About Your Tour Guides

Meet your hosts, Jim Ervin and Dick Ries.

Welcome! We’re the guys in the red Hawaiian shirts that will probably be your tour guides. In 2016, we decided to take a leap of faith after a friend asked us to bring our spirit of adventure here to their city of Sandusky. We left our home in Central Ohio, planted our dreams in Sandusky, and now share them with you, our guests.

A rich history

Tour guide Dick Ries

Sandusky Segwave, our original tour company, was forced to relocate from our previous location because of an essential building renovation. We embraced the opportunity to improve and expand our business model to now use a bus to share the joys of the region with our guests. Everyone can ride the bus – it’s fully ADA-compliant for those with mobility considerations. This change has also allowed us to offer a longer season with more tour options. We now offer recreational and educational tours in addition to historic tours.

We never look back to what could have been – only to what is ahead – and that is YOU!

Having been in the tourism industry for many years, we are comfortable with guests from all over the world and want you to have a fun and a safe adventure. We prepare extensively for our tours so that we can bring you both accurate information and a breath of fresh air (or “a new perspective”?) as we delight you with the points of interest that highlight the Firelands region’s splendor. Not sure what we mean by the “Firelands”? Come visit and we will be quick to tell you! We are proud of our area, and think you will be fascinated by what you discover.

Striving for excellence

We have built some lasting relationships through the years with the area’s many tourism service organizations. One of the most cherished is with our advocate and advertising partner, Shores and Islands Ohio (formerly known as Lake Erie Shores and Islands). In 2019, Shores and Islands Ohio chose us out of so many distinguished businesses for their Partner of The Year Award. We have also earned TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence award 4 years in a row. And we work closely with many local organizations helping with fundraising efforts for our communities.

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