The Tour of the Hocking River Valley is a two-day bicycle tour on scenic, rolling, lightly traveled roads along the Hocking River. You will camp overnight at Lake Hope on Saturday after eating a delicious dinner, then return to Athens on Sunday.
When: Saturday and Sunday, May 11 and 12, 2013, Depart at 9:00 AM Saturday.
Where: Park and depart from the Walmart parking lot on E State St in Athens, near the soccer fields.
- Day 1: 54 miles from Athens, Ohio to Lake Hope. Map: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/2425742
- Day 2: 44 miles from Lake Hope back to Athens, Ohio. Map: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/2425743
Registration fee: $35, including a catered dinner Saturday night (vegetarian choices available) and breakfast on Sunday. The fee also includes camping at Lake Hope State Park, sag support, maps, etc. Children under 6 are free, children 6 to 12 and seniors 70 or older are $16.
Bring: A tent, sleeping bag, clothes for riding and for camp. There is no electric service at the campsite, so bring a flashlight. Also bring plates, cups, eating utensils and a collapsible chair. A helmet is required for this ride. Ensure that your bike is in safe working order, and carry a spare tube and basic tools with you. You should carry full water bottles and enough food for a ride of this length.
The sag vehicle will carry tents, food, and other equipment to and from the park. There is limited space in the vehicle, so plan to be your own mechanic and remember to bring food with you on your bike. Please no private support vehicles on the route.