1. DeBandi

    DeBandi Exploring Alabama

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    Very nice...... :thumb
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  2. HBN

    HBN lostwithmike.com

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    Thx Badguy...one of these days well get in a full RR campout together.

    Look forward to seeing you tomorrow Jimmy :wave

    DeBandi...I got big shoes to fill, you set the bar high. Thanks for following.
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  3. advridgerunner

    advridgerunner RESIST WE MUCH !

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    as usual, good stuff Mike !!
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  4. DCrider

    DCrider Live from THE Hill

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    great report HBN, what better way to spend a 4th, and looks like I missed some great roads on Mon, I'll add the Snake to the list of get to places
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  5. DCrider

    DCrider Live from THE Hill

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    What no live updates? I can't ride this weekend, thought I'd be able to ride vicariously through you instead :evil
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  6. HBN

    HBN lostwithmike.com

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    Live updates and WV don't fit in the same sentence :rofl. I'm back, bike washed, chain lubed and ready for my next ride. I will post an RR of my Dad and I + Richmonders shortly.
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  7. Greenflyfarmer

    Greenflyfarmer I'm better now.

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    Nice to see you down in my neck of the woods.

    Super pics, really liked the Burkes Garden pics, love that place.
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  8. HBN

    HBN lostwithmike.com

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    What this weekend lacked on the odometer, it made up for with quality friends, vittles and roads.

    Dad and I originally planned to hit the SABMAG campout down at Willville but changed our mind at last minute to ride some of WV instead. Friday evening, I cooked Pork Chops, Potato and a Salad.
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    While preparing the meal, my phone kept beeping the incoming posts from the Richmond VA Chatter thread concerning a weekend ride to WV :lurk Hey guys, I will be out there Saturday :wave We all planned to meet at Rella's @ 6PM Saturday. Bikers were packed and the rain fell all through the night bringing a welcome cool to my bedroom for the first time in weeks.

    When I awoke for my morning run, it was still raining and cool:thumb I cooked Dad and I a breakfast off eggs, toast, potato/broccoli/carrot
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    At the garage, we loaded up the bikes and by the 8:05 departure , the evening's rain had moved east (toward the bunch heading our way) while the skies over the mountain were clearing. :clap

    We cruised down 42 to Jennings Gap Rd to 250. I watched as the temperature fell to 70 then 65 and eventually 62F as we crossed over into WV. Here is the view of the Bluegrass Valley from 250
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    On the backside, Dad needed to add a liner to his mesh gear. I just zipped my vents on the stich and was good to go :ricky
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    Our first destination of the day was the Green Bank National Radio Astronomical Observatory.
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    They were hosting an annual Astronomical Observers party called "Star Quest" (hence the tents in the field adjacent the air strip)
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    We had some fun in the educational center...
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    I thought I'd just disappear :rofl
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    Squat (love Dad's expression)
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    Model of the GBT (Harry C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope)
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    We then went on the free facility tour held on the hour. It begins with a shot film, discussion of the facility followed by a bus ride to the GBT.

    This is an amplifier made of copper, steel and coated in gold built on site.
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    Some fun with physics
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    This was the device used by Bell Telephones to test for interference by various radio waves
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    EXTREME CLOSEUP!
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    Diesel only vehicles beyong this sign. The spark plugs in the common combustion engine emit too much interference.
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    There are also no photos allowed after this sign. You'll just have to go take the free tour yourself :deal

    This was on a local brochure. I just liked it.
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    Alright, back on the road, we set forth to Cass on Rt.66 (no not that Rt.66)

    The old Company Store
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    Dad saying "I could fix that!"
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    What a classy place to enjoy an orange!
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    After our brief stroll, we scooted up 66 :ricky to Snowshoe Mountain Ski Resort.
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    They were holding the annual Fire On The Mountain Chili Cook-Off but we had Swiss Food on our minds...off to Helvetia! It is out that way somewhere :evil
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    66 to 219 then left at Valley Head onto 15 and a right onto Turkey Bone Rd to Helvetia. I will paraphrase the conversation we had in the chatterbox units...

