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Old 06-16-20, 09:44 AM
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CVNP Towpath fans?

Anyone here a regular on the Towpath? I'm usually between Akron and Rockside...
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Old 06-23-20, 02:13 PM
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Not a regular, but we rode it about 2 years ago and loved it. It's a beautiful ride. We rode downstream from Botzum to the CEC and then took the train back, taking advantage of the "Bike Aboard" pricing.
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Old 06-25-20, 05:23 AM
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Bike Aboard is a fantastic program. It's been suspended all year due to Covid, but I hope it returns next year.
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Is this the same towpath that goes through Barberton, Canal Fulton, and Massillon? If so, I've ridden that plenty of times in the past, but it's nowhere near me now. I loved getting on the towpath daily. Many times, Ernie's in Massillon was a great resting point. The social aspect of cycling in that area was superb.

It was a much easier ride than the hills and wind I deal with now. LOL
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Old 06-28-20, 05:15 AM
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It is the same one, indeed.
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Old 09-29-20, 06:00 AM
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Have you been up to the newer section north of Steelyards yet. They are working on the bridge over Literary in Tremont right now, but it is clear pedaling up to there. The overlook at Literary is nice with cool benches made from railcar wheels.
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I have not yet been there, but hope to check it out before the snow flies. Truth be told, I've never ridden it north of Harvard.
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The paved trail along Harvard and Jennings up to the Steelyards section of trail is very recent. From the past year, so Harvard was the natural stopping point for many people.
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Look forward to riding it.
I have ridden the Cleveland Lakefront Bikeway or whatever it's called, the one that runs west of 25th toward Edgewater.
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Originally Posted by a_d_a_m View Post
Bike Aboard is a fantastic program. It's been suspended all year due to Covid, but I hope it returns next year.
It's back! You can ride the trail and use the Bike Aboard program with a fare of $5 for you and your bike. The train falls under TSA guidelines for face coverings, so be aware.

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad Bike Aboard Program

Station Locations and Train Schedule

I'm hoping to get this ride in again this year with Mrs. Altair.
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Just rode from Rockside north to Tremont a few days ago. The train station was packed - the popularity continues!
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Hi. I did the Bike Aboard today for the first time. Got on at Rockside, exited at Botzum and rode back. Another bicyclist was very helpful. It wasn't too busy on the train nor trail, given a Thursday afternoon, but I imagine nice weekends will be very crowded.

Next time I'll likely go on to Akron North. I thought about it this time, but I've never been south of the Blimp City shop and don't know there are any navigational hurdles in Akron.

How about a photo from the train and one from ride's end?

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That is one of my favorite stretches to ride, though some of that paved section just north of Station Road is rather annoying.

Other than finding the trail when you first get off the train at Akron Northside, there are no navigation challenges getting back to Rockside. Really a nice trip other than a half mile stinky section.
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Originally Posted by a_d_a_m View Post
That is one of my favorite stretches to ride, though some of that paved section just north of Station Road is rather annoying.

Other than finding the trail when you first get off the train at Akron Northside, there are no navigation challenges getting back to Rockside. Really a nice trip other than a half mile stinky section.
Cool, thanks!
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I find myself ending up in Akron later this month. I was thinking of riding the Cuyahoga Valley again and taking the Bike Aboard train back to my car, but the website says that the train isn't running due to erosion by the tracks.

When did this occur? Any word on when it will be repaired and up & running again? Any info would be appreciated!

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Originally Posted by Altair 4 View Post
I find myself ending up in Akron later this month. I was thinking of riding the Cuyahoga Valley again and taking the Bike Aboard train back to my car, but the website says that the train isn't running due to erosion by the tracks.

When did this occur? Any word on when it will be repaired and up & running again? Any info would be appreciated!

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It hasn't run this year. Earlier the site said it would restart in June, but that changed. I'm guessing the repairs are taking longer than expected, and I don't know of a timeline.

Still, I've been able to ride the trail (without the train) a few times this year, and they've been fantastic. I was in Akron and Peninsula twice in the last month. Each time I had around 90 minutes to two hours for a ride, so I went north for half the time and turned around.

Edit: Here's a short video clip alongside the river in Peninsula from the last ride there: https://i.imgur.com/q1FoT1w.mp4

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I usually park at Botzum and ride downstream and catch the train back. I figure I'll park farther north and ride upstream while I'm fresh and the morning is cool. Any idea what the crowds are like at say, 7:30 AM, on a Saturday? What section do you consider the most scenic/interesting? I figure I have two to three hours for the ride, if things work out for me.
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Curious about the claim of erosion near the tracks (I see it on their website, too). The CVSR was running fully loaded with passengers just yesterday. So if it's safe for passengers I'm not sure why it wouldn't be safe for a bicycle car...
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I usually park at Botzum and ride downstream and catch the train back. I figure I'll park farther north and ride upstream while I'm fresh and the morning is cool. Any idea what the crowds are like at say, 7:30 AM, on a Saturday? What section do you consider the most scenic/interesting? I figure I have two to three hours for the ride, if things work out for me.
I haven't been that early, but nice summer weekends get quite busy. Much of the trail is fantastic, but I especially like the section between Boston and the Ira trailhead. It contains the boardwalk, the section alongside and crossing the river at Peninsula, and Beaver Marsh.

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Curious about the claim of erosion near the tracks (I see it on their website, too). The CVSR was running fully loaded with passengers just yesterday. So if it's safe for passengers I'm not sure why it wouldn't be safe for a bicycle car...
I'm curious about that, too. I wondered if a different route is an option, but maybe not. Maybe it's more that the extra cars (at least one for bikes and kayaks and another for people) and number of trips being reduced is safer? I imagine the amount they earn from the scenic trips is important to keep existing.
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I think they just hate us.
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The CVSR website updated today!

Bike Aboard is part of their Explorer program. The website says it will restart on Wednesday, July 20. CVSR Bike Aboard

I think this is going to work out for me.
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Originally Posted by Altair 4 View Post
The CVSR website updated today!

Bike Aboard is part of their Explorer program. The website says it will restart on Wednesday, July 20. CVSR Bike Aboard

I think this is going to work out for me.
Came here to post this - beat me to it!
They must have heard us talking about them.
Here is the schedule for anyone wondering:
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Groovy! I'll see if I can find time next week.
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