Monthly Archives: June 2018

Art Journal Challenge Week Twenty Four Copy Something Famous

Art Journal Challenge Week 24 Copy Something Famous

No Love

I didn’t have any love for “Copy Something Famous”.  I even went looking for other journal prompts. But I circled back to it. Of course I thought of copying the Mona Lisa. Then I thought about there was this dog image..Google makes it incredibly easy to google “famous dog” and boom! there he was! The Blue Dog!

 

Copy Something Famous

 

Art Journal Challenge Week 24 Copy Something Famous

Blue Dog

In the early 1990s Rodrigue’s  Blue Dog Series, based on the French-Cajun loup-garou legend, catapulted him to worldwide fame.  The Blue Dog was made popular by Absolut Vodka in 1992.

Art Journal Challenge Week 24 Copy Something Famous

You know what? It was really interesting to learn about George Rodrigue, and the origins of the Blue Dog Series. I might need a Blue Dog Poster or Print for my home office…

Art Journal Challenge Week 24 Copy Something Famous

I decided I didn’t need to fill in all the space around my blue dog. Or make bunches of said puppy.

Art Journal Challenge Week 24 Copy Something Famous

I enjoyed making my own version of the famous blue dog. Onto Week Twenty-Five!

Conclusions on Ohio to Erie Bike Trail Tour

My conclusions on biking from CIncinnati to Cleveland

 

Time sure goes quickly! Here are my conclusions, tips, lessons learned while riding the Ohio to Erie Bike Trail 2018:

1. Just go do it.

I was completely undertrained for this ride-or was I? Maybe I was overtrained for last summer CO/GAP trip? My longest ride was 34 miles this spring, cold weather dimmed my opportunities and desires to make it outside for long rides. I did ride my trainer about every day for one hour. I don’t know what *mileage* that would work out to.

2. Less Would Be More

I pushed myself mileage on this journey. I knew I was going to do more than one seventy mile day. Could I do it? Sure, I knew I could, I just didn’t know how tired I would be. 40 or 50 mile days would have been more pleasant, with more time to kick around, if one could afford that *time away*.

3.  More Trails Being Added All The Time

It is impressive how much bike trail there is in Ohio. There are more areas in Ohio developing. I’ve come to realize how versatile and valuable bike/walk/rail trails can be to a community-both for the physical health and the economic (tourism) for Ohio.

4. Resources

The number one resource is the Ohio to Erie Trail Organization maps. The set of 4 is about fifteen dollars.  Another resource, printed recently, is a book about the route, “A Path Through Ohio-A Cyclist’s Guide to the Ohio to Erie Trail”  2nd Edition, by Mark Looney.  Third resource would be to read bike reports from the Crazy Guy on a BIke Website. Crazy Guy is a web site devoted to bike touring. BIke touring reports are very interesting to read! But a caveat! Only read the most recent, like Looney’s 2nd edition, for good intel. The OTET has changed route parts, so a 2009 route is nothing like the 2018 route. For example, part of the OTET through Columbus used to use the Olentangy BIke Trail, now it uses the Alum Creek Trail.

5. Want to Ride The Ohio to Erie Trail Supported?

OTET has a fully supported ride every September! So if you don’t want to carry all your stuff, want company, and a place to sleep every night, check out the Ohio to Erie Adventure Ride!

6. My Trip Report, Day by Day

Here is my five day trip report:

Day One

Day Two

Day Three

Day Four

Day Five

Art Journal Challenge Week 23 Water

Art Journal Challenge Week 23 Water

I went blue at first. Water is blue, right?

It’s blue in New Zealand!

 

Art Journal Challenge Water

Not very inspired this week. I liked the blues that I started with. When I added the magazines cut out, I think the spread went to crap.

Art Journal Challenge Water

No time to recover, just time to move on to a new week and new challenge!

Art Journal Challenge Water

I can at least say I did it!

Art Journal Challenge Water

Art Journal Challenge Week Twenty Two Daffodils

 

 

 

Art Journal Challenge Week 22 DaffodilsThis looks like something a six year old would create.

Art Journal Challenge Week 22 Daffodils

Then I thought about it. It’s my damn art journal. Who cares what it looks like?

