REVISED for 2021, with ZERO VAN TIME required, the Ohio Trails "VAGABOND" tour takes riders on a trip around the western part of the state. Beginning and ending in Dayton, we will ride outstanding trails: Great Miami, Little Miami, Mad River, Creekside and Prairie Grass Trails.
We'll be spending our first 4 nights in Dayton, then biking to Springfield for 2 nights, over to Cedarville for a night, then back to Dayton for our final ride together.
We now meet for this tour in DAYTON, Ohio.
What is a Vagabond Tour? Think of it as going everywhere on your bike and having a SAG support van. We relocate to a different hotel several times on this trip, but you'll just ride your bike to the hotel, while we haul your luggage! Of course, the van is always available for any rider that needs a lift.
Tour Leaders: Mark Troy and Jack Pettry
- approximately 200 miles of cycling
- 7 overnight stays
- 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
- sag support
- admission to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Westcott House
Introductory meeting and dinner in Dayton. We will get acquainted with each other and outline our week of touring.
36 miles – Dayton to Tipp City, out and back on the Great Miami Trail. We'll bike right from the hotel, through the numerous parks around Dayton and on to the famous Great Miami Trail. Lunch is on your own in Tipp City. Either bike back to the hotel or get a lift in our van.
29 miles - Wright Brothers Special! For the morning ride, we will take the Great Miami Trail to the Wolf Creek Trail for a few miles, then visit the Wright Brothers Cyclery and the museum there, part of the National Parks Service. After lunch we will bike to the National Museum of the US Air Force, where the Wright Brothers' inventions are on display. The museum is an incredible archive of airplanes and aviation history. The ride back to our hotel is an easy 6 miles, so we can take a few hours here and absorb as much as we care to.
31/45 miles - Today we again ride the Great Miami Trail, but this time we'll head south out of Dayton. The path follows the river in great, sweeping arcs with good views of the surroundings. Miamisburg is about 14 miles into the ride. Good lunch options are found here. Franklin is about 6 miles farther down the trail. So pick your route and have either a 28 or 40 mile day on the bike. We'll gather again tonight to share stories of our tour together. We might even share a pizza or two - who knows!
38 miles – Today we're VAGABONDS! We'll leave Dayton for a few days with a great ride east on the Mad River Trail. A few miles later we'll find the Creekside Trail, which takes us to Xenia. At "the hub" in Xenia, a trailhead where 5 trails intersect, we will ride north on the Little Miami Trail. We'll pass through colorful Yellow Springs, where you might want to take a break, grab a brew or cup of coffee, then continue north to Springfield. Our route takes us right to our hotel, where we stay for the next 2 nights.
30 miles – Bike from our hotel on the Little Miami Trail, north to Urbana. Find some lunch, see the sights, then bike back to the hotel. For some optional extra miles, bike over to Buck Creek State Park.
28 miles. Vagabonds again! We ride the Little Miami Scenic Trail from our Springfield hotel, then at Xenia, we'll take the Prairie Grass Trail to Cedarville. Our hotel is right on the trail, and Cedarville's cafe's and shops are within walking distance. Or just take a bike!
28 miles – We bike back to Dayton today, using the Prairie Grass Trail, the Creekside Trail and the Mad River Trail. We will end the tour back at our opening hotel in Dayton. It's been a fine tour on the Ohio bike trails!
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
This tour’s trails are all paved and suitable for all bicycles.
Suggested bicycle: Touring bikes, road bikes, hybrids
Suggested tire size for this tour: 28mm – 37mm
$1950 per person (based on double occupancy)
$500 – Single Supplement (extra price to have your own room)
$100 – Bike Rental (helmet and bike bag included)
Your Travel Plans
For this tour we meet people at 5:00 pm on Monday, September 20, 2021 at Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Dayton. The trip ends on Monday, September 27.
If you are driving you may leave your car parked there during our tour.
Your Lodging Plans
Your lodging from Monday, September 20 through Sunday, September 26 is included. Your night’s lodging on the day the trip ends (Monday, September 27) is not included. That night is at your expense and reservations for that night are your responsibility.