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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-21-2005, 07:44 AM Thread Starter
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Day Rides from Pittsburgh

Greetings all.
I just arrived in Pittsburgh for work. I may be here for the next 4 months and thought to ask the local professionals where the good day rides are. The west VA outback? Lake Erie? I have just ridden my '05 FJR1300 up here from GA and am now poised for a good ride this weekend. The twisty rides are always encouraged but not mandatory.
I appreciate the input!
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Pittsburgh area twisty riders tend to hang out at either:

www.bikerplanet.net

OR

www.steelcityriders.com

Not much traffic here these days.

The good roads (sweepers and twisties) are in WV and southeast OH. There are some decent roads in western PA (Laurel Highlands and mtns in central PA), but the good stuff is out of state. Luckily, you can get there in an hour.

North Fayette is near Oakdale and McDonald, right? If so, this loop is pretty twisty:

50 west to jct 844
R on 844 west into WV to jct WV 88
L on 88 south. Follow to Peters Run Rd (BP on left).
L on Peters Run. Follow to end at jct 40
R on 40. Follow into Elm Grove. Get back on 88 south.
Follow 88 south to end at jct 250
L on 250 south. Follow to Hundred/jct 7
R on 7 west to New Martinsville. Follow to (almost) end at jct 20.
NOTE: you may want to head into New Martinsville for gas at this point
L on 20 south. Follow to jct 19.
L on 19 north. Follow to jct 218.
L on 218 north. Follow to end in Waynesburg, PA
Get on 21 west in Waynesburg, follow to jct 18.
Bear R on 18 north. Follow to jct 231
L on 231 north. Follow thru Claysville to end at jct 50 (just outside Avella).
R on 50 east. Follow back home.

NOTE: 231 is more of a country road than a highway. There is an unmarked left-then-right jog in the section north of Claysville. You'll be at a T/stop sign just past a bridge wondering where to go. Go left, then quick right to stay on 231.

That's a good day of riding (~280 miles). Note that you can cut from Hundred to Waynesburg, via 7 east to Blackville/218 for a shorter day. Or you can take 69 north from Hundred (turns into 18 in PA) to head back toward Washington.

FINALLY: BE CAREFUL OUT THERE. More than a few riders total their bikes in the WV twisties. The guardrails are unforgiving. The "25 MPH Turn" signs should be respected. Lots of blind turns, decreasing radius turns, unmarked sharp turns, gravel, deer and other hazards down there. Don't say you weren't warned.

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If you take this route, watch your speed on Peter's Run, more than a few people have been ticketed on that little section of road. I am sure on of the local guys will be riding at least some of that route this weekend, so go over to bikerplanet and post up. 88 has claimed quite a few bikes already this year.

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Thanks Flux

I've just highlited a map with the route you described. It sounds like a good one. Many thanks also for the links to the other websites.
I thought about maybe doing a Lake Erie run saturday and then your route Sunday. I haven't been to one of the big lakes in about 10 years.. So I figured I got to do it at least once. Interstate riding can still be fairly fun with an Escort Bird Dog installed.
Again, thanks for the info.

Weather permitting.. I'm outta here..
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So, how'd it go??? No mishaps I hope...

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No Mishaps..

I haven't been able to do the ride (yet) that you posted. I did make a run to the big lake and back. That was pretty cool. Since then, I rode back to Georgia.. and then back again just yesterday.
Hopefully, I'll be back out again this weekend. Maybe I can get the posted ride in then.
Thanks..
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