New Riding West Virginia Website

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

  1. travlin

    travlin Been here awhile

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    This is a nice loop.
    Leave Beckley south on rte. 19 to Shady Spring and turn left toward Hinton on rte.3. Follow 3 through Hinton, and continue on 3 to Gap Mills. You have to stop there and visit the Cheese and More Store and their bakery across the road. Grab some of their excellent cheese along with a bag of pepperoni rolls, but stash them for later because a good lunch is just over the mountain at the Swinging Bridge. http://www.theswingingbridge.com/ To get to Paint Bank from Gap Mills you'll need to turn right heading south on rte.311 and go across Peters Mountain. Leaving Paint Bank pick up state rte. 600 west which is next door to the Swinging Bridge. This is a nice ride up Stony Creek, and you may see some buffalo grazing in the fields along the roadside. This will bring you rte. 460 where you'll head west to Princeton. At Princeton you can either head up I-77 to Beckley or jump off at the Camp Creek exit and follow 19 back to Beckley. This is an approximate 175 mile loop.
  2. travlin

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    That's a pretty good ride, but it does have lots of coal truck traffic. Route 10 from Mullens to Matoaka is the best leg with the least traffic.
  3. Rusty Rocket

    Rusty Rocket Life behind "Bars"

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    Thanks everybody. It's in the planning stages now, and I'm going to link this thread in an email to my uncle, the driving force in planning this trip.
  4. pnoman

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    NEW PAGE - RIDING ROUTES

    I'm trying something new - Favorite Riding Loops and Favorite Roads. I started with a loop down by Beckley for Rusty Rocket. There is a map created on GMaps-Pedometer with mile markers, and a printable guide to take along with you. Please let me know what you think - is this useful? If so, I have several more ready to go. Thanks!


    http://www.ridingwv.com/RidingRoutes.htm
  5. tastroman

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    That was nice. Thanks for putting it all together. Anyone planning a WV trip would be crazy not to use your site as a resource.
  6. pnoman

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    ADDED: Second Beckley Loop

    OK, I'm starting to get the hang of this GMaps-Pedometer mapmaker program. I laid out a 2-day, 500-mile loop from Beckley north/east through Babcock SP, Cranberry Glades/Highland Scenic Drive, Marlinton, Cass, Green Bank, Spruce Knob, Germany Valley, Smoke Hole, camping at Seneca Rocks (end of Day1), then starting Day 2 with Harman, Davis/ Blackwater Falls, Thomas, Parsons, Elkins, Huttonsville, Webster Springs, Summersville, New River Gorge Bridge (and old bridge route) then finishing up back in Beckley (with lots of bugs on their teeth from grinning the whole trip).

    There is a printable, mile-by-mile guide to show the highlights and major intersections. I hope that proves to be a useful feature, since it takes quite a while to type out.

    http://www.ridingwv.com/RidingRoutes.htm Click on Beckley Loop #2

    Enjoy. More maps to follow, starting with loops from Seneca Rocks and points north.
  7. pnoman

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    ADDED: Petersburg Loop #1 - [FONT=&quot]A[/FONT][FONT=&quot] 173-Mile loop north, west, and south of Petersburg. Greenland Gap – a scenic ride through a narrow pass in the ridge, through farmland and alongside a creek, on a narrow but freshly paved road. Then climb Rt 42 from Scherr up to Mt Storm on one of the best mountain rides in WV. In Davis, stop at Blackwater Falls, one of WV’s most recognized landmarks. Enjoy the twisty road from Davis to Parsons, where you take narrow (paved) Rt 72 through the remote back-county for about 20 miles. Stop at Seneca Rocks and climb to the top for a great view. This is another of WV’s most recognized landmarks. Then, head south about 10 miles and climb the narrow, twisty (paved) road up to the summit of Spruce Knob, the highest point in WV. Descend to Judy Gap and ride the twisty Rt 33 up the mountain to the Germany Valley Overlook, one of the best views in the state. Then, explore the famous Smoke Hole Road before returning to Petersburg.
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    [FONT=&quot]There is a printable, mile-by-mile guide to show the highlights and major intersections. I hope that proves to be a useful feature, since it takes quite a while to type out.

    http://www.ridingwv.com/RidingRoutes.htm

    Click on Petersburg Loop #1 ** NOTE: the map takes a minute to load - be patient**

    More to follow.


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  8. WVhillbilly

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    I've done all that except for Smoke Hole Rd, great ride.
  9. pnoman

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  10. pnoman

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    2013 Updates:

    1) The "Events" Page is now updated for June 2013. This is the 150th Birthday (Sesquicentennial) of West Virginia's statehood, so there are many festivals and celebrations this month. I tried to pick some that I thought would be interesting to most people. Check them out!

