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The Toad 08-19-2009 01:11 PM

O hi O - Amish Country w/Princess & The Toad
 
Well, wasnt goona do a RR for what was to be a short day and a half spent wandering the backroads of Ohio's Amish Country... but things got a little more interesting that planned....

Day 1 - Friday, Aug 14th

(Not so) Long (or intersting) Way Down

So we started out with a 4hr ride to Wooster, OH (The Western door to Ohio's Amish Country). Leaving after work we planned on getting there about 8pm or so.

Heading South we made great time, which is good.. cuz there aint much to see between here and there.... In fact this is the only pic we took on the way down..
http://lh3.ggpht.com/_Q_DQcxTOytg/So...814091640a.jpg
Active Nuke Plant near Port Clinton Ohio

A rather dull ride down, but we arrived safely and even a dull ride is better than a day spent at work :D ...

Checked into our room and commemced to emptying beer from its containers :freaky and loosely planning a route for the next days ride..


Day 2 - Saturday, Aug 14th

Amish Country Here we come.... well... wait a minute.. Houston, we have a problem.

Rise and shine to a breakfast of free stale donuts and watered down coffee... do a once over on the bikes.. air pressure good.. chains.. good.. gear up... insert keys, ignition on...push start... and... wait.. only one of us is running :huh ... Seems as though the battery in Princesses Funduro decided Wooster Ohio would be its resting place...

Ok... dismount... loose the gear.. its getting hot already and its only 9am... after removing the battery we went back into the room without much hope of finding a replacement on a Saturday morning in near Rural Ohio.. checking the internet.. WHAT !!! The Battery House is not only open @ 8am.. its less than 1/4 mile away !!! Lets give them a call... YES !!!! they have the battery in stock.. and he would fill it and charge it on the spot.. we decided to let the battery charge for an hour or so.. and took that time to eat a proper greasy breakfast and get some real coffee at the McDonalds.. Ok.. so $45ish dollars and an hour later.. battery is in bike and we are ON THE ROAD !!!!

Heading South and East from Wooster there are endless (I counted), endless possiblities for a days ride in Amish Country... Didnt really keep a running count on the different roads and/or road types we traveled (wasnt planning on a RR).. id say it was 70/30 in favor of dirt over pavement...but here is what I can recall and theres PICS TOO !!!

Head South towards Loudenville (i know its a little west too) on Rte ??? looking for the first dirt road going our way... didnt take long and we were making tracks down County Hwy ????

Ill post the name or number of the road under if I can remember it..

heres some pics
http://lh5.ggpht.com/_Q_DQcxTOytg/So...0/IMG_1290.jpg
http://lh4.ggpht.com/_Q_DQcxTOytg/So...0/IMG_1298.jpg
http://lh5.ggpht.com/_Q_DQcxTOytg/So...0/IMG_1296.jpg
Sometimes its hard to tell if your on a "County Highway" or a Farmers Driveway... we managed to only do the later once....
http://lh3.ggpht.com/_Q_DQcxTOytg/So...0/IMG_1301.jpg
Zuck Rd @ Route 715

http://lh4.ggpht.com/_Q_DQcxTOytg/So...0/IMG_1307.jpg
http://lh5.ggpht.com/_Q_DQcxTOytg/So...0/IMG_1313.jpg
http://lh6.ggpht.com/_Q_DQcxTOytg/So...0/IMG_1314.jpg
Lots of Twisty fun and plenty of shade on Route 715

http://lh5.ggpht.com/_Q_DQcxTOytg/So...0/IMG_1319.jpg
Roadside on 715 - must inspect old strange bridge (in background)

http://lh4.ggpht.com/_Q_DQcxTOytg/So...0/IMG_1325.jpg
Inspection complete - Couldnt quite get the bikes back there though :(:

Hungry ???

Ok lets eat !!!

http://lh6.ggpht.com/_Q_DQcxTOytg/So...0/IMG_1344.jpg
How about Mizers Country Kitchen in Warsaw (Ohio that is)

http://lh6.ggpht.com/_Q_DQcxTOytg/So...0/IMG_1341.jpg
I had the Cow.. she had the Pig... wait.. isnt that a country song ???

Back on the road after a decent lunch @ Mizers... lets go find some more dirt !!!

