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Re: ESTO 2014 - Marietta, OH - August 22-24, 2014
« Reply #100 on: August 08, 2014, 12:15:48 PM »
Two more weeks!!!  8)

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Re: ESTO 2014 - Marietta, OH - August 22-24, 2014
« Reply #101 on: August 08, 2014, 12:15:50 PM »
Is it time yet?

I am considering a pre-ESTO sortie to Marietta for lunch on Sunday. Just to make sure the food  at the Tampico is still worthy...


The sacrifices you make for us Garry...i hope you dont suffer too much :bigok:

I wonder if I could safely transport a growler of something tasty from the brewpub home in my top case. Hmmmm......
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Re: ESTO 2014 - Marietta, OH - August 22-24, 2014
« Reply #102 on: August 08, 2014, 03:47:34 PM »
I wonder if I could safely transport a growler of something tasty from the brewpub home in my top case. Hmmmm......

My buddy Jim carried back a growler in his top box and came across the border with it. No problems. I don't think PA should be a problem :D
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Re: ESTO 2014 - Marietta, OH - August 22-24, 2014
« Reply #103 on: August 08, 2014, 07:59:19 PM »
not sure if I will make it by brew pub before coming down to get a growler, but will bring a 4 pack of Dragonmeads flag ship beer, Final Absolution. A Belgian triple. MMMmmmm :beerchug:

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Re: ESTO 2014 - Marietta, OH - August 22-24, 2014
« Reply #104 on: August 11, 2014, 11:58:08 AM »
It saddens me to report that the awesome 255 is a wretched, filthy mess. ODOT, in their wisdom, put a bunch of gravel (2B stone?) on the shoulders of the road. Of course the road is now covered in white dust and every right turn is covered in piles of gravel. Sucks. Hopefully today's rain will help with the dust, but the piles of gravel were HUGE. Like clean the road with shovel huge.

On the plus side, if you like narrow, uber-twisty goat paths with nice pavement (ala SHR), then a trip up WV89 is in order. Cross the river at New Martinsville and head north to Proctor. 89 runs north to 250. You could complete the loop by taking 250 south to Hundred (bumpy, beat up pavement, sigh...) and then 7 west back to New Martinsville.
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Re: ESTO 2014 - Marietta, OH - August 22-24, 2014
« Reply #105 on: August 11, 2014, 04:24:36 PM »
It saddens me to report that the awesome 255 is a wretched, filthy mess.

Aw shit, 255 is one of my fav road there. Good things their are a bunch more!
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Re: ESTO 2014 - Marietta, OH - August 22-24, 2014
« Reply #106 on: August 15, 2014, 11:44:13 AM »
One week to go  :banana: :chili:
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Re: ESTO 2014 - Marietta, OH - August 22-24, 2014
« Reply #107 on: August 15, 2014, 02:47:08 PM »
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Re: ESTO 2014 - Marietta, OH - August 22-24, 2014
« Reply #108 on: August 15, 2014, 02:48:52 PM »
Counting the days here.

Might be 3 of us coming down, 2 for sure. Fireman buddy of mine sold his VFR and Busa and bought himself a C14.  He's down in Toronto as I type this trying to get his passport renewed for the trip. Between the 3 of us, we should be able to stop at the duty free and bring down some decent Cdn. suds.
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Re: ESTO 2014 - Marietta, OH - August 22-24, 2014
« Reply #109 on: August 16, 2014, 09:11:16 AM »
Update, buddy with the C14 is coming down along with a friend of his. 4 of us coming down for sure. See ya'll on Fri.
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Re: ESTO 2014 - Marietta, OH - August 22-24, 2014
« Reply #110 on: August 17, 2014, 10:09:55 AM »

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Re: ESTO 2014 - Marietta, OH - August 22-24, 2014
« Reply #111 on: August 17, 2014, 01:13:35 PM »
Care to share on that pics road identity??????? 


Well I am all packed.  Took a shake down ride yesterday with all the gear. New front tire and front brake pads. All good.

 The plan is :

Tuesday: Ride to Staunton Va . Meet my buddy (old next door neighbor during the divorce days who currently lives in NC)???? and set up camp outside of Staunton (half way point for both of us).

