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October 1 6 26.09%
October 8 5 21.74%
October 15 4 17.39%
October 22 14 60.87%
October 29 3 13.04%
Hocking Hills 9 39.13%
Winery Tour 3 13.04%
Murphin Ridge 3 13.04%
Dinner and cruise around Wilmington, OH 6 26.09%
other 3 13.04%
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Old 08-28-2011, 06:51 AM   #1
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2011 - 3rd annual Ohio fall folliage cruise

SATURDAY, October 22, 2011

We will be traveling through west/central Ohio on a Caves, Caverns and Castles

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jrhaus76 - 2
wwddnnone - 3
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heinzD01 - 1
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UPDATE from wwddnnone:

Final Update!

I think we are set for the 22nd. I've updated the route with a few changes from my recon last weekend. I've also put together a list of stops, fees and addresses for everyone to reference. Both are posted here and I will have copies for everyone on the 22nd.

Here are a couple items to keep in mind for the 22nd.

We are meeting at Grimes Field in Urbana. There is a restaurant that opens at 6:30 and a B-17 restoration project and museum that opens at 9:00 if you arrive early. Admission to the museum is free and they accept donations.

There is a group of people that are arriving early for breakfast about 8:45 ish if you care to join them.

We will depart Grimes Field at 9:50am, this is to ensure we arrive at Ohio Caverns in time for our 10:15 tour reservation. If you do not arrive by then you can catch up to the rest of the group at Ohio Caverns, we will be there until 12:00 or so. Ohio Caverns is 15-20 minutes from Grimes Field.

Ohio Caverns Historic Guided Tour is reserved for 10:15. It is limited to 28 people and they require single payment for everyone, so bring cash for this tour. If there are more than 28 people on the 22nd some of us will have to take the normal self guided tour as they did not have another reservation available within our timeframe. Historic tour is 1.5hours, regular tour is 1hour.

Piatt Castles accepts Cash and Credit Cards. They offer a combo ticket for both Castles that will save about $8 over the cost of 2 separate tickets.

Bring a jacket or sweatshirt for the Caverns and Castles. The temperature inside the Caverns is around 54deg regardless of season or outside temperature. The Castles are just what you would expect, cold, damp stone buildings.

We need to discuss a suitable location for a group picture, I have several spots in mind that may work.

I've picked three different types of bridges to stop and look at during our route, new wooden covered, old wooden covered and old steel girder. These three have adequate parking along the road or pull-off areas for everyone.

Of course, if we want to skip a stop or add more it is up to the group, Der Dutchman does not accept reservations, so we have some leeway with the arrival time for dinner.

Once we leave the Castles, we will pretty much be cruising around the countryside. Not much in the way of restroom facilities, gas, drinks, food etc. until we arrive at the restaurant. I can help point you in the right direction if the need should arise.

I think that covers everything. I look forward to seeing everyone next Saturday and showing you around my small portion of the world.

If you have any questions feel free to pm me (wwddnnone).


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Old 08-28-2011, 07:42 AM   #2
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Oct 8 is the only date I might have a conflict. I'll do some thinking on the where to drive and what to do.
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I have a wedding oct. 15th and cant do it that day.

Oct 22 is great because thats the bye weekend for the bengals, although thats not enough to stop me the other weeks.

My favorite cruise is to take the back roads to Daniel Boone National Forest... (Red river gorge)... Its like an hour and a half drive, but the back roads down there are beautiful, past a bunch of horse farms and stuff, and then theres a 20 mile road through the actual forest which is AWESOME... even has a 1 lane tunnel thats pretty sweet.... not to mention we could all do a short .1-.5 mile hike to break it up and do something semi-active thats short and easy enough for even the most out of shape of us. I've driven a camaro down there so its definately camaro-friendly even if your lowered. Could grill out up overlooking the gorge too.

