WTAM 1100 – WWDC and Geek Squad Summer Academy

WTAM 1100 Newsradio Cleveland OhioThis week’s Tech Tuesday on WTAM 1100’s Wills & Snyder in the Morning focused on Monday’s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) keynote in San Francisco. During the 2 hour presentation, Apple introduced upcoming software updates, including Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite and iOS 8, scheduled for later this fall.

This week also sees the Geek Squad Summer Academy landing in Cleveland. Geek Squad is partnering with University Settlement to host technology immersion classes for under-served middle and high school students. The 2 day event starts at Willow Elementary on Thursday, June 5th. The camp will have interactive classes in robotics, 3D printing, video production and other technologies taught by Geek Squad Agents and Best Buy Blue Shirts.

For more information and registration, visit http://academy.geeksquad.com/register.

Ohio State Route 800 – Hills, Curves and a River Ferry

Ohio State Route 800 - EatSleepRide

One fact about the eastern Ohio landscape is that the terrain gets more varied and the roads more fun the further south you go. This is thanks to the way the glaciers of the Laurentide Ice Sheet carved the land up about 18,000 years ago.

One of the great ways to explore this geographical transition from the flatter lands of northeast Ohio to the Appalachian hills of the southeast is through Ohio State Route 800. Read More

Ohio State Route 78 – Backbone of the Ohio Dragons

Ohio State Route 78 - EatSleepRide

Southern Ohio has a lot of great roads for those looking for a challenge, several of which are referred to as “Ohio’s Tail of the Dragon”. I like to think of Ohio State Route 78 as the “Backbone of the Ohio Dragons” because it connects to several of these roads while rolling through some spectacular countryside riding. Read More

WTAM 1100 – Apps For Summer Road Trips

WTAM 1100 Newsradio Cleveland OhioThe arrival of Memorial Day means that many will be looking forward to warm-weather road trips. Long gone are the days of hard-to-fold paper maps or asking for directions at sketchy gas stations in small town America.

For this week’s Tech Tuesday segment on WTAM 1100’s Wills & Snyder in the Morning, we had a chance to talk about a number of smartphone and tablet apps for road trips that can not only help you get where you are going, but entertain you on the way and help find you a place to stay along the way.

The Lake Erie Loop – 650 Miles of Vintage Competition

Lake Erie Loop Racers

Lake Erie Loop

What do you call a 650 mile loop around Lake Erie on vintage bikes with small engines? Well, many would call it crazy, but for a few, it’s called the Lake Erie Loop. The charity race is held once a year to benefit the Aluminum Cans for Burned Children Foundation, which provides services for pediatric burn victims.

The Lake Erie Loop (LEL) comes from rider and Ohio firefighter Bill Murar, who rode over 12,000 miles through the four corners of the US in 2003 to raise money for the ACBC Foundation. The 650 mile endurance run around Lake Erie, through 2 countries, takes place in a single day.

The “race” consists of two groups, bikes under 225cc competing for cash prizes, and unlimited bikes riding the same route for fun and support of both the riders and the charity. Within those groups there are separate classes based on engine size, with vintage bikes (older than 30 years) given an extra allowance of engine size.

Here is the class breakdown:

  • Unlimited 50s – Bikes that started out life at 50cc, along with vintage bikes up to 110cc.
  • 125s – Bikes up to 125cc, and vintage bikes up to 160cc.
  • 200s – 200cc and under bikes, vintage bikes up to 225cc, and any Cushman style scooter w/stock engine.
  • Tourist – non-competion, no size limit, for those riding along for fun.

The race starts in Wellington, in northeast Ohio, and competitors can make the loop around Lake Erie in either direction, but are expected to pass through Detroit, Canada and Buffalo during the route.

Motorcyclist and writer Lance Liver has a really great write-up of what surviving the LEL is like. I’ve heard about the event a few times over the years, but never really thought about entering.

This year, I’m starting to get tempted to take part on my tiny little Yamaha Vino 125 scooter. Not to win any awards, but just to have somehow manage to make it around the lake and back in one piece, and in one day. My dream ride for this would be a Ural sidecar rig.

This year’s LEL is scheduled for June 20th to 22nd, and more information can be had through the Lake Erie Loop Yahoo Group.