Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure stops in Newark

June 26, 2018 by  

For 20 years, bicyclists have enjoyed taking part in the Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure (GOBA), a weeklong bicycle ride/camping trip that takes riders through some of the scenic part of the state. The ride begins in Delaware, and stop ins Lancaster, Circleville, London, and Newark, where riders arrived recently.

They came to Newark from Lancaster, and on the way between the two they stopped at Dawes Arboretum, arriving around midday, having already ridden 41 miles. After enjoying the lunch, they planned to ride an additional 10 miles to the Ohio State University at Newark, where they will enjoy lunch while they listen to the Licking County 4-H Band. Later in the afternoon, shuttles will take the riders to Newark’s downtown so they can enjoy SummerFest.

Newark will be the final stop on the cyclists’ tour before they go back to Delaware, where they started their journey. On the final leg of the ride, they will stop at Granville’s Lazy River to enjoy a snack, then have lunch in Johnstown.

This year, GOBA drew approximately 1,200 riders who came from throughout the state and the nation, according to Explore Licking County’s Carol Thress. She said the event is a good way to support local Ohio economies and showcase the state’s cities at the same time.

Events like this can be enhanced if organizers work with a banner printing company and create banners to welcome riders to different cities.