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post #1 of 51 Old 10-19-2010, 07:49 PM Thread Starter
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The Mythical Twisty Windy Roads of SE Ohio

It is whispered that there are roads in Ohio worthy of worship, better than the Dragon, roads perfectly paved, with no traffic. Roads that run for miles and miles of twisty, windy, sharply banked turns.

Should I even breathe the name of the venerable route 26 that runs up the middle of the Wayne National Forest near Marietta? We don't want hordes of bikes jostling for room, squeezing us out, running us down in their rush to enjoy the view of the river, the Mail Pouch Tobacco barns, the covered bridges. And what of the #260, #565, #537, #145...? Roads that corkscrew thru the woods, with no shoulders, no flat place to put a kickstand or even put down a foot to take a photo to prove they exist.

Or the most fantastical route #255...a road that makes you laugh out loud as it snakes up and down a narrow ridge of land, tidy century farms clinging to the edges as it drops off both sides to pastures dotted with cattle and woods of burnished fall colours of russets, golds and brilliant yellows.
Maybe this road only exists for a couple of perfect fall days of the year, like the weekend just past... like a "Brigadoon" of the motorcycling world.

But wait...here comes two motorcycles towards me. With those familiar slanty-eyed headlights. One of the riders wearing a high viz jacket. Could it be two more Stromtroopers have found this mythical road? We lift our hands in recognition and ride our separate ways.

And now our dilemma...should we remain silent and keep this magical, riding mecca to ourselves?
Or should we spread the word of the glorious riding in this small corner of the world?

Naaaaaah...forget I said anything!:mrgreen:









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I have sampled a few of those roads with other Strommers so the word is out. I can't wait to get back. Looks like you had an awesome time.

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I'll take 255 over the Dragon any day. It is definitely in my top 3 favorite roads of all time. SE Ohio has fantastic roads.


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The roads are great, but often not as well maintained or marked as the Dragon. Also there are a lot of driveway and other connections which is one of the main reasons the dragon is so venerated. The "triple nickel" 555 is also a fun road. On the up side there are a LOT less cops in ALL OF SE OHIO then in the first mile of the gap. But do watch out for those Ohio cops, nearly 90% of yearly revenue is due to speeding tickets in my observation.

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Nice story and wonderful photographs. I like the schoolhouse shot. Kind of speaks to me.

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Hey Footloose!

Those roads are crap and no one should ever ride on them. They are a big disappointment and I know the only reason you posted was so that people would not go to some of the better roads out there, like the challenging I75 (which is very popular with Canadians and very challenging to Torontonians.)

You might consider heading down to the Ohio bike meet on Labor day (US equivalent to Labour Day in Canada.) A bunch of riders, many on Stroms, camp there for the weekend and commiserate on how boring the roads are down there.

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Hey Tom! :mrgreen: Don't even get me started on the I75! I went thru four separate areas of construction on the I94 and I75 on my way to Ohio and endured an extra 2 1/2 hrs of clutch grabbing, stop and go lineups!
I would have rather eaten glass than return home that way and so took I23 to I69 back thru Flint, even though it was a longer route.

We'll have to make it to the campout next year. Funny...we have spent the last several Labour Days in SE Ohio but somehow missed the fact that there were other Troopers there.

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Hey Footloose!

Those roads are crap and no one should ever ride on them. They are a big disappointment and I know the only reason you posted was so that people would not go to some of the better roads out there, like the challenging I75 (which is very popular with Canadians and very challenging to Torontonians.)

You might consider heading down to the Ohio bike meet on Labor day (US equivalent to Labour Day in Canada.) A bunch of riders, many on Stroms, camp there for the weekend and commiserate on how boring the roads are down there.

..Tom

ps: there is a trend for Canadians to crash on that weekend. We need to break that trend.

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Notice my nice Geo Globe decal on the right hand side pannier? Received from Yukontracker and applied just in time for my trip.

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I spent about a day in SE Ohio on my way back form my first Deals Gap trip 10 years ago, awesome roads, I spent a night in Marietta then the next night in Wheeling



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I love SE Ohio. So far the only roads that compare that I've been on are in Colorado. And those just scared the shit out of me.

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