05/30/2020 at 10:04 am #33261
Ohio is opening up and Saturday club rides for 2020 are resuming, beginning with the Saturday Ride West on June 6.
The destination for our first ride will be The New Sandusky Fish Company, opening for the season on June 1, famous for their fresh perch and walleye from Lake Erie. This is a take-out place on the harbor with tables and open spaces to eat outside. Our route will take us through rich, lush green farmland south of Oberlin on some great little hilly, curvy roads recommended by Pete Stokes. We’ll wind our way through the Vermillion River Reservation where we’ll have a rest stop before circling south of Sandusky on lightly traveled secondary roads and approaching downtown from the west. We should get to Sandusky around 12:30 or 1:00 PM. After lunch everyone is on their own to find their way back.
As last year, we’ll meet at Bob Evans in Brunswick (I-71 and SR 303). The ride will depart promptly at 10 AM. Come earlier if you’d like to have breakfast or coffee. I think the restaurant is now open for dining in as well as take out.
Come with a full tank of gas and bring your mask. We’ll follow the Governor’s guidelines on social distancing and wearing masks as much as possible.
I’ll post the GPS route next week after I’ve a chance to pre-ride the route.
06/05/2020 at 8:40 am #33375
Here is the GPS route for our ride tomorrow, June 6, 2020. I’ve made a few changes from last year to avoid road construction and closures. This year we’ll ride one-lane Dean Road as it crosses the Vermillion river just north of I-80. This is perhaps the most charming little stretch of road in Ohio.
This will be a leisurely 3-hour ride with two rest stops. The walleye at the New Sandusky Fish Co. is as good as ever, and there is a nice park a few hundred yards away with covered picnic area overlooking the bay where we can have lunch.
The weather for tomorrow looks to be perfect – 80 degrees and sunny. Life is good….
06/07/2020 at 11:51 am #33390
What a day it was yesterday – mid 70’s, sunny skies, and a slight breeze – and what a marvelous ride we had. Thirty-five riders on 30 bikes participated in what turned out to be a 3.5 hour ride to the New Sandusky Fish Co, where we dined on fresh-caught perch and walleye in a gazebo overlooking the bay. A special thanks to Kurt and Karen for hosting one of our rest stops in their spacious backyard.
We formed into two groups for the ride and followed the Drop and Sweep method for staying on-route. The small roads and many turns involved made it a challenge but we managed pretty well. Although we’re getting good at Drop and Sweep we still have a few kinks to work out. More and more riders are loading the GPS routes in their devices which made it possible yesterday for Paul M, Sandi and Rich to help out with leader and sweep duties. – thanks! Only a couple of people let Ms GPS recalculate their route which made for some interesting variations.
The only bummer of the day was Dottie making an “unplanned dismount” after going wide on a turn. She broke her arm but should be ready to ride again in a couple of months. The silver lining is it sounds like a new bike is in her future. Dottie, just so you know, many of us have gone down (I have gone off corners 3 times!) and there is always room to improve our skills. We’re all hoping for a speedy recovery for you, and when you’re back on the bike we’ll do the Sandusky Fish Co ride again.
It was good to see so many folks out yesterday – thanks to all for making it a memorable day.
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