Tiffin OH to Cleveland OH
Travel Time 10 hours
Saddle Time 8:15
Woke up to a lightening storm. Quickly googled whether it is safe to bike in this type of weather. The internet basically mocked me for asking such a dumb question, riding a steel bike with small thin rubber tires. So I waited a little while and the lightening passed but not the rain. I biked the 112 miles, mostly in the rain. The wind was at my back, so really the rain wasn’t a problem except I got wet and was a little cold. I decided not to stop for lunch because I was concerned I would tighten up, so I just pushed my way to Cleveland.
Along the way I took some more pictures of the homes with their ponds out front that I referred to yesterday. I also stopped to eat my morning snack at a gas station under the sign seen below. I couldn’t resist.
Once in Cleveland I decided to have my biked tuned because it hadn’t been gone over since Rapid City, 1,000 miles back. I dumped my gear off at my friend Jane’s home and then biked a mile to the local bike store. I wanted to get back to the house quickly so I could get out of my wet clothes and take a long hot shower. There was a women in the bike store interested in my adventure so I figured she would be open to driving me back to Jane’s. She was heading that direction and immediately accepted my request for a ride. HOWEVER, we didn’t get going immediately. She was having her biked fixed for the Point to Point two day 150 mile ride this weekend, and the bike shop was having some difficulty with her derailer. Then once that was done, she wanted to try new seats and every possible height adjustment just to make it perfect. It took 45 minutes. I could have walked back quicker! But she was very nice and I was happy not to walk.
Got back to the house and showered. Finished just in time for Jane to get home, pick me up and take me to Cleveland Museum of Art, where she works. More on that tomorrow.