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Old 04-13-2008, 05:10 PM   #1
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Burke Wyoming

County that is, Wyoming county West Virginia. I had to work a half shift Saturday but the weather held for a full shift in the bush after work.

That is exactly what we did, a scouting mission for a week long July tour. Instead of trailering the gang(ATVs and motorcycles) to Logan for this years H&M vacation, we are going ride the entire way. The WV legislature gave us another reprieve, it is still pretty much open range here in the hills. Todays ride takes care of about 1/2 day of what should be a 2-1/2 day trip to "The Steak", an incredible restaurant hidden on main street in Logan.

I post here in regional because of the ATVs that ride along with us. I know it is a bit taboo in the ADVRider world, but around here there is not so much of a distinction between the quads and bikes. We ride the same turf on and off road, it's just the way things are.

The other "scouts" patiently waited for me, and Martha snaps a few pics as we leave.

QuadRed puts on his bucket.



Beefman points it toward Wyoming county.



Captain gives em' a look as if they had walked into JOMomma.



The quads take the driveway exit.



Me and Captain leave through the neighbors yard, which happens to be moms.



And we merge for a day in the bush.



Plenty more to come. I just have to sort a few pics.
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Old 04-14-2008, 11:28 AM   #2
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Two miles of yellow line, one mile of single lane hardtop, then 15 miles of dirt takes us to JP's for lunch. Located on the head waters of Pinnacle Creek halfway between the two H&M trailheads here, a nice place for a burger, and supper and watering hole on the return loop.

Reserved parking in the rear.



We take the handicapped entrance.



Leaving from lunch, we head to the top of Burke Mountain. There has been mountain top removal mining going on here for decades.




These workings are HUGE. They are the very reason for most of the riding in the area. Timbering, gas wells, and underground mining are usually found in the same areas. Active roads used to haul the coal away are wide, graded smooth, and fast.



Gas well roads are usually more narrow and not as well maintained. This set of pics are of a newly drilled well.





We take a detour around the active mining which takes us through some abandoned farms.



Back up on top and we start to see some areas of mine reclamation.

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A couple of views of old gas well roads.




We take a break at a power line cut, and enjoy the view and this great day together.





It's half time in this shot. We gas up, get a cold drink, and discuss the return route.

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Old 04-14-2008, 12:53 PM   #4
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If you need any "help" I'd be more than glad to tag along. Looks like a good time to me!
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Old 04-14-2008, 01:30 PM   #5
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We turn and head back the general direction from which we came. It appears that we can go half way across the state and stay on roads such as this.



Now this is a set of dual exhaust, ventilation fans for an underground mine.



We stop and take a few pics of an active underground mine. You see the black gold rolling off of that conveyor.



Captain was elated to see his poor old grey haired dad with dust on his face for some reason.



The next photos show what you get when you cross a Beemer sow with a Katoom stud. A wide butt, but it has it's dads hair color.




One of the truck drivers stops and has a chat with us, nice guy. The pics put some scale on these beasts.




We head back to the top of the mountain. In the next shot, the building is a cleaning plant for coal. They "wash" it before delivery.



It had rained a little Friday night, but the cold front coming has kicked the wind up all day. It gets dustier the whole day.



We take a break here while the shadows get long, and take in one last deep breath of the mountain air.




Then off the mountain to JP's. We pull in right at dark. The special tonight is a pork chop dinner. I decide to wash it and the dust down with a couple of coronas.



It was a great ending to a great day. I think we can pull this off in July.
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Old 04-14-2008, 03:48 PM   #6
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It was a great ending to a great day. I think we can pull this off in July.
Sorry I missed this run. Looks better than the tractor and the pool cleaning I had to do. The KLR is cussing me for missing it too!
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