Our last Saturday ride of the 2020 riding season will take us south into Holmes County Amish country on roads that I think may be new to many of you. The weather isn’t looking great at this point, but it can only get better!
We’ll meet at Bob Evans in Macedonia (I-271 and Rte 8) for a 10 AM departure, this Saturday, oct 17. We’ll take I-271 and Rte 21 down to Doylestown where the interesting riding begins. The Black Diamond Road takes through river bottom area which is an interesting change of pace from our usual hills and curves. The rest stop will be at the Marathon in Dalton – we should get there right at 11 AM. From Dalton we’ll take Lebanon Road south through a conservative Swartzendruber Amish settlement that is known for having shabby, run-down farmsteads to discourage taking pride in their worldly possessions. Then we follow a circuitous route through Mt. Eaton and southeast to Cement Bridge Road (thanks, Don Cernanec, for suggesting this), a small, canopied country road – it would be interesting to know the origin of the name. At Sugar Creek we ride east a few miles to Crooked Run Road that will take us southwest through some pretty rugged country to the East Main Kitchen in Baltic for lunch. This is a great place to eat – good food, large portions, great service. You can do take out and eat outside if you prefer.
Let’s hope the weather improves between now and Saturday, but I’ll be at Bob’s Macedonia in any case for those who want to make the most of our fall riding days.