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Old 01-14-2013, 06:07 AM   #1
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World Peace thru Food and 350 Miles

(for those that care about such things..All these shots were taken with my new Olympus TG-1 (it even has a "food porn" setting in the scenes menu))

Well that's what the above meal was called. Pretty good eats chock full of a nice variety of veggies in a nice wrap washed down with a nice glass of Iced Tea. Yeah, Iced Tea in January! It was that warm up there in Thomas, Wv atop the Allegheny Plateau today.

Meanwhile it was like this when I left my digs in Woodbridge, va down by the runny 'ol Potomac at 8AM and just like this when I rolled back home a little after 5PM.

Rolled out west on 234 to 66 then into WV along the old 55 till I got to the new super-highway and headed west up that. The road as always was mostly deserted, even years after the first section was opened up, just not that many people heading into West Virginny it seems.

Along 66 the clouds broke for a bit then rolled back in

but....then within the first few miles on the new 55 it started looking like this...

here you can see how the clouds were hanging pretty thick in the valleys

By now I didn't need any heat and the temps really climbed once I passed thru the front hanging along the mountains.

Got up to Mt Storm and along to Davis, WV but didn't turn in and instead decided to eat at the place I had seen in Thomas a few miles past Davis.
The roads going up along 42 and 93 were a mess, lots of water washouts and gravel so I had to take it pretty easy plus they are working on 93 and there were a number of detours so I wasn't sure I had the time to go see the Blackwater Falls Lodge since it was getting on 1PM and the sun is still setting fairly early.

Here's where I ate in Thomas, called the Purple Fiddle. Fun joint, real hole in the wall, none of tables and chairs matched lots of brick-a-brack and live music each day on weekends. Just a selection of wraps but lots of beer.

and across the street snow...

and the river that runs thru town between where I stood and the hillside above was mostly frozen over and the clouds were moving back in...

A shot of the lower town street.

Thomas is an old town that sits on a fairly steep hilside along north fork of the Blackwater River with the main street split into two one way sections, with the upper, Northbound section at about level with the roofs of the structures along the lower section, with many of the building mostly deserted/abandoned while the lower, south bound section is where all the action is.

Then I headed north on 90, which also is in really bad shape so again couldn't really put PB thru the paces but it remained warm so...

got to 50 and headed east, still a bit gray and damp but no rain. Stopped to take some pics of my gal, she is still there and beckoning me join in her two-dimension world, hum, no thanks, too flat for my taste..

After I started coming down off the mountain it started to clear a bit and the sun came back out, well at least until I got back to Gainsville where the mist and gray still hung steady. Jeanne said the sun never came out at home it stayed in the mid-low 50's all day. HuH, cooler in Woodbridge that at 3000 Feet on the Plateau, go figure..

and here are the stats from the ride.. I have Motion GPS on my Iphone and it will record tracks and show data, and I discovered will also interface with the music app so you can start/stop/pause the music, make selections and play lists while the GPS continues to function in the background, Kool!

No sure how I climbed more feet in elevation than I descended, considering I started and stopped at the exact same location, Hmmm GPS error? You mean these things aren't accurate to 0 feet, 0 inches???!!

I think this is actually more useful to me than a GPS with moving map as those things confuse me, I gots maps, like you know, printed on paper, and knowing what direction I'm headed is more important to me than seeing a dot moving on a map, besides if I'm going west and the top of the map is north I can never remember if I should turn right or left at an intersection.. but knowing what direction I'm going lets me know if I'm getting further or closer to some place I may be headed to.

Great ride, awesome (and interesting) weather, PB Shaw had a good time and I'm pretty pleased with my first long ride with PB (the R90/6 in the pics is a new acquisition). Still feels a bit anemic compared to my R100 but I just have to get used giving it a bit throttle than I did on the old girl.

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Old 01-14-2013, 02:51 PM   #2
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Nice pics and familiar route thanks for sharing!
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Old 01-15-2013, 11:11 AM   #3
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Looks like a great winter (??!) ride! HBN introduced many of us to the Purple Fiddle. That and the burrito joint in Davis (Hellbenders, IIRC) are excellent.

There's also a local artisans/craft place at the south end of Thomas, a few blocks west of the highway. Sometimes it's got bric-a-brac in it, sometimes some really nice furniture and art.
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Old 01-17-2013, 03:31 PM   #4
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Jeeze that looks are a brave man.
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