Four cities will roll out the red carpet for GOBA 31 as host towns, welcoming riders with food, family-friendly entertainment and special events. Watch each town’s page and the newsletters for information about the activities and attractions as details become available. Any fees for food, events and attractions are not included with GOBA registration and are at riders’ expense. Here are some of the plans — click on the name of the town to follow the link to the town’s individual page:
BOWLING GREEN: A downtown kickoff party and the GOBA bicycle costume parade are planned for Saturday, June 15, as riders arrive. Grab a bite to eat in camp and at the party, or visit one of the many restaurants in this university community. Stock up on supplies and get ready to GOBA!
FREMONT: The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center and a jail-dungeon museum will offer tours to riders Sunday afternoon. The GOBA opening ceremony will be held on the campus of Terra State Community College, our home for Sunday night.
PORT CLINTON: We’ll have plenty of ways to stay busy and places to relax during our two layover days at this tourism hub on the Lake Erie coast. Our camp at Port Clinton High School is within walking distance of downtown and the local beach. Ferries to South Bass Island (Put-in-Bay) and Kelleys Island leave from the Marblehead peninsula and can be reached via cycling routes and GOBA’s free shuttle buses. The sites on Marblehead include the historic village of Lakeside, a Confederate cemetery, a famous lighthouse, wineries and state parks. GOBA also has lined up transportation (additional fee) to Cedar Point amusement park.
OREGON: Our two-night stay at suburban Clay High School will put us just 6 miles from downtown Toledo and on the east side of the Maumee River, home of the National Museum of the Great Lakes and the original Tony Packo’s hot-dog restaurant. Oregon has a fine system of bike trails that connect the high school with the Pearson Metropark recreation complex (about a mile) and the beach at Maumee Bay State Park (about 5 miles). A national wildlife refuge lies along the lake just east of the state park.