Wednesday: 250 mile loop: 250 n  To back mountain rd south.  66-55-219-33 back to Staunton for about 250 miles. Then camp Wednesday night again.

Thursday: Leave Staunton, say goodbye to my buddy.  Drive all day in the twisty goodness that is WV and end up in Moorefield.  My other buddy, El Diablo, will be trailering his Uly to Moorefield WV, to meet up for the ride to Marietta OH Friday.

Friday: Ride to Marietta. Via historic 50 with some side rides thrown in for pulse check.

Saturday: Ride the 300+ mile loop (that does include 255 sorry to say)

Sunday: pack up ride to Moorefield>Trailer the bikes back to Jersey.

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Re: ESTO 2014 - Marietta, OH - August 22-24, 2014
« Reply #112 on: August 18, 2014, 08:45:04 AM »
Well, this trip just isn't in the budget. :(

Have fun and take lots of pics folks. I'll catch up at the next one.
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Re: ESTO 2014 - Marietta, OH - August 22-24, 2014
« Reply #113 on: August 18, 2014, 08:46:41 AM »
Shit Chris. Do we need to take up a collection?
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Re: ESTO 2014 - Marietta, OH - August 22-24, 2014
« Reply #114 on: August 18, 2014, 09:28:14 AM »
Nah. But thanks. I wanted so badly to come to this. This is a financial recovery year, apparently. Shit's getting paid up and paid off, but at the expense of, well, pretty much everything else.

Shit happens. Divorces from money grubbing hateful people cost... lots. :\

Life is a forward-looking thing, and the future is pretty damned bright.  :bigok:

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Re: ESTO 2014 - Marietta, OH - August 22-24, 2014
« Reply #115 on: August 18, 2014, 10:55:06 AM »
Care to share on that pics road identity??????? 

The photographer claims it was Stanleysville Rd, between Marietta and Caldwell.  I've ridden it, that's not it.  I think it's Dalzell Rd which I've ridden as well.
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Re: ESTO 2014 - Marietta, OH - August 22-24, 2014
« Reply #116 on: August 18, 2014, 10:57:58 AM »
It's looking less and less likely like I'm going to be able to come down to this...  >:(

If anyone is going to be coming through Columbus, let me know and we could meet up for a beer or maybe a quick trip to Iron Pony. I live a couple miles from there.

I have a guest bedroom that you're welcome to crash in as well...

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Re: ESTO 2014 - Marietta, OH - August 22-24, 2014
« Reply #117 on: August 18, 2014, 03:19:03 PM »
I follow MSTA on Twitter.  Got notification that the MailPouch Flyby is this weekend and is based out of the Holiday Inn in Marietta.  Seems the hotel is sold out and much of the spill over is going to the Microtel and some to the Hampton.

If you don't have a room, you might be spending some $$'s at the Hampton.

That aside, should make for an interesting weekend. Is it Thurs @ 3pm yet?
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Re: ESTO 2014 - Marietta, OH - August 22-24, 2014
« Reply #118 on: August 18, 2014, 03:55:41 PM »
Care to share on that pics road identity??????? 

The photographer claims it was Stanleysville Rd, between Marietta and Caldwell.  I've ridden it, that's not it.  I think it's Dalzell Rd which I've ridden as well.
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Re: ESTO 2014 - Marietta, OH - August 22-24, 2014
« Reply #119 on: August 18, 2014, 04:58:54 PM »
Hmmmm.... Maybe we can make it after all. However, Liz can't get Friday off so we'd probably trailer out and arrive around midnight Friday night.
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Re: ESTO 2014 - Marietta, OH - August 22-24, 2014
« Reply #120 on: August 18, 2014, 08:23:50 PM »
Hmmmm.... Maybe we can make it after all. However, Liz can't get Friday off so we'd probably trailer out and arrive around midnight Friday night.


Go Bubbles!!!  Hope you can make it  :bigok:

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Re: ESTO 2014 - Marietta, OH - August 22-24, 2014
« Reply #121 on: August 18, 2014, 09:04:40 PM »
Hmmmm.... Maybe we can make it after all. However, Liz can't get Friday off so we'd probably trailer out and arrive around midnight Friday night.