Other than that, all the other ideas sound good. Is there a reason your thinking wilmington? That seems out of the way for EVERYONE on here and theres not even any good driving over there? heck, I'd rather go to that little town by Heinz if your trying to be close to the NE guys! Otherwise there are great roads along the OH IN border

Also look at the Ohio Motorcycle trips almanac thing. If its good motorcycle driving... its good camaro driving!
http://www.openroadjourney.com/roads/Ohio.asp
http://www.motorcycleroads.us/states/oh.html
http://www.columbusbiker.com/index.php?page=routes
http://sundaymorningrides.com/road/states/OH.shtml

But whatever it is I'll be there unless its the 15th or the winery tour (winery tour + Cars seems like a real bad idea btw???).
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Well the Hocking Hill cruise attracts people from Columbus and Findlay... so its not really out of the way for everyone.
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I'm in for any day except the 15th. I've got to work 2nd shift that night, otherwise I'm in.
Location? Anywhere. We've been to Hocking, haven't been to the other places. I enjoy the drive regardless.
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Ok... I'll keep ya posted.
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I don't know if this is an invite only type of thing, but I'd love to drive down from Akron to participate...sounds like a lot of fun!
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And are you going to the NEOCC event at summit the 10/11 of Sept?

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I cannot speak for the other CONO members, but Ohunions already have commitments for Oct 22 & 29 weekends. We enjoyed the Hocking Hills cruise. We would likely do that (or a similar) cruise again.
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October is pretty open for me... as far as Saturdays go.

I don't have a preference on where we'd cruise... Hocking is beautiful but if you guys have done that cruise before, maybe something different would be a good thing!
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I'll be attending the NEOCC event...it is held about 3 miles from my home. I went last year, but didn't take my car because I could only attend on Sunday. May be a similar situation this year...My sat's are usually pretty busy.
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I'd like to go, but I honestly have no idea what my work schedule will look like in October. It's fairly unpredictable now that I'm driving.
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I'm going to try to make it this year, even though it is a bit of a drive...I'm good for any of those days & options...I'll keep up here to see what ya'll choose
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I'm going to try to make it this year, even though it is a bit of a drive...I'm good for any of those days & options...I'll keep up here to see what ya'll choose
I've been dying to see/hear your car in person, so I'm really hoping uyou make it!
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I voted for the 22nd, I did not vote for a destination. They all sound fun to me. I wasn't able to attend the last couple Hocking Hills cruises
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22nd at Hocking is winning...
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I will throw Wayne National Forest Area into the mix. I have a lot of guys at work who are huge on riding in that area. I will ask them for some ideas for drives and dinner and such.
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Where is that Kyle?
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It is in Southeastern Ohio, borderline starting to get into Hocking Hills area. Routes in that area include 247, 770, 73, 41, 772, etc. These are some very twisty and fun roads with out a lot of traffic.
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Wayne N.F. is spread out all over southeast Ohio. One of the most scenic roads I have driven in Ohio is Rt. 78 between Bur Oak S.P. and McConnelsville. Continuous curves, great vistas and it's paved.
Rt 78 (read first paragraph) "nationwide" is kinda hard to believe, but it is cool
It bi-sects the infamous Triple Nickle Rt. 555 Never been on the 555, but sounds like it's infamous for being in bad condition. Maybe Alan and Toots can tell us what's paved with asphalt and what's paved with chips.
If you skip the 555 and stay on 78 you could find your way to The Wilds
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EDIT: webpage says it's only open through Aug., but it looks like a cool destination for next year!
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If you've never driven through Ohio's Amish Country, it's very, very scenic. But, they don't take kindly to fast driving up there as there's always a buggy somewhere on the roads. We'd get a lot more of the NE crowd as it's northeast of Columbus. Amish Country Byway Had to throw in an ODOT page for Jr.
Tons of good food there, and this...Swiss Chalet

Just a couple more ideas, definitely farther for us SW folks, a night at Bur Oak or Mohican lodges would make it better paced.

Or we could just drive around Wilmington.
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I like that idea... I'm thinking Oct 22... Where is still up in the air.
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A few thoughts

- Hocking Hills - It was nice the last two years (except the traffic/parking) but I'm one of the ones that would prefer something different this year.

- Winery Tour - I'm not a wine drinker. I wouldn't want to drink & drive anyway. I have heard there is a nice restaurant on the Ohio river where you can watch the boats go by. It may have been Moyer Winery & Restaurant.

- Murphin Ridge Inn - I'm not concerned if the restaurant is expensive as long as the food is very good.

- Wilmington, OH - NO, NO, NO and NO. There are no good cruising roads and only average restaurants. However, the renaissance festival is nearby if the group would want to do this.

- Red River Gorge, KY - This looks interesting but would probably be better as an overnight trip. Perhaps this could be an activity next year.

- Motorcycle routes - I'd be open for trying some of these; however, 1) I'd want to find the roads in good condition and 2) I'd want to find interesting stopping points.

