ODRAO started as an idea for myself to do something that seemed on the edge or beyond what I or others could do mentally and physically. I needed something to focus on when my second daughter was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma four years after the first daughter in 2010 both at the age of 24. I had lived most of my life without exploring my home state and this seemed to be the time. I designed the course with an Ohio map and many hours in doctors offices and late nights over the long process of getting a very special person healthy. Both are doing fine now and I am left with the challenge at 58. I still feel strong though only the trail will tell.
Beyond my own challenge I think a cross Ohio in a single day is a really cool idea and I look forward to finding more people to make this an amazing ride / race with a grand finish in Cincinnati.
The course is just amazing, country roads in Northern Ohio away from large cities as much as possible, passing though many amazing small towns, then for the Southern Ohio track when the state gets much more congested and the rider less energetic, in comes the wonderful bike trail to provide a smooth path to the river.