Monthly Archives: March 2014

Ride 3: Destination Litchfield

I did this ride on the 18th.  I’ve been under the weather for the past couple days and the weather hasn’t been conducive for riding.  I’ll post the rides faster in the future.

In the beginning of this adventure I wanted to keep the miles between fifteen and twenty miles.  I need to allow this aging body to acclimate to being in the saddle.  I chose Litchfield because it is about ten miles away.

As soon as I left the house I found a tough headwind.  It kept my speed low and even though it was almost 50°F I was chilled.  It took everything just to maintain ten miles an hour. Many of the local ponds were still frozen over.

I headed southeast and passed through Penfield.  The township is 21 square miles and has a population of 1700 people.  There is no downtown, only a crossroad with a community center, church and park. It’s mostly farmland so I headed east toward Litchfield.

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The ride was relatively easy, passing farm after farm.  I was on Route 18 which is 55 mph with a lot of trucks but I had a wide berm and felt comfortable.  Soon I hit Litchfield Township. The township is 22,4 square miles and has a population of 3250.

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There is very little to see out there, just farms and farmland.  Here is a view from the above sign.

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A few miles more and I was downtown Litchfield.

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It is another small town and like LaGrange has a traffic circle in the middle, although it is much smaller than LaGrange.  This circle is bigger and has a nice gazebo in the middle along with a memorial to veterans.  I should note, by entering Litchfield Township I entered Medina County.  Oh boy!  Around the circle is a gas station, Hungry Bear restaurant and a few businesses.  If it had been a longer ride I would have stopped in to the Hungry Bear.


The Celebrated Gazebo


The Hungry Bear

The Hungry Bear

One of the few businesses in Litchfield

One of the few businesses in Litchfield

As it was I just rode around the circle and headed home.  The headwind had taken its’ toll but once I headed west with the wind at my back it was much better.  My speed picked up and I relaxed and headed home.

It was a nice ride, if a bit chilly.  I’m far from being in shape.  I’ll stick to rides of about twenty miles for the first rides.  I hope to expand over the next few weeks and see much much more of Ohio.

Here is the map and the metrics.

Ride Metrics


As an addendum I’m adding google earth images of the areas I travel.  This is to give a sense of where I ride.  Much is very rural and some isn’t.  This will give an idea to those not familiar with this area. As you can see, Penfield isn’t much more than a crossroad.  Litchfield is a small circle with a gazebo with a restaurant and a few stores.

Penfield, Ohio

Penfield, Ohio

Litchfield, Ohio

Litchfield, Ohio

Litchfield, Ohio

Litchfield, Ohio





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Posted by on March 22, 2014 in Uncategorized



The Plan

As I’ve touched on a bit, I was raised by an agoraphobic. My father died when I was ten, leaving behind seven children, three of which were two year old triplets.    Due to my mother’s agoraphobia we seldom went more than a block or so from the house. The local library was three miles from home so I never went. I didn’t even go onto a highway until I was sixteen 

I’ve had an odd life. I found chess at a very young age and my life expanded to sixty-four squares. Then I got a job at UPS and delivered a small town three miles wide by one mile deep.

The agoraphobia affected all of the children, some more than others. I’ve travelled some but want to do so much more. 

The plan is to start in the small town where I live, LaGrange Ohio and bicycle to surrounding towns. As I become more fit I will be able to go farther and farther.  Like spokes radiating from a hub I will reach out as far as I can.  Once the distance is considerable I will ride out, eat a meal, take some pictures and then ride home.  I will write about the town and whatever comes up.  It will be fun.  I only see good things. 

Here is my starting point, LaGrange. 

The town is built on a circle with a civil war monument in the center. On the statue are the names of locals who died in different battles of that war.


Plus there is a beautiful old firehouse


This will be my starting point. I’m curious how far I can go.

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Posted by on March 15, 2014 in Uncategorized


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Another Brutal Day

Cold and nasty with winds over 30mph.  Doing my best to stay positive.


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Posted by on March 14, 2014 in Uncategorized


Massive Storm

A storm rolled through today dumping six inches of snow and white out conditions most of the day. There was a 40 car pile-up on the local highway.

I made a pot of chili and will spend the next couple days going through this blog and tightening it up.  I will update tags and the blog roll.  We’ve lost a couple blogs like 700X23.

This weather is a minor set back.  Spring will be here soon.

I found a cartoon that reminds of my ride yesterday and the falling down.


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Posted by on March 12, 2014 in Uncategorized



Second Ride of the Season

There is supposed to be a big storm tonight so I wanted to get on the bike today.  I was busy most of the day but after the wife went to work at four, I gathered my stuff on got on.

It had been in the mid-fifties earlier in the day but had dropped down to 47°F by the time I got myself out the door.  There was a light wind and the sky was gray.  I had no plan, just the idea to ride ten or so miles.  My legs protested but felt pretty good after a few miles.

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I love old barns.  I have to stop and take a picture.

Barn 1

When I got about five miles from home my sister called and I never ignore her phone calls.  I pulled over to answer, stopped the bike and forgot to remove one of my feet from the clip and fell over.  I got up, picked up the bike and answered the phone.  After a funny ten minute conversation about one of my many brothers I hopped back on the bike, gave a mighty downward thrust on the pedal and found that the chain had come off the ring and I fell again.  This time I put a few things out of whack, mostly the seat.  Luckily I had just had a maintenance course at the bike shop and more importantly I remembered a video I had seen on saddle adjustment.  I wonder why it stuck so well in my mind?

I made it home and overall I’m very happy.  It was a nice ride and I ended up going 16.3 miles.  Good things will happen this year.

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Posted by on March 11, 2014 in Uncategorized


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You’ve Gotta Be Kidding Me

It got up to 53°F today with a lot of wind.  I couldn’t get on the bike due to family obligations.  It looks good for tomorrow.  Then this showed up in my inbox:

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Now this is getting old.  By the way, I live on the border between red and blue.


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Posted by on March 10, 2014 in Uncategorized




It is still winter out there with a new layer of snow on the ground.  It’s looking much better for the coming week as temperatures above forty are predicted for four of the next seven days.


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Posted by on March 9, 2014 in Uncategorized


Saturday Blizzard

Saturday Blizzard

Another blizzard and the roads covered in thick layers of ice. Spring is around the corner and temperatures in the forties are predicted for the coming week. Soon I will be on the bike.

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Posted by on March 8, 2014 in Uncategorized


Still Cold

Sitting on the couch today playing the guitar and a little banjo.  Nothing new to report.  It hit a high of 19°F today and that is a bit chilly for me.  Plus the roads aren’t good yet.  It will be riding season soon.


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Posted by on March 5, 2014 in Uncategorized


Never-ending Winter and Maintenance

I had a great time at the Chili Wiener.  I thought I may be able to ride every day after that.  I was wrong.

That night we had a blizzard that left a thick blanket of snow that is still on the ground.  Yesterday we had a high of 7°F.  I have faith that someday Spring will come.

Today I took my bike to Swerve Bike Shop in Oberlin, Ohio for a one on one bike maintenance class with Joe.  He hit stuff like fixing a flat, adjusting the derailleurs, adjusting brakes, lubrication, etc.  It was money well spent.  I plan to spend a lot of time in the saddle this year and this will allow me to do so with a lot less trouble.  If you live anywhere close to Oberlin, Swerve is the bike shop for you.



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Posted by on March 4, 2014 in Uncategorized