Wayne National Forest/Ohio
Posted June 06, 2002 - 12:05 PM
That area used to have a big 'illegal' sign. I noticed its down now but haven't tried it. Where do you park?
Posted June 06, 2002 - 12:45 PM
Use expedia.com to find directions from Pittsburgh to Nelsonville (it's about 200 miles). You won't go all the way there, but it will get you to US33 where you'll turn off early. We need to figure out where we are going to park to give further directions.
So is the date set as JUNE 30 ?!?! I presume the earlier teh better (meet at like 9 or so)? Let's confirm this and a place to park ASAP.
Oh, also--The Park does require a pass! It's $5 per day (I think?) or $25 for a season (April 15-Dec15). There's a spot near Nelsonville that sells them (does anyone know exactly where). You have to show your license and sign some papers. Be sure to ask for a map if they have them as they are REALLY good maps There are many spots that sell them, so check out motorcycle dealers, bicycle shops and large sports outfitting stores.
The park also requires a helmet, eye protection, spark arrestor. The quads seem to get away with no helmets and beer on the back
Posted June 06, 2002 - 05:15 PM
Posted June 07, 2002 - 12:25 AM
Posted June 30, 2002 - 03:31 PM
Despite the fact we only had three, we had a good day. In the morning we rode from Carbon Hill up to New Straitsville, out to the parking lot and around the loop and back to Carbon Hill. Took two minor offpiste hill climbs.
In the afternoon, mcarp who apparently thinks there is life besides riding and stayed up late, only rode the middle loop and maybe 5 miles into Dorr Run. He headed back feining lack of sleep symptoms and apparently made it. Either that or he's dead on the trail and someone stole his truck.
Evl2Evil and I took a several mile longcut but came out at the Dorr Run lowest parking lot (from the ridge behind it). We went over to the Purdum trail (sp?) Evl has never been to Wayne and I had never been there, rode the entire thing, much of it twice some of it maybe 5 times with Evl patiently following me. Then he took over and we found the way out. We made a mad rush back to Carbon Hill. Passed quad trains, didn't stop, it was shocking how fast we got back.
Bottom line, met mcarp and Evl, had a great time and finally went literally end to end of the Monday Creek area in a single day, including all the way up the Purdum trail.
All of y'all who missed it really missed out.
Posted July 01, 2002 - 05:26 AM
Posted July 01, 2002 - 06:26 AM
No doubt, had a great time riding with you guys.
It's been a while since I've had a chance to wander to new straightsville. It's always fun riding with new people.
I had a *little* adventure going back to the truck! Was following Dorr Run when I saw a nice line of single track that looked too tempting to pass up. Plan was to ride it for a mile or so tops, then head back and go home. Arms pumped and head swelling for the life of me I couldn't find my way out! One wrong turn and you're in deep s8&t down there! Well, 2+ hours and 20 miles later I'm back on a familiar trail in the right direction! Yep, all the way out near Purdum actually!
At mile 54, I was starting to get more than a little concerned about running out of gas as I had no more than 2 gallons to start off! Finally ran across a parking lot and bummed about 8 oz of fuel. Those guys on quads aren't so bad after all.
12 miles later I finally get the truck at a total of 66 miles. Major headache from heat and lack of water, not to mention the beers from the night before! I'm paying for it today, but that's life.
Lesson learned--stay with the pack and drink about a gallon of water before long summer rides!
Ya'll want to meet again in 3 or 4 weeks?
Posted July 01, 2002 - 10:36 AM
I'm doing the family thing this weekend. Soon though.
Posted July 02, 2002 - 07:39 PM
I may not be fast, but I have something to brag on my bike about. Started Sunday with full tank. We rode fairly hard, weren't just putting around, for maybe 75 miles or so. Tonight I rode between Flushing and Holloway (near Wheeling on way back from taking daughter to Pittsburgh) in strip mines for maybe another hour. Then, near Honda Hills on 70, two guys were out of gas. I pulled the tank off, had maybe 1/2 gallon still in it and put that in their SUV.
No one can tell me this thing is a gas hog.
Posted July 03, 2002 - 02:25 AM