We headed out Blue Jay and ignoring a "Road Closed" sign, rounded a corner and saw the above on the 2nd big climb of the route. The trees in the foreground were not a problem but those in the background were huge oak and maple trees producing a thicket of branches. It took a few minutes but we were able to forge a path through the branches and wires and kept going. From that point on, while the landscape was filled in down trees, none hindered our riding, which was also filled with the constant hummm of generators.
We made it to Zanesville where the market was open. I doubted we would find anything open on the return or that the well at Flint Ridge would be running so after we climbed Kopchak and reached Morgan, the turn south, I elected to forego the southern swing and headed to 40 and then north on Poplar Forks. We passed Blue Jay and took Staddens Bridge Road which also had a "Road Closed" sign. We were forced to climb around some trees but eventually made it back to the "Y" with 60 miles and 4200' of climbing. I actually felt kind of guilty, riding my bike around while hundreds of people were outside working.