    2) I would like to see 2013 be the year this website takes off with more photos and ride reports submitted by readers. You can read how to submit material on the "Contact" Page, or just PM me here at ADV. I will be glad to proofread and edit, so don't worry if you're not the best writer. (Neither am I!) ALSO: IF YOUR GROUP HAS AN EVENT/RIDE, PLEASE LET ME KNOW AND I WILL BE GLAD TO INCLUDE IT IN THE "EVENTS" PAGE.
    ** The site is now averaging between 2,500 - 3,000 visits per month! If you want your group or event to be seen, this is the place.

    3) Please pass the word on this website. It is a non-profit work of love of mine. I only have ads for 2 or 3 businesses, and I do not charge any of them
    . I do have expenses for the web host costs, so if you find the site helpful, a donation would be appreciated. I can send you my PayPal info if you're interested. Thanks!

    4) There is now a "For Sale" Page for those living in WV or surrounding states. See the "Contact" Page for more information.


    Thanks!


  11. Porcupine224

    Porcupine224 I know a guy.......

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    P,
    Thanks for the effort on the WV site.
    I hope to contribute to, And, take advantage of your stuff.
    It seems roadbowling holds some mystery for me.

    P
  12. zilla

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    Glad I found this. The GF and I are planning riding in WV the week of the fourth of July.
  13. pnoman

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    Hi! What part of IL are you from? I was stationed at Scott AFB just east of St Louis from 2003-2008. If you look at my site, check out the Retirement Rides I and II (2005 and 2006) that I took from there back to WV.

    Hope you submit some photos and/or ride reports when you get back. In the meantime, please feel free to contact me with any questions. I don't pretend to know everything about WV, but I can certainly try to find the answer for you if I don't know the answer.

    Later!




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  14. zilla

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    I'm up in the NW corner. I flew out of Scott a couple of times going back to the PI on leave. USAF 1983-1988.
    I'm sure i'll take planty of pictures.

    Thanks for the offer.I just wish I had more time to explore. I'm probably going to have 4-5 days to explore.
  15. dogmoon

    dogmoon Been here awhile

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    The wife and I are going to heading out to Fayettville in September on the GSA we are really looking forward to it! any advice would be appreciated! Thanks!:wink:
  16. Guy Young

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    Mike's site offers some excellent suggestions for rides, places to eat, etc. I'm also going to suggest an excellent book that covers a lot of the area where I think you'll be headed: Motorcycle Journeys Through the Appalachians by Dale Coyner.

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    Dale is a good friend of mine and his book details many places and routes that are well worth a look.

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  17. pnoman

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    Hi. Fayetteville is a good "base camp" for lots of good rides. I would suggest going to the www.RidingWV.com site and checking out the following:

    1) Ride Routes Page - The Beckley Route #1 is starts not far from you and covers some of the SE corner of the state. Beckley Route #2 actually comes through Fayetteville - it's a 2-day loop but you can start it at any point. You could come down past Oak Hill and take Rt 61 over to Mile 5, or go north a few miles and take Rt 60 east over to Mile 30 of the loop. ** PLEASE NOTE - The maps take a minute or two to load. Please be patient.

    2) On the Street Rides Page, check out the first two rides I did on the Statewide Rides section back in July of 2005 and 2006. I did lots of day trips. Also look at the Eastern Panhandle and Allegheny Mts. sections on that page. ** Almost forgot one right under your nose - the South section of the Street Rides Page has a ride report from the old road under the New River Gorge Bridge. Don't miss that ride since you're right there!

    3) The "Destinations" page is a page I have not spent as much time working on as I'd like. There is a list of my "Top 10" destination suggestions at the top, and a few links to do research. Sorry this page is still kind of empty.

    4) Check out the Diners Page. If you come all this way and just eat fast food, then :puke1. Top of the list is Rella's, which is probably an hour and a half (two if you like to stop and take photos) of great riding away from Fayetteville. Just ride to Webster Springs (NE of F'ville) and go north on Rt 20 about 20 miles to just below Hacker Creek. Search Rella on ADV and you will get lots of hits. She is a feisty great-grandma who runs a diner out of an old-looking trailer by the side of the road, but Golly, she cooks up some great meals and the pies are to die for! Trust me, the first time you see it, you might want to ride right on by, but don't. Linky: http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=791094&highlight=rella

    Well, I hope this helps. Guy's book on the previous post is a good resource for ideas. (Thanks, Guy :wave) Let me know if you have any other questions. If I don't know the answer, someone else will.

    Any other riders out there want to chime in on suggestions, have at it!

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  18. dogmoon

    dogmoon Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the information Guy I will look into it! We cant wait!
  19. dogmoon

    dogmoon Been here awhile

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    Thanks Pnoman I will definitely keep your advice in mind I am looking to do 4 days with two hundred mile routes per day, we are very excited about this trip and will check back here often we will also try to download pictures and report on were we went and what we did!
  20. pnoman

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    Thanks - I'm always looking for reader articles and photos. I'm sure other readers would like to see photos and write-ups from someone other than me all the time. LOL