Reentry to the "real world" occurred two weeks ago. We just had our busiest week ever with our B&B, but I just want to take a moment to pause and pay homage to a really awesome week at the Great Ohio Bike Adventure (GOBA) last month.
The week started off a little rough (not sleeping the first night), but after a good night's rest it was the greatest! Thank you to my friend Arlene who encouraged me to hang in there, "it will get better". It certainly did!
We started in Mansfield, Ohio and went to Orville, then Coshocton, Bucyrus and back to our starting point. Our little group numbered 2000, smaller than previous year's. But hey, no lines!
We covered all kinds of roads, 50 to 54 miles per day. There were bike trails and a lot of country roads. There were definitely hills. I rode just about all of them (my husband installed great gears) and thoroughly enjoyed the down hills.
Once I arrive at GOBA it is such a different life for a week. It is all about the weather, your equipment, getting the right food & hydration, getting your tent up before it rains. Yes, we rode in pouring rain, didn't even put my rain coat on because it was so warm! As I heard from the ride director, "It's just liquid sunshine!"
One of the high points is the song contest on the last night. Folks submit lyrics they have written about GOBA. Once they are reviewed by the GOBA cop (that was me), they are scheduled to perform in front of the group. My face hurt, I laughed so hard. The talent is actually quite good, very creative. Some of these folks have been doing this for 26 years. Last year's winner was a song titled "You Picked a Fine Time to Lose Me, Loose Wheel."
The best part is the people, everyone cooperating - cheering each other on when we made to the top of a huge hill. Even though I slept on the ground in a tent (missed my pillow top mattress), I plan to go back next year - it was a true happening!