‘GOBA DIGEST’ RETURNS!
Author Julie Schmitt explores some of the history and hidden treasures along this year’s GOBA routes. Reading her 20-page “GOBA Digest” will give you greater appreciation of the sights you are seeing, and an understanding of the influences that make this part of Ohio so compelling. And you might glean a restaurant tip or two!
Set your own pace while making memories with family, friends and up to 1,500 other riders. The itinerary is designed to showcase the area's treasures, both natural and man-made, as you follow a large loop from Bowling Green to Fremont to Port Clinton to Oregon, then back to Bowling Green.
Along the way, you can explore islands and marshes. Relax on beaches. Tour wineries. Step back into history. Thrill to amusement park rides. Taste the catch of the day. We’ll chart a course that’s sure to delight cyclists of all ages and interests.
New for 2019, popular Port Clinton will become the first GOBA town to have two layover days, giving you more opportunities to sightsee, do optional rides or just sleep in.
Also new for 2019, more choices on how far to ride. Want a challenge? Ride every day on fully supported routes, including an optional 100-mile century test, for a total of about 400 miles. Looking for less? Skip the three layover day rides and use our new, supported shortcuts on the four routes between host towns to reduce the distance to about 35 miles on each mandatory day, or about 140 miles for the week.
As always, outdoor camping is a fun part of the GOBA experience. We sleep in tents at schools, parks and fairgrounds while enjoying the hospitality of the towns we visit. Your registration fee includes luggage trucks that transport your gear as you bike from town to town, and modern shower trucks that keep the hot water flowing all week.
Don't like to camp? GOBA sells car-camper passes for RVs and trailers, and some of our overnight towns might rent indoor sleeping space in a dorm or on a gym floor. And there are multiple hotels within 10 miles of the four GOBA camps.
Don't have a tent or don't like setting up one? You can purchase "deluxe" and "community" camping services, with two levels of pampering. And all riders can purchase towel service or rent a chair.
Sign up now for GOBA before the deadline at midnight EDT on May 15. Be sure to add GOBA jerseys, T-shirts, indoor sleeping, baseball tickets, the Cedar Point bus shuttle and other valuable extras.
Prepare to set sail on a memorable journey!
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Our host communities have been working nonstop to make this GOBA the best one yet. You will not want to miss it!
The Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure is organized by Columbus Outdoor Pursuits, an organization with a full range of non-competitive outdoor activities.