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Default A "historical" ride for dessert

I'll post about a little place we went to for lunch today about 50 or so miles up river from Cincinnati in a little town called Ripley, Ohio. A little History... Ripley is on the Ohio river and was the terminus for the Underground Railroad channeling run away slaves from the south where slavery was legal to the north where it wasn't. The Ohio River was the border. There was a preacher in Ripley by the name of John Rankin who was an abolishionist (anti-slavery) and it was from his home high on a hill in Ripley that he channeled slaves north. We stopped at the home on the way to the restaurant

John Parker's hillside home in Ripley, Ohio



He kept a light burning in the window every night (candle or coal oil lamp I suppose) which made it easy to locate at night as the slaves made their way across the river to freedom. He had a great view of the river from his house and could watch for people coming to look for their slaves. BTW slavery was not legal in Ohio, but helping a runaway salve was illegal.

Views from the house.. you are standing in Ohio. Looking directly across the river is Kentucky. Directly below is the town of Ripley.

to the west, (left) upriver is West Virginia



to the east (right) down river is Indiana



Anyhow after visiting this historical place my wife and I rode down into town to a little restaurant called Rockin' Robin's Soda Shop, a 50's style diner with great food and great desserts and good tunes from the 50's and 60's (good tunes if you are old enough to remember them... I am). I have eaten here many times



This is the view from our table. Watching the river flow by while a barge makes it's way down river. Our two-up bike, the ST sits out front



Rather than a burger we opted for dessert. My brother ate here last week and had sent me a text message with a picture of his choice, so we ordered the same thing, only with 2 spoons.



My wife gave up part way thru, but I soldiered on until the end. Heavens' to Betsy it was good.



Anyhow we stumbled out of there and climbed onto the bike in an ice cream coma and headed down river for home.

Rt 52, River Road, the Ohio River Scenic Highway, is a popular spot for motorcycles coming out of Cinti. Many of them headed for Rockin' Robin's. On a nice weekend, you might find 50 bikes there (mostly Harley's). I thought of a friend named Dan (nickname 4Paws) when I spotted this BMW with a hack coming towards us on our way home (wonder where they were headed lol). He lives just off the Blue Ridge in Virginia but is in Marietta picking up another hack for his Triumph today. He also has a Ural hack. He sure likes those hacks for some reason, but he also has a CB1100, and used to have an ST 1300. He has led me on some great rides down there.




Anyhow, got home a bit ago after 99 great miles riding with my wife and favorite riding/adventure partner (of 45 years come November) and now sitting here wishing I hadn't eaten so much lol
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Funny you should post this. I was just talking about this place with someone at work last week. It's on my ride list and want to eat at same place. Seen it on history places to ride in Ohio.


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Most of the Harley riders are at the bar & grill on the corner and they're not eating ice cream...lol
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That's probably true Jim Jim lol

They serve sandwiches too.. my brother and a Big Bopper Burger (I believe that's what they called this)


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That's got to be sittin' pretty heavy.
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Looks like a heart attack on a bun.
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Correction to my first post, it's the Rankin House (there is a Parker House down in town too)

http://www.ripleyohio.net/htm/rankin.htm
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I never ride in Ripley anymore. Ever.

I know the reason I won't is a dumb reason. In fact, it is so absolutely dumb that I will not put it on the interwebs for the world to see how dumb I am. I have provided a lot of evidence of my dumbness on the interwebs over the years, so you know this one is really dumb.

Talk to me in person and I might tell you about it. Hand me some cheap liquor and I will almost certainly tell you about it.

Anyway, that is a awesome writeup that almost made me change my mind about Ripley. Almost.
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Great write up Mr Wiki.
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I know the reason why Tank won't go through Ripley, but my lips are sealed.

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