Today, the family headed to Howe Meadow in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park to ride the STOMP Bicycle Adventure. STOMP is an organized bike ride with over 1000 riders each year.  There are several distances to choose from.  We had signed up a couple of months ago for the 10 mile family ride.  There was a special for $50 and that enabled all 4 of us to enjoy continental style breakfast, snacks, lunch after the ride and t-shirts for each of us.  It was a great deal and all of the proceeds to to support the Metro Parks Serving Summit County.

As we approached from the parking lot, it looked like quite the festival environment.  Registration was smooth.  We arrived about 9:30AM and our ride was to begin at 10:30AM.


We picked up our t-shirts and walked around the farmer’s market for a bit.  I entertained the kids while Stephen got our bikes put together.  We had to take 2 cars since we had coolers, helmets, wheels, a Weehoo trailer, a Burley trailer and 2 bikes.  It just doesn’t fit in one vehicle.  The Weehoo had a flat when Stephen went to put it in the car today.  He patched it.  At the STOMP grounds, we bought a new tube from Century Cycles in case we needed it.  When Stephen returned to the car to get us ready to ride, it was flat again.  So, the trailer was fixed twice before we started the ride.


Around 11AM, we were on our way.  At our only street crossing, we stopped for the train.


Most of the family ride is on the towpath.  After about 5 miles, we stopped at our Fun Stop.  Our stop was located at Deep Lock Quarry Metro Park.


Everyone enjoyed a cold beverage and snack.  Then, we headed back down the trail.  We made a pit stop at Hunt Farm.


Despite the rough start to the day, we had a great ride.  We got back to the main area at 1PM, which is when the live music began.  Nathan Hedges was the artist this year.


Lunch included grilled hot dogs, brats, sandwiches, grapes, carrots, baked beans, chips, cookies, drinks and left overs from the morning.  No one leaves STOMP hungry.


Cascade Subaru, Century Cycles, Friends of Metro Parks and many, many other sponsors and volunteers make this event possible.  Back in 2003, I chaired this event for 2 or 3 years.  It was amazing to see it in action today.  If you are ever looking for a fun, organized ride, please check out STOMP.


Stephen and I met bicycling.  So, we love it.  It’s only natural for us to want to bicycle with the kids.  Our friends from Minnesota gave us a Burley trailer a few years back.  It’s great, but both kids together are not comfortable.  Nick is just too big.  So, we’ve been investigating the  I-Go, Trail A Bike, Co-Pilot, and others to be able to take the kids bicycling.

Today, we decided to venture down to Century Cycles in Peninsula.  They have a rental business out of that location and they have the I –Go that you can try out.  We almost were too late to rent it for today (by 5 minutes), but they made an exception.  We were looking to buy it.  We really weren’t there to rent it.  I think that made the difference.

We really thought we would love the I-Go and we were right.  It was really easy to ride this with Nick.  Stephen will be pulling Sally in the other trailer, so we are really looking for a package deal where Nick and I are comfortable riding.  I like that Nick is in a comfortable seat that is close to the ground.  He’s also buckled in like a car seat.  I love that I don’t feel like he’ll be falling out.  We would love to buy one, but we need to figure out transport first.  We also need more spec information first.  I’ll keep you all posted.



We rode about 5 miles total (from Peninsula to Boston and back).  Sally and Nick were both happy as we finished.


Maybe it was playing in the dirt or seeing the train.  I’d like to think the smiles were from riding.


next up: hoping for an afternoon workout tomorrow!


We never made it to the JCC today.  Sally was up for a couple of hours last night.  We lose 2 nights of sleep per new tooth.  Last night, she got a molar.  We ran errands today and then played at the playground.  Nick rode his bike and Sally took a tricycle, but ended up walking.  They were both exhausted when we came home and took great naps.  Sally slept for almost 4 hours.  Nick slept for almost 3.  I was in heaven.

By the time everyone was aware and ready, there was not enough time left for a gym workout.  We headed to another park and then to pick up our Fresh Fork CSA.

After dinner, the family went out on our bikes.  Instead of just riding around the neighborhood, we ran errands.  Stephen rode his recumbent with Nick and Sally in the Burley trailer and I rode my single.  We rode to Target and Michael’s to pick up a few items that we’ve needed for a while.  It was great to get a ride in (about 4 miles total) and check something off the to do list at the same time.

Next up: physical therapy in the morning.


Today, we had another birthday party to attend.  We decided to ride our bikes.  Nick and Sally rode in the trailer that Stephen towed and I rode my single.  Our friends with the birthday girl live just over 2 miles away.  We had a great time at the party.  There were lawn games and birthday hats.


And of course, the birthday girl! (who was not at all interested in the cupcake!)


We left to ride home.  Even though it was starting to sprinkle, we detoured to Rite Aid to buy milk.  It’s a good thing that the trailer has a cargo area.  We dodged a bit of lightening on the way home, but the downpour came after we were all settled inside.  My computer on the bike needs a new battery, but I estimate that we rode a little less than 6 miles.  The knee feels worked, but good.

Next up:  no concrete plans for tomorrow.  Smile