Day 2: Peninsula, OH to Mifflin, OH

We planned to get started around 7am today, joined by our Century Cycles friends Al and Ted. They showed up and woke us up around 6:30, so we all decided to go out for breakfast. I got to have my final batch of my favorite pancakes at the Perkins Restaurant in Hudson. We drove back to Peninsula to get our stuff together, and got on the road on our bikes around 9am.

We bid good-bye to Al and Ted at the end of Riverview Road. We used the Tour de CC route to get to the Medina store, and said our good-byes to our friends there. We decided to take State Route 42 out of Medina to re-join the Underground Railroad Route. It was kind of busy at first, but made for a pleasant connection, including a section of brand new asphalt outside of West Salem. We stopped for lunch at the Lighthouse Cafe in Lodi, and eventually turned onto County Road 251 to hook back up to the UGRR.

We made a snack stop in Jeromesville, where we ran into two different groups of people who recognized us from the story on WKYC the night before. We proceeded through Haysville, then finally to Mifflin, where we stopped at the local market to buy some dinner and breakfast supplies, then located the Charles Mill Lake State Park and set up camp for the night. While preparing our dinner, a local couple stopped by our site and also mentioned that they saw us on the news.

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Day 1: Lakewood, OH to Peninsula, OH

We got off on time around 10am from Lakewood today, joined by Ray’s brother Everett and Everett’s son Paul on their tandem. We stopped by the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame and Museum to take some photos, then proceeded to Walk+Roll Cleveland. Along the way on the Lakefront Bikeway, we shared the route with the Breast Cancer 3-Day Walkers. We arrived at Walk+Roll a little early, around 11:40am.

While at Walk+Roll, we were intervied by a reporter from WTAM 1100 AM radio. We appreciate their support and telling our story on the air.

We are very grateful for the many family and friends who showed up at Walk+Roll to help see us off.

Around 1:30pm, a little later than planned, we left Walk+Roll to make our way to our first stop, Peninsula. We were joined still by Everett and Paul, and well as a few other friends, including Jose from Sherwin-Williams, Jim from the Ohio City Bicycle Co-op, Kevin from ClevelandBikes, Evan, Laura, and Michael.

A bit down the road, one of Evan’s tires was going flat, so we stopped to help him get it pumped back up. It started raining, but we all pressed on. At Canal Road, Evan, Laura, Everett, and Paul turned off to make their way to their homes. A bit later, Jim, Kevin, and Michael turned off on Tinker’s Creek Road to make their way home.

We made a stop in Brecksville to say good-bye to our friends Steve and Kate, before finally arriving in Peninsula, where a reporter and cameraman from WKYC Channel 3 were waiting for us with our friends and family.

WKYC TV Channel 3

Thanks to Paul Thomas of WKYC TV Channel 3 for coming down to Peninsula to talk about our trip and put together a story that appeared on the evening news. You can read about it and view the report online at their web site here:

Press Release: The Sherwin-Williams Company and their Tri-Flow Brand Announce Sponsorship To Benefit Melanoma Research

For Immediate Release – August 18, 2008

Cleveland, OH – The Miles 4 Melanoma Pan-American Ride kicks off at noon August 24th during Walk+Roll in Rockefeller Park on Cleveland’s east side. Miles 4 Melanoma is a bicycle tour from Cleveland, Ohio to Ushuaia, Argentina to raise awareness of melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer, and to raise money for The Melanoma Research Foundation. An adventurous team of two, Ray Query and Kevin Madzia who work in a local bike shop, start their journey Sunday with plans to reach the southern tip of South America by the end of April 2009.

Sherwin-Williams and their Tri-Flow brand have pledged financial support for the trip and The Melanoma Research Foundation. In addition, they will supply the team with Tri-Flow products and clothing for the journey. Tri-Flow is known to on and off-road cyclists as a manufacturer of high-quality cleaners, degreasers and lubricants.

On their journey, Kevin and Ray will visit Sherwin-Williams facilities located in various cities throughout North, Central, and South America to recharge and share tales of their trip!

Ray Query and Kevin Madzia plan to arrive at Walk+Roll Cleveland at 12:00noon and depart at 1:00pm.

Cyclists are invited to join the team on the first leg of their ride from Rockefeller Park to the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail.

Visit for more information and directions to Sunday’s event and visit to learn more about Miles 4 Melanoma.

Pi Lambda Phi News

Thanks to my brothers at the Pi Lambda Phi national office for helping to spread the word about our cause on their web site. You can see their version of the article here.

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Download a printable flyer

If you’d like to help spread the word about the Miles 4 Melanoma Pan-American Ride, click on the following link to download a flyer that you can print and distribute:

Miles 4 Melanoma Pan-American Ride Flyer

You will need the Adobe Reader program to open and print the flyer. Most computers already have Adobe Reader installed, but if you don’t have it, you can get it for free here.

Maps provided by Adventure Cycling Association

The Adventure Cycling Association’s nonprofit mission is to inspire people of all ages to travel by bicycle for fitness, fun, and self-discovery. Founded in 1973 as Bikecentennial, they are based in Missoula, Montana.

