I could attribute my early arrival into Sidney to the summer solstice. This is the day that the earth is most inclined to the sun. Perhaps this angle gave me a faster downhill coast during my 49 miles from New Bremen.
Today was a day of rest for much of GOBAville. I did not cycle the optional loop. I sleep in some and decided to enjoy the hospitality of New Bremen. It was a day to recharge; especially phones, iPads and tablets.
I woke before the alarm went off to a very cool tent. I zipped up the sleeping bag and snuggled in for a bonus 15 minutes of warmth. Soon, camp was loaded into the van, and I was on my bike for the 56 mile ride from Greenville to New Bremman.
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.
Voices in the campground woke me this morning rather than the patter of rain drops. That was welcome. After a casual morning of breakfast and a hike through downtown Troy, I headed into Dayton with my friend Paula.
Rain drops on the tent woke me and sounded so nice this morning until I realized I would be pulling up camp in the rain. Rain and wind followed me for 40 miles of my 46 mile ride from Urbana to Troy. Crossing through Tipp City, the rain and clouds evaporated and were replaced with sun and blue skies.
Today I am off for a week of cycling the Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure, commonly known as GOBA. I have wanted to do this ride since I began cycling four years ago after Bariatric surgery.
You may not know that America celebrates the bicycle and cycling during May. It isn’t one of those Hallmark moments celebrated with greeting cards and gifts. It is a celebration of the joy and freedom that a bicycle can bring to our lives.