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I am 71 years old and our grandson was born with a rare genetic defect called Creatine Transporter Deficiency (CTD). His body creates creatine but is missing the transporter necessary to get it to the brain cells and muscles for development due to a mutation.
I decided to ride across the state in June 2018 to raise awareness and funds for the Association for Cerebral Creatine Deficiency Syndromes.
I rode my 1988 Cannondale from Cincinnati to Cleveland for 6 days, stayed at B&B’s or Inns along the way and met many amazing people who were interested in hearing my story and gave emotional as well as financial support.
I rode 60 to 70 mile days between Westerville and Cleveland on the highest temperature and humidity days of the year. Sometimes I didn’t see another person for hours and thought I was suffering until I thought of the children and families dealing with CCDS and my ride was put back into perspective for me. I raised a total of $5500 for the foundation.
OTET salutes you, Chuck!
Name: Jimi Nixon
Age at time of trip: 47
Trail Experience: This was my first! I trained for several weekends to insure that I could do high mileages, but due to cooler weather, the trip turned out to be easier than some of my single day trips.
Month of Trip: September 7 – 8, 10 – 11 (9/9 was a layover due to rain)
What made you decide to bike the entire trail in one trip: Wanted the cachet of cycling the OTET.
Lodging along the way: Camping, including the Bridge of Dreams in Brinkhaven. Another stop at the Quarry in Massillon was planned, but aborted.
Model/Type of Bike: Jamis 25” El Cheapo model road bike. Happy to say it held up nicely and I didn’t even have to change a single tire!
Biggest challenge on the trip: Riding the remnants of Hurricane Gordon on Saturday. Also fell for the first time ever on some leaves that day. On the other hand, I made my best time that day.