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By Akumu (2905 McR Points) on Jul 19, 2020
2905 McR Points
August 2, 2020
As stated in my summary, this road isn't some…
Written DirectionsIf you wish to get West on Sykes Road, which will dump out onto Ohio Route 536 then you want to... Take Ohio Route 7 in Clarington, OH onto Sykes Ridge Road. Take care, it's a county route, and as such doesn't have a very big sign for it. (It's on the South side of Sunfish Creek, which branches off of the Ohio River) If you wish to get East on Sykes Road, which will dump out onto Ohio Route 7, which rides along side the Ohio River, then you want to... Take Ohio Route 78 East out of Woodsfield, OH and travel 7.6 miles down 78 East. You will turn right onto Ohio Route 536, and then after 1.6 miles STAY STRAIGHT to continue onto Sykes Ridge Road. (I do not recommend skipping 536 for Sykes. They're not even comparable. It's best to do Sykes AFTER having done 536 North as a way to bypass boring old 78, if you wish to go East..) If you're coming from Clarington, OH via Ohio Route 78 you will take Ohio 78 West for 8.7 miles. You will then turn left onto Ohio Route 536, and then after 1.6 miles STAY STRAIGHT to continue onto Sykes Ridge Road. (I do not recommend skipping 536 for Sykes. They're not even comparable. It's best to do Sykes AFTER having done 536 North as a way to bypass boring old 78, if you wish to go East.)
SceneryThere really isn't too much scenery, due to the trees. There's some rolling hills parts, and a few overlooks, but nothing too crazy.
Drive EnjoymentIt's not a home run, or anything. It's just a nice alternative to Ohio 78, particularly if you wish to go East after having done that crazy ass Ohio 536. There's some sweepers, a couple of twisties, and the lumpiness of the road adds some charm. There's 2 pot holes of some repute on this road, as of July 2020, they're closer to Clarington than 536.
Tourism OpportunitiesNo tourism here. Sure, there's plenty of towns around this, and nearby roads, but nothing on this road it's self.
Motorcycle Road Additional infoRide/Drive safe. One hairpin has a knocked over guardrail where someone went over the cliff. (Looked to be a Marcellus water truck.)
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August 2, 2020
2905 McR Points
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As stated in my summary, this road isn't some slick shit killer like 536 or the freshly paved, as of July 2020, 255. It's more of an alternative to 78 E or W. I recommend coming up 536 North and then sliding onto Sykes, if you want to go East. By then you're already at the end of 536, pretty much. Pavement as of July 2020 is a 3 to 4 out of 5. There's one sudden dip in the road you can here me call out in the video. There's also 2 decent size potholes that may or may not be there when you ride this road. (I imagine they'll fill the things at some point. Those pot holes are much closer to the Ohio river side, and significant enough that you should be able to spot them well before you hit them, which is good, because God help you if you do hit them.) Overall 3.5/5
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