For Immediate Release
THE PLAINS, OH – A local historian will lead cyclists on a 17.5- mile tour of historic coal towns during the Ride Through Time bike tour on May 15.
Did you know a canal once linked Athens with Lancaster and ultimately, the Erie Canal? Lock No. 19 of the Hocking Canal System will be one of the stops on the tour, and historian Ingrid Buckley will be present to tell participants about this and other historic attractions along the way. Buckley grew up in the hills of Appalachia and is a graduate of Wooster College, where she studied history.
The tour, sponsored by Rural Action and Ohio’s Winding Road, is noncompetitive and will follow scenic back roads through Athens County. Local refreshments will be provided along the way at points of interest, and there will be opportunities to patronize local eateries and shops. Participants should anticipate a 1,269-foot elevation gain with at 16.9% maximum grade. There also will be some gravel roads.
Three guides will be present throughout the tour equipped with first-aid kits, but this is a non-supported tour, meaning participants should come prepared with personal bike repair kits and water. Helmets are required.
Participants will meet at Nelsonville Public Library, 95 W. Washington St., at 9 a.m.on May 15 for the tour, which will run until 1 p.m. Space is limited so register soon at the following URL: ruralaction.org/biketour/
Rural Action is a regional community development organization with a 32-county footprint working with members and community leaders on a range of quality of life, environmental, and economic projects across rural Appalachian Ohio. Its mission is to build a more just economy by developing the region’s assets in environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable ways. Learn more about Rural Action at www.ruralaction.org
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