    "Sorry Dad, I didn't know it was unpaved. Whats that? You hate gravel? Stand on the pegs and deal with it!" He is such a good trooper my Dad.
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    His load fell off so we had to buckle it down a little tighter.
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    I mean... come on this is AWESOME!
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    Around 2:45 we finally made it to The Hutte!
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    This small bedroom in the back doubles as a reserved lounge seating for a couple.
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    Don't know much about guns :ear
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    Fasnacht Masks
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    This old photo shows a bunch of Dual Sport bikes circa 1980 :dunno
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    Miss Elanore is recognized by WV for being AWESOME
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    For starters, Dad and I split the Hearty Country Stew
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    Followed with a side of Rosti (potato pancake)
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    We both enjoyed the Bratwurst with Sauer Kraut and hot Applesauce
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    Then paid. No credit cards accepted :deal
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    Recognize this dude?
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    Dad shouts down "That looks like a hell of a lot of fun!"
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    I don't think they ever got anything but wounded fish. I'm reading the novel "The River Why" right now and it really degrades folks like this...lack of respect for the fish, natural harmony etc...
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    And a brief walk around Helvetia
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    After our brief walk, not long enough to burn off any of our delicious and filling meal, we suited up and headed toward Holly River State Park. With some sweet talkn', I convinced Dad to ride the half paved/half dirt route over to Hacker Valley via Holly River Rd out of Pickens. He was a good sport. The views in the trees are sublime.
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    We rolled out of here then up to the campsite. IT WAS PACKED with RV's!:eek1 :doh Almost every site was full. We rode down to the end and decided to chose site 87. While returning to pull in to the site who do we see but....THE RICHMONDERS :webers Talk about great timing dudes. We chit chat, set up camp then head for the one and only...Rella's Roadside Cafe, Hacker Valley, WV :bow :tb
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    The lineup
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    "Put that darn camera away!" She Says... (no she loves us)
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    Hard at work in the kitchen preparing our meal :thumb
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    These chips never seem to move. No matter. Great place
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    :rofl Thanks Madstrom...I'm usually the one doing that:evil
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    I recommended the Meatloaf Sandwich with Mashed Potatoes for $5.95 Always filling
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    The sweet tea was frozen. We all waited for it to come spilling out on his lap but unfortunately it did not:D
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    Still full from my meal at The Hutte, I enjoyed a slice of Graham Cracker Pie and brought Dad, showering at camp, a slice of Lemon Pie.
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    After our filling meal, I showed the group over Replete Road to the Hanging Rock. We first stopped at the Wheeler Gazebo overlook.
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    Then down to...
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    Michub took this Picture. I guess it was the music in my helmet...I don't know what got in to me :rilla
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    We stopped for ice and cokes up the road on the way back to camp.
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    This group passed us on Replete Rd...now that is a curvy road I WOULD NOT want to ride in the back of a truck on. Whatever man...
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    Bikes in the garage.
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    Time for a brew or two.
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    Chatted till 10:30 then off to bed. I was swinging in my hammock again. Slept like a rock.

    I awoke around 5:30 but didn't get up till 6. Showered then went for a nature walk. I need my alone time in the mornings.
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    Made a cup of tea on the Holly River.
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    There were a ton of owls at camp!
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    Blurry shot of the owl taking flight.
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    Mornin helmet reflection shot. Sorry for the smudges.
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    The best chub "Get the F outta my face" shot :rofl :hide
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    We packed up and went back to Rella's for breakfast. This is Jeanice's daughter and Rella's grandaughter helping out while Jeanice is in the hospital.
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    I challenge you to a duel!:turkish
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    Mornin breakfast shot of Dad's plate.
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    We slowly finished our meal, had another cup of coffee and chatted with the folks. I then led a spirited ride (read lets play catch up to Mike and Madstrom everyone) down to Webster Springs (gas stop) then rolled out 15 to 219. Here we are waiting for folks to catch up.
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    All set!
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    Pretty darn good I'd say :1drink
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    This neat old gas station/antique shop/roadside curiosity is located in Slatyfork. Stop by if you are ever passing through on 219S to Marlinton.
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    We rolled over to the Highland scenic byway for a spin along 150 in this beautiful weather. I have been up here in crappy rain and fog more times than sun so this was quite a treat.
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    Awesome views indeed.
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    After a couple tries, he achieved the grand balancing act. Then left his glasses on the post :doh
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    Pops and chub
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    Stop after stop...I'm sure they were getting fed up with my antics. This will be the last stop guaranteed! Honeycomb Rocks.
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    In fact, this was the last photo as well :rofl We made our way quickly down to 39 where a bike race was in progress. Cruised the twisties into Marlinton on 219 then rode 39 east. Pops and I hung a left on 92 in Minnehaha Springs then rode 84 up to a snack stop in Monterrey and 250>42 on home.

