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Old 03-12-2011, 04:11 AM   #1
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West Virginia Ride Planning Site

(I posted this over in the SE section, but thought there might be readers/riders from other areas planning trips to WV)

I have started a new website dedicated to those riders wishing to explore West Virginia. I frequently see requests on forums for information about visiting and riding around the state, asking for information about what roads to ride, what places to visit, and (of course) interesting places to get good food. With the help of fellow riders, my goal is to make this a Must-Stop online for those riders. Although I am a musician, not an English or Journalism teacher, I will try to keep the writing standards "above average".

The site will be divided into 3 main sections: Street Ride Reports, Back-Roads Ride Reports, and Food/Destinations/Lodging. The Street section will cover main highways and county roads - basically any 2- or 4-lane paved road with a painted center line. The Back-Roads section will cover the narrow paved back-roads as well as graded, govt-maintained gravel roads such as Dolly Sods and the Laurel Fork area. We will not cover trails (such as Hatfield & McCoy or private-access roads) on this site.

Guest contributors are welcome to submit Ride Reports, Photos, and/or Food/Lodging Reports for consideration. Please keep it clean. I will monitor the site as closely as possible to ensure all content is "G" rated. Your help will be appreciated.

The site is still under construction and has some empty spots and links that I am working on. My goal is to go back through my ride photos from the past few years and write some reports while the snow is flying this winter. And, I'm inviting readers to submit articles so that it is a well-rounded site. By springtime, I'm hoping to have a good selection of reports.

Please stop by and visit:

www.ridingwv.com

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Old 03-12-2011, 04:25 AM   #2
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was on there last night,,6 are coming your way april 15,16,17,then 2 are going over the the blue ridge trail in VA for some fire road riding
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Old 03-12-2011, 04:30 AM   #3
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was on there last night,,6 are coming your way april 15,16,17,then 2 are going over the the blue ridge trail in VA for some fire road riding
I hope the site was helpful. Have a safe & fun ride!
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Old 03-13-2011, 08:46 AM   #4
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Living twenty miles from the border I'm there all the time. Great riding. I'm most interested in motel listings. Since I ride solo most of the time cheap motels are needed. Is there a way to format the site so I don't have to slide the mouse all the time just to read something?
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Old 03-13-2011, 11:48 AM   #5
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Is there a way to format the site so I don't have to slide the mouse all the time just to read something?
I'm assuming the web page is too wide for your screen and one side is cut off?? If so, the only thing I can think of is we may have different screen settings (right click on the desktop and look under Properties/ Settings/ Screen Resolution). I have an old monitor (not an LCD flat-screen), and it's set on 1024X768. Other than that, I'm afraid it would take someone with more smarts than me (pretty easy to find one of those) that may have an answer.

Or... it would be a great excuse to buy that new wide-screen monitor you've always wanted.

Please let me know if any of you have an answer to this one.

Thanks for the comment - hope you liked the site otherwise. Please feel free to submit any photos and/or reviews of any places you stay. I know the lodging page is pretty empty at this point.
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Old 03-29-2011, 06:20 PM   #6
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Have you ridden US52 from Huntington to Bluefield? It's really strange there...I have stories

How come the locals in Bluefield told me i was nuts to be riding "up ther"
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Old 07-04-2011, 05:54 AM   #7
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Updated - July 2011

Updated 4 July 2011

New Ride Reports - See Street Rides / Backroads Pages (Eastern Panhandle & Blackwater Falls rides)

Events Calendar - New July events

Photos Page - New photos

www.RidingWV.com

SUBMIT YOUR WV PHOTOS AND/OR RIDE REPORTS FOR POSTING CONSIDERATION

Hope you find something interesting.
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Old 08-22-2011, 08:05 AM   #8
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Just added to the Riding West Virginia site: www.RidingWV.com

Rt 33 eastbound from I-79 to the VA state line. CLICK HERE

Almost 100 photos. Hope you enjoy it.

As always - looking for readers' submissions to add to the site. PM me for more info. Thanks!


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Old 08-23-2011, 03:01 PM   #9
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Hey pnoman!
I have just found your thread on ADV you are doing for West Virginia Ride Planning. I have tried to access your website but, it keeps coming up something about " this domain name has just been registered". I have clicked on your link several times but, that is all that shows up. Am I doing something wrong??
I have some vacation time coming up this next month and West Virginia sounds good.
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Hey pnoman!
I have just found your thread on ADV you are doing for West Virginia Ride Planning. I have tried to access your website but, it keeps coming up something about " this domain name has just been registered". I have clicked on your link several times but, that is all that shows up. Am I doing something wrong??
I have some vacation time coming up this next month and West Virginia sounds good.
Sorry - I currently have 2 separate accounts with 1and1.com and I am in the process of consolidating both the RidingWV site and my personal site into one account for simplified billing. They said it may take 24-48 hours to switch the RidingWV site into the other account. I just started the process at noon today (Tuesday). I'm keeping a close watch on it to make sure it does switch over soon - hopefully before the weekend.

Please check back in a day or two. Sorry for the inconvenience.
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Old 08-24-2011, 06:46 AM   #11
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Site is back online.

www.RidingWV.com

There are a few small bugs (links) I'm working on, but it's 99% there.

Enjoy!
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Old 09-21-2011, 05:52 PM   #12
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New Photos

Douglas Graham submitted several very nice (professional) photos from around West Virginia. Check them out on the Photos Page.

www.RidingWV.com

Thanks, Doug!
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Old 01-28-2012, 04:41 PM   #13
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Revised Website - Version 2.0

Now that I am bikeless, I have some time to work on the RidingWV website. www.RidingWV.com I just posted a very revised layout that is (hopefully) easier to navigate and easier to find what you want quickly. Still checking for bugs (bad links, etc) so let me know if you find something.

NEW: For Sale Page if you are an individual (not a dealer!!) selling a bike/gear and you live in WV or adjacent state (sorry, not enough room or time to handle a nationwide page). Email me the info using the link on the site.

WANTED: Please send your photos along with a short description/story. I will do proofreading.

WHAT'S NEEDED? Photos and short (or long) stories reviewing rides, restaurants/diners, campgrounds, attractions, etc. I'm hoping to add a lot of reader-written articles this year. Start small with a photo and restaurant review, and go from there.

THANKS FOR YOUR INPUT! Hope you enjoy the site.
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Old 03-22-2012, 05:56 AM   #14
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UPDATED:

I just added Ride Route #1, a suggested loop around the Seneca Rocks, Spruce Knob, Germany Valley, Franklin, and Smoke Hole area of West Virginia.

http://www.ridingwv.com/FolderStreetReports/Ride1.htm

In case you missed the earlier notice, I updated the layout of the site to make it more user-friendly.

ALSO - I added a "For Sale" page if you have a bike or gear for sale in WV or nearby in a surrounding state. The site has been averaging 1,000 - 1,500 hits per month, so you will have folks looking at it.

AND - I am also looking for photos and ride reports to post so readers from other states/countries can plan their next ride to WV. Click on the "Contact" page at www.RidingWV.com


THANKS!


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Old 11-13-2012, 09:56 AM   #15
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Update

UPDATED - New Riding Route Page with maps and printable guides. I started with 2 loops from Beckley WV for a fellow ADV'er who asked for routes from that area. I will be adding more, now that I getting more familiar with the GMAP-Pedometer site.

http://www.ridingwv.com/RidingRoutes.htm




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