Triple Nickel (Route 555 in S.E. Ohio)

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Triple Nickel (Route 555 in S.E. Ohio)

#1 Unread post by ZooTech » Mon Sep 05, 2005 8:49 pm

Turns out the Triple Nickel is closer to me than I thought. It's just seven miles south of I-70 in Zanesville for those of you familiar with the area. I came across the following web page with a short video of the road in question:

http://www.bmwmoa.org/rally/rally05/fea ... 5_ride.htm

I should be getting my front wheel back on Thursday, so I'm gonna try to make it out there to ride this thing this weekend. I'll post pics if it works out.

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#2 Unread post by Joe Mc » Mon Sep 05, 2005 10:13 pm

Looks like a fun road. :righton:

Was the guy filming the video riding a bicycle? He's going slow enough! :o
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#3 Unread post by Forsaken » Tue Sep 06, 2005 4:06 am

The guy said it has a lot of gravel.... no thx.
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#4 Unread post by CentralOzzy » Tue Sep 06, 2005 4:52 am

A perfect road for the new Buell Ulysses! :wink:
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#5 Unread post by ZooTech » Sun Sep 11, 2005 2:43 pm

CentralOzzy wrote:A perfect road for the new Buell Ulysses! :wink:
Well, we just did the trip yesterday and yes, Ozzy, it's pretty much a playground for bikes like the Ulysses! Horsepower is a nice thing...but this road is better suited to bikes with a lot of torque, like a V-twin sportbike. Some of the folks that wrote about it referred to it as "Ohio's Dragon", but I have a hard time making that comparison myself. While it is curvy as hell, there are several challenges that the ol' 555 presents that the Dragon does not.

For starters, you tend to carry a lot more speed through the 555 than the Dragon. All told it's about 60 miles long, and there are some pretty decent "straight"-aways between curves, so you tend to travel about twice as fast on the 555 than on the Dragon. Secondly, I've never seen so many blind turns and hilltop surprises in my life! It must be a county ordinance out there to put a hard 90-degree turn at the crest of every hill, and then forego the installation of a warning sign beforehand. Thirdly, the road grade changes frequently...from salt-and-pepper backroad to fresh black pavement, and everything in between. And last but not least, the Dragon is very well-kept by the locals and is even swept off rather regularly, whereas the 555 has quite an abundance of loose gravel and sand around the sharpest turns, causing a rather timid approach to each approaching bend. All told, I'd say the Dragon is more like a "highlight reel" of the 555, minus the loose aggragate. But we had a blast riding it, and I'll surely be back soon!

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First stop, Arthur Treachers in Reynoldsburg:
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About a mile into the 555, we came across this accident. That's an 8-day-old Harley Sportster 883 with 30-day plates on it. She and her husband were out riding together (that's his RoadGlide parked facing the scene) and she came around the first bend a little too hot, causing her to go left-of-center and hit the gravel ditch. The front end fell out from under her and she hit five fence posts and got tangled up in the barbed wire. She was wearing a half-helmet and she had a nasty gaping wound on her right elbow. She was actually quite lucky, though, because as we dug her bike out of the ditch and waited on the ambulance cars continued to whip through there like they were on the way to a fire. Hell, even the ambulance came screeching around the same turn she wrecked on and we thought we'd need one too! So, she was lucky she didn't get hit head-on or get more tangled in the barbed wire than she did. The bike did not fare so well:
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Some pics of our first stop (actually, I had to stop and wait about two minutes for my dad and bro-in-law to catch up!): :laughing:
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#6 Unread post by dr_bar » Sun Sep 11, 2005 2:55 pm

Great pics, looks like a heck of a road to ride. I'm glad the harley rider wasn't too bad off...
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#7 Unread post by CentralOzzy » Sun Sep 11, 2005 5:50 pm

I'll bet the Locals have that road down Pat! 8)

Nice pictures! How about some ACTION shots next time? :P

Too bad about the Harley rider....I guess she reached her limitaions a little too quickly! Fancy dropping a 3 day old bike.....Ooooogh. :? Glad she's OK.
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#8 Unread post by ZooTech » Sun Sep 11, 2005 5:55 pm

CentralOzzy wrote:I'll bet the Locals have that road down Pat! 8)
Yeah, it'd be nice to have a road like that close to home.
CentralOzzy wrote: Nice pictures! How about some ACTION shots next time? :P
Yeah, we dropped the ball. But we got started an hour later than planned and were then held up by the wreck. All-in-all we were riding for eleven hours, and any additional stops like that would have put us home even later (we got home around midnight). I had planned to take some short vids on the better turns but just never did.
CentralOzzy wrote: Too bad about the Harley rider....I guess she reached her limitaions a little too quickly! Fancy dropping a 3 day old bike.....Ooooogh. :? Glad she's OK.
I know nothing of her overall experience, but I don't think anyone should tackle a road like that on an 8-day-old bike. The bike needs to be broken-in and the rider needs more seat time than that.

