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Old 11-05-2014, 01:07 PM   #1
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Charlottesville VA

Looks like I am going to be in Charlottesville, VA on and off for the next two years for work. Can anyone recommend some good areas to ride in. I would take my 690 so forest service roads to interesting paved roads would all be in the running for me to explore on the weekends.
Any help would be great and thanks in advance.
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Old 11-05-2014, 01:41 PM   #2
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Check out the C'ville thread:
http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=388596

Plenty of good 690 areas.
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Old 11-05-2014, 01:55 PM   #3
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Thanks for the info. I need to do a better job searching!
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Old 11-05-2014, 04:19 PM   #4
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Thumbs down c'ville

enjoy the traffic!
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Old 11-05-2014, 06:20 PM   #5
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250 and 33 west from Va to WV

on 33, a great sign, caution frequent motorcycle accidents next five miles.

Gorgeous road, just don't go in too hot, or you will crash!
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Old 11-06-2014, 09:14 AM   #6
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US 20 to Scottsville, Route 6 to 151, 151 to 56, 56 to the parkway, parkway to 250, 250 to 6 through Afton ... Then wind your way back to town. Plenty of food and brew along the way if you're into that.
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Old 11-14-2014, 09:33 PM   #7
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56 is even better from the BRP west to 11.
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Old 11-14-2014, 09:44 PM   #8
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Both sides of the BRP from 664 south to the James River have lots of USFS gravel roads & a few rocky 2 tracks. National Geographic sells a map that shows these roads & 2 tracks. Shoe Creek & Big Levels should be fun & challenging on a 690. I have a cabin near Roseville & can ride a nice 200 mile loop on 3/4 USFS roads & 2 track. The little bits of pavement is pretty darn good. If you'd like some nice local GPS routes, send me a PM.
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Old 11-15-2014, 05:10 AM   #9
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Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUM) are also good in the Charlottesville area. These are available for free by downloading. IIRC they are on the USFS website. George Washington National Forest is the closest district to Charlottesville. The Jefferson National Forest is further south. It used to be difficult to read the VDOT roads on the MVUM maps, but they now do a better job showing connecting VDOT roads.

The only maps I've found that indicate which VDOT roads are paved are County road maps available thru VDOT. These used to cost a couple $ each.

Since I ride in the area south of Charlottesville a lot, I transferred many of the area's MVUM & VDOT non-paved thru roads to MapSource. I didn't bother showing dead ends. It took hours just to show the non-paved thru roads. This "base map" allows me to route through the area on pavement when it's dry or non-paved when it's wet.

Personally, I rarely ride VDOT's unpaved roads unless it's raining or snowing. The gravel that VDOT uses gets dusty as hell when it's dry. When it's wet, these roads provide great traction & no dust. They're not bad in the snow if you get to them before a bunch of cars pack the snow to ice.

Most of the USFS roads in the area aren't as dusty as the VDOT gravel roads, but they can get busy on weekends & holidays. During the week, you can often ride for 30 minutes w/o seeing another moving vehicle.

If you have a quiet bike, have fun. It's a great area for riding. If your bike is loud, don't screw it up for the rest of us.
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