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post #1 of 45 Old 06-22-2009, 10:39 PM Thread Starter
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Help building a route through SE Ohio

For the last couple years I've done a day trip or two every summer through the twisty roads in SE Ohio. I usually leave Norwalk (OH) around 9 a.m., make my way south through Coshocton on Hwy 83, catch Hwy 78 through Caldwell, and from there pretty much just "wing it" for a few hours, after which I head back north to make Norwalk by dark.

I understand there are plenty of fine roads down there, but occasionally while "winging it" I'd stumble upon one or two particularly enjoyable roads, and seems as though I'm having too much fun to be bothered with recording (or memorizing) them.

Last summer I had some time to familiarize myself with the GPS, and what I'd like to do is stitch together a handful of these roads for my next ride. This way I'll spend less time concerning myself with "where to go" and spend more time concerning myself with leaning into turns and missing shifts:rolleyes:

Anyway, I realize the subject of "SE Ohio twisties" has been discussed plenty by riders in various places, but really, these people could be riding anything, and I'd prefer to hear it from Strom riders if yknow what I mean.

So, how about it? Which SE Ohio roads are the absolute favorites (or lesser-known "gems") to you Ohio Strom riders, and if you've already have a "favorite route" through the area how about making it public for the benefit of us out-of-state Stromtroopers?....please.



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post #2 of 45 Old 06-23-2009, 07:12 AM
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I recommend that you consider the triple nickle. St Route 555 runs from south of Zanesville south and east to nearly the Ohio River. If you are on 78 it connects to 555 just east of Glouster. There is a little gravel in some of the corners, horse poop, and the occasional goat to deal with but this road has lots of twists and changes in elevation. I'm kinda old and slow and a newb in the twisties and I'm in 3rd gear a lot of the time. Weekdays its just you and the goats. On weekends there is more traffic but still very open.

Rt 78 is also a good time. Let me know if you need any more info.

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Dang, Slick, your Vee sounds nice in that Video shoot. I always wonder what mine sounds like when I'm not in the saddle.

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I have heard that route 536 is a great ride. It's northern end starts at route 78 (halfway between Woodsfield and Clarington) and runs southeast to route 7.

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just about everybody likes Rt.555 and 676 which runs off 555. (muskingum co. - morgan co.) but, my favorite is Rt.26.. (washington co. - monroe co.)

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Here is another good source of roads to ride in Ohio.

http://www.ohiorideguide.com/page7.html

Do you have a date in mind for this ride?

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Dont remember where this came from but it looks interesting,may do it myself this summer/fall.
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Dang, Slick, your Vee sounds nice in that Video shoot. I always wonder what mine sounds like when I'm not in the saddle.
I think my Vee might be just a scooch louder than stock on account of a small exhaust leak.

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I have heard that route 536 is a great ride. It's northern end starts at route 78 (halfway between Woodsfield and Clarington) and runs southeast to route 7.
Yes, thanks, 536 is one of those "gems." I remember it now. Reviewed some video I took and caught the road sign for it.

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just about everybody likes Rt.555 and 676 which runs off 555. but, my favorite is Rt.26..
I'm sure I've been down those roads before. Got em in the computerlizer.

Wish I could remember which one this is. I think it might be 144 going South toward 50, or it's 555 going South between 550 and 50.



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Do you have a date in mind for this ride?
Gotter narrowed down to mid-July. My work makes it hard to plan ahead very far. Sounds like you might be interested in meeting up, which'd be cool with me. Are you able to do weekdays?


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Dont remember where this came from but it looks interesting,may do it myself this summer/fall.
That route looks good. It includes 536 too. I've started compiling data into the I-Box. We'll see what it comes up with.

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Well, here's what I've come up with.

Starting in Zanesville it goes:
555 to 676 to 26 to 800 to 7 to 536 to 78 to 145 to 564 to 78 to 284

Looks to be about 200 miles.

Anyone want to suggest a tweak?


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Looks like about 200 miles in 2nd and 3rd gear for me.

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