Pedaling to Lunch


Bike Rides and Bites in Northeast Ohio

by Stan Purdum

Pages: 314; Size: 6″ x 9″
Series: Ohio History and Culture

SKU: 978-1-931968-59-1 Category: Tag:


Hop on your bicycle, discover Northeast Ohio, and grab a bite to eat along the way. Pedaling to Lunch is your guide to twenty bicycle trips that traverse sixteen Ohio counties. Halfway through each ride, you can rest and dine at scenic eateries such as the Spread Eagle Tavern, Des Dutch Essenhaus, and the Sunrise Café.

The bicycle rides of Pedaling to Lunch take you on an historic journey across the Western Reserve and its unique sights, including the childhood home of Clarence Darrow; the summer resort where Dean Martin got his start; the farthest point north raided by Confederate troops; the town where the barnstorming pitcher, Alta Weiss, grew up; and the restored residence of Daniel McCook of the “Fighting McCooks.” Even more, you’ll pedal past wineries, old mills, and spacious lakes along the back roads and byways where the flow of life is still serene, and the countryside undeveloped.

Pedaling to Lunch has detailed maps, accurate mileage notations, and precise directions. Purdum, an experienced cyclist, adds his whimsical commentaries and editorial verve to the scenes and miles. The book is rich with interesting facts and snippets about Ohio towns, characters, and events both famous and infamous.

A book for novice and expert cyclists alike, Pedaling to Lunch lets you climb on your bike with Stan Purdum as your guide to the scenic sights in your own backyard. Save some gas and get some exercise, or imagine it all from the comfort of your armchair.

About the author

Stan Purdum

Stan Purdum is a writer, editor, and pastor who has written for both general and religious journals. A long-distance cyclist, Stan is the author of Roll Around Heaven All Day, an account of his cross-nation ride, and Playing in Traffic, which recounts his bicycle journey from Niagara Falls, New York, to El Paso, Texas, on U.S. 62. He has also written a book of short stories, New Mercies I See, and a study of the ministry of Jesus, He Walked in Galilee. He lives in North Canton, Ohio.

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Ohio History and Culture


Stan Purdum