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Discussion in 'Photos' started by RiderDawg, Jul 7, 2017.
Southeast Ohio -
Besides railing through sections of curvy Route 26, which hugs and follows the Little Muskingum River, I'd also bail off the pavement and explore the endless gravel roads that meander through the forested hills and farms in random directions.
The surface conditions of the secondary roads varied throughout the day. Most were moderately loose gravel. Sometimes the road turned to dirt, covered with leaves. One pine forest area had that unique feel with pine needles strewn about the packed gravel road, really more like a trail. The hard-packed gravel/dirt sections allowed a higher level of speed. Occasionally, a road will become much more loose, with a deeper level of large gravel that commands your respect - as the big adventure bike starts dancing and fidgeting around. As if your riding and balancing on a layer of marbles - essentially, you are. This disconcerting feeling takes some getting used to; but as the day wears on, you find a rhythm. Just don't get too comfortable. I've made that mistake before.
Came across an interesting old farmhouse in the middle of nowhere, just before a small creek crossing. It seemed odd that it had two front doors, close together, leading out onto the front porch. Must have divided the house at some point. Probably cheaper than a divorce. The place seemed devoid of activity. Not sure if it was recently abandoned or if everyone was just temporarily gone. There was a sign on the fence that said, "Do not let the animals out of the fence, no matter what they tell you." Didn't see any animals either.
Down one stretch of nicely maintained gravel through Wayne National Forest, I happened across a couple on horseback. After pulling over and killing the bike, they reassured me that the horses were fine with the bike riding past them. The cowboy with the Glock on his hip informed me that a wagon train was just up ahead and heading my way. He had noticed that I was taking pictures and suggested that I may want to get a picture of the covered wagons; specifically the original one from the 1800's.
- The cowboy with the original 1800's rig - powered by a couple of mules.
Myers General Store -
It's looking pretty rough, but it is still there. This store serviced the area from 1865-2004. The post office was also in the store, during the early days.
A few local residents still remember when the oil well gusher was drilled behind the store back in the 1920's, or the Saturday night community socials held in the back of the store.
Between 1998 and 2004, the Little Muskingum River repeatedly flooded. The store which had rarely been flooded in the past century, had water as high as 5 feet deep inside the store several times. It closed its doors for the last time in 2004.
Explored Shay Ridge and Upper Haught Run Road. Upper Haught Run Road is short and rough. Where it ends, a very rough logging trail begins descending down the hillside. After parking, a hike down this trail was made to assess the conditions. Very challenging. If not for the deep ruts from logging or monster trucks, I'd consider attempting it with some decent tires. But one wrong move and those ruts would probably suck me in, and with the Boxer's cylinders hanging out, would probably hang me up and create a dire situation. Saw a video once of a narrow KTM 990 carefully negotiating his way down through that section. The first 40 feet or so have a couple of short steep hills that looped you back out of the logging trail and back up to the main gravel road. The hills and rocky ledges making up the start of the logging trail would make for some decent practice on the big adventure bike. Once I get some proper tires and a little more crash protection, I'll have to stop back in at this location. Marked it on the Garmin.
Rinard Covered Bridge -
At some point, the gravel ran me out to paved Route 260. Sweetly paved it is. What a road. Twisty, hilly, and perfectly smooth new blacktop. Ran this back to 26. Took a left and ran into the Rinard Covered Bridge. Followed a gravel road behind the covered bridge, along the Little Muskingum River, back into a dead-end. Pretty sure there used to be a small rustic campground back there somewhere. Read something about it being closed due to flood damage.
Hune Covered Bridge -
Back-tracked to SR-26 and ran it down to Hune Bridge. Besides the few primitive campsites on the far side of the bridge, two gravel forest roads converge there. Either one takes you in an enjoyable direction. There is an oil pump and a couple of informative signs situated in the campground. The signs offer information regarding the history and construction of the bridge and the oil discovery of this region.
Back onto the gravel roads from there. Discovered some notable dispersed campsites. The only thing distinguishing them as campsites was the small clearing and a makeshift fire-ring constructed from gathered rocks. Dispersed camping is legal in any National Forest, differentiating it from stealth or guerilla camping - in which you bed down in a questionable location that borders on trespassing. A couple of these locations looked appealing so I marked them on the Zumo, as a possible future destination. While time is usually pressing, I dream of laying over in just such locations.
Many small (old) cemeteries were discovered. One was so remotely tucked away down a dead-end gravel road on a grassy hill, that I marked it as a possible stealth campsite also.
Ran back into the horse people and the wagon train again later in the day. Then, while traversing another forest road, ran into a couple of the wagons that had broke ranks - and were most likely heading for the barn.
In a word, "Awesome!"
Conkle's Hollow -
Beautiful panorama. I need to find that place.
It's definitely worth searching out, and easy to find, as it is located in the Hocking Hills Region in fairly close proximity to the other incredible points of interest such as Old Man's Cave, Ash Cave, Rock House, and a few others. A special area for sure.
My son is a Freshman at OU in nearby Athens, OH. I plan on taking the bike down for a visit in the spring. I hope to extend my stay and visit all those places I have wanted to see as well as Wayne National Forest.
Cedar Falls -
Brandywine Falls - Cuyahoga Valley National Park
I have a picture of my son on that porch, 40 years ago.
Who is Fred Flintstone?