I've got S.O.A.L.!

Discussion in 'GPS Tracks - Central, Texas & Gulf States' started by motojunky21, Aug 24, 2019.

  1. motojunky21

    motojunky21 Been here awhile

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    IMG_20190804_153816.jpg IMG_20190804_140819.jpg This is what I call the Southern Ohio Adventure Loop, a great loop from the Paint Creek area down to the Shawnee State Forest area. Goes through Pike,Brush Creek,and Shawnee State Forest. Lots of good dirt,gravel and plenty of hills, three creek crossings, quite a few side trails to explore and goes by Pike State APV area. Fuel and food available at the Blue Creek general store, also in Latham. Watch out for Amish buggys on the northwest part. Some great views, especially when the leaves begin to fall. I think the loop is about 180 miles, takes me about 5 hours or so, not counting my 1 1\4 hour run from Dayton to Greenfield. Best dirt on the Western side. I like counterclockwise but mix it up for a change of pace.

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    motojunky21 Been here awhile

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    OhioKLR When in doubt, throttle out

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    Nice, I was just at this tower a couple weeks ago
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    wb416 Experienced pavement, n00b off-road

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    I was just checking out your tracks. Looks like a great loop. What does the Optional track feature? I can't really tell from google maps.

    Thanks, Bob
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    motojunky21 Been here awhile

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    Just a slightly different route featuring a steep rocky hillclimb or decent, depending on which way your going. I prefer counter clockwise.
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    wb416 Experienced pavement, n00b off-road

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    I had an opportunity today to ride the Northwest section of the route between Rt 32 (Peebles) to Rt 50. I had no idea there were MABDR-like roads in southern ohio other than the fire roads in Shawnee. I'm looking forward to riding other sections of it as time allows. Thanks for the tracks!
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    motojunky21 Been here awhile

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    Glad you are enjoying the tracks, only gets better the farther south you go!
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    rubberband Will ride for tacos

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    total mileage of loop?
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    motojunky21 Been here awhile

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    I would say about 180 miles, the GPX is 249, but includes the run from Beavercreek. I do this as a day run fairly often, usually takes me 8 hours or so depending on what variation I might throw in and whether I stop much. 3 hours of that is just getting to and from the loop, sucks living in Dayton area.
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    wb416 Experienced pavement, n00b off-road

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    I had a comp day and beautiful weather, so I finely got around to 100 miles of the southern portion of your route between Rt 32 and Rt 125, sometimes skipping roads around or east of Shawnee I've already done plenty of times. Awesome awesome route!! New SW Ohio favorite that isn't far from home!

    The tracks I have say SOAL Part 1. Are there other parts published?
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    motojunky21 Been here awhile

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    There's only one part, soalop1 is an slightly different route. My crappy phone will not let me edit tracks. Will lay down a new track when I get enough time to run the whole thing. Not enough light this time of year.
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    wb416 Experienced pavement, n00b off-road

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    No worries. Now that I've run your route, I can combine it with what I've learned from Gravelmaps.com and come up with infinite variations.

    I also used a GPX editor to remove your inbound/outbound legs from Dayton and left the loop you ran.

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    motojunky21 Been here awhile

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    Did you do the Ohio Brush Creek crossing or bypass on 348?
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    wb416 Experienced pavement, n00b off-road

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    I bypassed it. I slowed down and thought, "that can't be right". It looked like a lane on a farmer's field next to the structure. Also, the embankment on both sides looks rutty and muddy, so I skirted around on 348. Maybe another time I'll cross there, or if I'm with someone else that can help pickup a bike in sketchy conditions.
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    motojunky21 Been here awhile

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    It's a road according to all the maps I've seen, even has a stop sign. Water can be deep at times, but that's part of the fun!
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    wb416 Experienced pavement, n00b off-road

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    Got to the OPTIONAL tracks yesterday.... the one on Carter Run Rd with the steep up and down hill. At first with all the paved road I was skeptical about these optional tracks, then BAM... there it was. I can see that if things were wet and slimey it would be a tough choice. Nice find!
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