- 08/30/2021 at 1:23 pm #53362
The Marietta Weekend Ride is back! Covid knocked us out last year, but I think we can make it happen this year. I’ll be leading a group down on Friday, or you can do your own ride down if you prefer. On Saturday I’ll lead an on-road ride on West Virginia roads and Ed Desimone will lead an off-road ride. Everyone does their own ride back on Sunday.
The ride this year will be entirely on state and federal highways – no small county or township roads – but we’ll be doing some well-known legendary roads. Friday we’ll slab it down to Uhrichsville where we’ll take Ohio Routes 800, 331 and 149 to Morristown on I-70 for lunch at Schlepp’s Restaurant. From there we’ll take Route 26 all the way down to Marietta, with a brief loop over to Hannibal on the Ohio River following Routes 536 and 255. These two roads offer fantastic curves and hills, with a dramatic drop down to the river and back up again to route 26. And, of course, Route 26 offers unending sweepers and curves, much of it through Wayne National Forest, all the way down to Marietta.
Saturday we’ll ride West Virginia’s famous Route 16, beginning St. Marys on the Ohio River. Then we’ll follow the winding, scenic route 100 miles south to Clay Junction just south of I-79 for lunch at Biscuit World – local establishments are few and far between in this part of WV. After lunch we’ll ride Routes 36 and 14 back north to Marietta. If folks are interested I’ll make reservations for dinner Saturday evening.
Overnight accommodations will be provided by the Microtel Inn and Suites, 506 Pike St, Marietta, OH 45750. They have a free continental breakfast, and are within easy walking distance of Bob Evans, McDonald’s and several other restaurants. They are holding a block of 10 double rooms for us until September 15, at $85 each under the name BMW Motorcycle Owners of Cleveland, or you can reserve your own on-line. The Microtel Inn’s phone number is: (740) 373-7373. The ride will depart from Bob Evans Restaurant, 266 Highland Rd, Macedonia promptly at 10 AM on Friday, October 15. Come early for breakfast and make sure you have a full tank of gas. We’ll have rest stops every 1-1.5 hours along the way.
I have yet to pre-ride this route this year, so there may be minor changes which I’ll post, and I’ll have GPS routes and tracks available here once I pre-ride the route.
As always, non-members and folks who ride other marqes are welcome to join us.
- 08/30/2021 at 1:32 pm #53363
Correction: It’s Ohio Route 26, and WV Route 16.
- 09/15/2021 at 5:44 pm #55368Roger ChaplinParticipant
I just made my reservation at the Microtel. I first called the phone number Wally gave and got a quoted rate that included an outrageous fee, so the total was over $200 for the two nights. I backed out of that and made the reservation directly at the Wyndham Hotels website and ended up saving about $30.
I booked a double queen room. Anybody interested in doubling up and saving a little money?
- 09/16/2021 at 10:43 am #55577
Sorry about the phone number, Roger. The correct number is: (740) 373-7373.
The hold on rooms has expired, but I don’t think there will be a problem getting a room. Elaine and I stayed at the Microtel earlier this week and it is well-managed and maintained. Breakfast included waffles, fresh fruit, etc., etc. Bob Evans is next door if you want something different.
- 09/16/2021 at 11:40 am #55774
Elaine and I pre-drove the routes for Friday and Saturday – all roads are in remarkably good shape and there are no closures or detours. The ride Friday down to Marietta is a winner! You all know 800 and 26 are good roads, but the 536/255 loop down to the Ohio river is really amazing. Both follow ridgetops and have great elevation changes down to the river and back up on top. We’ll make a brief stop at Zion Church on top of the hill to take in the view, and then as we approach the Ohio River we’ll be treated to dramatic vistas of the Ohio River Valley. Lots of twisties and hills on 536, but wait… Rte 255, which will take us back up on top and west to Rte 26, is perhaps the best stretch of road in Ohio currently. The first 5 miles or so are absolutely fresh asphalt, the road is narrow with no shoulder in places, little or no set back, and few guard rails. But the twisties are simply amazing. And then when you consider the hills, many with sight lines of only a few feet ahead… well, you get the idea.
Saturday’s route is also a winner. WV Rte 16 is famous for its curves. We’ll be riding the northern third of the road and you’ll find that it lives up to it’s reputation. Our morning rest stop will be at Barker’s at Smithville junction. Their line of goods (gas, groceries, clothing, hardware, deli, restaurant, B&B) tells you that they are the only store for miles around, and probably a familiar gathering spot for local folks. After Smithville the road really gets curvy all the way down to Clay where we’ll have lunch at Tudor’s Biscuit World, a hallmark of WV cuisine. The roads back are a little less curvy, which is good, because you’ll be tired of twisties by this point and ready to just ride.
Sunday everyone rides their own ride home. If you have the time, and want to ride still more twisties, I suggest taking 676 west from Marietta to 555 north to Zanesville. Rte 676 is another well-kept secret.
Here are the GPS routes and tracks:
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