2014 Route Overview
THE ADVENTURE: Saturday, June 14 – Saturday, June 21
Mansfield – Orrville – Coshocton – Mount Vernon – Bucyrus – Mansfield
GOBA 26: Take A Ride On The Wild Side!
Each year the GOBA route features a different part of Ohio, bicycling through peaceful countryside and stopping at exciting tourist destinations; click here to see the towns visited by GOBA over the years.
Your registration will include tent camping. You buy all your own meals and snacks. Expect additional costs for other lodging, indoor gym floor-sleeping, 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 information.
Highlights of the 2014 tour include:
- 5 days of cycling 45-55 scenic miles from town to town and 2 days of optional loops
- Terrain: hillier at the beginning of the week, rolling to flat starting mid-week
Route Elevations Profile.
- Mileage for the week: minimum: 250… maximum: 410
- Primitive tent camping at 2 fairgrounds, a college, a school, and a park
- Opening day bicycle parade with costume contest
- Optional bus trips on Tuesday and Thursday … 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.
- Friday Song Contest
- Discount for registering early
- A new contest during the tour, fun and easy for the entire family, with prizes for the winners.
- Raffle for Rider #26, Prize Package worth $350. All proceeds benefit the Bike Lady, Inc.
- Do Good – Do GOBA! You, too, can ride with a purpose. For all of our tours, proceeds from GOBA registration fees have been dedicated to worthy bicycle-related projects across Ohio, notably the Ohio to Erie Trail and to the Bike Lady, Inc., a charitable nonprofit which provides new bikes to children during the December holidays, who because of a history of abuse, neglect, and abandonment, would likely never get a new bike. Besides the proceeds from the registration fees, you can maximize the good works by adding a donation along with your registration. Either way, you know that your registration fees are promoting bicycling in all the best ways across the state.
Raffle for Rider #26!
Win the right to wear Rider #26 all week and a prize package, too! Free 2014 registration (we’ll refund your fee if you win), an exclusive GOBA sweatshirt (size XL), a massage during GOBA week, 2014 PhotoDVD, & an official GOBA-26 cycling jersey! Register by April 15, 2014 & include your donation for raffle chances at $5 each. Proceeds from the raffle benefit Bike Lady, Inc. 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 #26.
Saturday, June 14: Mansfield
Welcome to Mansfield and the Richland County Fairgrounds! Mansfield is the home of the Shawshank Trail and Shawshank Redemption movie.
Arrive early and try out these options:
- Walk the halls of the Ohio State Reformatory, where the movie The Shawshank Redemption was filmed. Celebrate the movie’s 20th Anniversary this year!
- Stroll Mansfield’s downtown Carrousel District for local dining, shopping, winery & brewery. Ride the paved 18.2 mile Richland B & O Bike Trail, connecting quaint towns to explore.
- Experience local favorites like the gardens of Kingwood Center, Bogey & Bacall’s wedding site at Malabar Farm State Park, family activities like the Richland Carousel Park and Little Buckeye Children’s Museum, or stop by the Area Info booth at the fairgrounds for ideas and local deals.
- Take a ride in the bicycle parade that will be Wild and Wonderful.
- Come to Mansfield to launch the 26th Annual GOBA and settle in at the Richland County Fairgrounds!
Sunday, June 15: Mansfield to Orrville, 56 miles
- Jump out of your sleeping bag, drag your duffle to the truck, and swing your leg over your saddle.
- Today’s ride parallels the historic Lincoln Highway, which links Mansfield, Wooster, Orrville and beyond.
- Drink in the sights at Wooster’s sumptuous Secrest Arboretum.
- Maybe go for a refreshing swim at Charles Mill Lake.
- Arrive in Orrville to a grand welcome at the shady grounds of the Wayne College campus.
- Make time to enjoy the pool, the Railroad Museum and all of the delights of Orrville.
Monday, June 16: Orrville to Coshocton, 58 miles
- After replenishing your energies in Orrville, fly on your bike on to Coshocton.
- Along the way, marvel at the Holmes County Trail, which you will share with Amish buggies.
- Satisfy your hunger at a bountiful lunch stop in Millersburg.
- Bask in the rural beauty as you ride through Killbuck Valley…you might even spot some wildlife.
- End your day at the GOBA campground in Coshocton’s Lake Park, a virtual trove of entertainment with pool, trails, lake, golf course, Monticello III Canal Boat, and much more, all at arm’s reach.
Tuesday, June 17: Coshocton (layover day), optional 50 or 100 miles with several cut-offs
- Immerse yourself in the treasures to be found in Roscoe Village, a short path away from your camp.
- To keep your legs tuned up, cycle in to town, or ride an optional loop, where you can wave to the llamas, admire the fish, or go on to the preserved Zoar Village or the Swiss ambiance of Sugarcreek.
- Or relax on a bus trip option: Amish Way of Life, featuring an Amish family home, Hershberger baskets, and an up-close experience with the exotic animals of Rolling Ridge Ranch.
Wednesday, June 18: Coshocton to Mount Vernon, 42 miles
- You’ve had a good rest; now it’s back in the saddle to pedal the rolling hills to Mount Vernon.
- Stop along the way to study the workings of the Mohawk Dam.
- Admire the view at the White Oak Inn.
- Skirt the Tuscarawas and Walhonding Rivers, and roll along the Kokosing Gap Trail.
- Find your tent-home for the next 2 nights at welcoming Mount Vernon High School.
Thursday, June 19: Mount Vernon (layover day), optional 55 miles
- Sample the offerings in Mount Vernon’s intriguing assortment, including the Historic Woodward Opera House, inviting shops, Hiawatha Water Park, Brown Family Environmental Center, and Underground Railroad sites, to name a few.
- Hop on the nearby Kokosing Gap Trail for a short jaunt, or go off to the wild blue yonder, aka the optional 50-mile loop to Licking County and back to Mount Vernon.
- If you want something different, sign up for the bus trip, Adventure and Beauty in the Buckeye State, including Dawes Arboretum, a cruise on Buckeye Lake, and a rare visit to a “wild” cranberry bog.
Friday, June 20: Mount Vernon to Bucyrus, 54 miles
- Today’s route is gentle on your muscles while treating you to a visit with the friendly folks of Fredericktown.
- An abundance of hospitality awaits you in Bucyrus, where the Crawford County Fairgrounds becomes GOBAville for the night.
- Add to your mental scrapbook in Bucyrus as you enjoy the site of the Annual Bratwurst Festival, the only hand-hammered copper kettle made in the U.S., the 50′s Memories at Carl’s Gas Station, the stained glass dome in the Courthouse, and the captivating murals.
- Sing like you mean it! And revel in the commingling of community and GOBA spirit, the essence of the GOBA Song Contest.
Saturday, June 21: Bucyrus to Mansfield, 43 miles
- Catch your last breakfast pancake, tear down your tent and turn your handlebars toward home.
- In your wildest dreams, you could not have imagined the feeling of accomplishment as you think back on the week’s Adventure.
- Savor your final miles, as Mansfield puts out the welcome mat for your triumphant return.
Route details and mileages are approximate and subject to change.
Register now for the 26th GOBA. Don’t miss out on a chance to Take A Ride On The Wild Side.