I just returned from this week long tour and my only comment is.... "SW Ohio doesn't have any hills"
The ride description mentioned there would be some challenging climbs but they failed to tell you it was going to be every day. My Garmin has never seen so many 5-11% grades. The route followed the shoreline but constantly climbed from the beaches to the bluffs and ridges for some spectacular views.
This is a well organized ride with fantastic food and I would recommend it to anyone.....just be sure you're ready for climbing, climbing and more climbing. I had to skip riding on day 3 as my right leg and ankle started swelling. I guess I wasn't fully recovered from the cellulitis I contacted on the XOBA ride. A day of rest and heat pads solved the problem and I was able to ride the remainder of the trip. As it turned out this was a great day to skip as it contained the worst climbs of the route. One of our riders who has never walked a hill had to walk his bike up the last few feet on one of the climbs. If he quit a few feet from the top I probably would have needed to be dragged up that one
We had a wonderful time and were able to take in some of the side trips - a dune buggy ride, a trip to the Chateau Grand Traverse winery and visits to the lighthouses, marina's, etc. We skipped the 44 mile ride on the last day and took our bikes to Mackinac Island.
I can honestly say I'm ready for the hills of Philadelphia I'll be riding in a couple weeks
Here's a few pictures I took along the way.