07/16/2022 at 9:58 am #91406
The annual Marietta Ride will take place September 30 to October 2, 2022. The ride will depart from Bob Evans in Macedonia promptly at 10 AM on Friday. We’ll have a group ride available for Saturday but you are welcome to ride your own route if you wish. Everyone figures out their own way home on Sunday.
I’m working on a new route to Marietta for Friday that will take us through the Wayne National Forest area south of Quaker City, west of Route 26 and east of I-77. This is a largely undeveloped area; much of the route will trace along ridge tops, with lots of curves and elevation changes that offer stunning vistas. I’m still looking for a suitable rest stop – not easy to find in this region. Saturday we will probably ride in West Virginia again. All of the route will be on paved roads, most of them state highways, and we will follow the posted speed limits. If you like to ride more aggressively you are welcome to ride your own ride. I’ll be posting the GPS route later.
I’m checking out several new restaurants – as usual, we’ll get together for a group dinner Saturday night.
Accommodation will be at the Microtel Hotel (506 Pike Street) where we stayed last year. This is a clean, reasonably priced hotel with a surprisingly good breakfast. They are holding a block of 10 double rooms for us at a rate of $85 per night until August 30. To reserve call 740-373-7373 and say you are with the Cleveland BMW Club.
I’ll be posting more details in the next couple of months so stay tuned. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the route on Friday – if you’re like me you haven’t ridden in this area before, taking the better-known routes 26 or 800 to Marietta. Oh, and by the way, we will have lunch at the Wooden Wheel in Quaker City, a favorite of the Wednesday riders.
More to come – stay tuned!
07/18/2022 at 1:49 pm #91622Richard FrantzParticipant
I will plan on attending.
07/19/2022 at 5:12 pm #92623Duncan CooperParticipant
This is always a great event. I’m IN !
08/23/2022 at 9:43 am #99840
REMINDER: Marietta Weekend Ride, September 30 – October 2
If you are planning to participate in the Marietta Weekend you should make your room reservation soon. Microtel still has rooms available at $85 for a double – call 740-373-7373 and tell them you are with the Cleveland BMW Club. Any rooms not reserved by August 30 will be released.
I’ve changed the route to Marietta on September 30 to State Route 555, the legendary Tripple Nickel. We’ll ride a mix of freeway and secondary roads down to Zanesville for lunch at the Muddy Miser on the river – another of our favorite spots. Then we’ll head south just a few miles to get on 555 and ride it all the way down to the Ohio River southwest of Marietta. Many of you have ridden the Triple Nickel and know it’s always worth another ride. For first timers, you’ll love the ceaseless ups and downs and curves through this largely rural part of the state.
On Saturday we’ll ride some great West Virginia roads – that means small, curvy, hilly, occasional rough sections, and maybe some detours, but all paved. You are also free to ride your own ride on Saturday – whatever you wish.
I’ll post GPS routes the week before the ride.
Please let me know if you will be riding with us on Friday so I know how many places to reserve at the Muddy Miser.
08/25/2022 at 10:08 pm #100280
I’m planning to go. If anybody has a room and wants to double up let me know.
AND, I’ve found a room, thanks. All Good!
09/06/2022 at 2:50 pm #101047JGrahamParticipant
I’m in and rooming with Roger C.
09/17/2022 at 9:30 am #102205
GPS Routes for Marietta Ride:
Marietta 2022 Day 1 — This route begins at Bob Evans in Macedonia, goes to the Muddy Miser in Zanesville for lunch, and then takes SR 555 to Marietta. The route is about 5 hours actual riding time.
Marietta 2022 Day 2 — This route takes state and county highways in West Virginia, heading east and south of Marietta to Weston on I-79 for lunch, and then back to Marietta. This is the route we rode in 2018 – lots of curves and hills on mostly lightly traveled small roads. The route is about 5.5 hours actual riding time.
TOT Track Zanesville to Marietta — This is the Trans Ohio Track for those who would like to ride off to Marietta on Friday afternoon. It is more than 5 hours riding time, so you will need to decide which portion to ride. I think Ed Desimone has ridden some or all of it and might have some recommendations for you.
09/17/2022 at 9:35 am #102399
09/21/2022 at 2:47 pm #103627
While we’re in Weston I think we should at least ride by the Trans Allegheny Lunatic Asylum.
09/26/2022 at 8:45 am #104326
I checked the route and found that we’re going to ride right by the Asylum. Wally wants us to make a stop there.
The place was built about the time of the Civil War and operated as a hospital for the mentally ill until it closed in 1994, although it never operated under the “Asylum” name. In 2007 it started operating as a museum and tourist attraction, and they decided to use that original name as an attention getter and to pay homage to the hospital’s history.
Seven years ago, my wife and I took the 90-minute Historic Tour and enjoyed it immensely. Much of the building’s interior is in poor condition, some of which is due to vandalism during the 13 years the building sat vacant, but quite a bit due to the neglect it received even while operating as a state hospital. The history of the hospital is both fascinating and horrifying. It was built following the Kirkbride Plan. Dr. Thomas Story Kirkbride believed that mental illness could be successfully treated with a “moral treatment” approach that included pleasant surroundings in open, airy, bright, and comfortable living conditions. In the 20th century this was replaced with more progressive forms of treatment (electro-shock and lobotomies!!). Some of the building has been restored to its original condition, which reflects Kirkbride’s vision for treatment, and it’s truly a sight to behold. See http://trans-alleghenylunaticasylum.com/ if you want to know more.
We might be able to get inside the building without purchasing a tour, but I don’t know yet. I’m working to find out.
09/28/2022 at 1:32 pm #104752Kevin McKennaParticipant
Hey guys, basically nearly a newbie to the CLE Club here…it’s looking like I will be able to make this wonderful ride/event….. and yes Roger C, no (hopefully) wrenches in hand!!
09/28/2022 at 1:34 pm #104753
Last Minute Details for Marietta Ride
Friday, Sept 30
Depart Bob Evans in Macedonia promptly at 10 AM. Come early for breakfast.
Lunch at the Muddy Miser in Zanesville – 12:30 PM
Dinner on your own in the evening – Las Trancas Mexican at the strip mall next to Microtel is good
Saturday, October 1
Depart from Microtel promptly at 9 AM – we have a good 5 hours of riding WV roads
Lunch at Wendy’s in Weston
Dinner at the Boat House BBQ in Marietta (218 Virginia St) at 6 PM.
Sunday, October 2
Head home – route is on your own.
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