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05 Norms RidgeInn 210-276
NEW Ver. 01/01 MAP PDF GPX
RouteType:
DESTINATION, TOURING BIKE-FRIENDLY, TWISTY with a TECHNICAL option
Navigation difficulty: AVERAGE (TECHNICAL route uses COMPLEX routing)
Distance: 210 miles, 276 miles for the TECHNICAL version.
Lunch Stop: Ridge Inn, Laurelville, OH
Direction from Marietta: W CLOCKWISE
Comments: This new route has a lot to offer- it goes further West than any other route in the FlyBy Week collection. Part 1 takes you through Hocking Hills State Park, including Ash Cave, Old Man's Cave and Conkle's Hollow Gorge.

The Part 1 Tech route option offers an additional 66 miles of Norm's favorite TECHNICAL backroads, including Goosecreek, Limerick, Three Locks and Charleston Pike, plus you get to ride the wonderful, recently repaved OH 335 from Beaver to Waverly.

Lunch is at the Ridge Inn restaurant in Laurelville, a favorite of many Ohio MSTA members. The menu is full of good stuff, and the chicken cusabi sandwich is to die for.

The return route is taken directly from Norm's favorite route he uses to go to FlyBy Week each year- it includes Thompson Ridge, OH 180, 664, Marietta road, Portie Flamingo and many more.

28 Country Lanes WV Tech 216 NEW Ver. 01/01 MAP PDF GPX
RouteType:
TECHNICAL, TWISTY
Navigation difficulty: COMPLEX
Distance: 216 miles
Lunch Stop: The Downtowner, Ripley, WV
Direction from Marietta: S, COUNTERCLOCKWISE
Comments: Norm began work on the "Country Lanes" concept in 2018, with the goal of creating a route that explores the quaint back country roads of Northern West Virginia, but ran out of time in the Fall. When he came back in the Spring, the harsh winter had damaged the roads with so many frost heaves that he abandoned the idea. Four years later, the roads are in better shape and they are just what attendees riding GS style bikes are looking for. Brian Holmes calls this a "Paved Adventure Route."

29 Morgans Raid Road 223 NEW Ver. 08/06 MAP PDF GPX
RouteType:
DESTINATION, TOURING BIKE-FRIENDLY, TWISTY
Navigation difficulty: AVERAGE
Distance: 223 miles
Lunch Stop: Chatterbox Tavern, McConnelsville, OH
Direction from Marietta: W, N, CLOCKWISE
Comments: This route traces a nearby section of Morgan's Raid of 1863, a Civil War incursion of the Confederate cavalry into Union states Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio. It is named for Confederate Commander John Hunt Morgan.

Covering over 1000 miles, the raid's purpose was to draw Union troops away from the Vicksburg and Gettysburg fronts by frightening the North into demanding their troops return home. The raid ultimately failed, and the remainder of the command was forced to surrender in Northeast Ohio near the Pennsylvania border.

Jim Miller, of Belpre, Ohio, spent several years tracing the Raid's path and created an adventure route from it. He also created a nice road version suitable for all road bikes that includes lots of historical sites. For FlyBy Week attendees I used the 117 mile section of Jim's route that runs from Nelsonville to Senecaville, Ohio, adding about 50 miles from the ends to get to and from Marietta. If you are a Civil War or history buff, this route's for you!

For more info and complete GPX track files of Morgan's raid, visit Jim Miller's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/694392778189363

30 Morgans Raid ADV 265 NEW Ver. 08/05 MAP GPX
RouteType:
ADVENTURE
Navigation difficulty: COMPLEX - ADVENTURE - Requires a GPS with support for tracks. No route provided.
Distance: 265 miles
Lunch Stop: Chatterbox Tavern, McConnelsville, OH
Direction from Marietta: W, N, CLOCKWISE
Comments: This route traces a nearby section of Morgan's Raid of 1863, a Civil War incursion of the Confederate cavalry into Union states Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio. It is named for Confederate Commander John Hunt Morgan.

Covering over 1000 miles, the raid's purpose was to draw Union troops away from the Vicksburg and Gettysburg fronts by frightening the North into demanding their troops return home. The raid ultimately failed, and the remainder of the command was forced to surrender in Northeast Ohio near the Pennsylvania border.

Jim Miller, of Belpre, Ohio, spent several years tracing the Raid's path and created an adventure route from it that includes all the related historical sites. For FlyBy Week attendees I used the 157 mile section of Jim's route that runs from Nelsonville to Senecaville, Ohio, adding about 50 miles from the ends to get to and from Marietta. If you are a Civil War or history buff, this route's for you! For more info and complete GPX track files of Morgan's raid, visit Jim Miller's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/694392778189363

31 OH EZ-Exp ADV 111-130 NEW Ver. 08/06 MAP GPX
RouteType:
ADVENTURE
Navigation difficulty: COMPLEX - ADVENTURE - Requires a GPS with support for tracks. No route provided.
Distance: 111-130 miles
Lunch Stop: ACE Sports Club and Resort- an off-the-beaten-path rec center and Restaurant/bar. They specialize in wood fired pizza and feature a low key atmosphere. Check them out on Facebook here https://www.facebook.com/ACESportsClubResort/
Direction from Marietta: NE COUNTER CLOCKWISE
Comments: Adventure route in Wayne National Forest, created by WV adventure riding guru Brian Holmes.

This route showcases the scenic beauty of Ohio backroads, passing through Wayne National Forest and skirting along Ales Wildlife Management Area. The route runs along gravel ridges and then dips down to parallel the the muddy Duck Creek watershed.

The primary route is an easy ride which is primarily gravel with some pavement mixed in. Recommended to be ridden counter clockwise as the first half is longer (75 miles) than the second half (35 miles). There are three expert challenge sections for those looking for an additional challenge. One of the challenge sections is not for the faint of heart (Challenge Section 2). There is also an additional optional stream crossing marked for those feeling the need for a little more adventure.

There are 2 fuel stops marked on the route- they are a little off route as this adventure route does not pass through any towns to speak of. Most bikes SHOULD be able to make the entire loop without running out but that is at the riders discretion