Roscoe Ramble XXXVIII (2012) Is Over…But Registration for
Roscoe Ramble XXXIX Opens in January 2013.
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Saturday morning, August 11. An unseasonably cooler morning to begin rambling through the hills of northcentral Ohio. 118 riders braved a slight drizzle at registration to get on the roads from Canal Fulton (75 mile route) or Kidron (55 mile route) to Coshocton and the historic Roscoe Village. Many returning riders were joined by first time riders from Wyoming, Wisconsin, Georgia, Florida, Pennsylvania, and Ohio.
Just a quick note to say how much I enjoyed The Roscoe Ramble. Made the drive from Atlanta worth it. I really must commend you on the effort and execution. Clearly, you and your team put a lot of effort into making it a memorable and fun experience. I was particularly impressed with the fact that the hotel had towels and hoses ready. Very good foresight on everyone’s part! Route mapping was perfect and food service excellent.
The drizzle was history by the time many of the riders started and the sun began peaking through the clouds before the first break in Mount Eaton. Even that drizzle was welcome for the farms of Wayne, Stark and Holmes counties who had seen little rain during the draught of 2012. Corn was not as tall as usual but the work ethic of the early immigrants who had come over from Europe to build the canals in the early 1800′s was evident in beautifully cared for farms and homes along the route.
This is some of Ohio’s prime Amish country. Horses and buggies are abundant. This part of Ohio is the birthplace of baby Swiss cheese. Riders traveled by the Cheese Factory in Charm on the way to one of the much anticipated highlights of the ride. An Amish family has invited Roscoe Ramblers to a lunch full of fresh vegetables from the garden, authentic Amish cheeses and luncheon meats, home made breads and cookies for more than 25 years.
Great weekend ! ABC really puts on great rides. Thanks Jim and Judy
Despite the weather on Saturday, it was a great ride! Thanks Jim and Judy!!!
The fortifying and always pleasant lunch made the trip to Coshocton seem downhill even though some of the biggest hills were ahead. it was also some of the best scenic views. Just outside of Coshocton several riders discovered the monument recognizing Bouquet’s treaty with the American Indians in the 1760′s.
Colonel Bouquet had traveled from the three river area of what was then Fort Duquesne (Pittsburgh) to free more than 600 white men, women and children from captivity among the tribes in Coshocton. Thus the hostilities between the whites and the Native Americans ended. A gentle reminder that the history of the area did not begin with the Erie and Ohio canal.
Riders rode into Coshocton along the canal bike trail to either the campgrounds or their assigned motels. The luggage truck had already delivered their gear, making check in a breeze. Jim Birt, Ride Director, was on hand to solve any unforeseen problems. He has now developed a new appreciation for the organizational skills of his wife and co-director, Judy who had spent the previous week out of the country for work and would not be at the ride until Sunday morning.
Headquarters for the ride were at the Coshocton Village Inn and Suites where a garden hose was on hand to wash off the reminders of the winding roads now traveled. Riders would spend time relaxing on the comfortable porch of the Inn or touring Roscoe Village before heading to a local church for a dinner of lasagna, salad, breads and desserts. As always there was plenty of time spent later in the evening at the Roscoe Village beer garden and outdoor wine bar.
This year’s Roscoe Ramble coincided with the Coshocton Canal Days festival. The evening wrapped up with the sounds of concerts downtown and fireworks. Some riders spent a little time downtown enjoying the booths and fun of the crowd. Others headed off to bed to rest up for the return loop in the morning.
Breakfast complete, luggage loaded and the riders were chasing the SAG team onto the roads toward the Sunday Morning Rest Stop. This Rest Stop always tops the year before until this year. hard to see how the smoothie team can be beaten. Judy got in town at Killbuck just in time to lead the team to the perfect rest stop.
Great to see Judy out there last Sunday morning at the rest stop. Her smiling face and energy bring a whole new level to the ride.
I have to say that we absolutely LOVED the Sunday rest stop. The bar is now set really high on what a GREAT rest stop can be. We indulged in the smoothies, I had a V-8, ate some fresh fruit and nibbled on the high end trail mix with BOTH cashews and almonds in it! Everyone we rode with agreed that this was the BEST rest stop they have ever experienced. Believe me, when Bob and Kim said this, it is saying quite a bit since they’ve not only been cycling for years but they have traveled many states and participated in multiple, multiple organized rides. A HUGE KUDOS to all who made this happen.You spared nothing to put on a fantastic ride! I’m still smiling from the experience – the ride, the routes, the cycling company, the food, the help, the amish farm, the church dinner, the great accommodations and last but not least, YOU! I don’t think Roscoe would ever be the same without you. — it was so good, that I’ve nearly forgotten that we started in the rain – what rain?– Julie Maurey
The cooler weather meant that the SAG team has a blissfully happy time of it. Few riders had problems that required a stop from SAG. Tire repairs were minimal and mostly handled by the riders.
In case you are wondering, Roscoe ramble is all about the food and the hills. Riders definitely ride to eat. A lunch stop at a church on the downhill coast of the highest hill on the ride made the final leg of the ramble seem like a coast to the finish line.
The treat for completing the ride, ice cream in either Canal Fulton or Dalton. The temps had climbed to make this a perfect finish to the perfect ride.
Jim and Judy Birt gave us a new awesome memory. Plans are already in place for route changes and new adventures to make 2013 just as great a Ramble as ones past.
I can’t say enough about the Roscoe Ramble. By far, your organizational skills for this ride was commendable. The stops, food, scenery was breath taking. I thoroughly enjoyed the lunch stop at the Yoder-Miller farm – by far the best cucumbers I have ever ate!
Please don’t change a thing, need the smoothies next year as well.
Looking forward to many more Roscoe Rambles. Would appreciate including my email on your ABC ride as well.
Thank you, Jim.
If you rode the ride this year, be sure to add your comments below. We love to share our memories with fellow riders. Its also a perfect place for new riders to gain some insight into what makes the Ramble so special.
I don’t know if I followed through with my intention to tell you how much my sister and I thoroughly enjoyed our Roscoe Ramble ride with ABC. What a fun group of people! This will be a definite regular to our adventures with endurance activities. Thank you so much! Marcia Storm
This was my first time riding the Roscoe Ramble. Beautiful ride, well organized and some of the best food i have had on a ride. They really took care of us.
Gates Mills, Ohio
You can check out all of the photos at
Sue Richards’ Roscoe Ramble 2012 photos.
Special thanks to:
Jim and Judy Birt
Bill and Brenda Greathouse
Susan Staben Richards for the beautiful photos