Hill and Dale 209km
The Hill and Dale Permanent route was originally designed by Mike Griffith and I inherited it (along with the CW Flatlanders route) when Mike moved out of town. The route, starting in Canal Winchester, is 209km with approximately 4200 ft. of climbing.
Parking is available at the Cyclist Connection bike shop on Cemetery Rd., more or less across the street from the start/finish control. Please park in the back row. Ric Nolan, the shop owner, is a great guy and a randonneur rider. If the shop is open, you can even grab a shower before heading home. If you intend to ride with a large group, please park at the Wal-Mart, just west of the start/finish control.
The first half of the route is rolling to hilly and the second half is flat to rolling. From Canal Winchester, you’ll climb up Pickerington Rd., ride rollers to Amanda, climb up to the ridge and then head down to the first control in Tarlton. South of Tarlton, you’ll end up riding a beautiful road down the west side of Tar Hollow State Park and eventually riding up and over the ridge, through the south end of the park. The climb on Piney Creek Rd. is the toughest climb of the day and the descent on Poe Run Rd. is steep, fast and bumpy, so be very careful. More rollers will take you to the second control in Richmond Dale. The route then takes you on scenic Three Locks Rd. (well known to TOSRV riders) into Chillicothe for lunch. After lunch, you’ll spend some time on the Tri-County Triangle Trail, taking you to the last control in Frankfort. It’s 42 miles from Frankfort to the end but you’ll pass through the city of Circleville about half way through the last stretch. You’ll pass a couple of places to get food and water, if necessary. 20 miles of rolling roads will bring you back to Canal Winchester and the finish.
Enjoy the ride!
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