Having come to Cleveland for the Fuel Cleveland event, we had enough time to check out a few other sights.
I had recently read they had a velodrome in the Slavic Village neighborhood, so on the way into town we went to check it out – only to find that the freeway was closed due to construction.
Never fear – we eventually made it there.
Amazingly there are only 28 velodromes in all of America.
When we arrived late morning there were a few people practicing.
The track had a steel structural frame with what appeared to be layers of plywood for the track.
I was surprised at how steep the banking is.
We watched them run a few laps and headed out.
After the motorcycle event, we headed over to Edgewater Park and Wendy Park, where the restoration of a classic old coast guard house continues.
With a warm July day watercraft of all sizes were out.
Many seemed content just to park and hang out.
The railroad lift bridge was down for an extended time, causing a backup of boats – but the trains over-rule pleasure boats every time.
A sailboat with the high rise apartments in Lakewood in the background.
An interesting mix of old an new – the newer apartments and Lakefront Rapid (light rail) framed by the old Shoreway Bridge and some of the older buildings that have been restored.
A mix of skyscrapers downtown.
Look familiar? It is the light house on this blog’s home page – just not covered in frozen mist.
I am always amazed that the kayaks will get in the same water as the massive ore boats. Note a view of a portion of the Cleveland Browns Stadium on the right.
The top of a Cleveland landmark – the Terminal Tower.
A lift bridge and a skyscraper.
From upper Edgewater the view across the harbor shows just how busy it was on the water.
While on land some artwork makes for an interesting setting for hanging out.
While we were there 4 different wedding parties came along for their photo opportunity. Running of the Brides Cleveland version.