Sunny skies, warmish temperatures, and not-so-muddy conditions, greeted 30+ riders last Saturday for the third annual Ridgetop Ramble through Shawnee State Forest.
This year's route featured the more remote areas of Shawnee State Forest, highlighting the twisty, curvy, flowy, forest roads and logging roads.
Even though there were two routes offered, most folks opted for the 43 mile route with 4,800 ft of climbing. The most ominous part of the route was the condition of the final logging road and bridle trail, which we would descend. With two days of constant rain prior to the ride, some folks were planning to avoid the mud by altering the route. Those who opted to take the chance were pleasantly rewarded with killer views and smooth, slightly soft, slightly packed, fast rolling dirt on top of the ridge. As we descended the trail, the effect of the rain was apparent, making the final descent of the trail a sloppy, goofy, time. Most folks said it was their favorite part. The ride ended with Easter cake provided by Tim, beer, chips, and pineapple.
For the route, click here.
For more photos of the ride, click here.
For Ray George's (Ohio Gravel Grinders) photos of the ride, click here.
Tom, Mary, and I carpooled out with a few others from the SBW crew, who drove our van home so we could ride our bikes home via the a portion of the Ohio Buckeye Trail. This was primarily a route recon for a 620-mile tour along the same route that we will embark on in June. We camped in an abandoned barn since our campground was flooded, hiked our bikes through a few swollen creeks, but mostly enjoyed the scenic backroads (both paved and gravel) from Shawnee State Forest back home to Loveland. For more pictures, click here.