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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by H14, Jun 20, 2013.
Bump so Lance can locate.
You sneaky bastards... I was looking for pumpkin roll in the title
Everyone knows there is only one place to look for pumpkin rolls
I am missing the RTE part......
Thank you sir.
This is the second ride report I've done and I really enjoy coming home and looking over the notes I took along the way. It's almost like taking the trip a second time without waking up in the morning with a flat air mattress.
Now that was funny.
So I hear you're doing a ride to jerk??
During our trip to Maine the Strom bottomed out like crazy. While going over the bike once we got back I discovered the rear tire had rubbed a hole through the inner fender.
I met Laconic at Goosecreek's ride-to-shoot, he rides two-up with his wife Flutesong on the same bike and never bottoms out. It dawned on me his bike was stock height while mine had been lowered by the PO. When we got home I put the bike back to stock, took out some of the pre-load, and we took off for West Virginia.
We originally planned on riding the BRP down to Cherokee NC but there was a lot of rain coming from the south and we would be riding right into it. If you've never done it, rain and fog on the Parkway makes for a very long day so we decided last minute to head west without much of a plan.
We left home Tuesday afternoon and headed for Ray's Campground in Hico, WV.
Stopped at Devil's Backbone along 39. Been by it a thousand times but never stopped, We stopped this time, I had to pee.
If you ever camp around New River Gorge in West Virginia Ray's campground is hard to beat. Nine bucks a person to camp, cabins for $34. If you tent camp there be sure to put your rain fly on regardless how pretty the stars are in the clear night sky or you might be putting it on in your underwear at 3am in the rain. I know a guy it happened to.
The next morning we wake to fog and off and on drizzle. After finishing our oatmeal and coffee we pack the wet tent and sleeping bags and I discover my phone is wet and not working.
The plan is to explore a little of the New River Gorge and then keep going west hopefully running out of the rain and landing somewhere in Kentucky.
With all the rain we've had this summer it's not hard to find a waterfall.
or flowing mountain streams.
I think I'll stick to motorcycles.
When I stopped to snap this pic I found out how slick motorcycle boots are on wet metal grating. Guess I should have heeded the absolutely no stopping on bridge sign.
We stopped to take a look around Thurmond.
I think this Hobo had it right.
Nice RR. With Rhonda around it gives a casual lurker the perception you are a normal guy... don't believe the hype!
Nice ride and I think all us ADV'ers with wunderlust have a little hobo in us
You are going some nice places. However, I need some rainwater on the turnout fields. Could you please plan a trip across the river for me?
We sure seem to bring the rain with us this year.
I'd rather you come here and take it with you.
Great pics Kev!
Thanks Todd. I can't wait to see some from you once you get your bike over there.
Looks like you two had a great ride Kevin and Rhonda, you should have checked out beautiful downtown Cunard, WV while you were at the New River Gorge Bridge and said hi to all of my homies! Thank GOD the wee got you home with that suspension set up, after 45,000 miles on our '07 wee, mostly ridden two up and fully loaded, it's more than ready for a complete suspension upgrade, we've been lucky to have made it as far as we have without it failing; 41 states, D.C.. and 5 provinces! Hope to see ya Sunday in Marshall.
Jeff you related to people in that area? If so there's hardly no way we are not related.
After we left Thurmond the GPS showed a road that ran for 12 miles along the New River and would take us to Rt 41, another fun twisty 2-lane. About five miles in the nice gravel road turned into a muddy, rocky goat path that had me wishing I was on the DR.
This is where we should have turned around.
This was one of those deals where the road sucks you in by gradually going from OK to bad. We made it through several mudholes and a couple steep and rocky portions then we ran up to a mudhole that looked like it would swallow a truck.
At this point I was feeling a little nervous, I knew we really shouldn't go any farther but I wasn't feeling very confident about taking us through the stuff we've already gone through a second time. As much as I hate backtracking we did the smart thing and turned around. I don't think Campcook was too impressed with this part of the trip.
By now it's raining pretty steady and there's no easy way to get to 41 since our original route didn't pan out. So we backtracked and took pavement to Oak Hill where we studied the map over a couple subs. From Oak Hill Rt 61 looks like it could be pretty good. We could take that to Charleston head south into the old coal towns in southern WV and southeast KY and maybe check out the Hatfields and McCoys.
It's a steep, rocky hike up to the cemetery but worth the walk.
We left there and headed for Matewan. Pretty interesting history, if you get the chance watch the movie Matewan with James Earl Jones.
We left Matewan and crossed over into Kentucky. We've been rained on most of the way so we decided to find a hotel. After no luck finding a room in Pikeville we found one in Whitesburg. The next morning we rode to Hazard just to say we've been there. Didn't find much to take a picture of. Here's their main street.
Here's a trash can with the city seal to prove we were there.
We took 80 to Hyden ..........................
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