Extended Weekend Tour: Xenia Station - Kiser Lake Campground - Fireside Resort - Hueston Woods Campground - Xenia Station
Ride Date: June 11-14, 2021 (no rain date)
Ride Location: Four day ride that starts and ends at Xenia Station OH.
Ride Leaders: Bob Kissinger
Ride Cost: Campers will share the cost of campsite reservation fees, which are estimated to be $4-$15 per person per night depending on the number of campers per site. All other costs are the responsibility of the individual.
Ride Description: The purpose of this event is to introduce touring cyclists to a multi-day ride. The route travels approximately 50 miles per day on mostly flat, paved surfaces. Approximately 70 miles of the route are on bike trails, with the remaining 140 miles on roads with car and truck traffic. This is a challenging tour! Before signing up, be sure that you are comfortable riding with traffic, and that you are able to ride 210 miles over four days on a fully loaded touring bike. Experienced tour leaders will share their knowledge about bike touring throughout the trip. You must register for this event, so please register early if you want to attend. We have two campsites reserved per night (max 12 adults), but we will try to reserve additional sites if more are needed. If there are no additional campsites available, we will have to limit the registration to 12 attendees.
Mandatory Equipment: All cyclists must wear helmets while riding. All cyclists must use a bright, blinking red rear taillight while riding on roads (trail optional). While not required, a bright, blinking white headlight is strongly recommended while riding on roads.
Ride Itinerary: The route and basic information for each day is as follows.
Friday, June 11 - Xenia Station to Kiser Lake Campground (50 miles): The route follows the Little Miami Bike Trail and Simon Kenton Trail (Ohio Bicycle Route 3) from Xenia Station to Urbana (Steve"s Market & Deli grocery stop), passing through Yellow Springs and Springfield. At Urbana, the route leaves the trail and follows local roads to Kiser Lake Campground.
Saturday, June 12 - Kiser Lake Campground to Fireside Resort (53 miles): The route follows local roads from the campground to Fireside Resort. You will pass through Piqua, Bradford, Gettysburg and Greenville (IGA grocery stop), with a few short respites from traffic on bike trails.
Sunday, June 13 - Fireside Resort to Hueston Woods Campground (50 miles): The route follows local roads from Fireside Resort to Hueston Woods. The route passes through Eaton (Kroger grocery stop).
Monday, June 14 - Hueston Woods to Xenia Station (58 miles): The first half of the route follows local roads from Hueston Woods to West Carrollton, passing through Camden on the way. At West Carrolton, the route joins the Great Miami River Trail (Ohio Bicycle Route 25) and travels through Dayton before joining the Creekside Trail (Ohio Bicycle Route 2), which takes you to Xenia Station.
Google Maps Bicycle Routes (you may need to copy and paste url’s to your internet browser):
Friday - Kiser Lake State Park Campground, sites 47 & 48, water, pit toilets, no showers ($8-$13 per person based on group size)
Saturday - Fireside Resort, group campsite, water, flush toilets, no showers ($15 per person)
Sunday - Hueston Woods State Campground, sites C28 & C29, water, flush toilets, showers ($4-$7 per person based on group size)
The group will meet at Xenia Station parking lot on Friday, June 11, for a 9am sharp departure. We are allowed to park our cars there overnight. We will not ride as one group. You will ride at your own pace, and take breaks whenever you feel like it. Riders have the choice of eating meals at restaurants, or cooking meals at the campsites. The route will pass by grocery stores each day, so riders can purchase necessary food items for breakfast, lunch and dinner. There is no rain date for this event. Be sure to bring rain gear!
There will be no SAG support for this ride. You will need to have the necessary gear to carry your camping/cooking equipment on your bike. Riders must have the tools for, and be able to perform, basic bike repairs, e.g. fix a flat tire. If for any reason you cannot complete the ride, you will need to have someone you can call to come and pick you up.
This event is a perfect opportunity to prepare for our Fall week-long trip scheduled for September 18-26, when we will ride from Traverse City MI along the Tunnel of Trees Scenic Route to Mackinac Island.