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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.

07 Hillbilly Hotdogs Tech 258-285 Ver. 01/01 MAP PDF GPX
RouteType:
DESTINATION, TECHNICAL
Navigation difficulty: COMPLEX- GPS with GPX routes highly recommended
Distance: 258 miles using the fast return route Hillbilly Tech Ret Pt2 Fast (which is similar to the one in Route 06 above), 285 miles using the Hillbilly Tech Pt2 route.
Lunch Stop: The unique Hillbilly Hotdogs, Lesage, WV Note: Closed Tue & Wed
Direction from Marietta:
SW
Comments: Hillbilly Hotdogs is one of the favorite destinations of FlyBy Week attendees. If you've never been there, you HAVE to go! You want to get there as soon after about 11AM as possible, especially if you go on Saturday. Norm recommends going earlier in the week- It gets CROWDED after about 11:30AM, especially on Saturdays.

The
Hillbilly Tech Pt1 156 route to Hillbilly Hotdogs is the most challenging in the FlyBy Week catalog. It uses many little-known county roads with sharp curves and elevation changes. Some are not very well-maintained, so pavement can be a bit lumpy in places. You will see a lot of very remote countryside and variety. To hit the 11-11:30am arrival window at Hillbilly Hotdogs you need to leave by 8am, maintain a good pace and not linger too long at the midway gas stop.

Suggestion: After lunch, load the Hillbilly Tech Pt2 128 route for the return trip. You'll enjoy a nice pace and sweepers until you come to I-77. If you are tired, get on I-77 back to the hotel. OTOH, if you have some energy left, just continue on the route and hit some more technical twisty stuff! (07 Hillbilly Tech Ret Pt2 Fast 102 is the same to I-77, then takes I-77 back to the hotel.)

20 Short WV Tech 110 Ver. 01/01 MAP PDF GPX
RouteType:
SINGLE SEGMENT SHORT, TECHNICAL
Navigation difficulty: COMPLEX
Distance: 110 miles
Lunch Stop: None
Direction from Marietta: SE COUNTERCLOCKWISE
Comments: Quick sampler of West Virginia technical backroads SE of Marietta. Goes through Petroleum, Harrisville, including Pullman road to Pullman, crossing the river to Ohio at St Marys, WV.

21 Short WV Tech 86 Ver. 01/01 MAP PDF GPX
RouteType:
SINGLE SEGMENT SHORT, TECHNICAL
Navigation difficulty: COMPLEX
Distance: 86 miles
Lunch Stop: None
Direction from Marietta: SE COUNTERCLOCKWISE
Comments: Quick sampler of West Virginia backroads SE of Marietta. Goes through Walker, Petroleum, then North, crossing the river to Ohio at St Marys, WV.

26 RVess Spec-Tech 220 Ver. 01/01 MAP PDF GPX
RouteType:
TECHNICAL, TWISTY
Navigation difficulty: COMPLEX
Distance: 220 miles
Lunch Stop: Sakura Family Restaurant, Bellaire, OH
Direction from Marietta: NE, CLOCKWISE
Comments: Regular attendees of FlyBy Week all know Ron Vess, who helps with the outdoor lounge and other details of our event. Ron lives nearby and grew up here so he knows all the roads and just about everything that goes on in the area. He developed this fun route that uses some "new" roads. The Southeastern part of Ohio has seen extensive oil and gas drilling and pipelines over the past few years, and to get the equipment and materials in and out, they paved and improved some of the gravel roads in the area. The work is mostly done now and we have some new curvy roads with great views and perfect pavement. Ron's route provides quite a tour!

There are a few short sections of county roads that are technical. They are shown on the map with red flags.

The route begins on OH26 but quickly diverts to twisty backroads including Dalzell road, bits of 565, 537, 800, 556, on to the lunch stop in Bellaire, OH. The Sakura Family Restuarant features Asian food, but has a good variety of salads, sandwiches and entrees available. I had the fish sandwich and it was to die for.

After lunch, the route takes you on German Ridge road, 556, Sykes Ridge, and a bunch of other county roads before bringing you back to the hotel. Don't miss this one!

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."



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