Events Sponsored by the Ohio to Erie Trail Fund
This page is only for the events that the OTET Fund actually sponsors. Go to our Home page and click News & Events to get ALL events along the OTET! The Ohio to Erie Trail encourages our partners to send us news and events about the trail so we can include them on the News & Events page. Many fund-raisers are held along the trail as are special activities utilizes to get individuals and families out to enjoy the adventures available.
2017 Annual Ride Registration has ONE Opening Remaining as of June 23
The 2016 Annual Adventure Ride was a tremendous success according to the surveys and comments by the 26 participants! The 2017 ride is scheduled for September 9 thru September 15. This seven day, six night tour of Ohio on the Ohio to Erie Trail (Ohio Bike Route #1) is one day and one night longer than the 2016 adventure at the recommendation of the 2016 participants. Registration is still open but only to spots remain. Only 40 riders were be permitted to join this great adventure! As of June 23 the ride has space for one more participants. Ride the 326 miles and get your “326” sticker and name on the 326 web page coming soon.
This year we will be joined by Mark Looney, author of A Path Through Ohio, a travel log of the author’s adventure ride of his own on the OTET a couple years ago. Mark joins us to chronicle the many changes along the route and to talk and visit with our 40 riders. Mark’s book is available at Amazon.com.
Daily mileage ranges from 40 to 70 with nightly stays in Xenia, Columbus, Mt. Vernon, Millersburg, Massillon and Akron. The entire 320 miles is fully supported with a luggage/bike vehicle, mechanic and OTET staffers. There is a donation cost range depending on when you register. Individuals will be responsible for making their own motel/hotel registrations at lodging facilities where OTET has reserved rooms at special rates. Food is paid for by individual participants as well. There is a fee of $60 for transportation back to Columbus or Cincinnati that is payable during registration. Depending on when reservations are made, the donation to OTETF will range from $500 to $650 per person, making this tour one of the most reasonable supported adventure.
The 2017 adventure will feature several new route sections in Columbus, Galena, Centerburg, and Holmes County. All registered riders will receive a copy of the new $15 OTET Tour Guide that is coming out February 2. Jerseys that normally cost $100, are now available at time of reservation for $90. The discount on the jersey is taken in the final stage of check-out.
Trail surfaces are fine for road bikes, hybrids and mountain bikes. The OTET ride is considered a beginner to intermediate level adventure. While 90% of the trail is essentially flat, there are some hills along the way but none that are too long to just enjoy walking. Participants only need to carry what they will need for the day. By the 2017 adventure, 280 miles will be on paved trail while the remaining 50 miles will be on specially selected streets and roads. Weather in September in Ohio is typically dry with temps ranging from morning lows of 45-55 to afternoons of 70-80…perfect for bike travel.
Starting in downtown Cincinnati at Smale Park on the Ohio River, participants will depart for Xenia (67 miles) and stay at the Ramada Inn. Day 2 finds the group going to Columbus (60) for a night in the center of town at the Red Roof Inn. Day three we cross through Columbus to the Alum Creek Trail and end up on Day 3, 50 miles later in Mount Vernon at the Grand Hotel in downtown. On day 4 we head for Amish Country to historic Millersburg (48) and the Comfort Inn. Day 5 we travel on to Massillon (40) for our shortest ride of the week and stay at the Hampton Inn. Day six finds us pedaling just up the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath to Akron where our destination is the Courtyard Marriott that is located very close to the OTET.
Day 6 & 7 are special. First, the bike ride to Akron (33 miles) allows us to have a leisurely ride on the O&E Canal Towpath and to take in the many sights along the way. The seventh day is just about as long but it takes us through 20 miles of the Cuyahoga National Park, thru Cleveland’s west side and Market Square before ending at beautiful Edgewater Park on Lake Erie. There are numerous visitor centers, museums and demonstration areas: a great way to wind down from this beautiful adventure.
OTET will transport all bicycles and gear to either Columbus or downtown Cincinnati for pick up on Friday evening at the designated parking lot. We will work with everyone to arrange transportation to that location in Columbus or to the parking lot we will utilize in Cincinnati Friday. This may means we’ll rent vans for transportation of riders but we’ll decide all of that once we see who registers and what each person’s individual needs are. We will not leave anyone behind in Cleveland…unless that is your destination! There is a small fee for transportati0n back to Columbus or Cincinnati after the ride that will be collected when you register.
Flying In To Cincinnati? – If you wish to ship your bike to us before the ride so that a local bike shop can put it together for you all you need to do is ask. We have a bike shop that will receive your bike, put it together and tune it up for you, and save the box for us to ship it back out for you after the ride. The shop is a very reputable shop. You’d ship the bike to them no later than August 30th. They put bike together and we pick it up for you along with your packing materials. At end of ride, with you, we dismantle the bike and repack it for shipping out of Cincinnati to your home that next week in the packing materials/box we carry for you to Cleveland. Currently the cost by the shop is $65 for this service. We do not charge you for bike pick up from the shop or for bringing your bike back to Cincinnati to ship out. You will need to pay for that shipping home.
The Ride has space for only 1 more participants as of June 23. The cost, payable by registering on our web site includes a set of the 2017 OTET Tour Guide and a set of our OTET stickers. As of July 1, if space permits, the reservation donation of $650 is needed.
Cancellation refunds up to July 1st will be made minus a $100 tax deductible donation. After July 1 the cancellation fee is a $150 tax deductible donation. We will establish a waiting list on first come basis and if space comes available you will be notified immediately.
To join us in the exciting ride across Ohio in 2017! For questions, contact Tom Moffitt at MoffittOTET@gmail.com. Click here to go to our store and register for the adventure!
See you on the OTET Adventure September 9-15, 2017!