Tombstone Bicycle Tour returning

The Maumee Valley Adventurers are inviting the public participate in the 41st Annual Tombstone Bicycle Tour on Oct. 21 with routes starting at Oak Openings Preserve Metropark.

The Tombstone Tour includes route map notes, GPS route you can download before the event, lunch, a rest stop and SAG support. A complimentary photo will be taken for later download.

The routes are well-marked with orange arrows before and after each turn. The short route, a 15-mile loop for new cyclists, winds past six cemeteries and will include a “Selfie Challenge” at each cemetery. The long route, a 25 mile loop to historic Providence Metropark, allows riders to visit a restored, working lock on the Miami-Erie Canal, a mule-drawn canal boat and a water-powered sawmill. For the more adventure, combine both loops for over 40 miles of scenic cycling.

Lunch is available from noon to 3:30 p.m. for all rider indoors at the Buehner Center. There will be Tombstone Tour Chili, fruit, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, cookies and beverages. A rest stop will be provided on the long loop at the Providence Metropark Dam Shelter overlooking the Maumee River.

Check-in and day-of registration begin at 10:30 a.m.. The ride starts at 11 a.m. and all riders must be checked and on the route no later that noon.

There is also a Family Haunted Ride, designed for families with children 12 and under, on the same day.

Come dressed in your bike safe costume and join in the fun of this family bike event that covers 3 to 5 miles of haunted trail all within Oak Openings Metropark.

All children receive goody bags. Explore the Prarie Sand Dunes, Wabash Cannonball Trail, Pine Forest and more. A new self-guided tour is also available.

While there have been many beautiful fall days in past years, please be prepared for all weather conditions. Register online until Oct. 18 to take advantage of pre-registration pricing. To register or for more information, visit