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Archive for June, 2009

Now What?

Posted by Sheila Joy on June 26, 2009

GOBA is gone and it was fun to have them here. Some of us worked at the information tent and had a chance to see the event first hand…WOW!

What is up next?

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GOBA Race

Posted by Sheila Joy on June 24, 2009

Team Defiance’s own Dave Duerk took third place in the GOBA race this past weekend. When you see him tell him Congrats!!

GOBA race 007

GOBA race 008 closeup

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Local Paper

Posted by Sheila Joy on June 19, 2009

GOBA1 2009

More than 2,500 bicyclists will be riding their way into Defiance next week.

The Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure (GOBA) will spend Thursday in the city, and local officials are making big plans for their arrival on Wednesday.

“We have 2,600 people coming and not everyone is going to have the same taste, that’s why we’re having different things for them to do,” said Cindy Mack, director of the Defiance Development and Visitors Bureau.

Among the activities planned is a community festival from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at Pontiac Park. Mack said the festival is the perfect time for members of the community and cyclists to get to know each other.

The festival will feature inflatables, a comedian, volleyball, a show by the Maumee Valley Ski Club on the Maumee River, a magician, food and more.

After the event, cyclists will return to Defiance College where they will be camping. An outdoor showing of the movie, “The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio,” will begin at 9:45 p.m. on campus for those who wish to attend.

Before the festival, there will be lots of things for GOBA cyclists to do including a tour of the fortgrounds and Defiance Public Library and stop in at the Northtowne Mall, Putt-Putt Golf and Games, YMCA and downtown Defiance.

Additionally, Defiance familiarization tours will be offered via shuttle bus from 2-6 p.m.

On Thursday, a variety of activities are planned for cyclists. These include tours of AuGlaize Village, Riverside Chapel, swimming at Kingsbury, fortgrounds tours and more. There will also be a historical program at 1 p.m. on Fort Defiance.

Sales and demonstrations downtown will be held throughout the day for cyclists and residents alike.

At 4 p.m. Northtowne Mall will hold a fiesta meal for cyclists.

At night several activities are open to the public and cyclists. These include a performance by the Bryan Community Band at 7 p.m. at Kingsbury Park as part of the Music in the Park Series and a performance of “Mousetrap” by the Fort Defiance Players at 7 p.m. at Schomburg Auditorium.

Cyclists will leave Defiance on Friday as they make their way back to Norwalk to finish the adventure.

GOBA’s goal is to provide recreation and allow individuals to learn more about Ohio. It is not a race. It is organized by Columbus Outdoor Pursuits, a volunteer-based organization.

Enjoying communities around Ohio is one of GOBA’s missions.

Every year bicyclists cover a different region of Ohio. On average, cyclists ride 50 miles a day. Approximately 3,000 cyclists participate each year.

This year’s route starts Saturday in Norwalk and proceeds to Elmore, then onto Bowling Green. From Bowling Green, cyclists will journey to Defiance and Fostoria before returning to Norwalk on June 27.

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Yesterday’s Crash

Posted by Sheila Joy on June 19, 2009

Jesus Larry is doing okay. After a couple of hours in the ER and a few x-rays later he was sent home with a separated shoulder, a lot of road rash and a very thankful wife.

The doctor did tell Larry it would be 6 to 8 weeks of healing.

I am not sure how his bike is but he did break his helmet.

Thank you and God Bless you to everyone from Larry.

Say a little prayer and ride safe!

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Non Bogus Journey

Posted by Sheila Joy on June 12, 2009

Stu and Dave

Just biking through another small town is what Stuart Rosner thought yesterday afternoon before meeting Jane Duerk.

Stuart or Stu for short is on a bike journey from his home in Virginia to Glacier Park in Montana and then  south to Utah. This may or may not be his final destination. He is keeping an online journal at: www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/nonbogusjourney

A few of us got to meet Stu last night for supper. It was good to listen to the stories of his adventure.

Stu stayed with the Duerk’s last night and was up and out the door by 7 am.  He spent one last meal in Defiance, Dave took him to Bud’s for breakfast.

Stu saying good bye to Defiance...

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