I signed up to ride TOSRV (Tour of the Scioto River Valley) last year but had to cancel due to back problems so I decided to give it another try this year. The ride has two options - two 100 mile days or two 50+ mile days. My friends and I opted for the two 50+ days
Saturday we drove to Chillocothe, picked up our ride packets and started out for Portsmouth. The first 22 miles is the hilly section. Mostly rollers with a couple short 10% climbs to make it interesting. I really didn't mind this section as it gave us some shelter from the 25-30 mph headwinds
Our only rest stop was around mile 25. The food is at the top of a hill with 97 (I counted them) steps The rest stop was well stocked with good food and fantastic volunteers.
Around mile 46 I started experiencing cramps in my left leg. We had to stop for a few minutes while I stretched and tried to rehydrate. Loading up on a bottle of Gatorade and the short rest seemed to solve the problem and I was able to complete the day.
Sunday morning was chilly and of course the wind direction had changed. We would be heading into the wind again. At least they were only 10-15 mph winds and seemed tame compared to the previous day. The only thing I worried about was the hilly section would be the last 22 miles of the day I was determined to stay hydrated and avoid the leg cramps again. It must have worked because those hills didn't seem as tough as the previous day
This is the 48th year for this ride and it's one of the best organized rides I've done. Everything was well done - the volunteers, the SAG support, overnight accommodations, the party in the park on Saturday night and local police support. We managed to miss one turn Sunday. We had only gone a few hundred feet and stopped to check our map because nothing looked familiar. While we were digging out the maps one of the ham operators drove up in his car to guide us back on route.
I didn't take too many pictures. I was either fighting the winds or enjoying the great scenery. This is one ride I want to do again