Are you thirsty for an O-H-I-O adventure? You may already know that Cleveland Rocks, and you may have already partaken in Cincinnati’s famous Spaghetti Chili. Still, you may not know this little neck of the woods in Southeast Ohio that will make you feel like you’re in another world. There’s a reason why Ohio is one of the best places to ride in the entire U.S… With over 84 registered motorcycle roads, the Buckeye State has been the leading motorcycle riding state for over a decade. Today, we’re going to take you on a wild ride through this famous riding state. We’ll take in the twists and turns of Route 26, which runs throughout the southeast corner of Ohio, spanning over 75 miles of Driving Enjoyment, as the locals like to say. Get ready, riders, as we fire up our Thirsty Biker apps and experience all that this quaint, scenic area has to offer. In between all of the covered bridges and idyllic farms lies a road that just can’t wait to be explored. In episode 20 of the Thirsty Biker Chronicles, we’re cruisin’ the curves on Ohio Route 26.

Must-See Stops

Gator's Pub

Our journey begins at Gator’s Easy Wind Pub in Marietta, known for its cold drinks and warm atmosphere. Not only is it easy to connect with fellow riders here, but Gator’s also prides itself on being the cleanest bar in the Mid-Ohio Valley…or MOV, for short. Stop by for their signature Swamp Juice, sing a tune or two during karaoke and get to know the locals here at this iconic Ohio watering hole. Another can’t-miss stop is Sixpence Pub and Eaters, located in Parkersburg, West Virginia, just a hop, skip, and a jump away on this epic ride. Meet up with your friends while you enjoy outstanding food and top-notch entertainment. This pub knows the way to a Thirsty Biker’s heart, from open mic nights to food and drink specials.

When you’re in the mood for a quick bite and a refreshing beverage, head over to the Rusty Rooster Lounge in Philo. Play pool, sit back and relax with friends, and don’t forget to try their five-star Rooster wings. You won’t be disappointed. If you’re interested in hearing a bit of music at the area’s best dive bar, then you’d better take a trip over to Smiling Skull Saloon in Athens. Rock out to local bands, sip on ice-cold beverages and get ready for a night of shenanigans. Finally, if you want to meet some of the most wonderful friends around, Rendezvous in Parkersburg is where it’s at… it’s even their motto. Live entertainment and good company await at The Vous.

The Ride

Ride map

There’s a reason why the Route 26 ride is so popular. Nestled among the farm towns of the Midwest lies a ride that’s both exciting and calming, thrilling yet relaxing. As you ride through the curvy terrain, you’ll notice a small-town feel radiating around you, with an excitement that’s just waiting to come out and surprise you. Not only is this ride scenic, but it’s also a challenging one, with hills and valleys, twists and turns, so planning this trip during favorable weather is advised. S-curve elevations, with decreasing radius curves, make for a ride that you’ll want to pay attention to. With the scenery that awaits as you glide through the quaint little towns, you’ll know why this ride is so iconic from the moment you cast your eyes on your surroundings.

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