got back Monday and had a blast. Weather wasn't as bad as predicted. The ride down had a little rain but was dry most of the time. Stayed in a turn of the century house, with 4 bedrooms so everyone had their own room and a great front porch which is where we spent most of our time. Rocky's is open and train does run in summer. We were right near a square that had several restaurants and a pharmacy so could walk to dinner. As you know there are 9 different routes they call the windy 9. Routes can be downloaded via a GTX software and then loaded onto some gps. I have the zumo 392 that is great for motorcycle's. Tried downloading some routes but it's tough. So I just found the route then put in the destination. You can tell it how strong of twisty's. hills, and stay off highways. Put in hocking hills and had a great ride. It rained earlier so had to keep the speeds down a bit, but had an outstanding ride. Saw wildlife, turtles, deer. Ended up at Jimbo's for lunch, then headed back. Decided to ride to Athens as the weather was cooperating and ended up at the smiling skull bar. The entire day was dry with some sun throughout the day making for a great day.
After looking at weather reports, it didn't look good so we decided to come home early. Planning on returning in a couple years to try the other 8 routes, hopefully figuring out how to download the directions. Highly recommend Hocking Hills as a destination for motorcycles and sports cars also. Saw some very cool Porsche and Maserati's cruising around.
I do have a question for the buckeye bunch. Is Ohio the gravel capital of the world? Every other turn had some rocks in them causing us to slow down. Probably due to all the rain lately, but put a damper on the ride.
BLAST! I totally forgot all about the "Windy 9". Stupid Ruger! I even have a paper map of them. BLAST! where did I leave that map at?! lol
I just checked the maps/routes out on-line (couldn't find the paper map), I have been on a lot of those roads, but I have not done the actual routes that they have mapped out on the maps.
BLAST! you found out about my secret, favorite watering hole down there in Athens, "The Smiling Skull Saloon". just how did you end up there anyways?
Gravel is a fact of life on the rural roads in monsoon season, the ditches just can't contain the runoff from the hills. Other than that... roads pretty good over that way? Got to get over there again myself.
what he said.^
you know, from someone that lives in MI.,-the dirt/gravel road capital of the world- (not to mention their awesome paved roads,not!
), that's a pretty funny question for you to ask.
but, yeah, we have had nothing but rain here for the last four to five months. Hell, Lake Erie is over flowing. no exaggeration. Lake Erie is at an all time high. Hell, "Mentor Headlands Beach", which is the longest (mile-long) natural beach in Ohio, is now gone! it is completely under water!
on the way home form work, heard on the radio an emergency broad cast saying that there was a flash flood warning for all counties of Ohio. it also said that the flash floods will be begin soon!
all in all, I'm glad you had a safe trip. I'm also glade you to hear that you enjoyed yourself and will return to the Hills. I told you, those are the best roads in Ohio to ride on.