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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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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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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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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. :mod2_tooth:

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.

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.



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?


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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Well Mr Kipper, I would say that your route has a grand total of 6 miles of straight road.
 

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Well Mr Kipper, I would say that your route has a grand total of 6 miles of straight road.
:bom_stunned:

Hmmm, I guess (if nothing else) it'll help me appreciate commuting on the turnpike and living a sedentary lifestyle....and I do have it on good authority that enjoyment is overrated.:rolleyes:

Maybe I'll do some re-tweakin'
 

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Are you still coming to Ohio Mr Kipper?
 

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Are you still coming to Ohio Mr Kipper?
Yep, just got into Norwalk a few hours ago and I've converted the tracks into a route on the GPS.

I'm planning to do a trial-run this Thursday (maybe Friday). I'd have let you know and probably posted an open invite earlier, but lately (with work) I've been unable to commit to anything very far ahead, and I'd hate to line something up and have to cancel. The other thing is, this'll be the first time I've drawn a route on the computer, transferred it to the GPS and attempted to follow it, so it WILL be interesting. I anticipate lots of stops, missed turns, and a so-so lunch.

My overall plan is to look at this first trip as a sort of fact-finding practice-type thing, after which I'll probably modify and/or shorten the route before posting an open invite (with more advance notice) to meet up with other riders as a "designated navigator."

That being said, you're certainly welcome to come along this time. Just shoot me a PM and we'll work out a place to meet up, otherwise, maybe you can hit Version 1.0 in a few weeks or so, after I've worked some of the kinks out; your call.

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Well, here's the route converted from tracks to a route so it fits on a gps and (hopefully) it'll prompt me when it's time to turn.

Probably get going about 8:30 a.m.

That'll put me here (south of Ashland) around 9:15 am:

Hawley's Convenience Store
http://www.bing.com/maps/default.aspx?v=2&FORM=LMLTCC&cp=qsxbrh84b9z2&style=b&lvl=2&tilt=-90&dir=0&alt=-1000&phx=0&phy=0&phscl=1&scene=27750419&encType=1

Loudenville, turning East at the corner of E. Main and Rt. 60 around 9:45 a.m.

and here (S. Zanesville)
2013 S. River Rd, Zanesville, Oh
going by "South 60 Drive Thru and Grill"
around 11 a.m.

http://www.bing.com/maps/default.aspx?v=2&FORM=LMLTCC&cp=39.90871~-82.001244&style=r&lvl=16&tilt=-90&dir=0&alt=-1000&phx=0&phy=0&phscl=1&encType=1

Just watched some 09 Isle of Man practice in HD to get geared up for some fun, although I've no interest in speeding tomorrow.

Probably post a little ride report Friday.
 

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Notes to Myself: July 20, 2009

Don't expect smooth sailing when you' create a 500-mile route through unfamiliar territory, especially when you're less than 100% familiar with using said GPS's routing function. Instead, expect to be re-routed down gravel roads, only to have to backtrack because the re-route didn't take you past the construction you should have detoured. Also, expect to lose complete faith in, and become angry at the GPS when, for reasons you cannot fathom, it insists you do a U-turn for 45 minutes when you know damn well you're headed in the right direction down the road you'd intended to be on.
You may also expect to travel down narrow gravel "roads" of unknown length through the middle of Deliverance-ville, and observe hand painted roadside signs quoting scripture and telling you you're going to burn in hell. Also, at this time, expect to enjoy "WTF are you doing here" type looks from friendly(?)folk as you skitter gingerly down their marble-strewn dirt roads.
Expect to get frustrated, almost panicky, trying to figure out how to get back on course as you bake in the sun at a rest stop, eating yet another hot granola bar and capping it off with the only available drink at your disposal; 1/3'd a bottle of tankbag-broasted Mountain Dew. What else, expect to feel like cutting your trip short because you've spent way too much time messing with the GPS, and lastly, when you're finally able to forget all the afore mentioned frustrations, when you actually think you might be enjoying the ride on a particular stretch of twisties, expect to hit a patch of slick something, and come as close to "taking the dive (on pavement)" as you ever have (or want to). Doing so will create the necessary urgency to activate the emergency homing instinct which permits you to enjoy riding the remaining 2 hours in "keep yourself alive" mode.

I swear, every freaking time I go down there, that place (SE Ohio), despite my best efforts, just chews me up and spits me out. Don't get me wrong, there's fun to be had, but I've yet to enjoy "the perfect day of riding" or anything even close to that. As for building a great route through SE Ohio, well, that's going to take more effort than I'd thought. Not ready to give up just yet, but man my expectations were high. I think I'd have enjoyed the ride more if I'd have just "winged it" the way I usually do, instead of trying to hit every road on the route I'd made.

This concludes my journal entry for the day.

Tracklog available upon request.

 

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Sounded like a good idea ...

Well, after seeing your route and planning I was thinking about heading to Ohio (from north of Detroit) for a road trip; not so sure now! I always thought those small paved Ohio roads looked attractive ...
 

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Well, after seeing your route and planning I was thinking about heading to Ohio (from north of Detroit) for a road trip; not so sure now! I always thought those small paved Ohio roads looked attractive ...
Oh don't mind me one bit. I was just looking at the glass half-empty.

If all you've experienced is Michigan roads, you'll be blown away by what's down there in that corner of the Buckeye state; perhaps overwhelmed. It it, in my opinion, rediculous.

First time I went down there, I felt like I was in my own personal amusement park. It was baffling to me that such roads even existed. Even though it was a weekday, it confused me that the roads weren't constantly choked with motorcyclists, and I couldn't understand how The State could see fit to keep the pavement in such good shape.

I've taken a lesson or two from this last ride, mainly relax, and don't try to do all in one day.

Next time I'll just focus on finding one or two particular stretches of road, and just "wing it" the rest of the time. Seems to be the best approach for me.
 
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