- Amish area - I'd be open for trying this. I've starting mapping a route and stops if others are interested. We would need to be patient and cautious driving this area. We would have to dodge the horse shit too. Towns could include Millersburg, Sugarcreek, Walnut Creek, Wilmot, Loundonville. Stops could include Coblentz Chocolates, Natures Food Market, Farmstead Restaurant, Der Dutchman, Amish Door Restaurant, Dutch Valley Restaurant, Keim Lumber, Grist Mill.

- Caverns - I'd be open for trying this. I've mapped a route between the caverns in central Ohio including Ohio Caverns, Zane Shawnee Caverns and Olentange Indian Caverns with a stop at Der Dutchman in Plain City.

- Covered bridges - For any route we decide on, perhaps we work in a covered bridge. http://www2.dot.state.oh.us/se/coveredbridges/

- Go Karts - Another idea perhaps for next year.
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Yes, great ideas,

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A few thoughts

- Hocking Hills - It was nice the last two years (except the traffic/parking) but I'm one of the ones that would prefer something different this year. AGREE, WE WOULD NOT BE TOO EXCITED ABOUT SEEING THE SAME STUFF AGAIN AND DEALING WITH ALL THE CROWDS. MAYBE SET UP FOR DIFFERENT STOPS.

- Winery Tour - I'm not a wine drinker. I wouldn't want to drink & drive anyway. I have heard there is a nice restaurant on the Ohio river where you can watch the boats go by. It may have been Moyer Winery & Restaurant. AGREE, WOULD BE OK IF IT WAS JUST ONE WINERY AROUND LUNCH OR DINNER WITH A CRUISE AND ANOTHER STOP SOMEWHERE.

- Murphin Ridge Inn - I'm not concerned if the restaurant is expensive as long as the food is very good. DON'T KNOW ENOUGH TO COMMENT

- Wilmington, OH - NO, NO, NO and NO. There are no good cruising roads and only average restaurants. However, the renaissance festival is nearby if the group would want to do this.
AGREE

- Red River Gorge, KY - This looks interesting but would probably be better as an overnight trip. Perhaps this could be an activity next year.
GREAT AREA WITH SOME GREAT, CURVY ROADS. WE GO DOWN THERE OFTEN TO ROCK CLIMB. THERE'S A VIA FERRATA THERE THAT'S FUN FOR BEGINNERS. ALSO AN AWESOME PIZZA SPOT (MIGUELS) WHERE ALL THE DIRTBAG CLIMBERS GO. REALLY COOL HIKES WITH AWESOME NATURAL BRIDGES. STATE LODGE, MOTELS AND SOME REAL NICE CAMPING AT KOOMLER RIDGE. WE GO DOWN AND COME BACK IN ONE DAY, BUT IT'S A WHOLE DAY, AND TOO MUCH FOR ANYBODY NORTH OF DAYTON. BETTER TO SPEND A NIGHT.

- Motorcycle routes - I'd be open for trying some of these; however, 1) I'd want to find the roads in good condition and 2) I'd want to find interesting stopping points. AGREE

- Amish area - I'd be open for trying this. I've starting mapping a route and stops if others are interested. We would need to be patient and cautious driving this area. We would have to dodge the horse shit too. Towns could include Millersburg, Sugarcreek, Walnut Creek, Wilmot, Loundonville. Stops could include Coblentz Chocolates, Natures Food Market, Farmstead Restaurant, Der Dutchman, Amish Door Restaurant, Dutch Valley Restaurant, Keim Lumber, Grist Mill. VERY PRETTY DRIVES THROUGH ROLLING FARMLAND, NOT ALL WOODS LIKE HOCKING. THE ROUTES CAN BE CROWDED AND SLOW, SO MAY NOT BE THE BEST "CRUISE" OPTION, BUT DEFINITELY INTERESTING FOR THE ONES IN THE PASSENGER SEAT.

- Caverns - I'd be open for trying this. I've mapped a route between the caverns in central Ohio including Ohio Caverns, Zane Shawnee Caverns and Olentange Indian Caverns with a stop at Der Dutchman in Plain City. GREAT IDEA, I HAVEN'T BEEN TO OHIO CAVERNS SINCE GRADESCHOOL.

- Covered bridges - For any route we decide on, perhaps we work in a covered bridge. http://www2.dot.state.oh.us/se/coveredbridges/ GOOD IDEA

- Go Karts - Another idea perhaps for next year. WHERE? GO KARTS ARE A BLAST.
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