Sunday, May 20, 2012
Upcoming Ohio River Scenic Byway Travel Posts
"This history-rich byway meanders along the banks of the Ohio River, hugging its shoreline and offering almost continuous views of the river. The history of the Ohio is found both in rural landscapes and quaint river communities, covering periods from Native American habitation through western settlement, affecting transportation patterns and industrialization."
This 943 mile road runs from Charleston, West Virginia to Nashville, Illinois. There are three sections: Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois. I am located about midway on the Ohio leg of the run, just across from Maysville, Kentucky.
In the coming months I will visit some of the little river towns along the Ohio section and highlight some of the history and natural beauty of the Scenic Byway as it runs through my state.
This is absolutely my favorite place to ride. You are traveling along the Ohio River and the views are breath-taking. Occasionally you will see a river barge hauling coal, grain, or other goods. Some of these boats are historic in nature and yet still offer passenger rides from Cincinnati to Portsmouth. Some offer scenic cruises all the way down to New Orleans via the Mississippi River!
This area is also filled with history from the Underground Railroad houses to the Civil War raids. There is even the site of a sunken Civil War frigate along the way! Ullysses S. Grant was born in this area as well as other colorful historic characters such as Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Roy Rogers.
Among my favorite places to explore are the many "mom and pop" eating places from historic inns and wineries to dairy bars and dives. So much good stuff to eat along the way! A biker's culinary paradise, just waiting for samplings and reviews and maybe a few homemade recipes!
So from here on out, some of my upcoming posts will highlight my scooting experiences along the Scenic Byway section found in Ohio.
I hope to get "up close and personal" with some of the fascinating people, landmarks, and villages found there and offer you some photos and stories about my ride experiences.
Who knows-some day I might organize some group rides along these routes! It's in my mind to do something like that at some point.
*The tag, "Ohio Scenic Byway" will lead the title of related posts~
**A link to the national Byways website is listed under Web Sites.