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Has anyone riden the river byway (OH portion), from Cincinnati to East Liverpool? Dad, brother and I are planning on leaving this Friday morning. I have heard the road quality (twisties) and scenery are pretty good. Found the route on motorcycleroads.com/
 

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Rt 124 is good, maybe still closed though; but that stretch of Rt 7 and Rt 39 are ballsuckers.

7 is marked as a Scenic Route and the east side of the state is additionally marked with the Scenic River Byway signage but I'm here to tell you, there are very few scenic vistas on that road. Lots of divided 4 lane, factories, ramshackle houses, etc.
 

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You are exactly right and 124 is still closed. We started in East Liverpool and rode all the way through Gallipolis. Got digusted with the route and got on 243 and rode through Wayne National Forest. 243 turned into 387 then 141 etc... and was really cool.
 

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Well I sure enjoyed it ...

Last week I rode beside the Ohio River from Wheeling WV north to Toronto Ohio and then up to OH-39.

It was a treat to ride, and the scenery varied a lot, from industrial to farm to small towns to flat valley. I like the OH-7 highway, and have driven along it a few times.

Then I rode OH-39 from OH-7 west to Mansfield. It was great; I do not understand what Meefzah didn't enjoy on OH-39.

The highlight of that ride was certainly Holmes County. If you want to see well-maintained farms and stores and houses, ride Holmes County. I stayed in a campground, run by Amish folks, just north of Winesburg on US-62, and it was a total treat. $22 for a simple site with electricity and water, and free hardwood firewood. Yup, ya burn oak stubs left over from furniture makers.

I enjoyed my visit to Ohio, and I will ride more in your lovely state. OH was my Wee-Strom's twenty-ninth state, and it will be a while before I see the thirtieth one.

Cheers!
Keith
 

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Last week I rode beside the Ohio River from Wheeling WV north to Toronto Ohio and then up to OH-39.

It was a treat to ride, and the scenery varied a lot, from industrial to farm to small towns to flat valley. I like the OH-7 highway, and have driven along it a few times.

Then I rode OH-39 from OH-7 west to Mansfield. It was great; I do not understand what Meefzah didn't enjoy on OH-39.

The highlight of that ride was certainly Holmes County. If you want to see well-maintained farms and stores and houses, ride Holmes County. I stayed in a campground, run by Amish folks, just north of Winesburg on US-62, and it was a total treat. $22 for a simple site with electricity and water, and free hardwood firewood. Yup, ya burn oak stubs left over from furniture makers.

I enjoyed my visit to Ohio, and I will ride more in your lovely state. OH was my Wee-Strom's twenty-ninth state, and it will be a while before I see the thirtieth one.

Cheers!
Keith
Wish I knew you were coming....would've loved to meet ya!!!!! There is some really good riding in OHIO, me and Badtraindriver are gonna sample some more 2day.
 

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Last week I rode beside the Ohio River from Wheeling WV north to Toronto Ohio and then up to OH-39.

It was a treat to ride, and the scenery varied a lot, from industrial to farm to small towns to flat valley. I like the OH-7 highway, and have driven along it a few times.

Then I rode OH-39 from OH-7 west to Mansfield. It was great; I do not understand what Meefzah didn't enjoy on OH-39.

The highlight of that ride was certainly Holmes County. If you want to see well-maintained farms and stores and houses, ride Holmes County. I stayed in a campground, run by Amish folks, just north of Winesburg on US-62, and it was a total treat. $22 for a simple site with electricity and water, and free hardwood firewood. Yup, ya burn oak stubs left over from furniture makers.

I enjoyed my visit to Ohio, and I will ride more in your lovely state. OH was my Wee-Strom's twenty-ninth state, and it will be a while before I see the thirtieth one.

Cheers!
Keith
I'm with you, Keith. Been that way a few times and enjoyed it. I'll have to try that Amish campground as KOA prices seem to be going up and some are demanding a two night stay. WTF?
 

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Then I rode OH-39 from OH-7 west to Mansfield. It was great; I do not understand what Meefzah didn't enjoy on OH-39.
Reread the post.

I don't enjoy the stretch of 39 between Wellsville and the state line, north and east of Wellsville, where it joins with SR 7 for a while and then runs into PA. The O.P. was asking about the Ohio River Scenic byway and the majority of SR 39, which you rode, is not part of the byway. The part that is the byway sucks. Hence my post.

39 west of Wellsville, into Mansfield, is a nice ride, minus the lookyloos in Berlin, Sugar Creek, and the other Amish tourist towns.

There are a million better roads in Ohio, though.
 

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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:

Keith
 

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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: Keith
Keith you're a real card...:p Hope we can ride together sometime. I'm sure you must pass thru the Sarnia area sometimes on your way back and forth from the States.
I'd like to know where that campground is...sounds interesting.

We just rode part of the River Rd on the WV side ourselves last week on our way home from a week in that state. And then we rode on the Ohio side into Marietta (which was horrible and under construction!) But we love the city of Marietta and we were returning there for the second time in the same trip. I must confess that it was to patronize a particular store that was closed the first time around to buy some garden flags.:rolleyes: And we got to see the stern wheeler boats that were pulling into town for the Festival.

We love riding that part of Ohio....every road is a twisty windy one in the Wayne Nat Forest and lots of good ones in the Hocking Hills region also. Even the rural roads that just cross the state to get back to MI and Ont are great compared to the flat, straight roads of SW Ont.
 
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