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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by H14, Jun 20, 2013.
Up early today Kev?
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Rt421 from Hyden to Harlan was a sweet stretch of road.
Harlan seemed like a nice town but we didn't see much to keep us there long.
We thought we would be riding over Cumberland Gap but we actually rode through it.
Fortunately it was only closed long enough for a HazMat escort.
Our destination today.
Where we found.......................OMG, grass clippings flung onto the road. I almost panicked and called Scott P for advice but we got through it.
Natural Tunnel is a real gem.
Active railroad used by Norfolk Southern.
According to the sign this is the real Lover's Leap.
It was getting late so we camped at Natural Tunnel State Park. Not a real pleasant experience, especially for $34.:huh But we did get to camp with a guy on his way to Florida from the U.P. of Michigan on his 1985 BMW and we cooked hot dogs over the fire and topped them off with chili and slaw so it wasn't all bad.
We were 300 miles from home and had two days to get there so we decided to take the long way through West Virginia and check out some of the old coal towns. This part of the trip was a real eye opener for me, I have never seen poverty at this level first hand before. I remembered HBN riding through this area and talking about how he felt uncomfortable riding his bike and taking pictures. I knew exactly how he felt, we're out enjoying riding and all around us are people that look like they have nothing. Really disturbing this is so close to home.
The first town we rode through in West Virginia was War.
This building looks like it's been empty for a while. Either it's real peaceful or they have no money for law enforcement, I suspect the latter.
On a happier note Rt 16 out of War is awesome, just have to be mindful of the coal trucks. Just north of War is Coalwood childhood home of Homer Hickam, if you haven't seen the movie October Sky, you should.
We rode by the steps of the McDowell courthouse in Welch where Sid Hatfield of Matewan notoriety was gunned down in broad daylight.
We stopped in at the Sterling Drive In for lunch.
We both had slaw dogs, one of mine disappeared before I could get the camera out.
Somebody's quite the artist.
You know you've ridden too much when someone else's route looks familiar great photos Kevin!
Too much riding? I don't understand this concept Are you speaking English?
H14 and CC,
Thanks for the tour! I've been wanting to get to Coalwood since I saw the movie. It's a great story.
Looking fwd to visiting with you tomorrow.
Jax the first step in sobriety is admitting you have a problem... bike odometer doesn't lie (unless broken or tampered with), the next Bikers Anonymous meeting is in Marshall VA on Sunday. I hope to see you there
There is no such thing as too much riding. And the fact that others follow us or we follow them just means we are going to fun places. Since we got home we learned that Dennis and crew went through Cumberland Gap tunnel only a day or two before us.
Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow and meeting your wife Jack.
She's been through twelve states from Tennessee to Maine in the last month and a half and wants to keep riding.
I guess I better keep her happy.
Jack, you want me to bring your cooler and air mattress tomorrow?
So you think your job is tough? Does it have a designated ambulance entrance?
Every mine we rode past had this. I can't imagine doing what these guys do every day. Just another reminder of how fortunate we are to get to do the things we enjoy. I hope I never get to the point I take it for granted.
Dang Kevin you was so close to the farm...
I see you was up on 160.. One of my fav Mtn roads..
We thought about you all. We had a long day and had to get to Lewisburg that evening to meet family. Would have loved to spent some time with you guys.
Where is 160, I don't remember it?
I looked at you pick again .. And the one curvy road ,At a fast glance I thought was BlackBear Mtn.. 160 is Big Stone Gap Va. to Cumberland Ky..it goes through Appalachia ~Lynch...
Also Kingdom Come SP is a cool road too...
Thanks LD, added those roads to the list.
Well when you are going to ride them give us a yell...
Will do, looking forward to it already.
Just finally got around to reading this report! great writeup. I enjoyed your photos - certainly improving in quality and narrative. I'm passing this on to Dad to show him how is bike should've been used
Thank Mike. that means more than you know coming from you. Please pass along our best to your family and tell your dad we are enjoying his old bike.
Great Report. This statement brought a lump to my throat. I'm that dad now, and so often I get frustrated because I think my kids are being too loud, or misbehaving when in reality, they are just being kids. Thank you for reminding me of that. I have so many places I want to explore, but I really don't like to be away from my family any more than I already am. I'm a firefighter and spend 24 hours at a time away. Your report says to me " In due time". Again, excellent write up.
From my perspective now that my kids are grown, I don't feel like the time I spent with my kids deprived me of a single thing, looking back now I regret not doing some things different so I could have spent more time with them. Too soon their little world expands and all the sudden mom and dad aren't the center of it anymore.
A friend of mine worked 24 on 48 off for Fairfax county fire department. It doesn't seem that long ago we went to his fire academy graduation. We went to his retirement party in October and his son graduated from the same fire academy. Enjoy the life you've been blessed with now, those place you want to explore aren't going anywhere. I truly believe if you spend time with them now they'll want to spend time with you later. Who knows you might end up with a riding partner that wants to go exploring with you.