Fall in Ohio – Metroparks and CVNRA

A quick trip back to the mid-west was a chance to catch up with family, friends and enjoy that special part of the year – Fall.

Met up with the Second Solers at Mastick in RR Reservation for a 12 miler. From left to right, Pat, Junior, Big Mike, Bed Head (me) and Electric Mike. Big Mike, Junior, Johnny C and I traveled quite a bit all over the US running road marathons back in the day. Mike and Johnny C are 50 staters and Junior will be there in a couple of years. Me, well I am content to kick around Colorado for now. My actual nickname back then was “Matt Who?” (thanks Electric Mike) because I never showed up for week day runs due to work travel and rarely on the weekend.

Prime color season was upon us.

Sunday was trip down to the Canal Tow Path Trail in Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNRA). What do all of these Parks have in common : Smokies, Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Yellowstone, Olympic, Rockies, Zion, Tetons, Acadia and CVNRA? They are the top ten list of the most visited National Parks in the country.

This is the Station Road Bridge in CVNRA trail-head from which my mother and I took a nice 15 mile bike ride on the Tow Path.

My mom checks out the Station Road bridge and the upcoming 15 miles of trail.

Quintessential mid-west.

The old canal is nothing more than a turtle sanctuary in most spots.

Action shot!

The locks at parts of the canal are fairly well preserved.

A stop in Peninsula at the half way point gave us a chance to refuel and luckily watch the CVNRA Scenic Railroad Train pull into town for a pickup. All Aboard.

A quick pic before jumping back on the bikes and heading for home.

I like this sign I guess.

And back home through the golden and red maples.

CVNRA, under-rated but not under-appreciated!

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