This is a ride I've been wanting to do all summer. Ron and I rode part of this route last January when I still had the Suzuki. Other than that we drove the car over it once many years ago. Always intended to drive it again, it only took us 20 some years to return. We were just waiting for the appropriate mode of transportation. Yeah that's it. I had forgotten what a nice drive (now ride) this is.
This is where the map goes...if I knew how to make a map. Really gotta learn a map program. From Sweet Home we take Quartzville Road heading toward Green Peter Dam. From there just stay on the pavement (Forest Rd. 11). Quartzville Road becomes Forest Road 11 and/or Straight Creek Road. If you come from Detroit it's Straight Creek Road off of highway 22.
|I'm being followed...|
|Fallen Bridge under the other bridge. Guys in wetsuits, mining or ??|
|Requisite moto shot|
The weather is perfect. There are a lot of campers along the road, but traffic is spectacularly light. Slower traffic lets faster traffic around, and all is right in the world. It's another case of the riding is too good to stop for photos.
I'm happy when the road loses it's painted lines and becomes a single lane. It's just better that way. We have great scenery and fun, fun curves. There are a few gravel spots, and many corners have gravel and/or debris in them. I have one encounter with some snotty rocks that make the bike wiggle a bit. Did I mention this is a fun road?!
|At the top?|
|We stop too soon, the better view is just around the corner...where we don't stop.|
At one point a red sport bike zips by. He's taking full advantage of the corners. I divide my time between cornering and slowing to gawk at the views. We see the sport bike again at the other end of the road. While we're just finishing the ride, he is heading back over the way he came. Considering the somewhat dull ride down Highway 22, I think returning along FR 11 would be the better option. Ride over, stop for lunch and gas, then go back over again. I think I'll do that next time. I'm already wanting to do an Autumn colors ride in a few weeks. I love this ride :)
|Highway 22 - Ho Hum!|