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Back by popular demand, I have another route of great back roads, dirt and beautiful countryside for those big, heavy beasts! The last ride was a blast, and I've tried to improve upon the route and most importantly, the weather!

Here's the details!
When: Saturday, July 9th. (in the case of severe weather, use your judgment).
Where: Meeting at the Danville Community Park, in Danville, Ohio at 10am. Group rides out at 10:30 after a fuel-up.

About the ride...
This meandering route will encompass approx. 150 miles of forgotten back roads, with more gravel than pavement...including some great unimproved roads and light trails, taking us through hilly wooded areas, sweeping Amish farmsteads, and along some of the most scenic waterways in this area of the state. The start and end of the route are all centrally located, and we'll end the route with grand style at one of two very good restaurants to celebrate the day with some grub!

Most of the roads are scenic gravel back roads, and a few connecting paved county roads....




There are also some old, unincorporated roads that offer a big bike a challenge with rocks, ruts and bumps (I'll get to the specifics of these later)...and a couple small stream crossings.









That's a little teaser of what's on the route!

The biggest question everyone wanted to know on the last ride is the severity of the trails and bad roads. Except for 3 or 4 short sections of trail/roads, all of it is no more severe than a gravel road, sometimes narrow, but the surface is passable by a street bike. The last photograph is a picture of the worst of the sections....it's a long grade with deep ruts that occasionally criss-cross the sketchy road. We'll be going DOWN this grade, which is much easier on a big bike than up, and the grade is not steep. If the road is dry, it's not a challenge if you've done any offroad riding. If it's wet? Forget it unless you've got knobbies. I have worked "outs" into the route for anyone who isn't comfortable with offroad on a big bike, and in case of wet trails. Last year's ride saw a few bikes struggle, but it was with greasy places where the previous night's rain left some trenches. If it's dry, this is all doable on a Vstrom 1000 wearing Shinko 705's...in fact I scouted this entire route with my 14 year old daughter riding pillion...but admittedly, I'm willing to put the big Strom where some people will not. So, be forewarned there are some challenging sections if you're a total noob to dirt, but no requirement that you ride them and they encompass a very short part of this ride...you'll still have a ball if you miss them. But, know this, my daughter and I will snicker at you for being a sissy.

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Seriously, it's no big deal whether you hit the gnarly sections, they're easily avoided...they're on the route for the challenge, but if you'd rather not that's fine.

Now the next question I got is whether it's ok to ride it on a small bike? Answer: Of course! The route is laid out for big bikes, but I certainly don't care if anyone rides it on a small scoot. The one concern is that the 1st gas stop is at 75 miles, so if you do have a small bike or limited range, be aware of that!

More details:
If you want to trailer to the ride, you're 100% welcome to trailer at my place and ride up to the start with me that morning, my place is pretty much in the middle of the route, so it will be preferable to riding back at to the start (the route is not a loop). PM me for my addy. I will stop at the Pioneer Restaurant in Utica for some breakfast around 8:30, so if anyone wants to trailer or meet up there before heading to Danville, by all means!

The ride will last about 5-6 hours, depending on the size of the group, so we'll be finishing for a late lunch, early dinner at the end...there's no early food stop, so bring something to munch on and some water/drinks. We will make a couple scenic rest stops along the way, and there will be time to snack or fill your belly at the fuel stop if you're peckish. You will not get a junior-adventurer merit badge and commemorative windbreaker if you bail early, because you forgot your lunchbox.

Even more details:
I will make the route available via .gpx/.gdb before the ride, this always helps when more folks have the route on hand. I may do a roll chart if enough people request. This is the approximate route:



Also, if anyone is making a haul here to do the ride, and would like to camp out, again you're welcome to pitch a tent at my place....lots of wooded area, a fire-ring, and facilities...even some single track to hone your skills!

So, with that long-winded, cover-all-bases description, I hope you come and enjoy the back roads it's a very enjoyable route! The pace will be a nice one, not screaming fast or turtle slow, just a good ride through the country side with some friends!

Me and my scouting partner...
 

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Looks Good

I will have to keep an eye on this one. Looks like a good time. I think I can blast down there from here in about 2 hours or less :confused:
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I will have to keep an eye on this one. Looks like a good time. I think I can blast down there from here in about 2 hours or less :confused:
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Last time a couple guys from NEO came down and camped out the night before, dunno if they'll repeat but that's an option for anyone who's got a haul...like I said my place is good camping...I'll fire up the grill the night before and crack a cold one around the campfire!
 

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I may just have to put this one on the calendar. This could be fun!
 

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Craig puts on a real good time and ride.......of course I am in on this!!!! Be sure to harass Steve to come Craig, he has no excuse not to now!!!!!!:yesnod:
 

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Craig puts on a real good time and ride.......of course I am in on this!!!! Be sure to harass Steve to come Craig, he has no excuse not to now!!!!!!:yesnod:
Except that I'm on duty that day! I have put in for vacation but won't know until next week (ish). Then over to the Pony to pick up some 244's...

