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The 2018 Annual OTET Adventure Ride is Planned – Registration Opening December 1, 2017

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.

2018 Annual Ride Registration  will be open soon for only 40 participants. The dates are September 8th to 14th and it will be from Cincinnati to Cleveland, a distance of 326 miles accomplished in seven days. Watch for the registration to open December 1, 2017.

The 2017 Annual Adventure Ride was a tremendous success according to the surveys and comments by the 37 participants!  The 2018 ride is scheduled for September 8 thru September 14. This seven day, six night tour of Ohio on the Ohio to Erie Trail (Ohio Bike Route #1)   Only 40 riders were be permitted to join this great adventure! New this year are two shorter rides. We are offering a Cincinnati to Columbus ride for $225 BUT we cannot bring any rider, gear and bike back to Cincinnati for this two-day ride. The other new feature is the Columbus to Cleveland Ride for five days at $350. We do offer on this half ride the transportation back feature to Columbus or even to Cincinnati.

Daily mileage ranges from 40 to 70 with nightly stays in Xenia, Columbus, Mt. Vernon, Millersburg,  Massillon  and Akron. The entire 326 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.

All registered riders will receive a copy of the new $15 OTET Tour Guide.  Jerseys that normally cost $100, will be 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 2018 adventure, 280 miles will be on paved trail while the remaining 46 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 (59) 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, 51 miles later in Mount Vernon at the Grand Hotel in downtown. On day 4 we head for Amish Country to historic Millersburg (38) and the Comfort Inn. Day 5 we travel on to Massillon (30) 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 (30 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 40 miles and 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 of $60 for transportation back to Columbus or Cincinnati after the ride that will be collected when you register. This is for the rider, bike and gear.

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 we take your bike back to the bike shop and they ship it out for you unless you make other arrangements. 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 through the bike shop folks.

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.

Click here to go to our store and register for the adventure!

Watch for the 2018  OTET Adventure September 8-14, 2018 registration to open December 12, 2017.