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Old 09-05-2010, 04:54 AM   #16
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For those who are interested: Old Jonas Ridge is getting fresh pavement on the 181 end, and the sawdust/salt residue has been mostly swept off of the Parkway end.
Started that way yesterday but found myself longing to ride the ORV area at Brown Mtn. After 3 hours of wrestling a stock geared KLR650 where I use to blast through on a YZ I was shot. Had to save a little for the ride home.
Nice report of a nice ride.....Al
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Old 09-05-2010, 06:55 PM   #17
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Witness all of the fun stuff we *could* have been doing.




Instead:





























The things ya see out in the woods when you don't have a gun.



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Old 09-07-2010, 07:02 AM   #18
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Hey!

Those would be some really Nice pics!! Except I'm not in any of them!

It feels like forever since I've been on a good "thumper ride"


BTW.....You guys suck!
(maybe not as much as that Hayduke feller but still)
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Old 09-09-2010, 04:17 PM   #19
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Same route, different time!

This past weekend's weather was amazing... seems we were all on the same page of the DeLormes at the same time! Sorry no pics of 209 but it was both hands on the bars for that one... until the last two miles when the Goldwing Trike Association slowed things up a bit... Still, a fine fine day... Holla!
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Old 09-14-2010, 10:00 PM   #20
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Hey Gaston!

I chopped a sign from my stooopid thread for ya!



Sorry about the size and quality....it started as a cell phone pic.

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Old 09-15-2010, 08:09 AM   #21
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Thanks! That looks like a cool place! There was a bike junkyrard in Raleigh sort of like that. GMM has a much more interesting aesthetic. I hope to make a trip there.
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Old 09-15-2010, 12:44 PM   #22
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Outstanding

Yer making me miss the good old USA
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Old 10-05-2010, 09:00 AM   #23
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Q came to town sending the nostalgia machine to full tilt.








He was a bit uneasy at first, not having paddled anything but a big ole barge for so many years.

Sunday we hit Brown.
















Maple Sally. Conditions were *prime*.




Old House Gap. You can get cell reception and scary dudes packing heat on Sunday.

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Old 10-11-2010, 10:44 AM   #24
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Loaded up the truck on Friday after work, and put the foot through the floor to West Virginia.

Despite the late bedtime and freezing cold morning, it was kickstand up by 8 A.M. Layla went boating.

US 19 North into Summersville



I took 39 east hoping to run CR 18 from Canvas to Odell Town. No go in spite of being depicted on the WVDOT maps. I figured out as I got closer to Nettie that I should have taken Ward Road. Next time. Gassed up in Nettie and headed south on WV 20. Took a left on CR 32 (I think) and ended up on top of Beech Knob.



360 degree view from out there.



I couldn't find a way to cross from Fenwick Road over toward Cold Knob. I ran down a number of dead ends. So I ended up in Rupert. Big Clear Creek looks like it would be a hoot as a whitewater run. US 60 west to Shawver's Crossing. Left on CR 8. Left on scary mine road. With some perseverance, I made it to the top of Cross Mountain, or what's left of it.




Fun stuff and very reminiscient of where I learned to ride as a kid. I rode down the north side of Cross Mountain and used solar navigation to wend my northward. Huge potential out there. I ran down several side tracks that were delicious, but being alone, I turned around where things got interesting. No thanks. Maybe later.






I made it! The wind farm.




Not so fast, big guy! After lunch, I ran around this area coming to dead ends for over an hour. These roads are good for 50 mph, so I missed a few turns.

Eventually, I worked my way over to Cold Knob and the Greenbrier Road. No view from the top of Cold Knob, but I ran into some other dual sporters and a kid on a motocross bike.

I headed to Richwood via the South Fork of the Cherry.






The rest of the day ended up being pretty much pavement. Meh. I was still having fun.
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Old 10-11-2010, 02:11 PM   #25
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Old 10-11-2010, 06:37 PM   #26
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Heading out of Richwood.









If I'm overdoing it with the photos, please let me know. But be gentle, please.






OK, so it wasn't ALL pavement.




FR 86 all the way down along the Williams River is paved now. Good for the stream.







I followed the Williams down to the Gauley. At Camden on Gauley, I came up behind a Chevrolet flatbed with a 10'X6'X6' load of 2X4s. The DRZ could keep up, but my Tacoma would have been working to keep up with this rig.

At Craigsville, I headed toward the river hoping to catch CR 5, which DeLorme depicts as paralleling the river and touching the top of the canyon. I ran a really neat road that appears to have been redirected because that was as far as they could drag that trailer.

One of the dead ends will bring you to this cemetery.



However, punching through along the Gauley wasn't happening. I ended up back in Craigsville and ran 55 back to Summersville and down 19 back to camp.
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Leaving the campground Sunday morning. The owner of the campground scored a damaged windmill section. Summersville Lake will have its own lighthouse.




I made a quick sidetrip for some lake shots. This morning wasn't cold enough to get the fog.





No cowering from gunfire





DON'T speed on US 19 through Summersville.




Just north of Summersville, things get really good right away. Peach Orchard Road is as good as it gets.





I took a left somewhere out there. I thought I was on Beech Fork. It may have been Jim Young Fork. ??? Whatever it was, it was friggin great dual sporting.




Keep going downstream. The road and streambed are often the same.

That rock where my DRZ is resting has a patina of brown slime. I thought I would get tricky and ride over it, but it is slicker than ice. After busting my ass falling off the bike, I stood up and fell again.





I think I've found this intersection on Google Earth. Just up the hill is CR 28.





Pisgah Ridge





Any idea what this thing is? I want it for my yard.





Company for lunch





So this road out of Clay took me back to the above intersection. A loop! I went back up onto Pisgah Ridge but took a left this time. A right on a gravel track led me out on this ridge and then I dropped off the side.

mmmmmmmmmmm very soothing





I rode downstream on what I later learned was Leatherwood Creek. I could see WV 16 on the other side of the Elk. Some kayakers told me to go to the top of Leatherwood.







WV 16 to Belvy and then on up to Swiss.





Junkyard rapids. Run left to avoid being hit by falling refrigerators. Fortunately, that's not true any more.




The Gauley shuttle run was all that and a bag of chips on the dual sport.











Thanks for looking!

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Old 10-13-2010, 03:18 AM   #28
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Any idea what this thing is? I want it for my yard.

It's a crane. The majority of your picture is the wench. That horizontal bolt pattern to the right is where the boom attaches. I assume that it is a railroad crane from the bolts on the car underneath. They are either huck bolts or hot rivets, kinda hard to tell in the photo.
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Old 10-18-2010, 03:34 AM   #29
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Didn't we just go through this last week? Layla had plans to meet people for a trip through the Breaks in her boat. One by one, each bowed out. Instead of backing out herself, she decided to head back to the Gauley.

Loaded up





Battle Run campground was closed for the season. We formulated Plan B on the spot. Wilderness Campground just south of WV 129 on US 19 is a nice place to stay and not too expensive.

It was cold Friday night and Saturday morning. I was on it by 8:30.

The view from the Meadow River bridge.



Dotson Ridge Road from 19 to 60 then a long grind on 60 to Rainelle. Mountain Heritage Produce between Rainelle and Rupert is a cool place.

Gas up in Rupert because we're hittin the trail. Did I mention that I love my DRZ 400? Gaston, are those new Dunlops on your bike?




Find Rupert on the map. Find Richwood. Draw a line between them and actualize it.
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