One of my best friends lives in Maine. He's been there for a while now after moving from Northeast Ohio. Once or twice a year he comes to Ohio to visit. The last time was in the winter although we still rode bikes, it wasn't the most enjoyable ride. It was bitter cold, and we could only tolerate it for about ten miles. This time the weather couldn't have been more perfect. We vowed to ride as much as we could, which turned out to be thirty-eight miles.
The ride started out with just Jeff and I, as Kaylah waited for UPS to drop off a package and Jason did whatever it is that Jason does. The first stop, if you can call it a stop, was this old school that is currently being demolished. I had always wanted to get into this place. The architecture is unlike anything you see in modern construction. I spoke with the crew that was working there and thankfully they're actually saving some of the ornate architectural details.
Jeff and I rode around for about fifteen miles before stopping at Kaylah's so that she could join our ride. Next we biked over to Noodle Cat for some steam buns. After throwing down a quick lunch we met up with Jason and cruised around downtown for a few more miles and eventually ended up at a secret beach (or secret pile of rocks and debris) just east of downtown.
Carving our initials into some driftwood.
Heading back to the bikes.
From there we went straight to Koko Bakery, where we met up with Brandon. We were tired and needed snacks and/or bubble tea.
We sat on the ground outside eating some rolls that they had given us for free. We don't know what kind of rolls these were but they were good, we dubbed them honey buckets, although I'm pretty sure there was no honey in them what so ever.
Since it was Wednesday, our final stop was back over on the westside in Hingetown, for their Wednesday concert series, and of course for food truck food.
There, we met up with some other friends and ate tacos while listening to live music. We covered a lot of ground and stopped at a lot of great places. Always feels good to spend a day with friends, taking advantage of so much of what Cleveland has to offer.