2016 ROUTE OVERVIEW
THE ADVENTURE: Saturday, June 18 – Saturday, June 25, 2016
The 28th Annual Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure
An Event of Columbus Outdoor Pursuits, 501(c)(3)
Hamilton ◆ Eaton ◆ Oxford ◆ Brookville ◆ Miamisburg ◆ Hamilton
GOBA-28: It’s Outta This World!
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Get ready to bicycle 50 miles a day for a week in June. Your registration will include tent camping for 7 nights. You buy all your own meals and snacks. Expect additional costs for other lodging, indoor gym floor-sleeping, residence hall accommodations, optional side trips and some activities. Optional side trips are for registered GOBA riders, but you can sign up now … see the “OTT sign-up form” for descriptions and reservations. More options will appear as soon as they are available…. watch for the March & May Newsletters (mailed to all registered riders). Also, keep an eye on Rider Updates (on the homepage of goba.com) and facebook.com/gobatour (you don’t need a Facebook account to view). See “How to GOBA” for more.
Highlights of the 2016 tour include:
● 5 days of cycling 45-55 scenic miles from town to town and 2 days of optional 50 mile loops
● New! Get your century ride in by taking the extra loop on Wednesday.
● Terrain: mostly rolling with flat stretches and a few hills throughout the week.
● Mileage for the week: minimum: 240… maximum: 395
● Primitive tent camping at a fairground, a park, 1 college, and 2 schools
● Opening day bicycle parade with costume contest
● Optional bus trips on Tuesday and Friday … reserve now!
● GOBA rider map will be available as a downloadable file into your GPS device, right before the tour.
● Golden GOBA Dinner for riders on their 10th, 15th, 20th, or 25th GOBA tour this June (OR you are an “All-Year” rider). Eligible riders will get a letter by the end of May with all the details.
● Song Contest
● Discount for registering early
● A new contest during the tour, fun and easy for the entire family, with prizes for the winners.
● Do Good – Do GOBA! You, too, can ride with a purpose by adding a donation. Proceeds from GOBA registration fees have been dedicated to worthy bicycle-related projects across Ohio. You can also maximize the good works by adding a donation along with your fees, right on your registration form. Columbus Outdoor Pursuits has 501(c)(3) status. Contributions are tax deductible and you will receive an acknowledgement. Your registration fees and your donations are promoting bicycling in all the best ways across the state.
Raffle for Rider #28!
Win the right to wear Rider #28 all week and a prize package, too! Free 2016 registration (we’ll refund your fee if you win), an exclusive GOBA sweatshirt (size XL), a massage during GOBA week, 2016 PhotoDVD, & an official GOBA-28 cycling jersey!
Register by April 15, 2016 & include your donation for raffle chances at $5 each. Proceeds from the raffle benefit bicycle projects across Ohio. Buying more chances = more chances to win. After the drawing in the GOBA office, the one winner will be notified by May 15. GOBA will then replace the winner’s original rider number with Rider #28.
Fly away with GOBA on an other-worldly experience in the beautiful rolling terrain of Southwest Ohio. The sun, the moon, and the stars align this year for a bicycle-camping tour like none other. Pedal along with 2,999 fellow travelers for 50 miles per day of the best of the earthly scenery, tempting food treats and entertainment, and the warmest welcome in the universe.
Saturday, June 18: Hamilton
● Hamilton in southwest Ohio rolls out the GOBA welcome mat for the first time!
● Arrive early and take in the sights: the Butler County Courthouse, a Victorian Gothic octagon house, a sculpture park and more!
● Settle in at the Butler County Fairgrounds, the launching pad for the 28th Annual GOBA.
● Buckle up for the bicycle parade and the kick-off party that will be truly “Outta This World”!
Sunday, June 19: Hamilton to Eaton, 50 miles
● Rocket away on the rolling hills to scenic panoramas.
● Marvel at the inner space of the Harshman Covered Bridge.
● Enjoy the flatter final approach to Eaton, where you’ll find Ohio’s oldest covered bridge.
● The arts, history, and nature form the perfect constellation of activities in town.
● Make a landing at Eaton High School, your Sunday overnight.
Monday, June 20: Eaton to Oxford, 50 miles
● Barrel down the tunnel of the Christman Covered Bridge toward the dawn of a new GOBA day.
● Venture into the “outer space” of another state when you dip your toe into Indiana in College Corner.
● Steer straight into the delightful Hueston Woods State Park and stop at the Pioneer Farm Museum.
● End up in vibrant Oxford, and camp on the beautiful campus of Miami University, featuring optional residence hall lodging.
Tuesday, June 21: Oxford (layover day), optional 50 miles
● Zoom around Oxford and enjoy all ends of the spectrum, from the stately Clock Tower, to the revered home of the author of the McGuffey Reader, to the kinetic Tall Bike spectacle.
● Or kick back with a latte in a downtown cafe.
● Start out on the hills of the optional loop and you’re rewarded on the far end by a jaunt on the wooded Miami Whitewater bike trail.
● Sign up for a bus trip option: Cruising on the Ohio River, including a tour of Cincinnati.
Wednesday, June 22: Oxford to Brookville, 49 miles with 101 mile option
● After your rest day, all systems are go for your foray from Oxford.
● Yes, more hills await today, but the promise of more beautiful covered bridges beckons you on.
● For travelers who want that century, today is your day, with the optional extra 52 mile loop from the PM Snack stop.
● Pedal lightly on the Wolf Creek Trail that delivers you into Golden Gate Park in Brookville.
Thursday, June 23: Brookville to Miamisburg 45 miles
● Tear yourself away from the heavenly shade in Brookville’s park and turn toward Miamisburg, the “Star City”.
● More gentle terrain under your wheels today leaves you plenty of time for contemplation of the galaxy.
● You won’t feel like an alien when lively Miamisburg welcomes you back for the first time since 1994.
● Countdown the hours until you find yourself at Miamisburg Middle School for the night.
Friday, June 24: Miamisburg (Layover Day), optional 42 mile loop
● Get yourself in the Splash Zone at Sycamore Trails Aquatic Center, ponder the Miamisburg Mound or visit the Bike Friendly businesses in and around the downtown.
● For some high-flying excitement, ride the optional loop, on the Great Miami River Trail to Carillon Park, Dayton, and one of the world’s best museums, the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Be sure to come back to earth!
● Today’s bus trip option is to Kings Island & Soak City, with more thrilling rides and water slides than ever.
● It’s time for the Silly and the Sublime: yes, the GOBA Song Contest is back.
Saturday, June 25: Miamisburg to Hamilton, 45 miles
● Comets have nothing on you as you hurtle through space on your way home.
● Enjoy some more good rollers, marvel at the Germantown Dam and log your last nap under a shade tree.
● Complete your mission and savor your accomplishment, as you touch down in Hamilton!
Route details and mileages are approximate and subject to change.
Sign on now! Don’t let yourself become an Unidentified Biking Object, but let us take you to your GOBA — It’s Outta This World!