My 50 Mile Sweet Corn Challenge

2015 Sweet Corn Ride

I completed a 50 mile ride today and the distance wasn’t the hardest part. It was the hills. It was my most challenging ride to date as a new rider, but I survived and I finished.

Since getting my bike at the end of March, I’ve steadily increased the number of miles I can complete in a single ride. Earlier in the month, I hit 40 miles, so I decided to stretch myself again and signed up for the 50 mile ride as part of the 2015 Sweet Corn Challenge in Richfield, Ohio?.

The event had several options, including 10/25/50/100 rides, with the description: “The 25- and 50-MILE ROUTES traverse near the rim of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and meander through parks, valleys, splendid residential areas and farmland. The 50 mile-route has more challenging hills.”

Silly me, I totally undervalued the words “more challenging” to mean the 50 mile ride would have some nice rolling hills to break up the monotony of a flat ride. Little did I know that it would challenge me more than any other ride to date.

According to my Strava stats for the ride, the elevation change for the ride was 2,890 feet. That’s like riding up the side of the 52-floor Terminal Tower in Cleveland 4 times.

It was pushing myself and my hybrid bike, a Trek FX 7.2, up those hills that I really learned how far I can push myself. They were threatening, demanding, even grueling, but somehow I managed to make it to the top, then onto the next hill to challenge. All told, I burned an estimated 2,200 calories during the 4 or so hours spent on the road.

Wow. I really can’t believe I finished it. So … who’s up for the next big ride of the Summer?

Cuyahoga Valley National Park

If you ever want to ride through history, the Cuyahoga Valley National Park has several ways for you to do it. My trip today was via motorcycle, travelling along both sides of the canal. It’s a relaxing ride, perfect for a Sunday. Along the way, there plenty of interesting places to stop, like Brandywine Falls, Hale Farm and Village and a number of national park educational sites.

For those who prefer self-powered transportation, there are a number of Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath that follows the canal’s scenic route. If you didn’t bring your own bicycle, there are places to rent them along the route as well.

Or if a classic train is more your style, check out the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad.

Avon Heritage Duck Tape Festival 2014

Avon is home to the World Headquarters of ShurTech, known for their Duck Tape brand. Each year during Father’s Day weekend, the city holds a “Duct Tape Festival” with costumes, artwork and crafts created entirely from the product on display. The theme for this year’s festival was “Out of this World”.

For more information, visit

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