Art Journal Challenge Week 22 Daffodils

What I am enjoying about this weekly challenge is that I am noting the week. 22 weeks into year 2018 already. It’s a good way to acknowledge the time change.

I’ve kept up with the challenge halfway through the year. Onto Week 23!

Ohio to Erie Trail Day Five Reaching The Lake

Ohio to Erie Trail

 

Early Morning Start Massillon


Ohio Erie Towpath

I was eating breakfast at 6am at the Hampton Inn and out the door at 630am. There were 70 miles to arrive at Lake Erie.

C&O Towpath

Most of today’s miles would be on the C&O Towpath. I have previously biked 50 or so miles on the trail, this would be mainly familiar territory to me.

Barberton Ohio Erie Towpath

The section from Massillon to Barberton was a portion I had not biked. I got to yell at my first human through here. He was walking, looking at his phone, I was trying to pass on the left, he almost veered right into me.

Next gaggle of humans was a running race in Canal Fulton. Now I’m a previous runner, so I had the moral high ground here. They were not running yet, just walking to the start line. It’s amazing the dirty looks I got as I rang my bell and yelled “passing on your left! passing on your left! Still passing on your left!”

I got away from the humans (my goal for the entire bike ride) and the towpath was almost deserted in the 9am hour.  Soon I was at Summit Lake, where the towpath goes across a huge boardwalk.

I’ve biked through Akron  before. They have good signage through here. You go right behind the baseball stadium for the Akron Ducks.

 

I now run into my second running race! This is the “Bold and Bright” Color Run. Luckily, I’ve blundered into the very back of the pack, so it’s just walking. I carefully steer my way through the colorful runners/walkers, and am happy when the race veers off into Lock Three and I exit Akron.

It’s a nice downhill out of Akron, to the planned detour which won’t be complete for another year, and back to familiar towpath for me.

Lots of folks are out around the Beaver Marsh.

I can see the interstate bridge and know I am close to Boston Store. This is the new bridge that was just reopened right before my trip.

The other detour is at Hunt Farm which was advertised on the NPS website. No problem, I pull out onto Riverview Road. I bike up the road, and then re-enter the towpath where construction equipment has put in a temporary driveway. By the amount of bikers in this section, I’m not the only one doing this.

New Territory for Me

This is the farthest north I’ve biked on the towpath, the Route 82 bridge,  onto new territory for me!

Henry

I’ve been in contact with a friend from the Buckeye Trail Association, Henry. He is a long time biker and offered to meet me around Cleveland and escort me to Lake Erie. I’ve been sending him texts with location updates, and he meets up with me just south of Harvard Blvd.

Kim Henry

 

Cleveland Metropark

The Cleveland Metroparks starts about Rockside Road. The trail is all asphalt here. These are the two new bridges that cost slightly over budget, Henry tells me.

Henry is a great tour guide! He keeps telling me history of the area, the trail, local Cleveland news. He points out the former Crawshaw Plant that refined uranium in WWII, and the ground is contaminated and can’t be moved around. (Sounds like the Peter Cartridge Factory in Loveland!)

STeelyard Commons

We come to the end of the bike trail as it is know. Now we will be heading through Tremont and other local landmarks, like the “Cleveland Sign” and West Side Market on our way to Edgewater Park.

The Cleveland Sign

Henry suggests we stop and take pictures at the Cleveland sign!

No Pictures Through West Side Market!

I had printed out maps to maneuver through the streets to the lake. With Henry as my guide, I just had to follow Henry.  Henry is a bit more confident and risk taking thru busy Cleveland streets! I just blindly followed him and tried to keep up! My energy was starting to lag a bit-I’d been riding my bike since 630 am, and he told me the final bit to Edgewater was a downhill-and it was!

Lake Erie

I did it! I biked from the Ohio River to Lake Erie! I decided to roll my bike up onto the pier for my official picture. As I didn’t do the dip the tire in the south, I wasn’t concerned about doing it in the north!

Lake Erie Ohio to Erie Trail

Myka’s Poses

 

Boy was I ready to be done riding my bike! I will  have some conclusions about my trip. The Ohio to Erie Trail is a good way to see Ohio!