys and Concerns. I was able to share. This was my thirteen church for the year.

From the church, it was a couple of miles from the IN state line. By noon, I was still able to make 20 miles by noon. I got into Angola around 1:20 am. I stopped at a gas station for a break. There was a five block section of road construction that I had to walk through that took me into downtown Angola. I headed North on IN 127. I stopped at a KFC for one of their $5 box meals. I bought a three piece chicken tender meal. I was given an extra chicken tender.

From the KFC, there was about a 4 mile ride to the hotel where I had a reservation. Along the way, I rode along a paved bike path.

I've got a motel reservation in Goshen tomorrow. Because I didn't take today off, I'm going to take Wednesday off in the South Bend area. This will have me cross into Michigan Thursday and I'll take the ferry between Ludington, MI and Mantiwoc, WI.

July 16 - M : West Liberty, Indiana to Goshen, Indiana : 51.18 miles (81.89 km)
78.10 C 40.90 R
Trip Total : 3,659.80 miles (5,855.68 km)

One Hundred-ninteenth day on tour.

The room was okay. I was able to get some sleep. There were biscuits and gravy for breakfast.

I left the hotel around 7:40 am. I backtracked into the downtown area using the bike path for most of the way. In the downtown area, I got on US 20 going West, Near Trune University, I stopped at a Catholic Church to check out a blessing box in the parking lot. This was a 4 shelf food pantry. It had mostly can goods, some cereal, some food in ziplock bags, and some baby food.

The ride West went okay. US 20 had a paved shoulder because of all of the buggy traffic from the Amish. I did walk up the hills. I had to stop under some trees to wait out a brief rain shower.

A couple of miles east of Lagrange, I met up with some Amish on bicycles. They were going east on the way home. Three of the guys were on recumbents. I was really surprised that one of the guys was riding another EZ-Speedster-AX. It was kind of worn out. The guy told me that he had bought it at an auction and it had around three thousand miles on it. I got about 21 miles a little after noon. I stopped at a McDs in Lagrange for a late lunch.

After lunch, US 20 was a little more smoother so I was able to push out the miles. I stopped at a gas station in Shipshewana for a break. In Middlebury, I stopped at a McDs for a strawberry-banana smoothie. It was kind of ironic that there was a big sign for the employees to not use their cell phones during their shifts but there was a black guy hiding in the take-out window playing with his cellphone. He was a black guy. I talked to the black lady who took my order and she told me to not make a scene.

From Middlebury, I headed south on IN 13. Near the intersection of IN 4 and IN 13, I got stopped by some guys in a truck. They were interested in what I was doing. They told that two miles down IN 4 on the way to Goshen, there was going to be a men's discipleship class for a program that was going to witness to the Amish in Elkhart County. Since it was on my way, I decided to stop. I was told that afterwards somebody could take me the rest of the way to Goshen to the Best Western. There were probably between one hundred and one-hundred fifty men there. A little over three dozen were ex-Amish. I was introduced before the class started. Today was the leader's 39th birthday. There was cake but also fireworks. A lot of the guys were throwing these poppers on the floor making noise. After the class, I was asked to come up front to give my testimony and also talk about what I was doing. Two of the guys loaded Allison and my gear in back of one of the guy's truck. There was a DQ next to the Best Western. The guy who drove me slipped me $20 so I could get some supper at the DQ.

July 17 - T : Goshen, Indiana to Roseland, Indiana : 28.37 miles (45.39 km)
78.81 C 41.19 R
Trip Total : 3,688.17 miles (5,901.07 km)

One Hundred-twentienth day on tour.

The room was okay. I was able to get some sleep. There was some hot food. The guy on the desk was able to readajust my bill so it matched what I got with the reservation. I saved around $18. I talked to a couple of guys in the breakfast room before heading out.

I left the hotel around 7:40 am. The temperature was in the upper 60s. The high is supposed to be just in the upper 70s today.

It was a little tricky getting through the downtown Goshen area because of road construction. I used Google Maps to find a bike route on the east side of US 33 and the railroad. I followed the bike path into Elkhart. Along the way, two guys on tour went passed me going south but they didn't stop to talk.

In Elkhart, I stopped at a McDs for some lunch. I got a text from my friend Brian in Rockford. He was on the way to Mishawaka to visit with his mother before heading south to Kokomo to work on a roof of a Nazarene church. I followed local roads to the Super 8 north of the Indiana Tollway. I got to the Super 8 around 2:45 pm. Brian arrived around 4 pm. On the way to the Olive Garden, we stopped to pick up Brian's mom. The meal was okay. I had eggplant parmisian. At the Super 8, Brian's mom surprised me by slipping me $50.

Tomorrow is my day off. I arranged for the same room at the Super 8 tomorrow.



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