The KLR will be a better mount for me then the Strom was. The Strom IS very capable but this rider on a Strom, not so much!
 

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Except that I'm on duty that day! I have put in for vacation but won't know until next week (ish). Then over to the Pony to pick up some 244's...

The KLR will be a better mount for me then the Strom was. The Strom IS very capable but this rider on a Strom, not so much!
Hope you can make it! Speaking of 244's, I don't know what Pony charges presently but when I bought them Chapparal was waaay cheaper and if you make it to $149 for an order shipping is free.

Shinko 244 Series Dual Sport Front/Rear Tire - Chaparral Motorsports
 

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This picture, for some reason, I find very intriguing. Any hints to where this is...?
That's an abandoned rail line along the route east of Danville, it's actually not technically supposed to be for motorized vehicles (part of the Mohican Valley trail), the Amish use it pretty frequently. If we're not obnoxious no one will get bent out of shape if we ride it.
 

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Steve - think we should try to find a couple more of those "lost" railroad tunnels and ghost towns this year? I am wondering if we just got a hint on where to look for a couple more...
 

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I really want to join you on this ride! :hurray:

I'm in the process of arranging to get at least the Friday afternoon off work so I could be there for Sat morning. I'm coming from SW Ontario...it's around a 6 hour or so ride. I could pitch a tent in a little corner of your yard?
 

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I really want to join you on this ride! :hurray:

I'm in the process of arranging to get at least the Friday afternoon off work so I could be there for Sat morning. I'm coming from SW Ontario...it's around a 6 hour or so ride. I could pitch a tent in a little corner of your yard?
Absolutely! If I can say that my participants were international then that makes it even better!

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Steve - think we should try to find a couple more of those "lost" railroad tunnels and ghost towns this year? I am wondering if we just got a hint on where to look for a couple more...
I hear ya!
 

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Here's the details!
When: Saturday, July 9th.
Where: Meeting at Danville, Ohio at 10am. Group rides out at 10:30 after a fuel-up.

Meeting at 10:00am?

You have just missed the best 6 hours of riding time of your day!

B.L.
 

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Swingset,

This looks like a lot of fun and I'd love to join you but I'll be a week early. I live in NC now, but will be heading up to your neck of the woods to visit family. I grew up in Mt. Vernon, and will be visiting family in Newark. I'm not riding the Vstrom up, but I will be bringing up the WR, and I was really hoping to tour some roads like you've laid out (especially the dirt ones). Any chance you'll do another pre-ride the week before, and wouldn't mind someone tagging along?? If not, I'd love to have the details of the route, and I may try to run it myself.

Thanks!
 

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Meeting at 10:00am?

You have just missed the best 6 hours of riding time of your day!

B.L.
4am - 10am is your riding time? Yikes...I'd have to be on a meth-binge to get up that early, and I'd imagine an organized ride that started that early would have a participation level of 0%, including me.

Oh, did I mention that deer are all over the dark Ohio roads at 4am?

Swingset,

This looks like a lot of fun and I'd love to join you but I'll be a week early. I live in NC now, but will be heading up to your neck of the woods to visit family. I grew up in Mt. Vernon, and will be visiting family in Newark. I'm not riding the Vstrom up, but I will be bringing up the WR, and I was really hoping to tour some roads like you've laid out (especially the dirt ones). Any chance you'll do another pre-ride the week before, and wouldn't mind someone tagging along?? If not, I'd love to have the details of the route, and I may try to run it myself.

Thanks!
If you're on a little bike, I'd be happy to ride around the area with ya...there's some more fun stuff that's non-big bike friendly right along the route so if you wanna hit some of that I'll get the TTR out and find some dirt.
 

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4am - 10am is your riding time? Yikes...I'd have to be on a meth-binge to get up that early, and I'd imagine an organized ride that started that early would have a participation level of 0%, including me.

Oh, did I mention that deer are all over the dark Ohio roads at 4am?
Every morning, I ride to work at 4:30am. I have to thread my way through a family of mallard ducks, and at least three deer.

Check this out: http://www.stromtrooper.com/new-england/64781-trip-06-2011-memorial-day-weekend.html

And this: http://www.stromtrooper.com/new-england/65154-trip-08-2011-huronia-airport.html

Starting at 10:30am would drive me insane. I couldn't do it. I could have gone through at least one full fuel tank by then.

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Starting at 10:30am would drive me insane. I couldn't do it. I could have gone through at least one full fuel tank by then.

B.L.
Trust me, if I started an organized ride at 4:00 in the morning (which would require some of the participants to set out at 2:00am to even get here), I think I'd have a lot of "insane" comments. Worse, the first part of the ride (including the technical trails) would be shrouded in darkness...and we'd be finished in time for brunch, meaning the restaurant at the end wouldn't even be open yet.

I'll stick to my start time.
 

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Hmmmm.... thinking seriously about this one. It would be a great candidate for a "fast-n-cheap" ride from Indy.
 
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