This year’s Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure will come to Bowling Green on Tuesday, with the first bikers
arriving in BG as early as 11 a.m. All of the 2,700 riders are expected to arrive by 3 p.m.
They will be camping out Tuesday evening at the Wood County Fairgrounds.
A shuttle will transport the riders from the fairgrounds to Bowling Green’s downtown for dining and
Musical entertainment, children’s activities and food vendors will be featured at the fairgrounds during
the day and evening.
The GOBA Web site encouraged the GOBA riders to stop in Pemberville as they travel from Elmore to BG,
suggesting that they see Pemberville’s restored railroad depot and 1892 opera house. For riders who
travel in the northern section of the county, the Web site suggested riding by the Islamic mosque just
outside of Perrysburg and stopping at Fort Meigs.
Among the Bowling Green attractions listed on the Web site were Bowling Green State University, Wood
County Historical Museum, Slippery Elm Trail, Snook’s Dream Cars Auto Museum and the Children’s
GOBA riders will leave Bowling Green on Wednesday bound for Defiance, with the suggested tour route
taking them past the four wind turbines west of BG and stopping in Grand Rapids to visit its shops and
enjoy the Maumee River.
Thursday will be a layover day in Defiance for the riders before they leave Friday morning for Fostoria.
The tour route will take them through North Baltimore.
This year’s GOBA ride will conclude on Saturday when the riders go from Fostoria to Norwalk.
The tour began Sunday at Norwalk, with cyclists riding to Elmore, where they pitched tents at Woodmore
Today was a layover day in Elmore, with Schedel Arboretum & Gardens being one of the local sites
suggested for the riders to visit. There also was a 50-mile optional route suggested for those who
wanted another day of biking. The optional bike route paves the way to Port Clinton, Put-In-Bay on South
Bass Island, or Cedar Point Amusement Park among the possible places to visit.
GOBA’s mission is to organize a yearly one-week bicycle vacation in order to learn about Ohio, its
people, geography, and history, as well as to provide inter-generational recreation; to enhance the
image of bicycling in Ohio; and to raise funds for bicycle-related projects in Ohio.
Each year the GOBA route features a different part of Ohio, traveling through peaceful countryside and
stopping at interesting tourist destinations.
Cyclists from all across the country (and from outside the U.S.) ride an average of 50 miles each day
through some of Ohio’s most scenic areas. GOBA is a tour, not a race; most riders find plenty of time
during the day for sightseeing and enjoying food along the way.
GOBA lays out and marks all the routes, offers guidance to the host towns, and gives riders maps,
commemorative items, and informational materials for the week. Delicious and reasonably priced food is
provided by civic, social, and church groups along the route and in the towns.
GOBA is primarily a camping tour. Each rider brings a large bag containing their own tent, sleeping bag,
clothing, and other gear. Each morning, riders load their bags into waiting trucks, then start riding
the day’s route, leaving when they want and riding at the pace they desire. Meanwhile, the baggage and
support personnel travel by a different route to the next host town, and begin to set up the next
"GOBAville." As riders arrive, they locate their baggage and set up camp.
Different kinds of entertainment await the riders each night.