Route 258 (Newcomerstown to Stillwater) + ADD NEW ROUTE
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Route starts in Newcomerstown, Ohio. Turn off OH-36 at Rt258 sign - follow the signs to stay on Rt258, it splits off at several points. Head up to Stillwater and continue on Rt800 (a much more "laid-back") road, or turn around and scare yourself silly all over again like we did!
Scenery? Too bad you wont get much time to enjoy it! Tree filled valleys, amish farms, quaint villages - it's a scenic ride, but, read on...
Surface - this road ranges from absolute crap, to decent in terms of road surface. It was recently repaved in sections with the lovely loose gravel / asphalt over the top of the old road mix. This makes for skiddish in-turn handling, and sidewall contact a frightening thing.
Turns and Hills - once you split left (about 10 miles east of newcomerstown) - get ready. Turns are blind, just cresting off hilltops, often decreasing radius, 45 degrees or tighter. There are several left / right hairpin turns in succession that are completely blind and downhill to boot. Scary, and if you screw up, there's oodles of trees, buggies and stone hillsides for you to slam into.
Until you have to turn left to follow 258 (at Salt Fork Rd / Post Boy Rd intersection) things are easy, but do not let your guard down. After that, gird your loins.
There is nothing on this road. NOTHING! Except scary tight turns, blind dropoffs, and more challenges to get your adrenaline pumping. You might see one of the "children of the corn", but that's it. No gas between Newcomerstown and Stillwater. Gas up in Newcomerstown before you head out.
Special notes: If you do this route - be really, really careful. 1st time, even 55mph is pushing it. You will be on the edge guaranteed. Many elevation changes, loose gravel, tight (very) blind turns in series, unmarked turns, buggies and poop in the road (from the buggies), will all try to destroy you. I wouldn't say I'm Valentino Rossi, but I'm not terrible either, and this ride is frightening. I rode with a experienced friend who has ridden much of the Poconos and Allegheny backroads. This is one of the scarier rides he's been on. Even if you've done 100 track days, have 20 years of riding experience, there are too many potential "what if's" on this road to bomb it in any sense. We nearly became a bumper for a amish buggy, and a 10 foot long, 1/4" deep gravel patch through the entire lane mid turn (which almost seemed intentionally placed there) damn near sent me to the E.R. - be careful. It's a good technical challenge, but NOT to be taken lightly. If you are VERY comfortable with bike control and don't panic when the rear (or front) breaks loose a bit, have fun!
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