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post #1 of 15 Old Jun 3rd, 2016, 10:16 am Thread Starter
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SE Ohio rides

Hi All,

I've been looking at the SE Ohio area twisties for a very long time and now plan to explore the area in early July.
Looking at all areas South and Southeast of Columbus and eventually heading up the East side to end up at the
Rock & Roll HOF after 3 solid days of riding what appear to be great opportunities for the LT.

I'd really appreciate any input on "must ride" roads/areas. Places to stay (I really like the roadside motels where the
bike is parked right outside the room's window). Road conditions. Local out of the way places to get good home cooking...

I've looked at routes on motorcycleroads.com and could never enjoy all of them in the time I have, so I'm
looking forward to hearing from anyone that's enjoyed the SE Ohio twisties. Maybe even a few recommended
routes from the motorcycleroads site.

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Re: SE Ohio rides

I guess I'll go with motorcyclerides.com and just happen upon the small town restaurants as I go.

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Re: SE Ohio rides

Maybe this will help.
Reader Ride - Eastern Ohio | RoadRUNNER Motorcycle Touring & Travel Magazine

This one is better;
The Best Routes: Ohio
http://www.motorcycleroads.com/best/?c=111

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Got 'em!!! Even found a diner in Lisbon.

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Great place to eat, closed on Sunday.



Too many good roads to list but here are a few.
SR26 from Marietta to Woodsfield.
SR260, 800, 536, 78, 255, 564.........Basically everything in the triangle south of I-70, east of I-77 and down to the Ohio river. Cross the river on the Sisterville ferry and ride some in WV if you have time or just ride the ferry over and cross back over on the bridge at New Martinsville.

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The Big Muskie Bucket is cool, on SR78 east of McConnelsville close to Reinersville.



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Too many good roads to list but here are a few.
SR26 from Marietta to Woodsfield.
SR260, 800, 536, 78, 255, 564.........Basically everything in the triangle south of I-70, east of I-77 and down to the Ohio river. Cross the river on the Sisterville ferry and ride some in WV if you have time or just ride the ferry over and cross back over on the bridge at New Martinsville.
Awesome! Exactly what I needed to know. How prevalent are gravel roads in the area?

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Awesome! Exactly what I needed to know. How prevalent are gravel roads in the area?

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If you want gravel roads you won't have any problem finding them off of those routes.

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If you want gravel roads you won't have any problem finding them off of those routes.
LOL. Nope, just looking to avoid them on the LT.

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Re: SE Ohio rides

We will be riding back through Southern Ohio on 7/2 from our trip out to the NE. Prior replies offered some good suggestions on roads and websites. You could also search on "windy nine ohio" and get some more tips on roads to ride.

Heck, we may even pass by you when you're in the area.

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I have been away for a few days so am just now catching up. Take a look at ohios-windy-9
Also the 555 is a real nice road south of Zanesville down to the river.

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Hi Dennis, Scott,

Great suggestions on the Windy-9. Got 'em loaded in the GPS. Needed a bit of modification as some routes produce some u-turns. But, 99.9% awesome! Nice, also, to have lunch and attraction suggestions in the area. The flyer describing the routes are 'in the mail'.
Seems like I'm all set except I won't be leaving for 2-weeks!

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I have been away for a few days so am just now catching up. Take a look at ohios-windy-9
Also the 555 is a real nice road south of Zanesville down to the river.
That's a real nice link to routes that provide a great "taste" of SE Ohio roads. I ride that area every couple of weeks and I see a few roads I've missed.

Besides the roads mentioned, a bit further east and north SR83 and SR78(east of MConnelsville to the Ohio River) are very nice for riding with good pavement and sweeping curves. Much of the area near I-77 was strip-mined for coal in the '60s and 70's. Homes and farms were removed, the topsoil disappeared, heavy equipment destroyed the roads. It was pretty ugly for awhile. After lots of "reclamation" the land is green, with trees and grasslands, and the roads were rebuilt. Most farms have not come back because there is no topsoil, the trees are not yet big enough for logging, the coal is gone, and there are few local jobs so the population is sparse. Most of the land is still owned by the power company. As a result, there is little traffic, only occasional trucks to damage the road, few intersecting driveways, and very little gravel or dirt on the road - all advantages for motorcycle riding.

As JimJim mentioned earlier, most any road in that corner of the state will be entertaining, especially if you stay on the State Routes. Expect more truck traffic as you near the Ohio River, those are the areas with logging, fracking and manufacturing. Set your waypoints carefully and check your itinerary because I've had my GPS send me down many gravel roads, some of which turned into two-tracks (I'm actually getting more comfortable on gravel - maybe I'll get out of 2nd gear someday.) If you have the time to plan ahead, a satellite view from Google usually makes the gravel apparent.

Personally, I do not like the one road everybody talks about - State Route 555. Portions are narrow, with very tight curves and lots of sharp, blind hills. Many times you cannot tell where the road will go until you are within 10 feet of the top of the hill. Gravel on the pavement is common due to many driveways and vehicles dropping off the inside of the curves. Even at 35mph there is no time to see the scenery. This is the only road I've ever been on that made me feel nauseous while riding.

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Just realized you are coming down from Cleveland, wanted home cookin', and we ignored the area north of I-70. Holmes County has a large Amish population with numerous homestyle restaurants. All the fried chicken, roast beef, mashed taters and gravy you could want. Or maybe a good farm breakfast with fresh eggs, ham or sausage. Google the area around Millersburg, Berlin, Walnut Creek, Sugarcreek and Charm.

The area north of Wooster-Canton is a little too heavily populated for good riding, I think. I just stick to the freeways. State Routes 83 and 93 are good roads to get you further south. Horses and buggies are common - watch for slippery "exhaust".

You can just look at a satellite view of eastern/southern Ohio - any curvy road in the dark green part will be fine.

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Personally, I do not like the one road everybody talks about - State Route 555. Portions are narrow, with very tight curves and lots of sharp, blind hills. Many times you cannot tell where the road will go until you are within 10 feet of the top of the hill. Gravel on the pavement is common due to many driveways and vehicles dropping off the inside of the curves. Even at 35mph there is no time to see the scenery. This is the only road I've ever been on that made me feel nauseous while riding.

Enjoy your trip!
Glad you mentioned some of the concerns on 555. My first trip on the road was north-bound on a hot, humid and miserable day after I was already hot, tired and miserable myself. Couldn't wait to get off. My opinions were they same. But I had to try it again the next year. I rode it again last summer south-bound, took it easy, stopped a few times to enjoy 'rustic americana' and thoroughly enjoyed the ride. Not a speed run by any means because of many short visibility situations.

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