February 27, 2018
Bike Your Park Day volunteer Deltrece Daniels celebrated her 40th birthday by hosting a 40-mile bike ride through Cuyahoga Valley National Park on Bike Your Park Day, September 30, 2017. Deltrece and friends met at the Akron Northside Train Station and departed on bikes to explore The Freedom Trail, Underground Railroad sites, and Cuyahoga Valley National Park. They refueled at Yours Truly Rockside restaurant and rode the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad back to their vehicles at the train station. Some of them made a weekend of it and rode in Cleveland’s Critical Mass ride the Friday before Bike Your Park Day.
How did you become interested in cycling and bicycle travel?
I’ve ridden bikes as long as I can remember. It’s a very fun activity, and most of the time it’s free. Bicycle traveling is my version of fun adventures on two wheels.
Why did you sign up to be a Bike Your Park Day volunteer?
I signed up to be a Bike Your Park Day volunteer because I noticed the 2017 event fell on my birthday, and I figured it would be a fun to celebrate with a cycling adventure through our national park, Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
Tell us about your Bike Your Park Day ride last year and your experience as a volunteer.
My Bike Your Park Day ride last year was definitely an adventure with friends familiar and new. I began with a registration link for participants to sign up so I could have an accurate count of riders. I provided breakfast, bike snacks, and beverages for everyone. We rode, we danced, we learned history, and we had a good time with each other riding in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park area on a beautiful day.
What do you have planned in 2018?
I’m planning a weekend trip from Pittsburgh to Maryland along the G.A.P. Trail during Bike Travel Weekend, June 1–3, 2018. I am super excited to experience my senses: eating s’mores, feeling the sunshine in the morning, hearing mother nature’s morning friends, and overall, smelling and enjoying the outdoors on two wheels.
What’s one piece of advice you would give someone who has never tried bike touring before?
Do a dry run with your items before heading out on your trip. Pack all your items that you plan to take and ride a short five to 10 miles with your items to a park or an open field and set up camp. You may find that you forgot something or that you don’t need certain items. Also, you can adjust where you decide to pack items — best to learn and adjust while you’re close to home, than when you’re many miles away.
Take advantage of every opportunity to learn about bike touring and adventures from your local bicycle shop or bicycle advocacy organization. You can never know too much.
Photos by Deltrece Daniels
Bike Travel Weekend Join thousands of other cyclists across North America and the world for Bike Travel Weekend and go on a one- or two-night bike overnight on the same weekend, June 1–3, 2018. Ride with your family or friends and stay at your favorite overnight location — whether it’s a nearby campground, hotel, cabin, B&B, hostel, or friend’s house. Ride solo or with a group and go one mile or 100 miles — it’s your trip! #BikeTravelWeekend
Bike Your Park Day Bike to or within nearby parks and public lands with thousands of people around the country on the same day — Bike Your Park Day on September 29, 2018. Bring friends and family to join the ride and discover the outdoor adventures in your backyard. Make it your own experience: ride any distance; go with friends, family, or join a group; bike on trails or roads. Visit a national or state park, monument, historic site, river, seashore, recreation area, preserve, forest, wildlife refuge, or parkway. #BikeYourPark