    Yes I washed the bike, yes my chain is clean, No I am not ashamed :D

    Great time with Dad, perfect weather and less than stellar mileage which means naught. Thanks to all the Richmonders who came out to make this weekend a blast. See you soon in your neck of the woods maybe. Maybe not :dunno

    Till next weekend.

    -hbn
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  9. Michhub

    Michhub Major Medical

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    Great job Mike...I can only add a few select shots. I will say this, the temps. in WV were heavenly, the roads fantastic and trying to keep up with you and Madstrom.....next to impossible (hey, I had knobby tires, thats my story)...the 'road' from Helvetia to Pickens was my kinda surface :evil
    I will also say that Rella & her little establishment is quite unique and I would not hesitate to get that Meatloaf 'sandwich' with mashed & gravy again, it was awesome after a long day in the saddle :dg I let the selected shots do the talking...
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    Oh wait, Mike doesn't want HIS picture taken...:wink:
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    Everyone thought, what would happen if these rocks let loose...Ah, well, they have been that way for 313 million years so..........Rella mentioned them and how the local gov't tried to get them taken down, she said, "We faught them!" obviously the locals won that battle...
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    Along the way Sunday HB recommended the Hghland scenic HW known as 150...very nice!
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    Sorry HB dad but...what were you doing over there :rofl
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    We experienced some fabulous views...
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    HB made us hike and stuff...:bluduh
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    It was worth it though...you EVER seen rock like this :huh
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    Notice HB pullin' away from Madstrom...you shouldn't bait him like that Mike :rofl
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    Great fun was had by all...Chuck got introduced to a unique collection of inmates and hopefully he'll keep hanging out with us :clap
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  10. Greenflyfarmer

    Greenflyfarmer I'm better now.

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    Very nice...well except for the MJ crotch dance in the middle of the street for heaven's sake.
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  11. HBN

    HBN lostwithmike.com

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    :kumbaya. Great pics chub
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  12. rctr

    rctr Been here awhile

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    looks like it was a great time!!! and it looks like rella did not run out of food!!!

    jimmy
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  13. Guy Young

    Guy Young Long timer

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    Nice guyz. Very nice!!
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  14. badguy

    badguy Susan

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    Looks like a great weekend, wish I could've joined you.
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  15. DCrider

    DCrider Live from THE Hill

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    one of these days them fish shoot'in boys just may get a little ricochet right back at 'em and we'll be read'in about that in the stupid human stories...:eek1
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  16. HBN

    HBN lostwithmike.com

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    Wondering where my older pics went :scratch

    Photobucket allows 10GB of bandwidth per month. I exceeded that # for July but the links will reappear on July 23rd. I am back to using Picasa for future RR's which has no problems. I will get smugmug soon...maybe :hide
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  17. Dolly Sod

    Dolly Sod I want to do right, but not right now

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    You can afford 20$ a year. :lol3
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  18. niceviewbehindbars

    niceviewbehindbars out enjoying the vu

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    Hey Mike, How many miles you put on the Strom since you got it? I know you got to be rackem' up.

    You going to do a iron butt ride?
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  19. HBN

    HBN lostwithmike.com

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    Purchased Nov.09 @ 31k mi currently 47,500 mi and counting.

    I plan to check valve clearance and adjust if necessary before my trip to CO and the Pacific around Labor Day. Already ordered new tires and getting bits squared away in advance.

    I may do an IronButt but mostly for myself. That $40 for certification and a license plate bracket could be more wisely spent...
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  20. niceviewbehindbars

    niceviewbehindbars out enjoying the vu

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    2,000 miles a month.. Dang son.. :thumb I'm running about 1,400 miles a month since I got mine in Oct 09.


    How long are you taking when you go out west?