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2014 - Discovering The Cardinal Trail


1978 Columbus Outdoor Pursuits (AYH Council) established a signed bike route on paved roads across Ohio from near Richmond Indiana to Youngstown Ohio. This undertaking was conceived and accomplished in less than a year with the help of many people. Over 430 signs where placed so that the route could be traveled in either direction. The route had a trip-tik type map. By 1990 over 2500 maps had been sold.

(Final Jersey 2014 Jersey)

Mileage will be 60-65 miles a day.
There are options for additional miles at least 3 days during the week.

Saturday Night 
Southside Church of the Nazarene
3500 W. Fuson Rd. 
Muncie, In 47302 
Sunday Night 
Richmond YMCA 
1215 S J St 
Richmond, IN 47374 

Monday Night 
Piqua Jr High 
1 Indian Trail 
Piqua, OH 45356 
Tuesday Night 
Hilliker YMCA 
300 Sloan Blvd 
Bellefontaine, OH 43311 

Wednesday Night 
Highland High School 
6506 Ohio 229 
Marengo, OH 43334 
Thursday Night 
Ashland YMCA 
207 Miller St 
Ashland, OH 44805 

Friday Night 
Walsh University 
2020 East Maple Street 
North Canton, OH 44720 
Saturday Parking 
Check in starts at
Lowellville High School
52 Rocket Lane
Lowellville, Ohio 44436

*** This is not the actual route we are taking!
The overnights are accurate!

1978  The Cardinal Trail was created by Ed Honton & Team in conjunction with Columbus Outdoor Pursuits. This is one of the first bike routes across the State of Ohio and first used by AOBT, Across Ohio Bike Tour.
(AOBT the original XOBA) 

In 1979, Columbus Outdoor Pursuits (AYH Council) decided the Across State Bicycle Route, The Cardinal Trail, would be a good place to have an extended bicycle trip. Starting in Richmond, Indiana, and staying overnight in Piqua, Byhalia, Fredericktown, Canal Fulton and New Middletown. Eighty-Eight people attended the first AOBT.

2014 we are revisiting and updating the Route that started it all. The overnights are different, the Routes has had very few updates.
The Current Cardinal Trail runs across the middle-upper half of the state; From New Paris, Ohio to Petersburg, Ohio (Richmond, Indiana to New Castle, Pennsylvania) 
We will be Parking near Petersburg, Ohio. Our first overnight will be near Muncie Indiana.
Before the planning for the 2014 XOBA we did not know there was another Cardinal Trail. Indiana has a nice system of reclaimed Rail-Trail, one of those is called the Cardinal Trail. We thought it would be really cool to take part of the Indiana Cardinal Trail to hook up with the Ohio Cardinal Trail. In 2013 some of the XOBA Team visited the current and original Ohio Cardinal trails to determine both where to go and how to update the current map.

Once all of the overnights have signed contracts we will announce them to everyone.
As always, the overnights we have been to in the past can not wait for us to come back. We really do have some of the best riders out there. The overnights we have never been to, want to know who we are, why we are doing this and occasionally we hear "Are you all Nuts??" 

Every year we put together a list of near by hotels/motels. Please keep in mind if plan to stay in a hotel/motel each night, you are responsible to get to and from. They are not always near by and we do not know their quality. Our hotel/motel listing will be available in the spring.

Camp stoves, ETC!!! are not permitted
Our contracts with schools, YMCAs, etc strictly prohibit the use of 
Camp Fires, Camp Stoves and other such devices.
If you have questions, please email our Support Team

If you are familiar with the Cardinal Trail, or any of the Across State Bicycle Routes
please note Columbus Outdoor Pursuits is constantly updating these routes.
XOBA 2014 will be using most of the new Cardinal Trail route.
If you have suggestions, comments, or even questions about any of the routes please let us know