Thank you both.
Thanks for the clarification, Meefzah. I have not explored Ohio a lot, but I will see it again and again, and probably enjoy lots of scenic routes. When Google tried to route me across the state, it strove to keep me close to a straight line between my origin and destination, and produced a complicated route that had me changing roads every two to three miles. I sacrificed efficiency for simplicity, and had a more relaxed and longer ride.
Big B, I would have enjoyed more company, and obviously I would have benefited from your knowledge of roads, restaruants, and attractions. Ohio was the second day of a 3-day ride, on which we brought no phones and no computers. We could not predict when we would be where, so we made no attempt to hook up with Ohio Stromtroopers.
More thorough planning would have helped, but there is a certain charm to spontaneity. I recall that as the sky darkened and we had no idea where we would be tenting, I enjoyed the suspense of the moment, confident that the evening would be a pleasure, be it in a forest clearing, a campground, or a motel.
Thanks for the suggestion of company on a ride. I will communicate when I can offer some confidence in a schedule. I hate to disappoint anyone by failing to connect or by being embarrassingly late.
"Scenic Routes" were mentioned. My map of Ohio showed routes designated as scenic by outlining the highways in green. The designating bodies were obviously Ohio's numerous counties, because some counties were almost entirely green, while others, even adjacent ones, were devoid of such markings. And a given highway would change from scenic to non-scenic and back as it wound its way through counties.
The music for the ride was "Down by the Banks of the Ohio". I do not have any music playing equipment, because I consider it an unwelcome distraction on a bike, but I hummed and sang quite a lot that day. Countless Amish folk thought my voice was ghastly, and hurled horse turds at me, but I am used to that, and they never hit me.:rolleyes: