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Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure


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The Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure, also known as GOBA starts tomorrow. This is the 22nd year of the one-week bicycle loop tour through Ohio, held annually in June. Each year GOBA features a different part of Ohio. Participants enjoy travelling through peaceful countrysides and stopping at exciting tourist destinations.

Around 3,000 cyclists of all ages from across the country and abroad, participate each year. Riders travel a 50 mile average route each day, through some of Ohio's most scenic areas. As a tour, not a race, most riders spend a lot of time sightseeing, eating and relaxing as well as getting a great workout.  This year, GOBA will make stops in Logan, McConnelsville, Marietta, Athens, and McArthur.
History has portrayed Appalachia as poor, but what of the beautiful rolling countryside and many festivals with long heritage?

GOBA begins Saturday, June 19th in Logan, Ohio, in the heart of the Hocking Hills and home of the Washboard Music Festival which begins the same day. Participants will dance to the rhythms of
fiddles, washboards, and dulcimers, view a parade and take in historic quilt art.

Continuing on Sunday, bikers make their way from Logan to McConnelsville to visit the "Little City of the Black Diamonds". The route is rich in Appalachian history. Continuing on GOBA participants travel to and through Marietta and Athens in a span of a few days, visiting "Ohio's first city", sternwheelers, two beautiful and historic college campuses, shops and swimming destinations. The trip has something for everyone.

The final stretch takes bikers to McArther and finally back to Logan. Passing through Nelsonville, riders will view the historic Hocking Valley Scenic Railroad, Robbins Crossing and a Downtown Historic District. Lessons in history abound on the route with views of quilts hanging on lines that directed slaves to safe houses along the Underground Railroad.

GOBA is primarily a camping tour; overnight tent camping is included with each registration. Every morning of the tour, GOBA transports each rider's belongings to the next evening's destination. Riders may leave their camp site at any time they choose in the morning and ride at their own pace. As riders arrive in the evening, they locate their baggage and set up camp for the evening.

GOBA is a project of Columbus Outdoor Pursuits, a volunteer-based participatory organization created to provide opportunities and education for outdoor recreation and activities. To learn more about GOBA, and view links to sites along the tour, visit their site at www.goba.com.

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