This is one of my (many) favorite rides because it takes us to less traveled parts of the state that offer great riding on small roads with little traffic. From Bobs in Macedonia we’ll take I-480 and Route 14 down to Salem, and then Route 9 to Hanoverton. Route 9 is good riding, but it gets better when we pick up Route 644 and head south to Salineville and our rest stop at the Marathon on Main Street. This comes 1.5 hours into the ride, so make sure you have an empty bladder to start.
After Salineville we’ll stay on 164 for a few more miles until we get to County Road 55 which skirts east along the north side of Brush Creek. After a sharp drop in elevation down to Brush Creek we will arrive at Hammondsville, just a couple of miles from the Ohio River. From there we’ll take Pine Grove Road back west following the south rim of Brush Creek canyon to where we turn south on Township 218, a hidden (pun intended) little gem, and arrive at Timothy Ridge Road. Then it’s west to Route 164 south of Bergholz, and 11 more miles of small country roads and to arrive at the Carroll County Airport Restaurant around 1 PM. The food is good, there’s plenty of space to eat outside on the covered porch or at tables on the lawn, and if it’s a nice day we’ll see lots of activity on the runway.
We’ll depart Bob Evans in Macedonia at 10 AM sharp on Saturday, July 17. Come early for breakfast or coffee.
Here is the gpx file for the ride: Brush Creek to Carrollton 20210717
I’ve not ridden this route this year so we could be in for a detour or two, which just adds to the adventure. The roads, though small, are all paved.