Common Chris, I'll even buy a 6 pack of some good beer.
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Re: ESTO 2014 - Marietta, OH - August 22-24, 2014
« Reply #122 on: August 18, 2014, 09:13:06 PM »
Save me a couple brews, hope to be there by 9 Friday night.
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Re: ESTO 2014 - Marietta, OH - August 22-24, 2014
« Reply #123 on: August 18, 2014, 09:39:43 PM »
For sure. :beerchug:  Hope your flight arrives on time. 
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« Reply #124 on: August 18, 2014, 10:16:07 PM »
  Hope your flight arrives on time.


Like that's going to happen.
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Re: ESTO 2014 - Marietta, OH - August 22-24, 2014
« Reply #125 on: August 18, 2014, 11:03:44 PM »
Three days till launch and i discover the rear case mounting plate is cracked. Figured out how to fix it so it is all good now.

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Re: ESTO 2014 - Marietta, OH - August 22-24, 2014
« Reply #126 on: August 19, 2014, 04:46:47 AM »
See ya'll there.  Leaving now.  Hopefully, the weather holds up for me. 

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Re: ESTO 2014 - Marietta, OH - August 22-24, 2014
« Reply #127 on: August 19, 2014, 04:58:00 AM »
Trying to plot my routes for the weekend. Anyone have good info on the Hocking Hills area (west of Athens, between 33 and 50), specifically whether the following roads are worth doing:

278, 328, 374, 664, 678, 180

I have Saturday loop laid out that heads west and zig-zags north/south on those roads.
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Re: ESTO 2014 - Marietta, OH - August 22-24, 2014
« Reply #128 on: August 19, 2014, 06:57:06 AM »
Garry, I know your bringing a local posse.  Is there room for one more?

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Re: ESTO 2014 - Marietta, OH - August 22-24, 2014
« Reply #129 on: August 19, 2014, 07:03:38 AM »
The "local posse" is just Jesse. You are always welcome to follow us around :-)

I am going to explore the Hocking Hills area which will likely be less interesting than the route home on Sunday (the Usual Suspects by the river we rode in May). BUT, I can ride southeast OH any time and the Hocking Hills are just a little too far west for a day ride, so I think will spend the day re-acquainting myself with them. It's been several years since I've ridden those roads. I just hope there isn't too much tourist traffic by the parks...
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Re: ESTO 2014 - Marietta, OH - August 22-24, 2014
« Reply #130 on: August 19, 2014, 07:14:23 AM »
Well, I'll ride some SE on the way in on Thursday, SE all day Friday, SW on Saturday, the usual suspects on the way home Sunday!!

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Re: ESTO 2014 - Marietta, OH - August 22-24, 2014
« Reply #131 on: August 19, 2014, 07:25:08 AM »
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Re: ESTO 2014 - Marietta, OH - August 22-24, 2014
« Reply #132 on: August 19, 2014, 08:54:53 AM »
Trying to plot my routes for the weekend. Anyone have good info on the Hocking Hills area (west of Athens, between 33 and 50), specifically whether the following roads are worth doing:

278, 328, 374, 664, 678, 180

I have Saturday loop laid out that heads west and zig-zags north/south on those roads.

I ran through the hocking hills area on the way to the national this year. With all the parks in the area there is a lot of traffic. With that said, the parks are pretty cool too and worth seeing. I know 374 was a nice road in decent shape. I'll check my route notes when I get home to see what else I was on.

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Re: ESTO 2014 - Marietta, OH - August 22-24, 2014
« Reply #133 on: August 19, 2014, 10:04:07 AM »
I am late to the party.  Without reading this entire thread, when are group rides planned?  This area is where I do much of my riding.   I will be riding Sunday and maybe Saturday.

Road recon:
800 is closed a few miles north of 7.
255 is a wonderfully twisty road that is now covered in gravel from truck traffic.  Thanks fracking.
536 is tight and technical.  Heading south, there is a 15mph decreasing radius right hander that has claimed many motorcycles over the years.  Be careful.   

