Everything looks different in the moonlight. And cyclists who normally visit the [Cuyahoga] Valley National Park during the day find that riding the mostly flat, crushed-limestone Towpath Trail at night even sounds different: Instead of the noises of pedestrians, they hear frogs chirping, owls hooting and the river rushing past this former stretch of the Ohio & Erie Canal. Every summer from April to October, Century Cycles holds night excursions for riders of all ages and skill levels--the group divides by pace. This year's rides have averaged more than 150 people each, and the bikes have ranged from tandems to mountain bikes--with a few child trailers and even some tag-alongs.
The 15- to 20-mile ride starts in the early evening, requires helmets and lights, lasts about two hours and ends with cyclists gathered over cold beers at Winking Lizard Tavern, next door to the bike shop. --Heather Rodenbach