Ok Buckey bunch. I'll be heading to Hocking hills in 2 weeks and have been researching it. Just wondering of the good rides around it and stops along the way. We are staying in Nelsonville.
oh yeah, I almost forgot.....right in Nelsonville, there is the Hocking Hills Scenic Railway. I've never been on it, so I can't tell you anything about it. also, right there is the Rocky Boots Outlet Store. it's not as cool as it used to be, but it's a nice place. they have a cafe inside and they now sell guns there too! :smiley_thThanks Ruger, was hoping to hear from you. You've out done yourself on suggested roads. Damn! Only have 2 days in the area so thanks for all the choices. Weather looks sketchy at best but that's the way it goes. Thanks again. Looking forward to some Yuengling.
The last time another guy and I rode The Triple Nickel, we almost lost it in a curve. Car tires had thrown gravel all over the road when cutting the inside edge. Great road, but don't think I'll take it again. My sphincter is still sore from the experience. :surprise:OH man, Hocking Hills.......uuuuhhhhh, where do I start?! lol
in the Nelsonville, area ride North up RT78, this route is called "Rim of the World", and for very good reasons. ride it, and you will understand.
take RT78, north up to Ringgold, Ohio, not only is this drop you off at an other great route (RT555, "The Triple Nickel", Ohio's version of the "Dragon"), but there is also a free shooting range in that area! RT555, runs North to South form Zanesville, Ohio, to Little Hocking, Ohio, on the Ohio River.
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?! lolgot 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.
what he said.^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.
I doubt it was RT33, I bet it was some other road.Rt33 or 682?
The one road I used in Michigan was really smooth, but mostly straight as an arrow and flat, massive cornfields on both sides.