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Re: ESTO 2014 - Marietta, OH - August 22-24, 2014
« Reply #134 on: August 19, 2014, 10:36:31 AM »
255 is a wonderfully twisty road that is now covered in gravel from truck traffic.  Thanks fracking.

T'is a shame. 255 is was a great one.
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Re: ESTO 2014 - Marietta, OH - August 22-24, 2014
« Reply #135 on: August 19, 2014, 10:45:05 AM »
255 is a wonderfully twisty road that is now covered in gravel from truck traffic.  Thanks fracking.

T'is a shame. 255 is was a great one.

I plan on riding 255 anyway to see if it has cleaned up any since ODOT re-graveled the shoulders. 536 has had periods of high gravel. And then 536 and 556 got these wide, rectangular patches (covered width of road) of slippery tar a couple years back. Beware if they are baking in the sun, but they have been OK this season. Still, there are so many great roads north of Marietta up to I-70 that you will have no problems killing off chicken strips.

That said, if you fancy a trip across the river to WV, consider riding WV89 from Proctor up to WV250. It is 23(?) miles of twisty, well-paved road with only bits of gravel at truck entrances to drilling sites. Recommended if you like sort of thing (not a knee dragging road).

Another route to consider in WV is to head east to Harrisville, and then ride WV16 south to jct I-79, turn around, and ride it back north.  That's 60 miles (each way) of unrelenting twisties. You will hit some local traffic here and there, but usually it's not too bad. Or pick a different way north/back. I plan on doing WV16 (down and back) on my way to Marietta on Friday (or save it for Sunday depending on weather).
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Re: ESTO 2014 - Marietta, OH - August 22-24, 2014
« Reply #136 on: August 19, 2014, 10:49:18 AM »
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Re: ESTO 2014 - Marietta, OH - August 22-24, 2014
« Reply #137 on: August 19, 2014, 11:37:22 AM »
Here is a good loop that starts and ends in Marietta for those of you looking for lots of twisties:

Marietta>26E>800N>78E>7N(just for 1/2 mile)>556W>145N>148W>800S>145S>821S>Marietta

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Re: ESTO 2014 - Marietta, OH - August 22-24, 2014
« Reply #138 on: August 19, 2014, 11:42:05 AM »
255 is a wonderfully twisty road that is now covered in gravel from truck traffic.  Thanks fracking.

T'is a shame. 255 is was a great one.

I plan on riding 255 anyway to see if it has cleaned up any since ODOT re-graveled the shoulders. 536 has had periods of high gravel. And then 536 and 556 got these wide, rectangular patches (covered width of road) of slippery tar a couple years back. Beware if they are baking in the sun, but they have been OK this season. Still, there are so many great roads north of Marietta up to I-70 that you will have no problems killing off chicken strips.

255 - expect gravel in every tight right hander.  It's from the truck fracking traffic.  Also, with 800 being closed 255 gets even more truck traffic.
536 - was in decent shape when I rode it 2 weeks ago, but that road can change week to week.
556  - pretty good shape, the patches are pretty well seasoned by now. 

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Re: ESTO 2014 - Marietta, OH - August 22-24, 2014
« Reply #139 on: August 19, 2014, 12:40:39 PM »
Any one going to stop at Big Musky?
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Re: ESTO 2014 - Marietta, OH - August 22-24, 2014
« Reply #140 on: August 19, 2014, 04:15:32 PM »
800 is closed a few miles north of 7.

Dang.  We're in Morgantown and had planned to take 800 on our way to Cleveland tomorrow.

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Re: ESTO 2014 - Marietta, OH - August 22-24, 2014
« Reply #141 on: August 19, 2014, 04:42:48 PM »
800 is closed a few miles north of 7.

Dang.  We're in Morgantown and had planned to take 800 on our way to Cleveland tomorrow.

It's closed between 7 and 26.  It's not passable, bridge is gone.

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« Reply #142 on: August 19, 2014, 04:53:33 PM »
800 is closed a few miles north of 7.

Dang.  We're in Morgantown and had planned to take 800 on our way to Cleveland tomorrow.

It's closed between 7 and 26.  It's not passable, bridge is gone.

