New Riding West Virginia Website

Discussion in 'Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge' started by pnoman, Dec 19, 2010.

  1. pnoman

    pnoman Just Average

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    I have started a new website dedicated to those riders wishing to explore West Virginia. I frequently see requests on forums for information about visiting and riding around the state, asking for information about what roads to ride, what places to visit, and (of course) interesting places to get good food. With the help of fellow riders, my goal is to make this a Must-Stop online for those riders. Although I am a musician, not an English or Journalism teacher, I will try to keep the writing standards "above average".

    The site will be divided into 3 main sections: Street Ride Reports, Back-Roads Ride Reports, and Food/Destinations/Lodging. The Street section will cover main highways and county roads - basically any 2- or 4-lane paved road with a painted center line. The Back-Roads section will cover the narrow paved back-roads as well as graded, govt-maintained gravel roads such as Dolly Sods and the Laurel Fork area. We will not cover trails (such as Hatfield & McCoy or private-access roads) on this site.

    Guest contributors are welcome to submit Ride Reports, Photos, and/or Food/Lodging Reports for consideration. Please keep it clean. I will monitor the site as closely as possible to ensure all content is "G" rated. Your help will be appreciated.

    The site is still under construction and has some empty spots and links that I am working on. My goal is to go back through my ride photos from the past few years and write some reports while the snow is flying this winter. And, I'm inviting readers to submit articles so that it is a well-rounded site. By springtime, I'm hoping to have a good selection of reports.

    Please stop by and visit:

    www.ridingwv.com

    Thanks!
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  2. Guy Young

    Guy Young Long timer

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    Very nice Mike. Look forward to visiting it often... and maybe suggesting a ride or three. :lol3
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  3. Scotty P

    Scotty P Funny Like a Clown

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  4. rctr

    rctr Been here awhile

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    great job! thanks for sharing.
    jimmy
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  5. WayneJ

    WayneJ City Slicker

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    Bookmarked! :thumb
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  6. Beemer Bob

    Beemer Bob Long timer

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    I'm in!
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  7. anotherguy

    anotherguy Long timer

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    Rule no.1!!!!
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  8. Jeff B

    Jeff B Socially Awkward

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    My prediction is the site will become a hub. I'll be checkin in from time to time. Thanks for starting it. There is WV site somewhere that classifies the road surface and it's condition. If you find it make it a link.
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  9. travlin

    travlin Been here awhile

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    Sounds great! I'll be glad to give some input on the southern half of the state. I've been riding those roads for more years than I want to admit!
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  10. pnoman

    pnoman Just Average

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    Thanks, folks. Glad to see the positive feedback. I really do want it to be a community project so there is a well-rounded group of reviews. Just because I like something doesn't mean everyone else will. (And visa-versa) And I have certainly not traveled as many roads and backroads as many of you.

    So, to make a long story short (oops, that ship already sailed :lol3), please dust off those keyboards and try your hand at writing a report this winter. If you never wrote one, start small - maybe a diner review with a few pics. Please PM me or email me at the site if you have any questions about formatting or writing a report.

    Thanks again, everyone. I think this will be a good winter project on those days when it's too snowy and icy to ride.

    Happy Holidays to all.
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  11. ihatefalling

    ihatefalling Let it roll

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    Tho thumbs up..... :D
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  12. bwalsh

    bwalsh UUU, UUU!!!

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    Very nice! I just browsed through the site and read your two reports for Spruce knob. :clap


    :lol3
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  13. tastroman

    tastroman Long timer

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    Thanks for doing the work. I'm doing a WV trip in early May and can use all the resources I can find.
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  14. pnoman

    pnoman Just Average

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    Just added: Rich Mountain Battlefield and Hart House - Beverly, Randolph County.

    http://www.ridingwv.com/FolderDestinationReports/RichMt.htm

    I'm not a historian, so please don't expect a definitive writeup. Hope you enjoy it.

    More to come as time allows.

    I've got the Photos Page ready to post reader photos. Send me your best shot: mike (at) ridingwv (dot) com. Please - JPEGs only, File size 300kb each or less. Thanks!
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  15. pnoman

    pnoman Just Average

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    Just added:

    Destinations Page - Philippi Covered Bridge

    Photos Page - I "primed" the page with some photos to get it started until I receive some photos from readers. (Hint, Hint :D)

    Enjoy, and have a safe/happy/Merry Christmas!

    www.ridingwv.com
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  16. Some Mook

    Some Mook Goin' Down Slow

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    Nice!

    Would it be permissible for other inmates to include the website link in their own signature lines (in this and any other forum) as a means to 'spread the word'?
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  17. pnoman

    pnoman Just Average

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    Absolutely. And "Thank You" for doing so.
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  18. norton73

    norton73 drinkin'

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    My favorite place to ride.
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  19. bloochdog

    bloochdog Itinerant jackass

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    Great idea! Will subscribe.
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  20. pnoman

    pnoman Just Average

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