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Old 01-08-07, 01:35 PM   #1
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Ohio Rt 7 between Steubenville and E Liverpool ?

Anyone know if it is legal to ride that 4 lane road. ?

BTW anyone know if you can cross the Ohio River at Browns Island? it is hard to tell from the aerial photos if that bridge is open to the public or not
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The only ones I can tell you about are at East Liverpool. From what I remember, there is a "toll" bridge which is likely the one across Browns Island if Browns Is is at East Liverpool; it appeared to be narrow and probably not amenable to cycling (but I could be totally wrong here because the view was from a car).

The BIG bridge further along to the east, is the one we rode across during a rainstorm. It's fine and it's not a toll bridge. You do have to have your wits about you with the off/on ramps, but there is an OK shoulder across the main span.

The country on the West Virginia side is very pleasant to ride through. We didn't get to ride along the river much, but when we drove it, we there wasn't much of of the Ohio River to see anyway. The terrain is rolling to a bit steep in some places. As I say, very pleasant riding. We did a 70km circuit that covered Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio in one hit.
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Let me first say that East Liverpool itself is not exactly ... ummmm ... charming. Unless you're into the run-down industrial look. However, the rest of that northern tip of West Virginia, western Pennsylvania, and eastern Ohio are quite lovely ... green and hilly.

The bridge at Newell is definitely a toll bridge and I'm not sure how they would feel about a bicycle crossing, but the one near Chester is not ... that's the BIG bridge Rowan mentions above. And you do have to have your wits about you when you cross that one. If you cross from East Liverpool into West Virginia, and continue straight up Hwy 30, you'll be going up for quite a while ... there's a good sized hill climbing out of the river valley! I'm not sure about the bridge at Steubenville.

I'm also not sure if cycling is allowed on the Ohio side, but it definitely is on the West Virginia side. If you decide to ride on the West Virginia side, I'd recommend travelling up Hwy 8 to New Manchester (I believe). There is a little brown, wood-panelled grocery store there, at the top of a hill, which had some amazingly inexpensive prices on groceries! We went back twice!

I'd also recommend Racoon Creek Park/Campground near Frankfort Springs in Pennsylvania. It's a very nice campground in a beautiful park ... but one tip .... if you do decide to camp there, be sure you've got some very secure storage for your food!! It isn't named "Racoon" Creek for nothing!! By the time night fell, we were surrounded by little glowing eyes shining out of the heads of very bold masked bandits!
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Machka - well, you're amazing anyway, but I'm always impressed by your local knowledge.

One of my rides is Beaver PA to E.Liverpool PA, then across the river to Chester WV, west to Newell, back to East Liverpool - so I know those bridges. The toll bridge has a walkway, although it's a rough surface; I've always offered to pay the toll and they've never taken me up on it.

The Route30 bridge across the Ohio (to Chester) is not build for bikes, but I've used it often and it's not that bad. If you take that bridge, you're within throwing distance of Chester's claim to fame - The World's Largest Teapot.



There's a convenience store across the street from the TeaPot. The TeaPot has windows in it, I think that a looooooonnnnnggg time ago it was a coffee/tea shop for travellers on Route 30.

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Thanks for the replies!
I discovered there is 3 rail trails between Ashtabula and Lisbon OH totaling about 60 miles. From Lisbon I want to connect to the Panhandle trail at Weirton then on to the Montour trail, ATA and C&O. From Lisbon I can go over the hills on SR 164 in a direct route to Steubenville or I can ride more miles and follow the Ohio river from East Liverpool. I got a PM from someone who said RT 7 south from Liverpool is not a good ride on a bike so I'll take RT 2 down the WV side if I decide to go that way.

BTW East Liverpool does have it's treasures http://www.roadsideamerica.com/attra...ASsturgis.html
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It isn't named "Racoon" Creek for nothing!! By the time night fell, we were surrounded by little glowing eyes shining out of the heads of very bold masked bandits!
Yeah... try the bandit who climbed in the back of the station wagon and made off with a full, unopened packet of powdered milk. It only dropped the packet because it could hear me approaching behind faster than it could run with the packet!! Cheeky is nothin' against these critters.
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Yeah... try the bandit who climbed in the back of the station wagon and made off with a full, unopened packet of powdered milk. It only dropped the packet because it could hear me approaching behind faster than it could run with the packet!! Cheeky is nothin' against these critters.
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