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Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by SCQTT, Apr 16, 2009.
He was the one? West coast morons.
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So for as good as the Dragon is, has anyone ridden the Triple-5 (Triple Nickel) in SE Ohio and have anything to report about it? The roads in SE Ohio are supposed to be great and not near as heavily traveled as the Dragon.
The roads in SEOhio suck, don't go there.
The roads in New England also suck! And they are covered with sand. and gravel. and pot holes. and ice and snow. and a lot of other things that no one in their right mind would EVER want to ride on. So don't even think about rinding there. OK?
I've ridden 555 many times, same is true for "The Dragon".
The Ohio road is way more complicated with blind sharp curves and elevation changes that will have you up in the air (cool, if that's what you want) if not careful.
Much longer than DG --- Amish farms -- people smile and wave to you.
In some ways it's more like 28 into Franklin ----
I'm kinda fond of 191 going south out of Alpine, AZ.
As for rounds around Deal's Gap, there's no shortage of good ones. I'm sure the traffic is much worse than it was growing up and learning to ride on those roads in the early 90's, but the roads themselves are great anywhere in that area.
Don't forget the random farm equipment (& or Amurkin Iron) over most crests and the scrub in the corners. I love that track...road.
Yep. Post 59279.
After the other inmate indicated he had searched through October. I had the thought, what if your father finished his ride in October but actually rode the dragon in September? Then it was a little of trial and error. I should have looked at the overlook picture a little closer before suggesting the first rider.
Motivation was to solve a puzzle and help someone share a memory with his father.
Have a good time reminiscing,
As for great roads, they are where you find them. I was astounded to find that northeast Washington State had such an abundance of clear tarmac, twisty and low-traffic roads that snaked up and down through the lava beds, wheat fields and canyons.
Then for the last two weeks I have discovered the South Island of New Zealand. Undoubtedly, many here know about this place. Yes, it is left side drive but the uniform 100 kph speed limit, light traffic, two sea shores and a plethora of 15 - 75 kph turns will flat wear you out in 8-hour days of pure twisty riding. No worry about deer here. I know here are some red deer and pigs in the remote country but never saw a large animal dead on the road since they shoot them year round. There are abundant short passing places, regular slow traffic pull outs and polite drivers. Never saw a radar unit in 4,000 km of riding hard enough that I halfway wore out a brand new set of bike tires from the edges in. Never seen anything like it. Rent a bike and ride that island!
Thursday is looking like sunshine and a high of 60. Just about perfect riding weather for the area.
Yep. Hot Springs sounds like a good destination to me!
Man, that's awesome. I sent him the screenshots and he was blown away. I don't think he even knew they took pictures like that. He had no idea they were out there. I'm going to order a few for him for his birthday or something. The one with his buddy on the Goldwing and him in the distance is a fantastic shot.
Iron Horse Station....fried mozzarella is outstanding.
Quite a road, a scenic and somewhat remote roller coaster. I went down to Columbus (wanted to check out Iron Pony) then went east to Zanesville and picked up 555 to go down to the Dragon. I was having a blast as the day faded. As it started getting really dark, I realized I was a long way from anywhere. There are no indications as you crest a hill if the road turns right, left, or dives back downward. To top it off, the bugs were out in force, attracted to my hi beams, which also brought out bats. Very cool to watch, but a few near hits. At one point, I did finally hit one with my shoulder. As I went into the next curve, I felt a violent flapping between my collar and helmet. I was a bit red, but no obvious scratches or bite marks to warrant rabies shots. I finally checked into a hotel well past midnight, totally exhausted. (somewhat stupid and lucky)
EDIT: Wanted to add that it was pretty decent pavement condition, but it also gets used for stuff like pulling the manure spreader to the next field. There lots of places where a sharp bend might hide clumps of mud (and probably shit) from a muddy tractor entering the road and getting up to speed.
What a great place to come. People finding pics of your father on his VFR and riding recommended in South New Zealand! I’ll put it on my list.
Yup, flat, straight and boring. Stay Away. Nothing to see or do here, food sucks. hotels are expensive, ppl are jackwagons. Why would any sane person come here?
Don't worry. I hadn't planned on going there.
On my ride from CA to the Dragon last year, via MI, I rode south down OH 586 from Mt Vernon. Stayed in downtown Zanesville (dinner at Weasel Boy Brewery, highly recommended) in order to ride 555 the next day. It was exactly as you describe; scenic, twisty and slow with hidden driveways, blind rises and all manner of ways to screw up your day. Coming down 586 to Zanesville was a little more open and flowing but similar. I did enjoy every mile of both.
After 555, I went through Parkersburg WV and out WV47. That was a great ride. Ended up near Healing Springs WV, all on great roads except for heavy traffic in the various towns. WV47 was a good ride, as well as the roads around Healing Springs.
And now, back to our original story.