Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Where We Ride: Twinsburg-Garrettsville Loop
The rides starts with a flat, easy spin of about 1-1/4 miles on the paved bike-hike trail in Twinsburg's Center Valley Park. The trail starts adjacent to Dodge Intermediate School on Ravenna Road, where you'll find plenty of parking. If you're driving to the area, just take I-480 to the Broadway Ave/Forbes Rd exit, and go east on Broadway Avenue. At the Twinsburg city limits, the road becomes Ravenna Road, and Dodge Intermediate School is about 2-1/2 miles from there on the left.
At the end of the trail, turn right onto Glenwood Drive, and you'll get your first taste of the hills to come with a 3/4 mile climb up to State Route 91. Continue straight as Glenwood Drive flattens out, and you go through the Ethan's Green neighborhood, then turn into the Aurora Shores neighborhood, where you'll be treated to views of Aurora Lake.
There are several re-fueling options in downtown Garrettsville. If you're just looking to pop in for a quick snack or water/sports drink refill, there's a gas station or drug store right on the main square. Want to sit down for a hearty diner meal? Stop in Miller's Family Restaurant on your left (Kevin recommends the pancakes). Or, quaff down a local microbrew at the Main Street Grille and Brewing Company at the end of the next block on your right. Stroll around Main Street for many more restaurant options.
You'll head out of town north on State Route 88, then make a left to head back towards Hiram. Cut up on Alpha Road, then head west back towards Aurora on Winchell Road. You'll have a quick stretch on State Route 306, then a right onto Treat Road, where you'll find Aurora's Thorn Creek Winery (in case the brewery didn't quench your thirst enough). After a short jog on State Route 43, you'll be back in Aurora Shores, and from there, back on Glenwood Drive to your starting point.
You can check out the full details of the Twinsburg-Garrettsville Loop on Century Cycles' Garmin Connect profile and download the route to your own Garmin device. Non-Garmin users can see the route on MapMyRide.com.