Thanks for the heads up.  Guess I'll do some recalcing.

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Re: ESTO 2014 - Marietta, OH - August 22-24, 2014
« Reply #143 on: August 19, 2014, 05:20:10 PM »
  Hope your flight arrives on time.


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« Reply #144 on: August 19, 2014, 05:44:30 PM »
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Re: ESTO 2014 - Marietta, OH - August 22-24, 2014
« Reply #145 on: August 19, 2014, 07:36:30 PM »
800 is closed a few miles north of 7.

Dang.  We're in Morgantown and had planned to take 800 on our way to Cleveland tomorrow.

Cross the river at New Martinsville. Head north on 7 to Hannibal and take 536 up to 78. You could make a left on 78 and catch 800 in Woodsfield, but for more twisty fun, make a right on 78 back down to the river. Head north on 7 a little more. Take 556 to Bealsville, then continue on 145 west to jct 800 in Malaga.
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Re: ESTO 2014 - Marietta, OH - August 22-24, 2014
« Reply #146 on: August 19, 2014, 07:39:59 PM »
Oil change complete. Just need to finish my routes, put luggage on the bike, and hit the road Friday morning. I plan on spending the day in WV (mostly on 16).
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Re: ESTO 2014 - Marietta, OH - August 22-24, 2014
« Reply #147 on: August 19, 2014, 09:26:04 PM »
I am late to the party.  Without reading this entire thread, when are group rides planned?  This area is where I do much of my riding.   I will be riding Sunday and maybe Saturday.

Road recon:
800 is closed a few miles north of 7.
255 is a wonderfully twisty road that is now covered in gravel from truck traffic.  Thanks fracking.
536 is tight and technical.  Heading south, there is a 15mph decreasing radius right hander that has claimed many motorcycles over the years.  Be careful.

255 is a wonderfully twisty road that is now covered in gravel from truck traffic.  Thanks fracking.

T'is a shame. 255 is was a great one.

I plan on riding 255 anyway to see if it has cleaned up any since ODOT re-graveled the shoulders. 536 has had periods of high gravel. And then 536 and 556 got these wide, rectangular patches (covered width of road) of slippery tar a couple years back. Beware if they are baking in the sun, but they have been OK this season. Still, there are so many great roads north of Marietta up to I-70 that you will have no problems killing off chicken strips.

That said, if you fancy a trip across the river to WV, consider riding WV89 from Proctor up to WV250. It is 23(?) miles of twisty, well-paved road with only bits of gravel at truck entrances to drilling sites. Recommended if you like sort of thing (not a knee dragging road).

Another route to consider in WV is to head east to Harrisville, and then ride WV16 south to jct I-79, turn around, and ride it back north.  That's 60 miles (each way) of unrelenting twisties. You will hit some local traffic here and there, but usually it's not too bad. Or pick a different way north/back. I plan on doing WV16 (down and back) on my way to Marietta on Friday (or save it for Sunday depending on weather).

Thanks for all these tips.  IIRC, 536 was seeded with fine gravel from an oil & chip in 2011, while 255 was sweet & smooth.  While no ride ever works out perfect - I'm pretty sure that's a corollary to Murphy's Law - this should be a memorable one. 

I think I'm going to head over to the caves - it's scenic and twisty - I don't recall the traffic being that heavy.
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Re: ESTO 2014 - Marietta, OH - August 22-24, 2014
« Reply #148 on: August 20, 2014, 06:35:45 AM »
Howdy All: I'd love to come to this meet, but having recently lost my job, I'm having a tough time justifying paying for my own room. Even at reasonable Microtel rates, I've got to watch every penny for the next few months (and even when I find a new job, it'll probably require relocation—meaning moving costs, deposits on a rental house, utilities, etc.).

SO...can I sleep on someone's floor?  :big smile: I'm happy to contribute a share of the room cost. I don't snore (much) and don't even need a bed—just floorspace and use of the shower is fine.

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Re: ESTO 2014 - Marietta, OH - August 22-24, 2014
« Reply #149 on: August 20, 2014, 07:24:55 AM »
Ok, I thought Doug said he was not coming.   :razz:


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