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#9 Unread post by dag207 » Sun Sep 11, 2005 6:13 pm

Nice pics. That road looks like a lot of the roads in my area, (exept we seem to have a lot more frost heave cracks)

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#10 Unread post by Snake » Sun Sep 11, 2005 10:33 pm

It's kind of pointless to sweep the roads in ohio, since most of them have that gravel on the sides, every toime the rain falls which is often (As I'm sure you know) the road is just as dirty.
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#11 Unread post by ZooTech » Sun Sep 11, 2005 11:10 pm

Not to mention those damned Amish and their road apples!!! :evil:


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#12 Unread post by Snake » Mon Sep 12, 2005 12:19 pm

No kidding, it's now fun having to emergency stop for a huge pile of crap, or there buggys.....AHHHHHH!!!...


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#13 Unread post by sapaul » Mon Sep 12, 2005 1:01 pm

Good stuff Zoo, great pics and looks like the HD Rider got lucky, you being there to help and running into the wire fence and posts. There are some big trees behind that fence.
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#14 Unread post by ZooTech » Mon Sep 12, 2005 1:05 pm

Yeah, not to make light of the situation but she actually fared pretty well considering. She could have just as easily high-sided over the fence and hit any number of things, or that barbed wire could have slit her throat. The only obvious injuries were a sore leg and a scraped elbow, so I think she can count herself lucky. Hopefully when she and the bike fully recover she'll pick up where she left off.

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#15 Unread post by cb360 » Mon Sep 12, 2005 1:13 pm

Nice pix Zoo. Looks like a fun ride. Better get them in while you can... winter is coming!
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#16 Unread post by ZooTech » Mon Sep 12, 2005 2:39 pm

cb360 wrote:Nice pix Zoo. Looks like a fun ride. Better get them in while you can... winter is coming!
I suppose you guys have it worse than I do, nes pas? :laughing:

I'll probably be outta commision from December to March. :x

Oh well, time to give the posi rearend in my truck a good workout! :twisted:

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#17 Unread post by Snake » Mon Sep 12, 2005 3:41 pm

Ugh I HATE ohio winters. My life consists of:

Get up, go to school in the dark, be bored all during the day light, get home, chop wood in the dark (We have a wood burner), do home work, go to bed and freeze "O Ring" off.


Notice the complete lack of fun time, I get far too much homework.... oh well I won't burdon you.
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#18 Unread post by cb360 » Mon Sep 12, 2005 3:42 pm

ZooTech wrote:
cb360 wrote:Nice pix Zoo. Looks like a fun ride. Better get them in while you can... winter is coming!
I suppose you guys have it worse than I do, nes pas? :laughing:

I'll probably be outta commision from December to March. :x

Oh well, time to give the posi rearend in my truck a good workout! :twisted:
That's n'est-ce pas to you. Sorry, I had to speak French for a couple of years :twisted: Unless rain really bugs you we probably don't have it worse than you. Seattle and lots of Western Washington are in a weird warm-air pocket. Something about being surrounded by the Puget Sound and the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges. As a result it rarely snows here and probably doesn't even get below freezing more than a couple times all winter. It's an even money bet whether or not it will snow even once and that'll be gone in a day. We had a freak storm several years ago where we had a foot of snow for a few days but the other 13 years there's been nothing to speak of. Now if you go an hour and a half east or so, past the mountain passes... and you can find all the snow you want. Anyway, the hardcore guys can ride just about all winter. Rain is a different story. It'll rain three or four times a week all winter long, but you can still ride in it. Not really my cup of tea since I pretty much just ride for pleasure but I plan on riding enough that I won't need to winterize the bike.
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#19 Unread post by ZooTech » Mon Sep 12, 2005 4:29 pm

Snake wrote:I get far too much homework.... oh well I won't burdon you.
What?...I don't know what having a crapload of homework is like??? I have two 400-level college courses running concurrently, both accelerated, and one of them is online. I graduate October 23rd but for the time being I am swamped with work! :x
cb360 wrote: That's n'est-ce pas to you. Sorry, I had to speak French for a couple of years :twisted:
Indeed...a lot of good those two years of French I took in high-school did me! :laughing:

The best work I ever did in that class was when I got pissed at the teacher and wrote her a full-page hate letter in French...which she promptly graded.

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#20 Unread post by cb360 » Mon Sep 12, 2005 5:52 pm

I had two years of French in college where I learned absolutely squat except for a bunch of vocabulary words. I learned much, much more hanging out with illiterate farmers in Africa for two years. College language classes are great, but there's no substitute for total immersion. Live in a place where no one speaks english and you'll learn the local language - I guarantee it! the problem with classes is nobody really talks like the teacher - hearing the stuff all day, every day from all kinds of people makes all the difference.
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