Good thing the Wednesday group and I rode the tentative route yesterday – we had an exciting time! Lots of gravel and a sharp right turn on an uphill that caused us to bail. It turns out the roads in the Brush Creek Wildlife Area are all gravel, so I did a lot of exploring on the way back and came up with a revised route that takes us into this remote area but keeps us on paved roads (except for a 100 yard stretch of resurfacing).
We’ll take I-480 and SR 14 and 45 down to Lisbon for a rest stop at McDonald’s. From there it’s SR 164 south to Salineville where we’ll turn off onto county and township roads eastward to Hammondsville, turn back southwest to near Bergholz, go south on State Park Mooretown Road to Richmond and on to the Naples Spaghetti House. These are delightful roads along ridge tops, up and down valleys with lots of hills and curves, and one stretch (T 218) of recently paved single lane through a heavily canopied area of the forest. The cool shade is a plus on these warm days.
The revised route for tomorrow, Steubenville via Lisbon, is available in the Extras section.
Hope to see you at Bobs Macedonia this Saturday.