Today was a beautiful day to go for a long ride. We left around 8:00 and headed toward Toledo on the northside of the Maumee River. We then crossed over the river in Maumee and rode on the southside of the river all the way to Defiance. We stopped a few times to break up the ride & eat breakfast.
Our first stop was at Farnsworth Metropark along the Maumee River just down the road from downtown Maumee. This park is part of the beautiful Toledo Metroparks and is a great place to bring the whole family for an outdoor experience. This particular spot was next to the river, where we watched both the Blue Heron and the local fishermen wading through the water trying to catch a meal.
Our next stop was to visit this Olympic sculpture between Waterville & Grand Rapids. This sculpture is tucked just off the main road on a small service road. I wouldn’t be surprised if most locals don’t even know it exists. This picture doesn’t do justice to the intricate & small details.
We stopped in Grand Rapids for breakfast and enjoyed the syrupy goodness of freshly made French Toast. The two glasses of Mountain Dew to wash it down, had my blood sugar level going through the roof. It was time to get back on the bike and burn off this sugar rush.
Post ride salt brine on my cycling shorts. By mid afternoon the temperature was around 90 degrees and I was ready to get out of the sun and off the bike. Time for a leap into the cool waters of our swimming pool.