Adventure Cycling developed the Underground Railroad Bicycle Route in conjunction with the Center for Minority Health at the University of Pittsburgh to honor one of the most fabled paths to freedom in the world. The route celebrates the bravery of those who chose to flee slavery and the scores of Americans that offered aid on their route to freedom.

The Miles 4 Melanoma Pan-American Ride Team thanks Lois Moss of Walk+Roll for purchasing the maps of the Underground Railroad Bicycle Route from the Adventure Cycling Association for our use during the initial portion of our tour from Ohio to the Gulf Coast of the United States.

Press Release: Miles 4 Melanoma Pan-American Ride Announces New Sponsors

For Immediate Release – August 6, 2008

Cleveland, OH – The Miles 4 Melanoma Pan-American Ride is a bicycle tour from Cleveland, Ohio to Ushuaia, Argentina being planned by Ray Query and Kevin Madzia, who are currently employed by the Century Cycles bicycle shops located in Northeast Ohio.

The two will depart Cleveland on August 24, 2008, and hope to reach the southern tip of South America by the end of April 2009. Kevin and Ray are doing the two-continent journey to raise awareness of melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer, and hope to raise $20,000 for The Melanoma Research Foundation.

The Miles 4 Melanoma team is pleased to announce the addition of several new corporate sponsors to the event.

First and foremost, Tri-Flow Lubricants has pledged financial support, and will also be providing the team with products and clothing for use during the trip. Tri-Flow Lubricants is based in Cleveland, and manufactures high-quality lubricants and cleaning products for bicycles, power sports equipment, and precision machinery.

“We use Tri-Flow by the bucketful in the bike shop,” Ray noted, “so it goes without saying that we would have been using it during our trip one way or another. The fact that Tri-Flow is providing their products to us is icing on the cake, plus their support is very generous and a huge help.”

Kevin and Ray will also visit Tri-Flow facilities located in various cities through North, Central, and South America. More information about Tri-Flow Lubricants can be found at their web site:

The Miles 4 Melanoma Pan-American Ride has partnered with Walk+Roll for a send-off celebration on August 24. Walk+Roll Cleveland is a community-oriented event that promotes walking, bicycling, skating, and other healthy lifestyle activities. The Aug. 24 event will be held from 11:00am to 6:00pm in Rockefeller Park on Cleveland’s east side, where Martin Luther King Blvd. will be closed to vehicle traffic so that attendees can enjoy all of the family-friendly activies available at the event.

Ray Query and Kevin Madzia plan to arrive at Walk+Roll Cleveland at 12:00noon, and depart at 1:00pm. They will be available to answer questions at the Tri-Flow Tent, where Tri-Flow staff will also be on hand with product samples. Any cyclists wishing to accompany Ray and Kevin on the first leg of their ride can do so as the two make their way from Rockefeller Park to the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail. Riders will need to make their way back to Rockefeller Park on their own.

For more information about Walk+Roll Cleveland, see:

Other sponsors providing assistance for the Miles 4 Melanoma Pan-American Ride:

Tifosi Optics is providing sunglasses, including a pair of prescription sunglasses for Kevin Madzia. Tifosi’s DirectRx technology provides outdoor enthusiasts with high-quality eyewear without the need for prescription inserts or adapters. More information about their full line of active eyewear can be found at:

Bicycle helmets are provided by Bell Sports, well-known for their full line of protective gear for bicycling, team sports, and motor sports. For more information, see:

Cycling shorts are provided by Pearl Izumi, makers of technical cycling apparel. On the web at:

Bicycle seats are provided by Wilderness Trail Bikes, makers of high-quality mountain bike components and accessories since 1982.

The Diamondback Transporter bicycles being used by the team were provided by Raleigh Bicycles, manufacturers of racing and recreational bikes since 1887. and

More information about the Miles 4 Melanoma Pan-American Ride can be found at, including links for educational information about melanoma and The Melanoma Research Foundation. On-line donations can also be made at the web site.

Departure Day Schedule of Events

Please feel free to join us on Sunday, August 24, 2008, the day of our departure from Cleveland, Ohio! Here is the schedule of events for the day:

  • 10:00am – Depart from Lakewood
  • 12:00 Noon – Arrive at Walk+Roll Cleveland in Rockefeller Park.
    • Meet the Miles 4 Melanoma team as they meet with representative from Tri-Flow / Sherwin-Williams.
    • Receive Tri-Flow product samples.
    • Learn about the Underground Railroad Bicycle Route
    • Ride/walk/skate on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard (closed to car traffic for the event)
    • See for more details!
  • 1:00pm – Depart from Rockefeller Park
    • Ride with us to the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail! You’ll need to return to Rockefeller Park on your own (route details to be published soon).

Twins Days 5K Run

Today a few friends and I participated in the Twins Days 5K Run, part of the annual Twins Days festival in Twinsburg, Ohio. Proceeds from the 5K run/walk and kid’s fun run benefit the Melanoma Research Foundation. Thank you to my friends for joining in, and thanks to all of the other runners and walkers!