The Rider

May 10, 2010

The 49th Annual TOSRV: A Tour in Pictures

Filed under: Photos, Steve's Stuff — The Blog @ 6:01 AM

I don’t know why it took me so long, but this weekend I finally rode for the 1st time the famous TOSRV – the annual Tour of the Scioto River Valley. It’s usually 105 miles to Portsmouth – and then 105 miles back the next day. This year, due to road construction and a detour, it was 113 miles each way – 226 miles! This was my first two-days-in-a-row century – and my 5th and 6th centuries ever. There was lots of wind, cross winds, head winds – and very little tail winds. But it was fun – and I’m tired! There were also some issues with riders who weren’t quite as safety conscious and considerate as I wish they would have been, but I will address this in future posts. Here are some cell-phone photos from the ride:

Living in a major metropolis - you sometimes forget how rural and beautiful Ohio really is.

The ride follows the route of the old Ohio & Erie Canal - and a few locks still remain

The line at the first rest stop for the porta-potty!

My favorite part of the ride: lunch.

Portsmouth is famous for the murals that line the river wall: This one honors TOSRV riders

Portsmouth had a team in the early days of the NFL (another mural shot) and Jim Thorpe was later a player/coach

Roll out your sleeping bag - and try and get some sleep in the gym at Shawnee State. Unfortunately, a guy 20 feet away was snoring like a locomotive!

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