It was a hot summer in the country on today’s 52 mile ride from Troy to Greenville. After a short ride through the edge of town, we were soon in rural Ohio farmland. It was a very flat ride.
The farmland is quite beautiful in this western part of the state. Farms are quite large with beautifully manicured homes. The small villages are a slice of Americana. Main Street is defined by the IGA, post office and grain mill
My memories of today’s ride are about the people and towns. It was by far the friendliest day. Many homes had welcome GOBA signs. Many a farm porch had people waving. Even farmers on tractors, gave me a nod or wave.
The most memorable rest stop was the last one in Gettysburg Township. The residents had ice cream and ice for our water bottles (a rare occurrence). The best thing was two folk/classic rock musicians entertaining the cyclists.
To understand the GOBA experience, you soon realize the ride is about the people and places. Bicycle touring is about meeting locals and being welcomed into their community for even a shirt slice of time.
GOBA gives these small Ohio villages a chance to welcome a large number of tourists to their area. They do this with great pride.