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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-24-2001, 01:52 PM Thread Starter
 
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Western VA/Eastern WV roads

What's a single fellow to do over the holidays, with relatively warm weather? ROAD TRIP!
Just got back from a 1000 mile 3-day road trip cruising the Western VA mountains and WV. Since everything was closed for Thanksgiving, and a few attractions in WV closed in October, I used this trip to scout out places to visit later, as well as checking out the roads in WV. It seems you can hardly go wrong, since a lot of Eastern WV roads hop over around 3 mountain ranges, but unfortunately WV DOT must send a gravel truck out to litter 'bout 10% of the curves to hold motorcyclists in check. Coulda had a lot more fun if not for those pesky gravel traps!

Rode to the top of Snowshoe and had lunch, did a bit of shopping, and watched the kids play in the (made) snow. The 6 mile road to Snowshoe Resort wasn't a bad little ride in itself, and the view from the resort is fantastic. You're about a mile up, overlooking a large valley, with another mountain range of equal height not too far in the distance. Unfortunately, their website has no pix. They really ought to have one overlooking the valley!
Looks like an interesting place to get a gang to rent a condo and use as a base for exploring the roads in the area?

Anywho...if you're looking for a nice weekend getaway this summer, check out the roads in eastern WV. A few places I plan on visiting this summer when I have more time to spend (and they're open)! Be sure to go to the last link and request their information for Motorcycle Touring. I picked up one brochure at a visitor center which has 4 different ride loops of the area.
For you campers, I rode through Watoga State Park, and it looks like a great place with lots of amenities.

Green Bank Radio Observatory
http://www.gb.nrao.edu/
Seneca Rocks
http://wvweb.com/www/nra/index.html
Cass Scenic Railroad
http://www.neumedia.net/~cassrr/
New River Gorge Bridge
http://www.nps.gov/neri/bridge.htm
Snowshoe Resort
http://www.snowshoemtn.com/winter01/mountain.html
Pocahontas County WV
http://www.pocahontascountywv.com
Pocahontas County WV Info Request (Motorcycle Touring)
http://www.pocahontascountywv.com/info.htm
Watoga State Park
www.watoga.com

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-24-2001, 01:59 PM
 
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There are some nice roads in that area. I'm in Roanoke and travel over that way in the summer when I can. Let me know when you head back that way next summer. I can try to get a couple of guys together for a group ride.
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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-24-2001, 05:30 PM
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I would get in on something like that. We do day rides out of Pittsburgh but those usually are limited to rte. 50 as the southernmost point. We do overnighters that include Seneca Rocks, then riding over 33 and staying in Harrisonburg or down to Staunton, then returning our direction by rte. 250. There are a lot of good roads down there.

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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-25-2001, 04:24 AM
 
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That sounds good Dad. Sorry I missed you a couple of months back (I think it was) when you were near my area. Maybe we could get something together for next year. I won't be long!!
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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-29-2001, 02:09 PM
 
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Smile western va

Hey Kawboy, Dad, & Blur,
If you guys are going to head my direction (northern end of Shenandoah valley) give me a shout... I need some advance warning though..I have my kids every other weekend..need to plan. I've covered 80% of the ashphalt from Fairfax to Fredricksburg to Staunton to Martinsburg WVa. Some great rides out here. Got a Kaw 6R & a Kat 6...currently pulling the Kat apart and doing a little custom cosmetic upgrade. Kinda of a certificate of achievement per say for my girl who went from a non rider ..( ugly dead weight on back of my Ninja) in May 01 to being able to keep up on the Kat and actually presents a little challange every now and then. She's kinda eat up with it now. Pouring rain...45 degrees.... "hey Hon want go for a quick spin.?" "Let's go!!!!" "Your nuts and I was just kidding." You get the picture. When March rolls around (after Daytona) give me hollar.........Later
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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-30-2001, 04:04 AM
 
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You got it!
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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-30-2001, 05:51 AM
 
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The roads in WV are great! I head there atleast once a year and stay for 4 or 5 days. Can't wait until late spring to get up there again.
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-30-2001, 09:04 AM
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Anybody Sat. afternoon around Washington Pa, Morgantown W.Va, Grafton W.Va, Deep Creek Md. Rtes. 19, 7, 50, 40?

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