This Saturday’s ride will take us to the Brush Creek area south and east of Salineville, one of the most geographically rugged areas of the state. Brush Creek runs through a canyon with steep walls and is accessed by Township Road 21, but we’ll forgo that road because it is all gravel – there are gravel roads aplenty up and down the sides of the canyon for those who care to explore another time. We will ride along the north side of the canyon and then down into the village of Hammondsville. From there we will climb back up the south wall of the canyon on Pine Grove Road, turn south on Township Road 218, a magical, winding lane-and-a-half canopied strip of smooth asphalt. Then onto Timothy Ridge Road and west where we intersect Ohio 164 just south of Bergholz and then head cross country to Carroll County Airport just south of Carrollton for lunch at the Airport Restaurant. This little restaurant has quite a reputation for large portions of good food at reasonable prices. Folks fly in just to have lunch there! There is plenty of seating outside that will allow safe distancing for lunch. Feel free to bring your own if you prefer.
This will be a fairly long day – it will be at least 3 hours (including rest stop) to get to Carrollton, then an hour for lunch, and probably another 2.5 hours back home so plan accordingly.
I think you’ll enjoy the Brush Creek area – we don’t get there often but the roads, topography and remoteness put this ride right at the top of my list (along with a few others).
As always, meet at Bob Evans in Macedonia before 10 AM this Saturday, August 15, for departure promptly at 10 AM. Remember to have a full tank of gas.
For GPS junkies. I made some of the via points in this route to “announce on arrival,” so just in case you get off route and your GPS recalculates it should keep you on the correct route.