Burgman meets West Virginia (Part 2) Preston County

Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by pnoman, Aug 13, 2013.

  1. pnoman

    pnoman Just Average

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    Skipped work Monday because the weatherman called for a "Bee-yootifull" day. If you ever visit the Southeast regional forum here on ADV, you may have seen my thread about West Virginia Historical Markers: http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=407164 Back in 2009, the WV History and Archives was funded to repair and replace some of the 800+ historical markers around the state. A group of about 30 ADV riders went out over the next 2 or 3 years and photographed over 835 markers. They used our photos to determine which ones needed replaced/repaired. Now there are over 100 new markers out there and I wanted to get "before & after" photos. Today, I'm heading for Preston County, by the western tip of Maryland.

    Just bought this 2007 Burgman 650 scooter last month and already have 1,200+ miles added to the odometer. Lovin' it!



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    A nice stretch of Rt 50 east of Grafton near Cool Springs.



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    Rt 50 continues to offer up lots of challenging curves and hills between Grafton and the Maryland state line. Watch out for the 15MPH hairpin at the bottom. :D


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    An old tourist stop - Cool Springs. Lots of antique farm machinery around the grounds - great place to get seasonal produce and apples in the fall. Great little restaurant inside with foot-long hotdogs. Mmmmm....



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    After the fun climb from Erwin to Aurora on Rt 50 (so much fun that I sometimes turn around and ride it again!), it was time to turn north on Aurora/ Terra Alta Pike (CR 53). Before turning, this nice scene is to the north and I always mean to stop and get a photo. Today I did. The church in the distance is a Lutheran church.


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    After turning on CR 53 north to Terra Alta, I passed by the church on the previous photo. Time to explore.



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    Sign in front.



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    One of the neighbors said it was open and that I should go in and look. OK. Beautiful woodwork.



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    The neighbor also told me the pews were all assembled with no nails - just dowels. You don't see that attention to detail nowadays.


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    The neighbor also mentioned something about the stained glass and World War I. I'm guessing this is what he meant? Most of the stained glass was over 100 years old.



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    Time to head north.. Continuing on CR 53 towards Terra Alta. Nice farmland.


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    Passed by many old farms. Very relaxing ride.





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    Old stone farm house. Maybe at one time it was used as a church? I wanted to get closer and explore, except.........



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    .. it looks like a rough neighborhood. :roflThis bull wasn't smiling when I came near his ladies.



    I stopped in Terra Alta to get a photo of a refurbished historical marker that I'd like to share.

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    Though Edison and Marconi get most of the credit, Dr Loomis apparently laid the groundwork for their discoveries. Read more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahlon_Loomis


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    Terra Alta is a beautiful town high in the mountains of WV. They get lots of snow and pretty harsh winters here. But the rest of the year, it's great riding all around.



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    View of Terra Alta from Rt 7 just west of town.



    After Terra Alta, it was time to head west to Kingwood and Albright.


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    This historical marker replaced the one that was missing for years. Located just north of Albright on Rt 26.



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    Nice view of the furnace from down the hill.



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    And, of course, I had to climb inside and look up. No snakes today. :clap




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    Then it was time to head past Bruceton Mills to look for some more markers. Along the way, I made two new friends.



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    Rt 26 northeast of Bruceton Mills is a peaceful and scenic ride to the PA state line.


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    More of Rt 26 north of Bruceton Mills.




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    Bruceton Mills is now a kind of tourist -arts & crafts type town. Along the river is this scenic waterfall.


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    Last stop of the day was my old college town of Morgantown (back in Monongalia County). I used to spend my summers on Cheat Lake swimming out under the I-68 bridge, climbing up on the beams halfway up, and diving (yes, head first like a dummy) in. Then I would swim back over to the old bridge that would have been just to my left in this photo. It's a good 1/4 mile.



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    A view of the beams under the bridge. Hard to believe I was running on these about 40-50 feet above the water. And that I'm still alive to tell about it. :D

    Then it was time to stop at the church and practice organ for next Sunday before heading back home to Clarksburg.

    Hope you enjoyed today's ride.

    Total miles - about 190
    Fuel Mileage (according to bike) - 48.5 MPG (including some "brisk" riding on twisty mountain roads and lots of stop and start for photos).



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  2. Bearcat

    Bearcat burg1

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    Great RR. Keep em coming, that's some great riding country.
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