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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Rivers, Trails & Ales Festival starts tomorrow in Marietta!


TRAILS (bike!)

Bring your bicycles to town!  Several organized road and mountain bike rides will be happening during the daytime on Friday and Saturday: beginner, intermediate, and advanced (both trail and road rides).  Stop in to get directions & maps to head out on your own, or meet up with a group at 10 am at the Armory.  You set your own pace.  All rides are unsupported. Don’t forget all necessary gear, helmet, snacks, and water.
BEGINNER RIDES: <10 miles.  Suitable for riders of all ages and abilities.
MID-RIDES: 10-20 miles (trail), or 10-35 miles (road)
BIG RIDES: 20+ miles (trail), or 35+ miles (road)
*Note: Some rides will leave by bike from the Armory, others will require driving from the Armory to the starting point.  Some trail rides are planned for Wayne National Forest.  Carpool with your fellow riders.
Friday and Saturday:
9 am:  Event Headquarters/Information Central opens on the Armory Lawn.  Stop in to pick up information on the day’s activities.
10 am: Group meet-up for all road and mountain bike rides.  If you want to join up with other folks for a ride, this is the time! Meet at the Armory.
Did you know that within the City of Marietta..
  • there are over 15 miles of quality single track mountain bike trails!
  • there is a paved dual lane bike path that follows the Muskingum River through the downtown, currently 3 miles from start to finish.
  • local county roads make for excellent scenic road routes.
And nearby…
  • The Marietta unit of Wayne National Forest is home to nearly 80 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails.  Towering trees, rugged hills and valleys define this hidden jewel of SE Ohio.  
  • The Northbend Rail Trail stretches 72 miles with 13 tunnels and 36 bridges. With multiple access points along the trail, you can choose how far you want to go. (see “Links” page for more info)

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