Found some
http://lh5.ggpht.com/_Q_DQcxTOytg/So...0/IMG_1345.jpg
Hey whats this road called ???? Where does it go ???

http://lh4.ggpht.com/_Q_DQcxTOytg/So...0/IMG_1347.jpg
Oh yea... its 413

and it goes here
http://lh6.ggpht.com/_Q_DQcxTOytg/So...0/IMG_1348.jpg
http://lh6.ggpht.com/_Q_DQcxTOytg/So...0/IMG_1349.jpg
Hey... wait up !!

http://lh4.ggpht.com/_Q_DQcxTOytg/So...0/IMG_1357.jpg
Too late.. shes gone...

http://lh3.ggpht.com/_Q_DQcxTOytg/So...0/IMG_1359.jpg
Back out in front again...

http://lh6.ggpht.com/_Q_DQcxTOytg/So...0/IMG_1361.jpg
Cows

http://lh5.ggpht.com/_Q_DQcxTOytg/So...0/IMG_1368.jpg
Cows like Funduro's

We saw lots all kinda Buggy's.... One seater's, Two seaters, Plow Buggy's, Family Buggy's, Kid Buggy's.. heres a few

http://lh6.ggpht.com/_Q_DQcxTOytg/So...0/IMG_1378.jpg

http://lh3.ggpht.com/_Q_DQcxTOytg/So...0/IMG_1363.jpg

http://lh3.ggpht.com/_Q_DQcxTOytg/So...0/IMG_1384.jpg

http://lh3.ggpht.com/_Q_DQcxTOytg/So...0814091829.jpg



So after about 5 - 6 hours of wandering Ohio's Amish Country we felt a strong thirst for some good ol' Amish wine.... and they closed @ 6pm !!!

So off we rode.. towards Dover to Breitenbach

http://lh4.ggpht.com/_Q_DQcxTOytg/So...0/IMG_1380.jpg
This is the reason we brought the side cases.... Good ol' Amish Wine...

So after stocking up on all flavors of wine.. we headed out back towards Wooster to settle in for some dinner and of course... some wine....


Epilogue - All in all, it was fun.. a little over 600 miles in all (nothing to write home about).. but lots of good scenery and nice folks in O hi O

and oh yea... if your ever in Wooster and need a battery...
http://lh6.ggpht.com/_Q_DQcxTOytg/So...0/IMG_1386.jpg
Be sure to check the Battery House.. its there on the left... really it is...

oh and here is some more cows
http://lh6.ggpht.com/_Q_DQcxTOytg/So...0/IMG_1369.jpg

thanks to MeefZah for his help on our "adventure"

MeefZah 08-20-2009 08:54 AM

There's some beautiful roads in that area, easy to get lost for a day and have a great time. 715 is a favorite; and there are tons of trails off of it if you want to do some real "dirt", not just gravel roads! :lol3

Glad I could help you guys out, and glad everything went okay for you both.

The Toad 08-20-2009 11:52 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MeefZah
There's some beautiful roads in that area, easy to get lost for a day and have a great time. 715 is a favorite; and there are tons of trails off of it if you want to do some real "dirt", not just gravel roads! :lol3

Glad I could help you guys out, and glad everything went okay for you both.

"real dirt" is good... but on a LARGER bikes... best to know what your getting yourself into....(sand :eek1 ) and since we dont have Ohio OHV tags..and never can tell when a trail might end up @ some farmers doorstep ... figured it best we sticked to the marked roads....

All the farmers were pleasent and waving and smiling from there tractors as we passed by.... but probably wouldnt be so if we ran across them while making our way thru there field :ddog

Again.. thanks for the help and hope I didnt damage your rep too much :lol3

bbjsw10 08-20-2009 08:31 PM

I looks like a different world in Southern Ohio compared to up north here. If you ever get the chance check out Hocking Hills, lots of nice things to see and plenty of twisties down there too.

Bob from Findlay,:freaky

ckurowic 02-20-2010 01:18 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by The Toad
"real dirt" is good... but on a LARGER bikes... best to know what your getting yourself into....(sand :eek1 ) and since we dont have Ohio OHV tags..and never can tell when a trail might end up @ some farmers doorstep ... figured it best we sticked to the marked roads....

All the farmers were pleasent and waving and smiling from there tractors as we passed by.... but probably wouldnt be so if we ran across them while making our way thru there field :ddog

Again.. thanks for the help and hope I didnt damage your rep too much :lol3

Sorry to be a bit off topic, but are those the stock tires on the 650? I'd be more willing to hit gravel and dirt if I had something other than the stock tires on my G650....

Thorne 02-20-2010 01:49 PM

Thks for sharing

Just GO! 02-20-2010 02:04 PM

Looks like you folks had a nice ride. It kills me though to see all of that GREEN stuff all over the trees and ground. :bluduh

There's some really nice riding in Ohio..........but don't let anyone else know. :thumb

GB 02-20-2010 05:28 PM

Looks like a fine ride for the two of you! Good time to post those summer ride pics now... :thumb


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