Our ride to the Devils Triangle took place on the 4th of July weekend, 2010.
This is one of our favorite motorcycle road trips, so we had to add it to our favorites list of motorcycle stories.
As you might expect it was a hot weekend, typical of that time of year.
So once we were "in the wind" we had our natural air conditioners cranked up.
As much as we despise highway riding, we had to ride the highway to make good time getting down there and back.
From our homes in Ohio, we headed west on I-70 to Columbus.
We left Friday after work, so we got a late start to a 6 hour ride.
From Columbus we took I-71 south to Cincinnati.
There we stopped for a brief meal, some gas, and then back in the saddle towards the infamous Devils Triangle.
we continued on I-75 to Lexington, Kentucky.
By the time we hit Lexington the sun was going down and we were treated to the best fireworks show ever.
Backyard fireworks were being ignited, seemingly as we rode by.
It's almost as if they waited for us to ride by on that warm summer evening before they sent their bottle rockets skyward.
It was a shower of color and explosions for what must have been 20 miles.
A nice addition to our motorcycle road trips
Lexington sent us off with a grand finale towards Knoxville, Tennessee.
After Knoxville we kept south on I-75 and then got off heading to the small town of Benton.
Where we had a cabin reserved for 2 nights.
The problem was finding the cabin.
By the time we arrived it was 1:00 A.M. and pitch black back in the hills where the main rental office was located.
We tried to find the cabin, but that proved to be rather difficult.
We left the girls at the office and climbed the side of a mountain on a little one lane winding road.
It was steep, dark,treacherous and a dead end...... also not where our cabin was at.
We struggled to get the bikes turned around, but finally made it back down to the girls.
Eventually the manager showed up and pointed us in the right direction.
The driveway to our cabin was, by far the biggest adventure road we would ride the whole weekend.
First of all it was a gravel/dirt mix.
It had a set of switchbacks that would make the Devils Triangle jealous.
It went up a steep hill and depending on the angle of the drive you had a drop off on your left and a embankment on your right.
Recent rains had formed washouts (what we called "Waddies" in the Army).
Plus the embankments washed into the drive, leaving football sized rocks to dodge.
I told Bea to walk and I went for it.
And to my amazement, made it without incedent.
Not bad for a rookie.
The next morning we headed out to find a good breakfast and tackle the Devils Triangle.
Now's a good time to explain the Devils Triangle.
devilstriangletn.com This is what the experts say on their site:
"BULLETIN: The Devils Triangle is not a place for the squeamish or beginning rider. There are sections with difficult steep switchbacks, poorly patched asphalt, heaves in the roadway,broken pavement, gravel in road, steep dropoffs, and coal/logging trucks to dodge. Other than that it is a great road. RIDE WITH EXTREME CARE ..... "
That about says it all.
If you're new to riding, or ride mostly flat regions, you'll find this very challenging.
We recommend you stay focused at all times.
Let your guard down for even a second and you can end up in a bad way. We found it to be very much like the motorcycle roads in our own backyard.
Not unlike ohio route 26
Twisties galore. Steep upgrades and downgrades.
Curves that'll make your mouth water.
This was an awesome ride.
Even those with years of experience at this type of road will find it's best to pay attention.
The switchbacks were the most challenging part of the Triangle. Again, I managed the entire ride with confidence and ease......well with one small exception.
I took one switchback a little wide and also in second gear.
Luckily I didn't stall out 'cause there would've been no stopping or holding the bike up once I lost momentum.
The scenery was spectacular as we rode from small town to small town throughout the Devils Triangle.
The traffic wasn't bad for themost part.
There was a couple of times when some local would ride your ass in a big hurry, but mostly we had the road to ourselves.
With the exception of a few other touring bikers like us.Once we got back to the cabin, I had my first misshap.
Going up the treacherous driveway at 5mph I caught the edge of one of those football sized, road hazard rocks, in one of the kiss-your-ass turns.
The bike gently laid down and my pride was shot.
It took all of us to get it up, as it was wedged up against an embankment.
That night we had a nice dinner where we relived the ride at the Devils Triangle and visited with some locals.
They laughed at the way we talked and we at them.
We could've been in Mayberry. Nice people. On the ride back we took a different route.
From Lexington we took I-64 East to Charleston, West Virginia.
Then I-77 north towards Cambridge, Ohio.
Somewhere along this stretch of Highway, we came across a fellow biker that was very unique.
He was heading in the same direction as us on a dresser, "rat" bike.
He had ammo cans for saddlebags,and a squirrel tail flapping on his antenna.
He had gear bungeed and strapped to every available inch of that bike.
He was leaned way back, feet up, but head hunched over like he was sleeping....or dead.
As we passed, we gave him a hearty biker wave, and were assured that he was still alive by the slightest of nodds in return.
Eventually Devil's Triangle was just a memory and we were stopping for our last gas-up outside of Quaker City, Ohio.
It was another late night, and we had put plenty of miles on our bikes.
We said our goodbyes and headed for home.
A favorite motorcycle road trip.
The weather was perfect, the people were friendly, the food was good, the accomodations were good and the motorcycle roads were spectacular!
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