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Old 07-24-2012, 07:18 PM   #16
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Nice trip and pictures.
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Old 07-25-2012, 04:11 PM   #17
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Thanks guys! Day 6 is coming right up.
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Old 07-25-2012, 05:28 PM   #18
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Day 6. Today we travel 275 miles from Pineville, West Virginia to Arnoldburg, West Virginia. It's always a great day when you can spend the entire day riding in WV.. As you can see, we try to avoid big cities and interstates like the plague...even it if takes us the long way around.

As I mentioned earlier, we were holed up in a dingy motel above a Subway, so that's what we had for breakfast too. I wasn't too excited about it, but we didn't have many choices. It was this or the gas station across the street. Their breakfast sandwich was surprisingly good.

Time to hit the road..

we traveled through man country. weird name. we didn't stop to find out why.

One of the roads was going through some resurfacing. No one was around so I rode the left side most of the way. i think this went on like this for about 3-4 miles.

lots of these on the main roads from all the coal mining going on around here

Seriously, how can the weather be so awesome for so long during the first week of June!?!?? I don't know and I don't care. I'm just thankful.

The roads in this section were awesome. Houses were scattered about every so often, but the pavement was smooth and very grippy, very little traffic and no speed limit signs (just turn speed warnings). state speed limit is 55 so no worries.

yes, please keep the kids fenced in and out of the road.

we've never been on this road before. it just seemed to go on and on and on...

and on...and on... this stretch went like this for about 20-30 miles!

We finally take a break at a local 'have everything' store. it was a grocery store, deli, hardware, auto parts, lumber, and anything else you might need in a pinch kind of store. I asked to use the bathroom and was directed to the storage/employee-only section of the store. Nice friendly people. You don't get hospitality like this (usually) anymore...too bad.

later we hit up some tight side roads. it was a nice change as the temps started to climb to the mid 80s. yea, we were spoiled by the mid 70 temps.

Route 16 is a damn fine road.

It about about 7pm by now, and we could see some dark clouds moving in ahead of us. Luckily, we came upon this Y intersection in Arnoldburg, WV. We saw some cars and bikes parked in the center of the intersection and hoped this meant there was a restaurant nearby...and sure enough, there it was....the Y Restaurant.

And literally next door, the Y Motel. The waitress told us that if no one was at the office, to simply use one of the rooms with a key still on the door, which meant no one else was using it. Move the room number off the board and pay the lady later. This was a first for me. The owner later told us that she has never had anyone use the room and run off w/o paying. They recently had a couple dirt bikers from Canada come through here who were riding all dirt roads/trails from Canada and only getting off to get gas, food, essentials. Sounds cool. I've never done that kind of dirt biking trip, but I put it on my bucket list. We're need to keep this on our route for next time.

but first, we get some much needed food. the bbq pork sandwich was not the best in the world, but for just a couple bucks, it's worth a try. i'm usually not a salad-appetizer kind of guy.

the steak dinner was a whopping $12..

Tony basically brought a tankbag worth of clothing on this trip and he ran out of clean socks. After washing them in the sink, he hung them up to dry. I suggested he try microwaving the wet socks to steam the moisture out of them vs. drip dry (read: wet socks in the AM). pretty funny seeing hot steaming socks come out, but it worked!

After adjusting my chain yet again, it was time for some much needed rest. Life on the road is awesome.
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Old 08-14-2012, 04:25 PM   #19
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Day 7...almost over.

Friday, June 8. We leave Arnoldburg, WV and make our way to Bedford, PA. This would end up being our longest day of the entire trip. When it was all said and done, we did 455 miles this day. We headed back to the Y Restaurant for a quick breakfast and hit the road. I think it was about 8:30am. The biggest downside to the entire day had to the be that middle section of the route that's a straight line.. it went through all these towns and we had the unfortunate luck to hit it about 4:30pm.

Great way to start any day..

Why did the turtle cross the road?

Another gorgeous day

Unfortunately, we saw too many of these..

some crappy road food.. the iced tea was the highlight of the meal.

That'll buff right out.

As the sun starts to set on my left, we continue to ride..

This was not a good food day. We're going to have make up for it tomorrow.

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Old 08-22-2012, 03:21 PM   #20
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Day 8...[unexpectedly] the last day of the trip for From Bedford, PA to Saylorsburg, PA

This is Tony's gps route. We basically split up about half way. He continued towards Philly and I made my way northeast towards Saylorsburg.

Today's our last day together on the same route. I think we were both starting to feel the miles and looking forward to our own beds. I had another day of riding scheduled before I would make it back to Northampton, MA.

Tony remembers when this OJ was a normal serving at restaurants. This was their "small".

the regulars

A proper breakfast.

Nice eye candy, but I'd hate to be behind a line of these Sunday drivers.

After a good night's rest and a hearty breakfast, it's finally time to hit the road again. We head west through the backroads of PA..

more downhill twisties coming up. i prefer downhill over uphill.

there was rain in the forecast for this general area, but somehow we were able to skirt around it the entire way.

I finally make my way to Saylorsburg, PA where I would spend the night. I planned to ride one more day from here to western Mass...but my rear tire would dictate otherwise.. at first I thought I might be ok for another 200 miles...

BUT, i thought better of it, when I noticed THIS:

I considered myself lucky to have made it this far and did not want to test my luck any further. I would have to u-haul it back the rest of the way a few weeks later.

overall, this is exactly the motorcycle trip format that i the best possible roads as top priority, then see if there are any potential interesting stops along the way, avoid any sight-seeing detours that alter the best route for a lesser quality route, and have a good mix between camping and hotels, occasional stealth camping if possible, and try to eat at only quality local restaurants. try to avoid chain restaurants and fast food places. no preset reservations for hotels, campsites, etc so we can set our own pace/distance. to account for delays, we routed the last leg of the trip somewhat parallel to a major highway/interstate so if needed, we could book it back home.

all in all, it was a great trip. it's not often that i'll return from riding so many days and so many miles, and find myself daydreaming about being back on the road on another trip. usually, these bike trips beat me up a bit and the rest is welcomed. this year was quite the opposite. i think the 950sm is the perfect sport touring machine for me.

well, that's all folks! hope you enjoyed the report!
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Old 08-22-2012, 04:03 PM   #21
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I enjoyed the report! It looks like an excellent ride for East Coast people to get away for a week on.
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